Saab secures contract from UK MoD for Giraffe AMB radar systems

21 January 2019 (Last Updated July 22nd, 2020 09:53)

Saab has secured a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to provide support and services associated to the land-based Giraffe AMB radar systems.

Saab has secured a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to provide support and services associated to the land-based Giraffe AMB radar systems.

Under the contract, the company will have to provide services from this year until 2024.

Saab will supply spares and provide repairs, maintenance and field service representative (FSR) services in addition to design assurance and configuration management.

It will conduct work on-site at Baker Barracks in Thorney Island, UK, and at Saab’s facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Saab surveillance head Anders Carp said: “Top-tier support is an important part of Saab’s offer. Our support offer has in-built flexibility to enable high readiness and availability, as well as long-term sustainability. We are proud to assist the British Army with further enhancing their air situational awareness.”

The firm’s multi-function Giraffe AMB radars have been operational with the UK Armed Forces since 2007. They aid in force protection through identification of incoming rockets, artillery shells and mortars. The radars also contribute to air situational awareness and air defence on operations and at public events.

“In addition to the RBS 70 NG system, the contract also covers training systems, camouflage systems and other associated equipment.”

The UK’s fleet of land-based Giraffe AMB, which is claimed to be the largest in the world, has been upgraded to the latest standard and is equipped with features such as Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mode 5 and integration with the Link 16 data network.

As part of the future Sky Sabre system, the radars will support the Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP).

On 14 January, Saab secured a contract from the Brazilian Army to deliver RBS 70 NG, the latest generation of the RBS 70 man-portable air defence system.

In addition to the RBS 70 NG system, the contract also covers training systems, camouflage systems and other associated equipment.

For the Brazilian Army, this is the first order of the latest RBS 70 NG version and is intended to upgrade its air defence capability.

Its existing RBS 70 inventory has been in service since 2014.

The system was a part of the protection of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.