The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a support contract to Saab for the Arthur weapon locating system.

The current award is a one-year extension of the logistical support contract originally signed between Saab and the MoD in 2015 for the Arthur system.

Arthur is a combat proven weapon locating system that is currently in use with the British Army’s 5th Regiment Royal Artillery and has supported operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Saab Surveillance Business Area senior vice-president and head Anders Carp said: “The UK is an important market for our surface-based radars, with the UK recently becoming our largest operator of Giraffe AMB radars.

“We are pleased to contribute to the protection of UK forces by continuing to support Arthur.”

“We are pleased to contribute to the protection of UK forces by continuing to support Arthur.”

Under the deal, the company will carry out the work on-site at the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery’s Marne Barracks in Catterick, UK.

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Saab’s Arthur weapon locating system can be deployed to carry out a wide range of tasks, from counter-battery operations and fire control of artillery weapons, to protecting forces and civilians by providing warning of incoming fire.

The system features passive phased-array antenna technology to ensure optimised performance in an electronic warfare (EW) environment.

Equipped with advanced technology, Arthur offers enhanced balance between mobility, range, accuracy, electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM), operational availability and lifecycle cost.

The Arthur radar has the ability to continuously search the horizon and immediately track projectiles early in the trajectory.

Known as Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Asset (MAMBA) in the UK, the first Arthur weapon locating systems were delivered to the country 15 years ago.