This week the U.S. Navy League held its annual Sea Air Space Exposition near the nation's capital, highlighting recent advances in maritime warfighting technology. With over 300 exhibitors, there was a lot to see. The most important new system on display, though, may have been the SPY-6 radar that Raytheon has been developing for the Navy since 2013.
SPY-6V1, as it is officially designated, is unlike any air and missile defense radar that has come before. Using gallium nitride technology and modular design concepts, Massachusetts-based Raytheon has created a sensor that is infinitely scalable for any defensive role, delivering gains in performance that would have been unimaginable a generation ago.