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Raytheon gets $423 million installment in $3.1 billion Navy radar contract

The U.S. Navy has ordered another $423 million in new ship radar systems from Raytheon Missiles & Defense, headquartered in Tucson, company officials said. A contract awarded earlier this could include up to $3.16 billion in radars for new ships over the next five years.

In March, the Navy ordered $651 million in SPY-6 radars, which include those to be installed on new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The first option to extend the contract, announced this week, includes more than $400 million more for those systems.

The entire "hardware, production and sustainment contract" could see the systems installed on as many as 31 ships over the next half-decade, including smaller and rotating radars forn aircraft carriers, amphibious ships, frigates and older destroyers.

According to Raytheon, the SPY-6 radars "can defend against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, hostile aircraft and surface ships simultaneously. They provide several advantages over legacy radars, including significantly greater detection range, increased sensitivity and more accurate discrimination. Their scalable and modular radar arrays reduce cost and sustainment needs, while meeting the mission requirements of seven classes of ships."

"SPY-6 is the premiere surface naval radar in the world, and contracts like this ensure sailors across the fleet will be equipped with the information, tracking and detection it provides," said Kim Ernzen, president of Naval Power at the Raytheon division. "SPY-6 radar arrays have already been delivered to multiple ships with installation ongoing."

The radars will allow sailors to find threats, including hypersonic weapons, at greater distances, and to react faster to them, the company said.

"It's a vast improvement over what the U.S. Navy currently has on it ships," said Ernzen. "It's like going from a pen light to a huge flashlight."

In 2021, the Navy began installing the first SPY-6 radar on its new, high-tech Aegis Flight III, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125). Each SPY-6 radar for the DDG class ship includes four arrays, a power system, a cooling system, and a array computation and tracking system.

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Raytheon — now the world's second-largest aerospace and defense company, trailing only Boeing — has about 13,000 employees in Tucson, with the Missiles & Defense division also having operations in other cities.

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The U.S. Navy’s new guided missile destroyer, USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125), successfully launched at Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on June 4, 2021.