Raytheon delivers SPY-6 radar arrays to Navy aircraft carrier

By Audrey Decker / July 18, 2022 at 12:58 PM

Raytheon Technologies has delivered the first of three SPY-6 radar arrays to an aircraft carrier -- the future John F. Kennedy (CVN-79).

The company was selected earlier this year to produce SPY-6 radar variants for seven different types of Navy ships, a $3.2 billion contract if all options are exercised.

“This delivery is the first of three for the aircraft carrier. Together, the three fixed-face radar arrays will form a SPY-6(V)3, also known as the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, which provides 360-degree coverage for the ship,” according to a company statement today.

The SPY-6(V)3 system also has weather mapping and air traffic control features to meet the needs of an aircraft carrier, according to Raytheon.

The Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyer is the contract’s flagship, but the contract allows for multiple other ships including Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, amphibious landing ships, Ford-class carriers and Constellation-class frigates.