South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has awarded a contract to Saab to provide support to the Arthur weapon locating system.

Under the performance-based logistics (PBL) contract, the company will be responsible for providing the South Korean Army and the South Korean Marine Corps with spare parts and support for the Arthur system.

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Valued at approximately Skr500m ($56.76m), the contract will run for a period of five years up to 2023.

The company carried out the first delivery of the Arthur weapon locating systems to South Korea in 2009 and has been receiving annual support contracts for the systems since 2012.

Saab Surveillance Business Area senior vice-president and head Anders Carp said: “South Korea, the largest operator of our Arthur weapon locating system, is a very important customer with demanding requirements.

“South Korea, the largest operator of our Arthur weapon locating system, is a very important customer with demanding requirements.”

“This five-year contract is further proof of our successful collaboration with the South Korean forces and we are proud to continue contributing to the country’s safety by providing on-site support for the Arthur systems.”

Under the deal, the company will be responsible for carrying out the majority of work on the project with its local support team in South Korea. All spare parts will be delivered by Saab in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The South Korean Armed Forces use the Arthur weapon locating radar system to detect incoming enemy artillery round the clock and provide residents with an enhanced 90-second warning of incoming fire.

The highly mobile system has the ability to rapidly detect incoming artillery fire and can calculate the firing site and point of impact, thereby facilitating effective counter-fire within a few seconds.

Arthur is a highly mobile radar system that continuously searches the horizon and immediately tracks projectiles early in the trajectory.

The weapon locating system can cover a distance of 60km and is capable of reporting more than 100 targets each minute.