The British Army’s ARTHUR weapon-location system is to receive a mid-life extension upgrade under a SEK482 million (€44.6 million) contract awarded to Saab late last year, the company announced on 10 March.

ARTHUR provides warning of incoming fire and is also used for tasks that include counterbattery missions and fire control. The mid-life extension will be a major programme of obsolescence management and technology insertion, ensuring that this critical operational counter-fire capability can be sustained on a cost-effective basis through to its extended out-of-service date.

Our ARTHUR systems have contributed to protecting UK forces for more than 15 years,” commented Anders Carp, Head of Saab’s Surveillance business area.

Deliveries of the upgraded vehicles will take place in 2022-2023, while the support contract covers the period 2020-2026. Saab will carry out the work in Gothenburg, Sweden, with support also taking place at 5th Regiment Royal Artillery’s Marne Barracks in Catterick, UK. ARTHUR is known in the UK as the Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield (MAMBA) radar.

MAMBA has long proven itself as a battle-winning capability, protecting civilians and troops on operations for many years. Our troops in Catterick will work alongside our counterparts at Saab to ensure this life-saving piece of equipment remains in service for the next six years.” stated Jeremy Quin, Britain’s Minister for Defence Procurement.

Britain received its first ARTHUR systems from Saab in 2003, since when they have supported operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo via Saab)

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