This week Raytheon delivered the first SPY-6 radar that it has been developing since 2013 for the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke destroyers. It is a true breakthrough, using new materials and modular design concepts to provide a three-fold gain in range over the existing SPY-1 while enabling vastly improved discrimination of diverse threats. Because the modular design makes the technology seamlessly expansible, SPY-6 can be scaled up or down for installation on everything from surface combatants to aircraft carriers to amphibious warships — or deployed on land for defense of the homeland. The world has never before seen an air and missile defense radar that is so flexible and adaptable — which is a good thing, because interception of overhead threats looks to become more challenging in the years ahead. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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