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December 21, 2021updated 22 Dec 2021 5:35pm

Saab to deliver Sea Giraffe radars for Canadian Halifax frigates

The radars will improve the vessels’ medium range, simultaneous air and surface surveillance capability.

Saab has received a contract from Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to provide the multi-role Sea Giraffe AMB naval radars antenna kits.

The kits will be integrated onto the RCN’s Halifax-class frigates to improve the vessels’ performance and sustain their service life.

The contract also comprises related equipment and spare parts and is valued at around $32.7m (SEK300m).

Saab Surveillance Business Area head Carl-Johan Bergholm said: “This order has further strengthened our Sea Giraffe radar market position and continues the excellent partnership that Saab enjoys with the Royal Canadian Navy.”

Work under the contract will commence this calendar year and continue until 2026.

Saab noted that the contractual work will be executed in Halifax of Canada and Sweden’s Gothenburg.

A multi-role 3D surveillance radar system, Sea Giraffe AMB is used for naval applications.

It provides medium range, simultaneous air, and surface surveillance, besides possessing a weapon designation capability.

The radar system is suitable for deployments in naval environments such as the littorals and blue-water operations.

The RCN has 12 Halifax-class multi-role patrol frigates designed for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.

Under different modernisation projects, the frigates are being equipped with various enhancements to help meet emerging and evolving threats and operating environments.

In December 2018, the Canadian Government awarded a contract to Saab Microwave Canada to supply new antenna sets for the Sea Giraffe 180 medium-range air and surface search radar.

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