Sailors Get a Firsthand Look at the Navy’s New SPY-6 Radar System

May 9, 2019 – It took two cranes and a flatbed truck to deliver it, but sailors and other spectators got an up-close look at the new air- and missile-defense radar being added to Navy ships.

Raytheon’s SPY-6 next-generation scalable radar system was on display at this year’s Sea-Air-Space expo outside Washington, D.C. The radar was transported from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and was configured for setup on the Navy’s new guided-missile destroyers.

The service recently tested the new system at its Pacific missile range, and the results were “eye watering,” said Mike Mills, Raytheon’s SPY-6 program director.

“It’s 100 times more sensitive than the existing SPY-1. It gives you that much more range, and that means the Navy can counteract that much quicker,” he said.

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