The French Air and Space Force has contracted Saab to upgrade and provide life extension services for the service’s mobile command and control (C2) systems, which feature Saab’s GIRAFFE AMB radar C2 shelters, the company announced on 21 December.
Constituting part of the French aerospace operations C2 system programme, SCCOA, the upgrades include adaptations to further enhance French interoperability with NATO, information assurance and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) capabilities. After the upgrade, the lifespan of the French systems will allow for their operational use until at least 2033.
“The upgrade means we will extend the lifespan of the French Air and Space Force’s mobile command and control systems for at least another decade, while continuing to support and enhance its operational capabilities and NATO interoperability. This contract further demonstrates our long-term commitment to support the French armed forces,” commented Anders Carp, Saab’s Deputy CEO.
Saab received the initial order for the Giraffe AMB systems and C2 shelter from France in 2001, since when the nation has used them in a wide range of tasks, including military air surveillance in France and on international missions.