Successful integration of SPY-7 radar into Lockheed Martin's Aegis for Japan

According to a PR published by Lockheed Martin on January 27, 2022, successfully demonstrated the integration of the AN/SPY-7(v)1 radar into the Aegis Weapon System, executing the processing required to detect, track and discriminate ballistic missile threats, and successfully guide interceptors to those threats.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 AN/SPY-7(v)1 radar (Picture source: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin is modifying its production test center facility located at its Moorestown, N.J. site to prepare for the live SPY-7 radar integration and test for Japan’s Aegis System Equipped Vessel (ASEV) program.

Like other radar programs of this magnitude, this test facility will be used to validate end-item hardware and software performance prior to shipment to Japan, provide early lessons-learned to streamline equipment installation on the ASEV ship platform, and support maintenance and training efforts ahead of system deployment.

The successful demonstration of the complete ballistic missile defense fire control loop is a critical milestone in the development of the SPY-7 equipped Aegis Combat System. The demonstration was witnessed by both the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy Aegis Technical Representative.

SPY-7 is a scalable radar that can protect against ballistic missiles and anti-air missiles. This technology can protect warfighters and citizens at sea, ashore, and around the world, through programs like Aegis, Aegis Ashore, and LRDR.

SPY-7 provides several times the performance of traditional SPY-1 radars – it can detect, track, and engage sophisticated ballistic missile threats, including multiple threats at once.