By 2020, the U.S. Navy should have its next-generation Arleigh Burkle-class destroyers deployed along with next-generation radar technology. Combined, the new destroyers and the new radars should provide billions of dollars' worth of protection against incoming threats.
The U.S. Navy's requirements for the new Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) call for a suite that includes S-band radar (for long-distance scanning), X-band radar (for accuracy), and a radar suite controller.
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Distance and accuracy
The new AMDR system is intended to provide a wide detection range and much more accuracy than legacy technology.
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Because the system will include four S-band and three X-band radars, it should offer the Navy 360 degree coverage from a single Arleigh Burke destroyer.
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S-band and X-band
The S-band and X-band radars work in tandem for scanning long-range distances and for accuracy in detecting inbound ballistic missile threats.