Follow-on Order for Sea GIRAFFEs AMB in Support of LCS Programme
Saab has received an additional order from General Dynamics for delivery of its Sea GIRAFFE AMB naval radar for the US Navy’s (USN) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) LCS 28 and LCS 30. Sea GIRAFFE AMB’s US military designation is AN/SPS-77. The work will take place at Saab in Syracuse, NY/USA and Gothenburg, Sweden.
“The Sea GIRAFFE AMB is currently being delivered to five classes of USN surface ships as a part of three separate USN programmes, and this follow-on LCS contract further strengthens Saab’s position as a premier radar supplier for the USN,” Erik Smith, President and CEO of Saab Defense and Security USA, said. “The Sea GIRAFFE AMB has been developed and proven to meet the requirements of USN missions from air and surface surveillance to air traffic control. Saab is proud to be a trusted partner to the U.S. Navy supporting an ever increasing set of complex radar missions across the fleet and around the world.”
To date, Sea GIRAFFE has been installed on the LCS 2 (USS Independence), LCS 4 (USS Coronado), LCS 6 (USS Jackson), LCS 8 (USS Montgomery), LCS 10 (USS Gabrielle Giffords) and LCS 12 (USS Omaha). Additional systems are in various stages of manufacturing and testing to meet LCS construction schedules. Saab has also received an additional contract from General Dynamics with options for delivery of another 11 systems in the program through 2024.
In October 2017, the USN announced it will deploy Sea GIRAFFE AMB on the US Coast Guard’s newest class of ship, the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC). Additionally, Saab is developing a derivative of Sea GIRAFFE AMB, known as AN/SPN-50, to meet the US Naval Air Systems Command’s air traffic control requirements on aircraft carrier and amphibious assault class ships.