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Lockheed Martin, Navatia Extend Partnership to Explore Emerging Ship, Submarine Opportunities; Joe DePietro Quoted

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Lockheed Martin will continue collaborating with Spanish shipbuilding company Navatia to explore emerging commercial opportunities in surface ships and submarines.

The companies finalized a new deal Friday to extend their partnership for another three years.

Joe DePietro, C6ISR vice president at Lockheed Martin, said the agreement will support ongoing joint efforts to equip defense customers with advanced technology solutions.

According to Lockheed, while the extended agreement seeks to unlock new markets for warships and naval combat systems, the collaborative effort will also deliver the first batch of F-110 frigates to the Spanish Navy.

To support the program, the companies will demonstrate the AN/SPY-7(v)2 radar’s capability of tracking live objects at Lockheed’s Aegis-SCOMBA Integration Center in Moorestown, New Jersey.

In December 2019, the partners inked a contract for Lockheed to install the solid-state S band radar on five F-110s.

Meanwhile, the partner companies will work on integrating the Aegis and SCOMBA combat management system ASIC and Navantia’s test site in San Fernando, Spain.

The upcoming milestones will advance efforts by the Spanish Navy to start operating its first F-110 frigate in 2028, Lockheed said.

The company added that its expanding presence in Spain and other key countries will deliver more investment to bolster their economies, industries and communities.

According to Chauncey McIntosh, vice president of integrated warfare systems and sensors at Lockheed, the extended partnership with Navantia will sustain high-value jobs in Spain and lead to future collaborative efforts.

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