LM/USN RE-DESIGNATE LRDR AS AN/SPY 7 (V) 1

MrConservative

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It looks as if the new LM Phased Array Radar for the CSC Frigate will in fact be the LRDR for the CSC Frigate and re-designated AN/SPY 7 (V) 1. See this News Release dated 14 Nov 2019:

U.S. Government Designates Lockheed Martin's Latest Generation Radar: AN/SPY-7(V)1 | Markets Insider
With the Raytheons AN/SPY 6 (v)2 EASR for the FFG(X) it is going to be fascinating seeing how they perform in the marketplace.

USN calls EASR development “critical” for FFG(X) | Jane's 360
 

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Yep, it looks great too. Good that it is scalable and AEGIS compatible.
I have been trying to get both MDA and LM Canada to "spill the beans" for weeks now about this radar but they have naturally been very secretive about it as they are still in the design phase of the CSC . Now that LM has publically announced it, maybe we can get some details. Although relatively un-proven, it seems to be a very good Air-Warning choice for Canada, the CSC and scalable. Finally an SSR with a BMD and Aegis capability that will rival the SPY 6(V) 1 or 4. The SPY 6 is still an excellent choice and if I had my "druthers", I would choose it, but as I said before, the SPY 6 family seems to be a bit too large for the CSC mast structure. If we had chosen it, don't know about power concerns with it. The LRDR (now SPY 7 (V) 1) is a good fit and from all reports I've read, has proven to be very high-end BMD radar. Japan has chosen the ground-based version of this radar as well. The US would not have offered this radar for Japan's ground-based BMD capabilities if they were not confident in it. It is rumored that LM is pitching the SPY 7 (V) 1 to the USN for it's FFX & LCS fleet as well. Canada may well be the "guinea pig" for this new radar from MDA & LM. Still, all in all, we could have done worse! Cheers!

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With the Raytheons AN/SPY 6 (v)2 EASR for the FFG(X) it is going to be fascinating seeing how they perform in the marketplace.

USN calls EASR development “critical” for FFG(X) | Jane's 360
I agree completely Conservative. How will this CSC SPY 7 (V) 1 radar on the CSC Frigate "stack-up" against the SPY 6 (V) 1 & 4 on the AB Flight lll's and AB flight II's? By the time Canada acquires the SPY 7 aboard the CSC, this LRDR radar may have progressed to the point where it might even out-perform the AMDR. I think someone was considering this and I believe we made the right decision in buying this LM radar. It also has a BMD "capability" just in case Canada decides to "re-negotiate" BMD with the US sooner rather than later. My thoughts anyway. Cheers!

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I agree completely MrConservative. How will this CSC SPY 7 (V) 1 radar on the CSC Frigate "stack-up" against the SPY 6 (V) 1 & 4 on the AB Flight lll's and AB flight II's? By the time Canada acquires the SPY 7 aboard the CSC, this LRDR radar may have progressed to the point where it might even out-perform the AMDR. I think someone was considering this and I believe we made the right decision in buying this LM radar. It also has a BMD "capability" just in case Canada decides to "re-negotiate" BMD with the US sooner rather than later. My thoughts anyway. Cheers!

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...I think someone was considering this and I believe we made the right decision in buying this LM radar.
Indeed.

Although, just to play devil's advocate for a second, I wonder how much the radar selection was a fait accompli with Lockheed Martin Canada being part of the winning bid to deliver the vessels?
 
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DAVID DUNLOP

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Indeed.

Although, just to play devil's advocate for a second, I wonder how much the radar selection was a fait accompli with Lockheed Martin Canada being part of the winning bid to deliver the vessels?
I believe you are 100% correct Rangitoto. LM and MDA were in "cahoots" right from the beginning on this one. LM was never going to use a radar from another company (Raytheon) when they had their own LRDR to "flog". Not that it's not a bad radar system and it gives Canada a great view to BMD and CEC.
 

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I believe you are 100% correct Rangitoto. LM and MDA were in "cahoots" right from the beginning on this one. LM was never going to use a radar from another company (Raytheon) when they had their own LRDR to "flog". Not that it's not a bad radar system and it gives Canada a great view to BMD and CEC.
Considering that it's AEGIS & CEC compatible and BMD capable, it does make sense for it to be included in the package. It should in theory integrate easily into the CMS-330 variant that the RCN are using on the CSC. Time will tell.
 

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Considering that it's AEGIS & CEC compatible and BMD capable, it does make sense for it to be included in the package. It should in theory integrate easily into the CMS-330 variant that the RCN are using on the CSC. Time will tell.
Totally agree ngatimozart! I know a lot about the Halifax Class CCS 330 as I worked with it most of my Halifax Class career when I was in the Navy. Not sure what has changed though with the latest CMS 330 system. Could be a brand new "ballgame" with this new SPY 7(V) 1 radar though It should integrate seamlessly with CSC. We hope.........
 

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On another note, can anyone tell me what 4-sided phased array X Band radar is accompanying the S -Band SPY 7 (V) 1 on the CSC Frigate? Some photos show the radar on top of the SPY 7 (V) 1 and some show it on the bottom of the CSC mast structure. Is this some sort of Radar Controller?.... don't think so though. I can speculate, that it may be the APAR BLK2 X Band multi-function radar by Thales. This would be good to know. I am sooooo..... perplexed. Cheers!

Dave Dunlop
 
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Calculus

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Posted this in the RCN thread as well.

A bit more information on the SPY-7 radar selected for CSC, but as relates to the Japanese missile defense system: Japan Awards Contract to Lockheed Martin for 2 Solid State Radars for Aegis Ashore Batteries

I found this quote interesting: "Japan selected the SSR in July 2018 over Raytheon’s SPY-6 radar system due to the SSR’s lower lifecycle costs, better overall system performance including more sophisticated target discrimination capabilities and cheaper acquisition and operating costs in comparison to the SPY-6, according to the Japanese MoD at the time."

Looks like a very powerful and reliable system. Good choice by the RCN.
 

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On another note, can anyone tell me what 4-sided phased array X Band radar is accompanying the S -Band SPY 7 (V) 1 on the CSC Frigate? Some photos show the radar on top of the SPY 7 (V) 1 and some show it on the bottom of the CSC mast structure. Is this some sort of Radar Controller?.... don't think so though. I can speculate, that it may be the APAR BLK2 X Band multi-function radar by Thales. This would be good to know. I am sooooo..... perplexed. Cheers!

Dave Dunlop
I'd be very surprised if LM paired their radar with the Thales' radar. I'd guess it's the same X-band radar being fitted to Spain's F110 frigate, which also uses the LM S-band radar.
Lockheed Martin & Indra Extend their Collaboration for Spain's F-110 Frigate Program
Spain starting construction of new F-110 frigates in May
 
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DAVID DUNLOP

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I'd be very surprised if LM paired their radar with the Thales' radar. I'd guess it's the same X-band radar being fitted to Spain's F110 frigate, which also uses the LM S-band radar.
Lockheed Martin & Indra Extend their Collaboration for Spain's F-110 Frigate Program
Spain starting construction of new F-110 frigates in May

I suspect the CSC will benefit from LM's development work on the F110.
Hi Rangitoto. On any given day I would totally agree with you. However, I don't see LM developing and testing any 4-sided Phased Array X Band Radar at this point. If you can set me straight on this one I would really appreciate it. The only X Band radar that "fits the bill" that I can see is Thales 4-sided X Band radar which could easily be fitted & harmonized with the SPY 7 (V) 1 and the CMS 330 Combat System on the CSC . Can you tell me what X Band radar the Spanish F-110 has or will be fitted with? The only Dual S & X Band radar I know of is the SPY 6 (V) 1 by LM. Since the CSC will not be fitted with that radar, as I said before, I am still soooooo confused.
 
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On another note, can anyone tell me what 4-sided phased array X Band radar is accompanying the S -Band SPY 7 (V) 1 on the CSC Frigate? Some photos show the radar on top of the SPY 7 (V) 1 and some show it on the bottom of the CSC mast structure. Is this some sort of Radar Controller?.... don't think so though. I can speculate, that it may be the APAR BLK2 X Band multi-function radar by Thales. This would be good to know. I am sooooo..... perplexed. Cheers!

Dave Dunlop
While it is acknowledged that models are not necessarily representative of reality, the LM CSC model was accurate with regards to the panel shape for what we now know to be a AN/SPY-7 variant. So I think if we assume the "targeting" or "illuminator" panels (which are clearly square) on the LM CSC model are also accurate, we can also assume these are NOT APAR Blk 2, as those panels are rectangular in shape, as is shown in the picture below (from this source: https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/defence/apar-active-phased-array-multifunction-radar).

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And finally, the pic below refers to "Lockheed Martin's most advanced radar" (not radars), and clearly shows energy radiating from the larger panel (AN/SPY-7), but not the smaller square panel underneath. This suggests that radar is NOT an LM product. The mystery deepens. Perhaps a bespoke radar developed by MDA?

LMCanada_CSC_SPY7.jpg
 
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And finally, the pic below refers to "Lockheed Martin's most advanced radar" (not radars), and clearly shows energy radiating from the larger panel (AN/SPY-7), but not the smaller square panel underneath. This suggests that radar is NOT an LM product. The mystery deepens. Perhaps a bespoke radar developed by MDA?

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Hi Calculus. I would certainly agree with you that LM is "favouring" the SPY 7 (V) 1 but there is definitely another radar there which I believe could be the Thales designed APAR four sided X Band phased array radar which is on both the Dutch Zeven Provincien Class and the German Sashen Class Frigates as shown below. It would appear to be the correct size and shape for the CSC Frigate radar mast. I don't believe MDA has designed an X Band Phased Array Radar at this time. How does it look to you? Cheers!
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Dutch Zeven Provincien Class German Sachen Class
Thales APAR has four fixed (i.e., non-rotating) sensor arrays (faces), fixed on a pyramidal structure.
Each face consists of 3424 transmit/receive (TR) modules operating at X band frequencies




 
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Rangitoto

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Hi Calculus. I would certainly agree with you that LM is "favouring" the SPY 7 (V) 1 but there is definitely another radar there which I believe could be the Thales designed APAR four sided X Band phased array radar which is on both the Dutch Zeven Provincien Class and the German Sashen Class Frigates as shown below. It would appear to be the correct size and shape for the CSC Frigate radar mast. I don't believe MDA has designed an X Band Phased Array Radar at this time. How does it look to you? Cheers!
That's the APAR blk 1 which is 20 years old, analogue technology and no longer in production. I'm 100% sure it won't be that radar. :)
 
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