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Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Frigates Get AN/SPY-7(V) 1 Radars


Jun 23, 2020
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Lockheed Martin’s solid state radar (SSR) technology will provide The U.S. Government, Spain, Japan, and Canada front-line defense with cutting-edge air and missile defense capabilities. These radars are part of a growing SSR family of 24 platforms, ushering in the next generation of maritime and ground-based advanced radar technology. The core technology of SSR is Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), which in 2019 was declared Technical Readiness Level 7 by the U.S. Government as the AN/SPY-7(V) 1. This technology consists of a scaleable and modular gallium nitride (GaN) based “subarray” radar building blocks called Radar Module Assemblies (RMAs), providing advanced performance and increased efficiency and reliability to pace ever-evolving threats. As part of its advancement into its SSR, Lockheed Martin (LM) built a Solid State Radar Integration Site to conduct detailed testing to prove the maturity of the system and reduce fielding risk. Scaled versions of the LRDR site will be utilized for future radar programs including Aegis Ashore Japan, Canadian Surface Combatants, the Spanish F110 Frigate program and MDA’s Homeland Defense Radar in Hawaii.

The SPY 7 (V) 1 offers powerful capabilities to detect, track and engage sophisticated air and missile threats, including the very complicated task of discriminating – or picking out – and countering lethal objects present in enemy ballistic missiles.The LM SSR uses state-of-the art hardware and an innovative software-defined radar architecture to meet current requirements while providing extensibility features to pace evolving threats. Its unique maintain-while-operate capability provides very high operational availability and enables continuous 24-hour/7-day week operation. This SSR is a multi-mission system providing a wide range of capabilities, from passive situational awareness to integrated air and missile defense solutions. The combined capability and mission flexibility of Lockheed Martin’s SSR has gained the attention of new and current users of the Aegis Weapon System, the world’s premier air and missile defense combat suite. LRDR is the first program to utilize LM’s new SSR RMAs. Over the past three years Lockheed Martin has consistently been selected in open competitions to equip an additional 24 platforms in four nations. SPY-7 (V) 1 provides several times the performance and ranges of the family of SPY-1 radars and the ability to engage multiple targets simultaneously, and has already rivaled the next generation of SPY 6 AMDR radars designated for Flt III Areligh Burkes.

Spain always had a preference for Lockheed Martin’s SSR technology for its five F-110 class frigates in 2017 and awarded the ship construction order to Navantia in 2019. These ships will host the first-ever S-band variants of the SPY-7 (V) 1 radar for the Spanish Navy. Production will be a collaboration between Lockheed Martin and Spanish company, Indra. When the frigates deploy in 2026 their SPY-7 (v) 1 variant will be integrated as part of the Aegis Weapon System. The F-110 frigates will also incorporate the International Aegis Fire Control Loop (IAFCL) integrated with SCOMBA, the national combat system developed by Navantia.

Canada’s Department of National Defence has also selected LMs SPY 7 (V)1 as the main naval air warning radar for its 15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships. Lockheed Martin’s IAFCL is integrated with Canada’s combat management system, CCMS 330, developed through Lockheed Martin Canada for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax class ships. The program will make Canada the owner of the world’s second largest Aegis fleet, and the SPY-7 (V) 1 radar variant will enable the CSC frigate to conduct highly advanced maritime missions for decades to come.
This mature, cost-effective system is ready now. The 24 Lockheed Martin SSR platforms selected to date represent a total of 91 antennas of varying sizes, collectively composed of over 15,000 RMAs. Lockheed Martin has produced an equivalent of eight Aegis ship-sets to date. The U.S. Government’s LRDR has a planned service life for decades to come and will be supported and maintained throughout that period. This ensures the Canada, the U.S. and its allies will have a large and stable base of cost-effective logistics and support for many years in the future.


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