Lockheed Martin's next generation radar provides front-line defense

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has announced it has partnered with the US Government, Spain, Japan, and Canada, to provide front-line defense with air and defense capabilities with its solid-state radar (SSR) technology, the company said.

These nations are part of a growing SSR family of 24 platforms, ushering in the next generation of maritime and ground-based advanced radar technology. The basis of SSR is the 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. In 2019 Lockheed Martin´s SSR for Aegis Ashore Japan was designated by the United States Government as AN/SPY-7(V)1.

SPY-7´s core technology is derived from the LRDR program, which has been declared Technical Readiness Level 7 by the US Government. The technology consists of a scalable and modular gallium nitride (GaN) based subarray radar building block, providing advanced performance and increased efficiency and reliability to pace ever-evolving threats.

As part of its investment into the advancement of SSR, Lockheed Martin built a Solid-State Radar Integration Site to conduct detailed testing to prove the maturity of the system and reduce fielding risk. Scaled versions of the LRDR site will be utilized for future radar programs including Aegis Ashore Japan, Canadian Surface Combatant and MDA´s Homeland Defense Radar in Hawaii.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.