UK becomes largest operator of land-based Giraffe AMB radars
Saab has delivered the tenth Giraffe Agile Multi Beam (AMB) radar to the Ministry of Defence making the UK the largest operator of land-based Giraffe AMB radars in the world.
Saab’s surveillance radar system plays a key role in the UK’s new ground based air defence (GBAD) Sky Sabre system, and provides air target tracking to its Land Ceptor weapon as recently demonstrated at a weapon firing in the North of Sweden.
The Giraffe was first acquired in 2008 as part of the Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) programme. Since deliveries started in 2010, Giraffe AMB has been used by 16th Regiment Royal Artillery to make a vital contribution to force protection through the detection of incoming rockets, artillery shells and mortars.
The radar has also provided the real-time air picture in support of airspace management on deployed operations, as well as supporting airspace situational awareness at major events such as the 2012 London Olympics.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Guto Bebb, said: “The Giraffe radar system provides our military with unmatched surveillance capabilities, keeping the UK safe and protecting our troops on operations. Giraffe provides our cutting-edge Sky Sabre air defence system with crucial battlefield intelligence, so it is brilliant to see our defensive strength bolstered by the arrival of the tenth radar system.”
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