Saab has received a contract modification to provide two additional AN/SPN-50(V)1 shipboard air traffic radar (SATR) systems for the US Navy.

This modification builds on a previously awarded low-rate initial production contract from last year. The estimated value of the new modification is around $30m.

Booked in the third quarter of 2022, the contract modification also includes the delivery of spare parts and radar installation support.

The company will perform the related radar manufacturing, delivery, test and integration work at its facility in Syracuse, New York.

Delivery of the first radar system to the US Navy is expected to take place by 2024.

The two systems will be the sixth and seventh SATR systems covered in the production contract.

Saab CEO and president Erik Smith said: “The US Navy’s continued trust and confidence in Saab to provide this critical capability is a reflection of our team’s hard work, capabilities, and commitment.”

According to the US Department of Defense announcement, the latest modification involves the addition of more items for the production/delivery of two SATR systems, two on-board repair kits and two depot spares kits.

Once delivered, the AN/SPN-50(V)1 radar system will operate as the primary air traffic control and surveillance radar system for both crewed and uncrewed aviation aboard the US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and large deck amphibious ship fleet.

Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Programme Office (PMA 213) is managing the delivery of air traffic control and landing capability for the navy.

Saab and PMA 213 are working in coordination for radar systems’ acquisition, deployment and sustainment.

The company has also built a centre of radar excellence in Central New York for radars installed on seven different classes of the US Navy/Coast Guard ships.