and Spain's IZAR have successfully performed initial activation of the first
AEGIS weapon system equipped with SPY-1F radar aboard Norwegian frigate Fridtjof
Nansen, lead ships of five F310-class frigates, at IZAR's shipyards in Ferrol,
This important milestone marks the beginning of the integrated weapons system
testing for the first Norwegian Navy F310-class frigate equipped with the AEGIS
weapon system. These ships with a displacement around 5,000 tons are the
smaller, lower displacement vessels that have received the AEGIS weapon system.
Originally designed for US Navy's Ticonderoga-class cruisers, AEGIS has evolved
achieving qualification for smaller ships such as frigates and destroyers.
The SPY-1F is a modified version of the AN/SPY-1D radar system designed to
provide highly robust performance with Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) and
Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) capabilities. The AEGIS weapon system has deployed
with the Navies of the United States, Japan, Spain and now Norway. In the next
years AEGIS will be available for South Korea and Australia, which selected this
weapon system for its planned anti-air warfare destroyer program.
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