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Saab wins German Navy frigate contract

 The defence contractor has received an order for its maritime radar technology, with some of its contracted work expected to be carried out in Australia.

 The defence contractor has received an order for its maritime radar technology, with some of its contracted work expected to be carried out in Australia.

The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded a $728.7 million contract to Saab for the delivery and integration of new naval radars and fire control directors for the German Navy’s frigates of the Brandenburg Class (F123) vessels.


This includes the delivery of a combat management system, designed to overhaul the system currently in use on the F123.

According to Saab, this would enable a “low risk integration” of the new naval radars and fire control capabilities.

Saab's technology includes the 9LV Combat Management System, Sea Giraffe 4A and Sea Giraffe 1X radars, Ceros 200 fire control director, along with third-party systems like IFF capability.

The contract is expected to run until 2030, with Saab to carry out work in Germany, Sweden and Australia.

Saab has revealed it would subcontract German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen for the shipbuilding work, with German company ESG to carry out logistical support.


"We are proud that Germany has selected Saab as the combat system provider and integrator for the frigates to be overhauled,” Micael Johansson, Saab’s president and CEO, said.

“We look forward to contributing to strengthening Germany’s domestic combat systems integration capability, creating a high proportion of value and service provision in Germany.

“This contract will further strengthen our relationship with Germany for many years to come.”

This latest order follows Saab’s receipt of a US Navy contract earlier this year. 

The US Navy greenlighted three of the company’s AN/SPN-50(V)1 radar systems for 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.

[Related: Saab, US Navy sign radar agreement]

Saab wins German Navy frigate contract
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