The U.S. Navy and Raytheon have tested an enterprise air surveillance radar the company designed for use on board the service branch’s amphibious warfare vessels and aircraft carriers.
SPY-6(V)2 EASR recognized multiple targets such as commercial aircraft during system-level tests that occurred at the Surface Combat System Center at Wallops Island, Va., the company said Tuesday. The radar also worked with another system and was able to continuously track its targets for several hours.
Raytheon is developing two types of the SPY-6(V)2 technology. The first variant is a single-face, rotating radar with modified air search features for amphibious assault vessels and the second variant is a three-face fixed array radar with updated volume search functions for Ford-class aircraft carriers.
The company aims to complete the test series in the fourth quarter to move into the EASR program’s manufacturing phase. The Navy will deploy its first AN/SPY-6(V)2 radar to an American-class amphibious assault ship designated LHA-8.