Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and Lockheed Martin have renewed a 20-year accord under which the first successful integration of the latter’s Aegis combat system into smaller warships took place.
Navantia said the agreement would enable the company to “keep exploring new business opportunities beneficial to both companies”.
The signing, led by Dale Bennett, Executive Vice-President, Rotary and Mission Systems and Navantia’s President Esteban García Vilasánchez coincided with the 20th anniversary of the start of their initial joint collaboration that resulted in Aegis being fitted into the Spanish Navy’s F-100 frigates from 2000 onwards.
It was the first time the system had been incorporated in a ship of less than 9,000 tonnes and has enabled the Spanish Armada to operate an escort ship that is “equipped to provide total cover for deployed forces with a high anti-aircraft capability and total integration with other allied units”, said Navantia.
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