Radar Tracks Space Objects from Japanese Ship

The Lockheed Martin SPY-7 radar showed proficiency in defense trials, tracking multiple objects in space whilst rigged to Japan’s Aegis System Equipped Vessel (ASEV) By William Mackenzie / 15 Apr 2024
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A Japanese Aegis System Equipped Vessel (ASEV) was outfitted with Lockheed Martin’s first live track AN/SPY-7(V)1 radar to demonstrate its ability to track objects in space. 

The SPY-7, a powerful and versatile radar with advanced technology, provides the capability for decisions to be made accurately and quickly. During the first track event, SPY-7 radar tactical hardware and software tracked objects in space to verify the maturity of the radar system and mark the beginning of comprehensive performance testing.

The tracking event was performed at Lockheed Martin’s Production Test Center in Moorestown, New Jersey.

The Japan Ministry of Defense will field two ASEVs with the SPY-7 radar system, as part of the program which will serve as the cornerstone for Japan’s national defense. The SPY-7 radar system and Aegis Weapon System equipment will be fully tested ahead of the shipment to Japan.

SPY-7 technology is being delivered for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s LRDR, the Spanish F-110 Frigate and Canadian Surface Combatant programs. Similar technology developed for LRDR and SPY-7 may be utilized on Guam in the future.

Chandra Marshall, vice president of Radar and Sensor Systems at Lockheed Martin, commented; “The SPY-7 radar product line uses technology from the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) program to enhance overall strength against evolving threats. Providing 24/7 coverage, SPY-7 is a superior deterrence asset available for land and maritime applications around the world.”

Amr Hussein, vice president of Multi-Domain Combat Solutions at Lockheed Martin, added; “We use our proven integration and test process to fully test the capability of Aegis and SPY-7 prior to delivery to Japan. This vigorous testing regimen minimizes risk and ensures that Japan will receive a fully integrated and calibrated system as quickly as possible.”

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