Lockheed, Navantia Extend Naval Combat Systems Partnership

Lockheed Martin and Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company Navantia have signed a deal extending their 27-year naval combat systems partnership for three more years.

The agreement continues the companies’ combined role in developing surface ships and submarines, such as the F-100 and F-110 frigate programs.

Integration of Lockheed’s Aegis Combat System into future ships is expected to continue under the partnership, following more than two decades of support for the Spanish, Norwegian, and Australian Navies.

The partnership also facilitated the implementation of combat management and sonar systems for Spain’s S-80 submarines.

Navantia Systems and Services VP and CTO Donato Martínez said the agreement will continue to offer state-of-the-art technology and defense solutions to Spain and other international clients.

“Our collaboration has been and continues to be pivotal in elevating our common products to the forefront of technology. Extending this collaboration demonstrates our commitment to designing, building and delivering the best solutions to our clients both in the surface ship and submarine domains,” he stated.

Future Developments

With the F-110 multi-purpose, anti-submarine frigates arriving in Spain by 2025, part of Lockheed and Navantia’s upcoming milestones include new sensors and armament for the ships.

Lockheed’s Aegis-SCOMBA Integration Center in Moorestown, New Jersey, will be responsible for fitting AN/SPY-7(v)2 live tracking radar on the frigates, set to be commissioned in 2028.

Navantia also concluded that the partnership will result in millions of dollars being invested in global supply chains, creating local security and strengthening economies and industries.

“The extension of our long-standing relationship with Navantia will help sustain high-value jobs in Spain with the goal of further collaboration between our two companies,” Lockheed Martin Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors vice president Chauncey McIntosh added.

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