Lockheed Martin to upgrade ship defense system on Turkish Navy Frigates

U.S. Navy officials needed to upgrade the electronics aboard the Turkish navy’s G-class guided-missile frigates.

Nov 1st, 2009
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U.S. Navy officials needed to upgrade the electronics aboard the Turkish navy’s G-class guided-missile frigates. To do so, they partnered with engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp. in Moorestown, N.J.

Lockheed Martin won from the U.S. Navy a contract to update the MK 92 fire-control system for Turkey’s G-class guided-missile frigate shipboard electronics. The MK 92 system, originally developed by Lockheed Martin, provides integrated X-band shipboard radar surveillance, target tracking, and weapon fire-control capability for naval gun and missile systems.

The radar fire-control system upgrade will support the introduction of the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), a larger and more powerful version than its Sea Sparrow predecessor that is a medium-range, quick-reaction missile designed to defeat anti-ship cruise missiles. Designed to counter maneuvering anti-ship missiles, the ESSM provides enhanced self-protection capabilities for surface warships.

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Lockheed Martin engineers will design, develop, and integrate the electronics modifications necessary to support the new missile capability.

“The MK 92 upgrade represents the first U.S. Navy-sponsored sale of our solid-state continuous wave illumination transmitter to support ESSM deployment by navies around the world,” says Stan Ozga, Lockheed Martin’s director for naval radar programs.

The upgrade, when combined with Lockheed Martin’s MK41 Vertical Launching System, will deliver increased self-defense capacity through the MK25 Quadpack canister. The MK5 canister enables four ESSMs to be loaded in each MK41 cell.

For more information, visit Lockheed Martin Corp. online at www.lockheedmartin.com.

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