The US Navy has contracted Saab for supply of its Sea Giraffe AMB Multi Mode Radar (MMR) for the Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) class ship USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams, ESB 4.
The US selected Saab’s Sea Giraffe MMR in 2017 for the US Coast Guard’s newest class of ship, the Offshore Patrol Cutter.
“Saab’s Sea Giraffe MMR will strengthen the US Military Sealift Command’s capability by providing total situational awareness across a wide range of tasks including expeditionary warfare missions. Our naval radars are now selected on board five classes of ships in the US. This order demonstrates the Navy’s continued confidence in Saab as a strong partner and radar supplier. We are proud that the Navy continues to trust Saab radars to enable its mission success across the full spectrum of maritime environments and operations,” says Erik Smith, President and CEO of Saab Defense and Security USA.
The MMR is a 3D, electronically scanned phased array radar providing high-radiated power, selectable waveforms, and modern signal processing to consistently achieve high performance across various marine environments.
Saab will also supply its 9LV Naval Combat System as part of the deal. The 9LV is used for radar control and display delivering enhanced situational awareness as well as Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) capability.
The USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams will be operated by the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command.
In addition to the US Expeditionary Sea Base and Offshore Patrol Cutter class ships, Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB radar, which has the US designation AN/SPS-77, is currently deployed on the US Navy’s Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship.
In an effort to meet the air traffic control needs for the US Naval Air Systems Command, Saab is also developing a derivative of AN/SPS-77 known as AN/SPN-50.