DDG-51’s AMDR Radar Has First Successful Ballistic Missile Test
By DANIEL P. TAYLOR, Seapower Special Correspondent
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — The DDG-51’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) has just completed its first ballistic missile defense test, DDG-51 program manager Capt. Casey Moton said at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space symposium April 4.
The program has been focused on testing the AMDR radar in 2017, conducting its first ballistic missile defense (BMD) track in February. That was followed by the first SPY-6 BMD target test out of Hawaii about a couple weeks ago, Moton said.
“It was extremely successful, so we’re very excited about the radar’s progress,” he said.
The first engineering development model array was moved to a missile range facility in Hawaii last June has been tracking targets since October, Moton said. “The program is proceeding very well,” he said.
AMDR is built by Raytheon and it replaces aging legacy radars on the destroyer fleet.
“The radar significantly enhances the ships’ ability to detect air and surface targets as well as the ever-proliferating ballistic missile threats,” Raytheon says on its website. “AMDR provides greater detection ranges, increased discrimination accuracy, higher reliability and sustainability, and lower total ownership cost as well as a host of other advantages when compared to the current AN/SPY-1D(V) radar onboard today’s destroyers.”