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Solid-State Radars to Arm Spanish Frigates

March 11, 2020
Five Spanish F-110 tactical frigates will be equipped with the first long-range solid-state S-band radars are part of a contract between Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and radar developer Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin has made major investments in the development of solid-state S-band radar and will be working with Spain’s national shipbuilder, Navantia, on equipping five F-110 frigates with the tactical long-range discrimination radar (LRDR). The contract with Navantia covers radar design and test services at a land-based test site at Centro de Integracion de Sistemas en Tierra (CIST).

Developed as part of a large contract awarded in 2015, the S-band radar system was designed to provide target discrimination capability for the U.S. DoD Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and to arm allied systems as part of their integration of Aegis electronic defense systems. Designated recently by the DoD as the AN/SPY-7(V)1 radar, this digital, solid-state version of the radar is a modular, scalable version of the system that can be readily modified and upgraded according to modernization requirements.

Lockheed Martin will work with shipbuilder Navantia to integrate the long-range radar systems onboard the multiple-mission F-110 frigates. Although the first of the frigates is not expected to be deployed until 2026, integration of the solid-state radar system will enable the frigates to perform new missions around the world, with the modular flexibility for interoperability with other navies around the world. The frigates will be the first vessels in the Spanish Navy equipped with the solid-state S-band radars. The radar systems will be supplied jointly by Spanish company Indra and Lockheed Martin, which has been working with Spanish partners on the development and production of tactical naval radar systems for more than 20 years.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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