New-generation Saab surface radar on track, in production
[Johannesburg, 29 October 2014] -
Defence and security company Saab extended its surface radar portfolio earlier this year. With the introduction of five all-new complementary Giraffe radars for land and sea, there is now a Giraffe option for all kind of needs in air surveillance and air defence. Production of the first Giraffe 4A system for an undisclosed customer is ongoing at Saab in Gothenburg, Sweden. This incorporates the latest technology in radars: Gallium-Nitride (GaN) circuits.In parallel with this production activity, during August this year, Saab conducted a suite of operationally-focused, deployed field tests with the new Giraffe 4A radar – demonstrating weapons location, air defence and air surveillance functions. These tests, performed at multiple locations, were witnessed by representatives from several countries. All tests met or exceeded the expected performance, with the radar demonstrating impressive functionality against small targets and jamming."Saab can now cater for all ground and naval defence radar needs; from VSHORAD to long-range air surveillance and weapons location, with multifunctional capability. Distinctive characteristics for our radars include the use of a stacked beam (digital beam forming), a high update rate, plus superb performance in clutter and jamming resistance," says Anders Linder, head of Saab's business unit Surface Radar Solutions.