Saab to modernise Swedish ground-based air defence system

21 February 2013 (Last Updated February 21st, 2013 03:45)

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded contracts to Saab to deliver and modernise the national army's ground-based air defence systems.

Giraffe AMB radar

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded contracts to Saab to deliver and modernise the national army's ground-based air defence systems.

Valued at a total Skr600m ($94.7m), the two contracts cover an upgrade of existing units and supply of new systems with ground-based air defence command, control and communication (C3) functions based on its Giraffe agile multi-beam (AMB) multifunctional radar system.

"Saab will deliver the system integration and the integration of the command and control systems into the ground-based anti-aircraft defence systems, based on our solid and well-established Giraffe radar systems."

Saab Electronic Defence Systems business area head Micael Johansson said the contract further strengthens the company's position in the field of ground-based air defence, both domestically and worldwide.

"Saab will deliver the system integration and the integration of the command and control systems into the ground-based anti-aircraft defence systems, based on our solid and well-established Giraffe radar systems," Johansson added.

Both systems are expected to feature command units that can be interoperable with Nato's tactical data link (Link 16), communication systems and combat management terminals, as well as an upgrade of the current radar and command units.

Equipped with functions such as planning, evaluation and simulation, the system also supports effective use of all resources within a ground-based air defence unit, by enabling units up to battalion level to install and synchronise an array of sensors and weapon systems based on a common understanding of the situation.

A warning function for incoming grenades and rockets is also present in the system, with its command and control function also offering flexibility in terms of selection of effectors.

Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place between 2014 and 2017.

The Giraffe AMB is a two or three-dimensional G/H-band multi-role surveillance system, designed to protect troops against enemy counter rocket artillery and mortar (C-RAM) threats in the battlefield.


Image: A Giraffe AMB radar being displayed at 2007 Le Bourget Air Show. Photo: courtesy of Duch.seb.

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