Saab is to consolidate its radar offerings – airborne and surface-based – into a single business unit, to be known as Radar Solutions. Current business units – Airborne Surveillance Systems and Surface Radar Solutions, both part of the company’s Surveillance business area – will be merged to become a single unit in 2019.
By merging the businesses, Saab aims to target market needs even more closely and to maximise synergies within the operations. The new business unit will combine all activities for airborne, ground-based, naval and fighter radars, aligning synergies in both research and development and marketing and sales.
“Radar is one of Saab’s core areas and Saab is a world leading sensor provider. With the new business unit Radar Solutions we can create even more synergies between airborne, ground-based and naval radars, further strengthening our radar offer,” commented the designated head of the new unit, Lars Tossman.
Saab’s sensor portfolio includes land and sea GIRAFFE radars, airborne radar systems and electronic warfare solutions. Spiral development provides continuous updates to existing products, meaning the portfolio aligns with customers’ evolving needs and the development of new threats.
Saab’s recent radar orders have included the sale of the advanced airborne surveillance solution GlobalEye to the United Arab Emirates; the X-band active electrically scanned array (AESA) system to the US government; and the ground-based short-range radar GIRAFFE 1X. The naval radar SEA GIRAFFE is currently selected for six classes of US ships. The UK recently became the largest operator of Saab’s GIRAFFE radar and extended the support for Saab’s artillery locating system ARTHUR.
Lars Tossman, currently head of Saab’s Airborne Surveillance Systems business unit, has worked within Saab for 30 years, holding several management positions.