The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Lockheed Martin Naval Electronic & Surveillance Systems (NE&SS) a $420 million contract modification to develop a prototype tactical radar, called SPY-1E.
According to Lockheed Martin, SPY-1E is a solid-state S-band radar that provides greatly improved detection at much greater ranges, a key requirement to counter ballistic missile defence threats. Additionally, SPY-1E will improve the US Navy’s ship self-defence and anti-air warfare capabilities.
The SPY-1 is reportedly at the heart of the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis Weapon System, which is deployed on 61 US Aegis-class ships on station around the world.
The current SPY-1 radar can search, track and guide missiles simultaneously and has the capability of tracking hundreds of targets concurrently, from the wave tops to the exoatmosphere. SPY-1E will provide a step increase in the capability of the Aegis Weapon System.