AN/SPY-6 family of radar systems to help defend Navy surface warships from aircraft and anti-ship missiles

April 30, 2020
The new radars are sensitive, long range, discriminate threats from one another, and are changing Navy surface warfare tactics.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy is moving quickly to integrate a new family of tailored radar systems aboard surface warships to stop dangerous long-distance simultaneous attacks from aircraft and anti-ship missiles. Kris Osborn at the National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

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30 April 2020 -- This multi-beam integration supports the simultaneous tracking of several threats at once, because it can synthesize horizon scanning and precision tracking with wide-area volume search and ballistic missile defense discrimination.

The Navy is integrating its emerging Raytheon AN/SPY-6 family of radar systems onto its flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and also tailoring variants of the technology for amphibious assault ships, frigates, and aircraft carriers.

Discrimination is a vital advantage of increased shipboard radar sensitivity, as it can discern threat objects from other less-relevant items such as friendly platforms or flying debris.

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Military & Aerospace Electronics

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