U.S. Navy gives nomenclature to Saab 3D radar system

Jan. 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Saab's 3D, agile multi-beam radar system, adapted for U.S. Navy use, has received official Navy nomenclature.

The Sea Giraffe AMB radar system is now known to the Navy as the AN/SPS-77 (V)1, which is being integrated on Independence variants of the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship by Saab Defense and Security USA, General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works and Austral.

"The AN/SPS 77 has proven to be the most capable and adaptable medium-range, multi-mission radar asset available to the LCS program and future U.S. maritime security platforms," said Erik Smith, vice president of the Sensor Systems Division within Saab Defense and Security USA. "The radar system is able to efficiently incorporate new capabilities through Saab's modular architecture and rapid technology insertion process.

"Receiving this U.S. Navy system designation means that Sea Giraffe is now formally acknowledged by the U.S. Navy as part of the U.S. Navy standard inventory."

The AN/SPS-77 is a multi-role, medium-range, 3D radar system that provides simultaneous air and surface medium-range surveillance. It can be used in a weapon designation role and "is suitable for demanding naval environments from the littorals to blue-water operations," Saab said.

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