port disparate mission needs including EW, communi-
cations, SIGINT and radar—proving the feasibility and
operational benefits of this integrated electromagnetic
maneuver warfare system approach.
for any frigate with similar requirements to the F- 110. Un-
der this agreement, both companies will work together
to fulfill customer needs. The F- 110 frigate is the Spanish
Navy’s future multi-mission surface vessel, due to see op-
erations in the next decade. With production expected
to begin in 2018, the first F- 110 frigate would be com-
missioned in 2023 equipped with the first Aegis Weapon
System integrating the new solid state S-Band radar.
LM and Indra have been collaborating since 2009
to develop a state-of-the-art S-Band solid state radar
for Spain’s F- 110 Frigate Program, and their cooperation in S-Band naval radars dates to 1997 when Indra
began supplying components for the SPY-1D radar.
Over those 20 years, Indra has delivered components
to every Aegis Combat system for the U.S. Navy and all
five international Aegis partner navies. Under this new
radar partnership, nearly a decade of joint funding and
technical collaboration has been invested to combine
and mature the best of LM and Indra S-Band solid state
The Spanish Navy operates five Aegis-equipped Ál-varo de Bazán-class (F- 100) frigates equipped with the
LM-developed Aegis Combat System and SPY-1 radar.
F- 110 will aim to evolve the strong partnerships between U.S. and Spanish industry established during the
development and fielding of the first four ships of the
F- 100 program and expanded for F- 105.
MWJ’s technical editor, Gary Lerude, recently attended
the AOC event. For a full recap and his impressions, visit
LM, Indra to Provide AESA Radar to
Worldwide Anti-Air Warfare Platforms
Northrop Indra and Lockheed Martin recently signed a Heads of Agreement that extends their exclusive relationship in the development of a state-of-the-art S-Band active electronically
scanned array (AESA) radar for the Spanish Navy’s F- 110
program and establishes a framework for the commercialization of this solid state radar for other anti-air warfare opportunities worldwide. Navies from other countries will benefit from the ongoing work performed for
the F- 110, a vessel with an Aegis Combat System adapted to respond to conventional and asymmetric threats in
coastline operations. This AESA radar will be an option