Saab has received an order from the U.S. Navy to supply the Sea Giraffe AMB multi-mode radar (MMR) for the Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) class ship USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams, ESB 4, which will be operated by U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command.
The MMR is a 3D, electronically scanned phased array radar, providing high radiated power, selectable waveforms and modern signal processing to consistently achieve high performance across various marine environments.
The Navy order includes Saab’s 9LV Naval Combat System for radar control and display, delivering enhanced situational awareness and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) capability. The work will be carried out from 2018 to 2020 at Saab in Gothenburg, Sweden and Syracuse, New York.In 2017, the U.S. selected Saab’s Sea Giraffe MMR for the U.S. Coast Guard’s newest class of ship, the Offshore Patrol Cutter. In addition to the U.S. Expeditionary Sea Base and Offshore Patrol Cutter class ships, Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB radar, which has the U.S. designation AN/SPS-77, is currently deployed on the U.S. Navy’s Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship. Saab is also developing a derivative of AN/SPS-77 known as AN/SPN-50, to meet the air traffic control needs for the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command.
“Saab’s Sea Giraffe MMR will strengthen the U.S. Military Sealift Command’s capability by providing total situational awareness across a wide range of tasks, including expeditionary warfare missions. Our naval radars are now selected on board five classes of ships in the U.S. This order demonstrates the Navy’s continued confidence in Saab as a strong partner and radar supplier. We are proud that the Navy continues to trust Saab radars to enable its mission success across the full spectrum of maritime environments and operations,” — Erik Smith, president and CEO of Saab Defense and Security USA (/em>