Saab Expands Capabilities of Swordfish MPA
TROLLHÄTTAN, Sweden — Defense and security company Saab said in a May 16 release that it continues to enhance the Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) by expanding operational capabilities, adding new mission equipment and a significantly expanded operational payload.
Saab’s Swordfish MPA is a strategic, multirole asset that combines the latest, operationally proven sensors with Bombardier’s ultra-long-range Global 6000 platform. It is a MPA system that can fly further, stay longer on station and deliver superior results in every task that MPAs are required to fulfil across the complete spectrum of national, international and coalition missions.
Recent product development milestones at Saab and Bombardier have validated a significant increase in the available payload carried on Swordfish’s four, NATO-compatible hard points. Swordfish can now be armed with up to six lightweight-torpedoes for the ASW role. Swordfish can also carry the Saab RBS 15EF anti-ship missile or a mix of missiles and torpedoes to assure total sea control in every aspect. The Swordfish can equally carry a load of four search-and-rescue pods underlining its true multi-mission capability across the maritime domain.
Another capability that sets Swordfish apart from competitors is its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite with a world-leading acoustics processor, magnetic anomaly detector (MAD), gravity-launching systems and an operational load of around 200 A, F and G size sonobuoys. This complete and highly-capable ASW suite enables Swordfish to locate, track and classify the most advanced, high-threat sub-surface targets for several hours, with a higher probability of detection.
“We have invested heavily to produce an MPA at the peak of operational capability today and future-proofed for decades to come when new technologies, such as unmanned systems, come online,” said Gary Shand, sales director at Saab business unit Airborne ISR. “Anti-submarine warfare is the cornerstone of any MPA and we can draw on Saab’s unique design insight into submarines and airborne ISR, underwater weapons and sensors, together with decades of experience from our valued partners including GDMS-Canada, CAE and leading sonobuoy specialists Ultra Electronics UK. The result is an MPA optimized for the demands of ASW, especially at low-level, which is where the game is truly won or lost. The need to classify targets from a passive source remains as relevant as ever and is enhanced by confirmation from other sensors such as the MAD.”
In parallel with Swordfish, Saab’s multi-role and swing-role GlobalEye airborne early warning and control system continues its successful progress with three units in production and scheduled for on-time delivery. Swordfish shares around 70 percent commonality with its GlobalEye sistership including the Global 6000 platform, mission management system, electronic warfare and self-protection systems, AESA radar, electro-optics, AIS and the majority of communications systems.
Swordfish was launched at the 2016 Singapore Air.