Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with Indra, has exhibited the first phase of integration of a new solid-state S-band radar system in the US.

This system has been developed for the future Spanish F-110 Frigate.

The demonstration witnessed by the representatives from the Spanish Ministry of Defense, the Spanish Navy and the US Navy, is a part of the technology development phase in the joint development of the next-generation radar system.

"Indra successfully integrated its Digital Transmit-Receive modules into Lockheed’s Solid State phased array antenna."

The Spanish Navy’s F-110 Frigate is a multi-mission surface vessel, which will be incorporated with an advanced combat management system and new solid-state S-band radar.

Indra successfully integrated its Digital Transmit-Receive modules into Lockheed’s Solid State phased array antenna.

The mechanical, electrical and thermal compatibilities of the devices were also exhibited by engineers.

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The new solid state radar will offer proven Aegis air defence capability.

Under the collaboration, Indra will deliver the building block to achieve a completely Digital Antenna, including the Digital Transmit-Receive modules, which consists of Solid State Gallium Nitride (GaN) high power amplifiers.

With the success of the demonstration, the two firms have entered into a contract.

According to this contract, Lockheed Martin will provide support to Indra during the technology development phase of the project. This involves demonstration of a full engineering development model of an integrated solid state S-band radar for the future Spanish frigate. The project will culminate in 2020.

Lockheed Martin International Aegis & Surface Combat Systems director Mary Keifer said: "Like the Aegis Combat System, our solid state radar system employs an open architecture design that more easily facilitates integration with other systems and components.

"This allows us to help support the US Navy and Missile Defense Agency’s interests, while making our systems more compatible with the needs of our allied partners through collaboration with companies like Indra, which bring strong multinational capabilities and leading edge technologies to bear."

Image: Indra and Lockheed developed new solid state radar to be incorporated into Spanish frigate. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.