Raytheon Company completed two critical program reviews for the new Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), the U.S. Navy’s next generation integrated air and ballistic missile defense radar.
Successful completion of the hardware Preliminary Design Review and the Integrated Baseline Review are both key milestones of the Navy’s acquisition plan and highlight the maturity of the design, validity of the plan for execution, and keep the program on track to deliver a much needed capability to the fleet.
Customer, program and technical stakeholders from a host of Navy program offices and the Missile Defense Agency participated in both reviews, assessing the maturity of the AMDR design, its alignment to requirements, and the master plan for program execution. With many features in the advanced stages of development and a disciplined and proven process for design execution, the reviews demonstrated that AMDR’s design is low risk and the program is on schedule for seamless integration onboard the DDG 51 Flight III destroyer.
“The maturity of our technologies, processes and infrastructure serves as a solid foundation for our ongoing development,” said Raytheon’s Kevin Peppe, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems’ Seapower Capability Systems business area. “With the technology risks retired in the earlier Technology Development (TD) phase and cost reduction initiatives already implemented, we’re now fully focused on the fabrication of the AMDR system and completion of the Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase.”
Throughout the multiple phases of the program to date, Raytheon has successfully demonstrated the capabilities of the system, the maturity of the technology, and the inherent innovation and flexibility of the design – which will pay dividends in its adaptability, affordability and ability to meet emerging threats for years to come.