Navy Conducts First SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar BMD Test

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On March 15, the Navy conducted a successful flight test using the AN/SPY-6 (V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) to track a target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii. According to a March 30 statement made by Naval Sea Systems Command, the flight test, referred to as ‘Vigilant Hunter,’ achieved its primary objectives when the AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR successfully “searched for, detected and maintained track on a short-range ballistic missile target.” The AMDR is the center of the upgraded Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer’s missile detection capabilities and has been in testing since June 2016. Capt. Seiko Okano, major program manager for Above Water Sensors commented that the test “marked a historic moment for the Navy. It’s the first time a ballistic missile target was tracked by a wideband digital beamforming radar… this radar will revolutionize the future of the U.S. Navy and is bringing a capability our Nation needs today.”