Future USS Jack H. Lucas starts combat system testing with SPY-6 radar onboard

Milestone is part of Aegis Combat System ‘light off’ testing, a key step on destroyer’s path to operational readiness

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Dec. 20, 2021) — Raytheon Missiles & Defense’s SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar attained another milestone when the future USS Jack H. Lucas achieved “light off” on its Aegis Combat System, marking the beginning of combat system testing.

“This important milestone kicks off combat system testing and training with naval crews on the SPY-6 radars,” said Kim Ernzen, vice president of Naval Power at Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “SPY-6 is the world’s most advanced surface maritime radar, and our team is ready to provide training and support to the Navy through this phase and beyond.”

The AN/SPY-6(V) Family of Radars is the newest radar system for the U.S. Navy, performing air and missile defense on seven classes of ships. The SPY-6 family can defend against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, hostile aircraft and surface ships simultaneously. When compared to legacy radars, SPY-6 will bring new capabilities to the surface fleet, such as advanced electronic warfare protection and enhanced detection abilities.

SPY-6 is scalable and modular to support production for the U.S. and partner nations across all variants. This commonality supports standardized logistics and training for those who work on the radars.

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