Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy conducts first AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR Ballistic Missile test


March 31, 2017

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo by Raytheon

WASHINGTON. The U.S. Navy completed a flight test with Raytheon's AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR). During a flight test, designated as Vigilant Hunter, the AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR searched for, detected, and maintained track on a short-range ballistic missile target launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii.

Officials say this is the first in a series of ballistic missile defense flight tests planned for the AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR.

"This marked a historic moment for the Navy. It's the first time a ballistic missile target was tracked by a wideband digital beamforming radar," explains U.S. Navy Captain Seiko Okano, Major Program Manager for Above Water Sensors, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems. "This radar will revolutionize the future of the U.S. Navy and is bringing a capability our Nation needs today."

The test met its primary objectives based on preliminary data. Program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.

The AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR is being designed for the DDG 51 Flight III destroyer to provide the U.S. Navy with the technology for Integrated Air and Missile Defense.

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