The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received the first Saab Giraffe AMB (agile multibeam) radar unit as part of the country’s land environment air picture provision (LEAPP) programme.

The LEAPP programme is specifically designed to provide near real-time air picture to land commanders as well as other ground based combat units.

The Giraffe AMB is a battlefield surveillance radar that forms an organic sensor element for autonomous provision of high-quality air pictures without dependence on other systems.

Integrated on a single ground vehicle, the 3D long-range radar system includes a mast-mounted radar and integrated a command, control and communications (C3) system for medium and short-range air defence applications.

The Giraffe system offers quick deployment and high mobility and can be operated in intense clutter and jamming environments.

Additional units will be delivered by the end of 2010.