The Latest On The SPY-6 Radar That’s Set To Dominate The Navy’s Future Fleet

We talked with Raytheon’s Scott Spence about the state of the program as classes of ships are setting sail with the radar for the first time.

byJamie Hunter, Tyler Rogoway|
EASR Jack Lucas


We caught up with Scott Spence, Raytheon's Vice President of Naval Integrated Solutions, on the floor of Sea Air Space 2024 to talk about the AN/SPY-6, also known as the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) or Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR), depending on the variant. There is no sensor program in the Navy's portfolio that is as critical as EASR as it's set to be installed on all of the Navy's new surface combatants, amphibious assault ships, and carriers going forward, as well as being back-fitted into existing destroyers. This all equates to a massive upgrade in capabilities, which could be absolutely critical to surviving and succeeding in a peer conflict in the Pacific.

The bottom line here is that the Navy has put nearly all its chips on AMDR/EASR, and the potential payoffs of fielding such an advanced and scalable active electronically scanned array radar system across the fleet are gargantuan.

Here's what Spence had to say about the state of AMDR/EASR program:

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