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The US Navy (USN) has ordered additional SEA GIRAFFE Multi Mode Radars (MMR) from Saab for the US Coast Guard (USCG) offshore patrol cutters.

This additional order exercises an option on an existing contract initially awarded in 2017 and includes multiple line item options for additional SEA GIRAFFE MMR systems. The initial contract covers manufacturing, inspection, testing and delivery of the radars, which will be deployed on the heritage-class offshore patrol cutter. Deliveries will take place between 2020 and 2021.

Saab has continuously developed the standard giraffe AMB sensor to meet multiple missions from open-ocean blue-water applications into the littorals.

The key to our success in the US is the combination of our efficient and flexible SEA GIRAFFE radar coupled with our technical expertise and understanding of the US customer’s needs and expectations,” commented Senior Vice President and Head of Saab business area Surveillance, Anders Carp.

In addition to the offshore patrol cutter, the SEA GIRAFFE MMR is also being delivered for the HERSHEL WILSON Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB-4) class ship, operated by US Military Sealift Command. The variant referred to as AN/SPS-77 is currently being deployed on the INDEPENDENCE-class Littoral Combat Ships and Saab is also developing an AN/SPN-50 variant to meet the air traffic control needs of Naval Air Systems Command for deployment on the NIMITZ-class aircraft carrier (CVN) and AMERICA- (LHA) and WASP- (LHD) class amphibious assault ships.

Saab’s SEA GIRAFFE surveillance radar and CEROS 200 fire control system. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

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