Saab has been contracted to continue to support the Australian Army’s ground-based air defence (GBAD) and counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) systems.

Under the Skr184m ($19.05m) contract, Saab will provide support to the systems fielded by 16th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery until 2022.

The contract is intended to ensure the availability of the GBAD and C-RAM systems.

Support will include systems such as Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB) radars and RBS-70 very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) weapon system produced by Saab.

Saab surveillance head Anders Carp said: “Long-term, top-class support is key to our offer and we look forward to continuing to help strengthen Australia’s GBAD and C-RAM capability with our expertise in complex integrated systems.”

The company’s Australian subsidiary upgraded the army’s short-range air defence system with the identification friend or foe (IFF) Mode 5 standard. The company integrated Giraffe AMB radar into the system and upgraded the missile firing posts and the tactical command and control system (TaCCS).

The Mode 5 capability allows ground-based air defence crews to operate confidently in complex operational environments.

The company will also support the IFF under the contract. The Australian Army is procuring Raytheon and Kongsberg-built National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS).

NASAMS will be the army’s principal air defence weapon. It will replace the existing short-range air defence capability, including the RBS-70 system.

The government cleared the acquisition of NASAMS in March.

Saab Australia managing director Andy Keough said: “Our operations in Australia are going from strength to strength. We’re committed to our relationship with the Australian Army and to contributing to keeping people and assets safe by supporting our nations’ ground-based air defence capability.”