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Saab, US Navy sign radar agreement

Saab confirmed that the US Navy has given three Saab radars the greenlight to enter production for 2022 delivery.

Saab confirmed that the US Navy has given three Saab radars the greenlight to enter production for 2022 delivery.

Saab has confirmed that the US Navy has given three of the company’s AN/SPN-50(V)1 radar systems the greenlight to progress to the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) phase two. The LRIP phase two is valued at US$37.1 million and expects the delivery of the systems to reach the US Navy by 2022.


Saab outlined that the AN/SPN-50(V)1 radar is the US modification of the Sea Giraffe Agile Multi Beam radar. It is expected that this radar system will serve as the principle surveillance radar for air traffic onboard the US' nuclear powered aircraft carriers and large deck ships.

Erik Smith, president and chief executive at Saab US, outlined that the agreement will use Saab’s expertise to improve readiness and effectiveness.

“By leveraging Saab’s radar technology already in operational service with the US Navy, the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office and Saab is addressing shipboard air traffic control capability to ensure readiness and cost-efficiency,” Smith said.

The implementation of the new system will be managed by the US Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office.

[Related: Saab and Global Defence Solutions team up to deliver camouflage systems]


Liam Garman

Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is undertaking a Masters in Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra.
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