Surface Navy 2017: Lockheed Martin pushes solid-state SPY-1 radar upgrade plan

10 January 2017

Key Points

  • Lockheed Martin is proposing a solid-state upgrade for the USN's AN/SPY-1(V) radars
  • The company says that the plan could be applicable to over 30 DDG 51 destroyers

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems is proposing a solid-state upgrade for the AN/SPY-1(V) radars fitted to the US Navy's (USN's) DDG 51 Flight IIA Aegis-capable guided-missile destroyers. The plan is leveraging technology from the US Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) S-band Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR).

Disclosing the initiative on 9 January just prior to the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium in Washington, DC, Jim Sheridan, the company's vice president and general manager for naval combat and missile defence systems, said the technology update plan - which would backfit a new gallium nitride (GaN) antenna array and a multimission signal processor (MMSP) into existing destroyers - was potentially applicable to over 30 DDG 51 ships.

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