Saab receives US Coast Guard OPC radar order

The US Navy has awarded Saab a second contract for the delivery of its Sea Giraffe AMB multi mode radar (MMR) for the US Coast Guard’s offshore patrol cutters (OPC).

Saab received the initial order worth $16.8 million for the MMR for the OPCs in October 2017. Options for further deliveries could bring the overall contract value to $118.5 million.

The MMR system is a three dimensional, electronically scanned phased array radar providing high-radiated power and selectable waveforms.

“Variants of the Sea Giraffe AMB are currently included in four separate US military and homeland security programs. We are pleased that the US Navy and Coast Guard continue to trust Saab to deliver world leading sensor performance and total situational awareness, even in the most challenging maritime environments,” says Anders Carp, senior vice president and head of Saab business area Surveillance.

Saab is a world leader in radar and sensor technology. In addition to supplying the MMR to the US Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter, 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. A derivative of AN/SPS-77 known as AN/SPN-50, is also being developed to meet shipboard air traffic control requirements for the US Naval Air Systems Command.

The work will be carried out by Saab in Gothenburg, Sweden and Syracuse, New York, US with delivery in 2019.