U.S. Navy has new radar for large surface vessels like Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and big-deck amphibs

Sept. 6, 2019
A new generation of advanced and highly capable modular radar systems is going to be deployed across the Navy's fleet in many configurations.

WASHINGTON – A staple feature on large surface warships Nimitz-class supercarriers and America's "Gator Navy" of amphibious assault ships may begin to disappear in the not so distant future and in its place will be a very different looking system. The Drive reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

6 Sept. 2019 -- The AN/SPS-48 three-dimensional air-search radar has been fielded across the Navy for over five decades. Today, a modernized version—the AN/SPS-48G—of the big, square, billboard-like, spinning array can still be found on Nimitz class carriers, San Antonio class landing platform docks, and Wasp and America class amphibious assault ships. But that is set to change slowly as Raytheon's new AN/SPY-6(V)2 radar hits the fleet.

SPY-6(V)2, called the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR), is a very close relative of the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) system, also known as SPY-6(V)1, being fielded aboard the new Arleigh Burke class Flight III destroyers. The

AMDR is made up of 37 individual radar modular assemblies (RMAs) that are basically two foot by two foot active electronically scanned array radar 'blocks' that can be easily swapped in and out as needed. This modularity means that the system can also be scaled up or down for different applications with relative ease.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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