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Lockheed Martin’s newest offering – the AN/SPY-7(V)1 – is derived from the company’s LONG RANGE DISCRIMINATION RADAR (LRDR).

The latter radar combines proven solid-state radar technologies with proven ballistic missile defence algorithms, all based on an open architecture platform capable of meeting future growth. Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin Vice President and General Manager, told MON during an exclusive interview at the Surface Navy Association 2020 symposium in Virginia this week that “[the] radar is progressing well, and we’re going to start installing the radar at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska this year.”

The company offered the same LRDR technology and architecture to Japan to support their two nascent Ground Self-Defense Force-operated AEGIS ASHORE defence system batteries, one in Akita Prefecture, the other in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The Japanese AEGIS ASHORE programme radars, being secured through the US Foreign Military Sales programme, were designated by the US Navy as AN/SPY-7. Lockheed Martin’s in-country partners to provide elements of the combat systems at the sites include Fujitsu. “We’re also talking to a number of other Japanese companies for other roles they may take in this programme,” Lemmo added.

Conversely, the first two AEGIS ASHORE sites in Europe (Deveselu, Romania and Redzikowo, Poland) are being equipped with the AEGIS AN/SPY-1 radar.

Back in the maritime sector, a smaller AN/SPY-7 variant has been selected to equip the 15 frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy’s evolving Canadian Surface Combatant programme. “It will have the solid-state SPY-7 radar, the AEGIS fire control system integrated with Lockheed Martin Canada’s combat management system – CMS 330 – and a whole host of other combat system elements,” Lemmo pointed out, adding “We’ll also have an SPY-7 variant on the Spanish Navy’s five new F-110 multi-mission frigates.”

One of Lockheed Martin’s many Canadian-based industry partners for the new frigates’ weapons system includes MDA, which will furnish the solid-state, X-band illuminator to guide and command the vessel’s weapons, along with other content.

The company is partnering with Indra (Spain) on the F-110’s radar. Lemmo noted that, in this case, Indra will build components of the radar in Spain, “using the same architecture, same design.”

Marty Kauchak in Virginia for MON

Lockheed Martin’s Solid-State Radar was designated AN/SPY-7(V)1 by the US government. SPY-7 and AEGIS ASHORE will defend against ballistic missile threats and provide continuous protection of Japan. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

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