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Euronaval: Lockheed Martin’s AN/SPY-7(V)2 Solid State S-band radar on Spanish Navy F110

: Oct 20, 2020 - : 2:00 pm

Lockheed Martin will work with Spanish company Indra to install its AN/SPY-7(V)2 solid state S-band radar on five new Spanish Navy F-110 multimission frigates as well as their land-based test site (Centro de Integración de Sistemas en Tierra or CIST). The American defense contractor is collaborating with Spanish company Navantia for the project.

The F-110 will be the first vessel in the Spanish Navy fleet to have a naval solid state S-band AN/SPY-7(V)2 radar. The radar will be part of the Aegis Weapon System that will be integrated with the ship’s combat management system SCOMBA when the first frigate deploys in 2026.

The AN/SPY-7(V)2, a modular and scalable solid state radar that provides continuous surveillance and protection, uses gallium nitride (GaN) as its material building block. The use of GAN ensures better cooling of the radar, thus leading to increased and sustained performance. Instead of one array scanning across an area, the radar is made up of thousands of mini scanners, enabling solid state coverage of the surveillance area. This subarray-based structure makes the radar easily upgradeable as threats evolve.

The F110, which is expected to have a maximum speed of 26 knots with a maximum cruising range of 4,100 NM at 15 knots,  will be armed with one Lockheed Martin Mk-41 Baseline VII VLS 16 cells (SAM Standard SM-2MR, ESSM RIM 162B), one naval gun Leonardo 127/64 LW Vulcano 5inch/64., two Mk-32 Mod. 9 double torpedo launchers for Mk-54 Mod. 5 lightweight torpedoes, 4 remote-controlled gun system armed with 12.7 mm machine gun and eight McDonnell Douglas RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile.

The F110, also named Bonifaz class, is a new multi-purpose, anti-submarine class of Aegis combat system-fitted heavy frigates under development for the Spanish Navy. The frigates are scheduled to be delivered between 2023 and 2027.

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