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Raytheon is observing a significant program milestone, its 40th year as the U.S. Navy's provider of AN/SPY-1 radar transmitters and MK99 Fire Control Systems for the Navy's AEGIS weapon system.
Both critical components of the weapon system, the AN/SPY-1 radar and MK99 perform the search, track and missile guidance functions for AEGIS, the shield of the U.S. Navy Fleet. The company's first engineering development contract for AN/SPY-1 was awarded in 1973.
"For four decades, Raytheon has partnered with the Navy on the AEGIS program, providing the reliable performance and world-class manufacturing expertise that help protect the U.S. and its allies," said Kevin Peppe, vice president of Seapower Capability Systems for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.
"As the world's leader in maritime integrated air and missile defense radars, Raytheon looks forward to continuing to support this program, advancing the legacy of AEGIS and providing our customer with the highest capability, best value solution."
Raytheon's AN/SPY-1 radar transmitter and MK99 Fire Control System have been in continuous production for 32 years as part of the Navy's AEGIS shipbuilding program, sustaining this critical system.
Raytheon also provides performance-based logistics support, including spares and repairs, for AEGIS weapons systems, and the company manages system repairs in support of foreign military sales.
Most recently, Raytheon has begun development efforts to introduce the latest in solid-state technologies to further improve component performance, reliability and extended service life of these systems.
Facts About Raytheon's AN/SPY-1 and MK99
+ First production contract awarded in 1981.
+ 108 ships equipped (17 international).
+ 140 AN/SPY-1 systems delivered.
+ 348 MK99 systems delivered.
The AN/SPY-1 and the MK99 are currently aboard the U.S. Navy's fleet of cruisers and destroyers, as well as Japanese Kongo-class destroyers, Spanish F-100-class frigates and South Korean KDX-111 King Sejong the Great-class destroyers. The AN/SPY-1 radar will also be deployed onboard the Royal Australian Navy's future Air Warfare Destroyer; Raytheon Australia serves as the combat systems integrator for AWD.
The company has a long heritage of developing and producing some of the world's most capable air and missile defense radars, dating back to the 1940s. To date, Raytheon has produced more than 1.8 million AESA (active electronically scanned array) T/R modules, the fundamental building block of modern solid-state AESA radars. The company has decades of experience working with adaptive beamforming technologies and is the industry leader in high-performance Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology.
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