The Navy in October awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a $385.7 million contract for engineering and modeling development (EMD) and design, development, integration, and delivery of an S-band radar and radar-suite controller (RSC) for the air- and missile-defense radar (AMDR), planned as the primary air-defense sensor on board “Flight III” Arleigh Burke–class destroyers. The Flight III Burke program is expected to start in Fiscal Year 2015.
In Navy plans, the new Burkes will be the Fleet’s primary platforms for defense against both antiship weapons and ballistic missiles, projected to be critical threats in coming years.
The Burke class now is going through an extensive combat-systems modernization that includes significant computer hardware and software enhancements to the ships’ SPY-1D(v) Aegis air-defense radar to provide a ballistic-missile defense capability. Under current Navy thinking, DDG-123, not yet named, will be the first Flight III ship.