UK MoD orders additional Giraffe AMB radar systems from Saab

25 August 2015 (Last Updated August 25th, 2015 18:30)

Saab has secured a contract to supply additional Giraffe agile multi-beam (AMB) radar systems and associated equipment to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Giraffe radar

Saab has secured a contract to supply additional Giraffe agile multi-beam (AMB) radar systems and associated equipment to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

In addition to radar deliveries, the Skr610m ($73.4m) contract also requires the company to upgrade existing systems to the same production-build standard as the new Giraffe AMB.

Saab Electronic Defence Systems business area head Micael Johansson said: "We are looking forward to supporting both potential mission deployments and further system evolutions based on our spiral development plan for Giraffe."

As well as augmenting the primary radar's performance and capacity, the upgrade is also expected to keep the British radars in line with the Giraffe product roadmap.

The move will in turn allow for the addition of a unique capability to spot small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the capacity to screen out difficult radar 'clutter', such as birds.

Giraffe AMB is a family of land and naval two or three-dimensional G / H-band passive electronically scanned array radars, and can classify and track fixed wing, helicopter, surface, jammer, and ballistic targets, while providing coastal surveillance.

The radar is designed to provide a full 360° update of the air situation out to 120km every second, and is able to function in challenging environments, such as mountains, complex coastal regions and wind farm areas.

"We are looking forward to supporting both potential mission deployments and further system evolutions."

In addition, Giraffe features essential command and control for ground based air defence and sense-and-warn applications.

Initially acquired by the UK in 2008 as part of the Land Environment Air Picture Provision programme, the surveillance radar has been used to provide the real-time air picture in support of airspace management on deployed operations and at major events in the country.

The radar is also said to have made a significant contribution to force protection through the detection and prediction of impact of incoming rockets, artillery shells, and mortars.

Development and production is scheduled to take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, while the deliveries will commence during the second half of this year and continue until 2018.


Image: The Giraffe AMB radar offers a full 360° update of the air situation out to 120km every second. Photo: Copyright Saab AB.