Lockheed Martin is working with four governments to install next-generation solid state radar (SSR) technology to provide front-line defense with air and missile capabilities.

The nations, which include Spain, Japan, Canada and the U.S., will use the SSR technology to develop both maritime and ground-based advanced radar technology. The SSR technology is based on long range discrimination radar (LRDR), which the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) selected Lockheed Martin to develop in 2015 with an on-track delivery set for 2020.

Lockheed’s SPY-7’s core technology is derived from the LRDR platform that consists of scalable and modular gallium nitride (GaN)-based subarray radar building blocks for better performance, increased efficiency and increased reliability in defining threats. Lockheed conducted testing to prove the maturity of the system and reduce fielding risk, and scaled versions of the LRDR site will be used for future radar programs including Aegis Ashore Japan, Canadian Surface Combatant and MDA’s Homeland Defense Radar in Hawaii.

SSR detects, tracks and engages air and missile threats by countering lethal objects with ballistic missiles. The system is a multi-mission system with a wide range of capabilities from passive situational awareness to integrated air and missile defense solutions.

Spain plans to use the technology for its five F-110 class frigates that will be deployed in 2026 and include a SPY-7 variant that will be integrated as part of the Aegis Weapon System. The frigates will also incorporate the International Aegis Fire Control Loop (IAFCL) integrated with SCOMBA, the combat system developed by Navantia.

Canada will use the Lockheed Martin SSR system as the naval radar provider for its 15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships integrated with Canada’s combat management system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax class ships. The company said this will make Canada owner of the second largest Aegis fleet.

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