Lockheed Martin recently signed a contract with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia to equip the Spanish Navy’s five new F-110 multimission frigates with its first naval installation of its solid state S-band radar.
The contract is also for the installation of the radar at Navantia’s land-based test site, Centro de Integración de Sistemas en Tierra (CIST). The new F-110 frigates will be built by Spain’s national shipbuilder, Navantia.
The F-110 frigates will host the first-ever naval solid state S-band radar for the Spanish Navy. The radar will be jointly provided by Lockheed Martin and Spanish company, Indra “to foster the growth of Spain’s defense and technology industries”. It will go to sea as part of the Aegis Weapon System (AWS), which will be integrated with the ship’s combat management system SCOMBA, when the first frigate deploys in 2026.
Recently designated by the U.S. Government as AN/SPY-7(V)1, this technology is derived from current radar programs and significant Lockheed Martin investment.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense selected SPY-7 radars for two planned land-based Aegis Ashore installations in 2018. SPY-7 and Aegis Ashore will defend against ballistic missile threats and provide continuous protection of Japan.
Additionally, variants of AN/SPY-7(V)1 will be used by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program.