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Saab Defense and Security USA has introduced its new solid-state naval radar system, the Sea Giraffe 4A, at the Surface Navy Association’s 2016 National Symposium.

It showcased the radar’s performance on air and surface surveillance and tracking in rotating and staring modes.

The Sea Giraffe 4A is an S-band, multi-mission, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, which features a 360-degree rocket, artillery and mortar locator, and are equipped to target long-surface-to-air range missiles.

"Saab’s Sea Giraffe 4A gives naval warfighters the advantage of total situational awareness."

Capable of classifying both hovering and moving helicopters, the radar is equipped with the enhanced low, slow and small (ELSS) function to detect and classify unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Saab Defense and Security USA president and CEO Erik Smith said: "Saab’s Sea Giraffe 4A gives naval warfighters the advantage of total situational awareness.

"It offers simultaneous, uncompromising capabilities in single, low-footprint radar to keep our sailors safe, cognisant and prepared."

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Saab is the design authority and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the system, including shipboard radar installation.

The system is reported as being fully developed and is scheduled to be delivered in 2016. It will be incorporated onboard the Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS).

Sea Giraffe 4A’s first demonstration was conducted in November, at the company’s radar test facility in Syracuse, New York, US.

Saab’s Syracuse division is assigned to maintain radar design and production capability and to train US Navy personnel on radar operation and maintenance.

Additionally, it offers a 24/7 customer support, and manages a depot in support of the AN/SPS-77 radars.

Image: An impression of the Sea Giraffe radar system. Photo: courtesy of Saab AB.