Saab Radars Make Inroads in U.S. Naval Market
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — Swedish defense company Saab has succeeded in marketing its Sea Giraffe radar in increasing numbers to the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, with the radar and its derivatives installed or planned for installation on approximately 70 ships, company officials said.
The SPS-77 Sea Giraffe, a maritime version of the Saab Giraffe air-defense radar, is installed or planned for 15 Independence-variant littoral combat ships (LCSs), with one radar set as a battle spare, Gene Bojarski, director of business development of sensor systems for Navy programs, said Jan. 10 at the Surface Navy Association National Symposium.
A derivative, the SNP-50 air traffic control radar, is being installed on the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, and Wasp- and America-classes amphibious assault ships, totaling 25 radars, Bojarski said.
The Sea Giraffe was selected by the Coast Guard for its future Offshore Patrol Cutters, a program that could result in the sale of 25 systems.
The Sea Giraffe recently returned from its first overseas deployment on a U.S. Navy ship, the Independence-class LCS USS Coronado, which made a 16-month deployment to the Western Pacific
Saab’s U.S. unit, based in Syracuse, N.Y., has grown from 78 personnel to more than 270 as sales of the Sea Giraffe in the United States have increased, said Anders Linder, vice president and head of the SAAB Surface Radar Solutions business unit.