The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe 3D air search radars, equipment, support, and training to the Philippines.

Under the estimated $25m FMS, the Philippines has requested the purchase of two Sea Giraffe 3D radars and support services, as well as installation services, operator training, system operational testing, and documentation.

VSE and Saab will serve as the principal contractors for the sale.

"VSE and Saab will serve as the principal contractors for the sale."

The radars will be fitted on the Philippine Navy’s two Hamilton-class cutters, BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), which were acquired from the US Coast Guard through the excess defence articles (EDA) programme.

In November 2015, US President Barack Obama announced that a third Hamilton-class cutter will be turned over to the Philippine Navy.

The radars are expected to bolster the Philippines’ maritime domain awareness (MDA) capabilities, leading to an improved monitoring of its territorial seas and exclusive economic zones (EEZ).

Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB radar, designated as the AN/SPS-77 (V)1 radar in the US, is a multi-role medium-range 3D surveillance radar system for naval applications.

It has been designed to provide an enhanced ability to detect and track air contacts, as well as medium-range, simultaneous air and surface surveillance.

The AN/SPS-77 version of radars is currently installed on the US Navy’s littoral combat ships.

Image: A Sea Giraffe 3D radar mounted on a Polish corvette. Photo: courtesy of Maciej Szczepanczyk.