First SPY-1F Radar Testing Began Aboard Norwegian Frigate


Released on Thursday, February 17, 2005
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F310 Fridtjof Nansen
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ESSM - Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile
Lockheed-Martin 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, Spain.

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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