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Saab receives $38 million U.S. Navy radar contract

Company will provide AN/SPN-50 (V)1 shipboard air traffic radar as part of the deal.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Saab receives $38 million U.S. Navy radar contract
Saab Defense and Security USA has received a $38 million U.S. Navy contract to provide the AN/SPN-50 (V)1 shipboard air traffic radar for amphibious assault ships and aircraft carriers. The USS George Washington is shown here. U.S. Navy photo

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Saab Defense and Security USA has received a $38 million U.S. Navy contract to provide the AN/SPN-50 (V)1 shipboard air traffic radar.

The first award for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program covers initial procurement of three radars over a four-year period, Saab said in a statement.

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The radar will be deployed to the Navy's aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships, replacing the current AN/SPN-43C air traffic radar.

The SPN-50 system provides aircraft position, radar signal and radar data. Air traffic controllers use the data for aircraft sequencing and separation, airspace identification and containment, safety alerts, traffic advisories and landing guidance.

Saab's SPS-77 radar is currently deployed aboard the service's Independence-class littoral combat ship.

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