The UK Royal Navy’s Vanguard class of ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) provide the UK with its continuous-at-sea deterrent (CASD) coverage and have done so since 1994 when the boats started to replace the Resolution-class submarines. Second of class, HMS Victorious, entered service in 1995.
Raytheon receives SPY-6 radar order
Raytheon has received a $402.65 million contract modification for low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR).
Through this order, the US Navy is exercising options under a previously awarded contract. The modification will provide the navy with three LRIP AMDR units for DDG 51 Flight III-class ships.
The radar provides vessel protection against air, surface and ballistic missile threats. The radar is built with individual building blocks called Radar Modular Assemblies (RMA). Each RMA is a self-contained radar in a 2in x 2in x 2in box, which can stack together to form any size array to fit the mission requirements of different vessels.
Work on this contract is expected to be completed by March 2023.
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