Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia to equip five frigates with a solid-state S-band radar.

The US company will install the system on F-110 multimission frigates and at Centro de Integración de Sistemas en Tierra (CIST).

Spain’s national shipbuilder Navantia will build the new F-110 frigates.

The US Government has recently designated this technology as AN/SPY-7(V)1, which is derived from current radar programmes.

The US aerospace and defence company has made a substantial investment in the development of this technology.

According to Lockheed Martin, the Royal Canadian Navy, the US Government and Japan’s Aegis Ashore will use variants of the SPY-7 radar.

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The F-110 programme will equip the frigates with the latest digital, solid-state radar technology.

The objective of the F-110 programme is to provide the latest combat system to Spanish vessels to perform new missions.

The programme aims to promote industrial participation, joint technology development, and interoperability with navies across the world.

Lockheed Martin said that the F-110 frigates will host the first naval solid-state S-band radar for the Spanish Navy.

The US company and Spanish firm Indra will jointly provide the radar to foster the growth of defence and technology industries.

The radar will form part of the Aegis Weapon System of the ship’s combat management system SCOMBA.

The first F-110 frigate is expected to be deployed in 2026.

Aegis Weapon System has an open architecture design, making it useful for a variety of missions.

The open architecture of the Aegis Weapon System has helped it become the most deployed combat system globally.

Lockheed Martin and its Spanish partners have been developing, producing and integrating tactical naval radar systems for over 20 years.

The US company said that it will continue collaboration with the Spanish industry to develop radar and combat system technologies.

Lockheed Martin expects the collaboration to enable sales of the F-110 frigate and new technologies, including the S-band radar.