The US Senate Appropriations Committee has criticised the USN, saying the service submits budgets to Congress that underfund critical programmes with the expectation that lawmakers would restore the funds.
USN calls on Raytheon for AN/SPY-6 support
Raytheon Missiles & Defense is to continue AN/SPY-6(V) radar integration and production support efforts for the USN, under a new $67.72 million contract modification announced by the DoD on 16 July.
The latest deal from Naval Sea Systems Command includes options that would bring the cumulative value of this modification to $781 million if exercised, the DoD added.
These options would extend completion until November 2024.
AN/SPY-6 is designed by Raytheon as a scalable radar to equip a range of vessel sizes from corvettes up to frigates and cruisers. In particular, it is a central feature of the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, providing a simultaneous anti-air warfare and ballistic missile defence capability.
Shephard Defence Insight describes USN plans to declare IOC for AN/SPY-6 in 2023.
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