MOSCOW, (BM) – Several media reports that the USS Porter, the USS Porter, damaged its AN/SPY-1 radar missile station during its stay in the Black Sea, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the news agency Military Affairs.
It is noted that this radar plays an important role in the Aegis missile defense combat system. It is reported that the damage was covered by the so-called “spy beam”, which made the use of the radar station impossible.
A feature of the AN / SPY-1 radar is the ability to detect small objects at a distance of up to 165 kilometers. At a distance of over 300 kilometers, the system is able to determine the parameters of enemy missiles. The collected information about targets is transmitted by the station to the command post.
Earlier this year, it became clear that the American company Lockheed Martin would upgrade the AN / SPY-1 radars, both to its fleet and to its partners.
It is not clear whether the American destroyer Porter had already updated the radar, or still used the old version.
More about AN/SPY radars
Through partnerships with the U.S. Government, Spain, Japan, and Canada, Lockheed Martin’s solid state radar (SSR) technology will provide front-line defense to nations around the world with cutting-edge air and missile defense capabilities.
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.
What is SSR Technology?
SPY-7’s core technology is derived from the LRDR program, which has been declared Technical Readiness Level 7 by the U.S. 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.
Solid state offers powerful capabilities to detect, track and engage sophisticated air and missile threats, including the very complicated task of discriminating – or picking out – and countering lethal objects present in enemy ballistic missiles.
The Lockheed Martin SSR uses state-of-the art hardware and an innovative software-defined radar architecture to meet current requirements while providing extensibility features to pace evolving threats for decades to come. Its unique maintain-while-operate capability provides very high operational availability and enables continuous 24-hour/7-day week operation.
Solid state radar is a multi-mission system providing a wide range of capabilities, from passive situational awareness to integrated air and missile defense solutions. The combined capability and mission flexibility of Lockheed Martin’s SSR has gained the attention of new and current users of the Aegis Weapon System, the world’s premier air and missile defense combat suite.
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