Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with Navantia to equip five new F-110 multimission frigates and a land-based test site with the first naval installation of Lockheed Martin’s solid state S-band radar.
The technology has recently been designated by the US government as AN/SPY-7(V)1, and is derived from current radar programs and significant investment from Lockheed Martin.
Variants of the SPY-7 will be used in programs such as Japan's AEGIS Ashore, Canada's Surface Combatant program and for the US government.
The frigates will host the first-ever naval solid state S-band radar for the Spanish Navy, jointly provided by Lockheed Martin and Spanish company Indra.
It will go to sea as part of the Aegis Weapon System, which will be integrated with the ship’s combat management system SCOMBA, when the first frigate deploys in 2026.
The F-110 frigates aim to:
- Ensure Spain’s warfighters have the most capable combat system to perform new missions;
- Strengthen Spain’s economy through industrial participation;
- Advance Spain’s competitiveness in the global market by providing an opportunity for joint technology development; and
- Pave the way for interoperability with navies across the world, thanks to Aegis’ open architecture.
Lockheed Martin confirmed it will continue to work with Spanish industry to explore new areas of industrial co-operation in radar and combat system technologies, which will "help pave the way for future international sales of the F-110 frigate and new technologies, including the new S-band radar".