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13 Jan 2018, 11:38 #731

Re: Sea Giraffe AMB

From Defense News :

Saab hoping to edge its radar into Navy's future frigate program
By: Valerie Insinna    
2 days ago

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has tapped Raytheon’s Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar as its preferred radar for the future frigate, but Swedish defense company Saab is closely watching the program to see if an opening develops for its Sea Giraffe agile multibeam radar, company officials said Monday.

Saab believes its Sea Giraffe might be able to fill a complimentary role on the future frigate, known as FFG(X), even if the Navy moves ahead with its presumed choice of EASR, said Jay Abendroth, Saab’s vice president and general manager of sensor systems.

“Right now, EASR is the main surveillance radar on there,” he told Defense News during an interview on the floor of the Surface Navy Association symposium.

“What they are going to expect the frigate to do does open a lot of potentials, because again it’s not just about air surveillance with this set of radars, it gets a lot more into the other missions — navigation and other things — that might not actually be required of EASR. There may be other radar or sensor packages that will do those missions as well.”

Saab’s Sea Giraffe family of systems has been a success story for its U.S. radar business. General Dynamics in 2005 selected the Sea Giraffe for the Independence-class littoral combat ship built by Austal, after which the Navy gave it the designation AN/SPS-77.

A derivative of the AN/SPS-77, called the multi-mode radar, has been chosen for the Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter, with first delivery expected this year. The company is also adapting the AN/SPS-77 for Nimitz-class carriers as well as America-class and Wasp-class amphibious assault ships, where it will support air traffic control.

Saab is under contract to provide the AN-SPS-77 for littoral combat ships up to LCS 30, and the program is slated to end after 32 ships are produced. However, there are signs that the Navy could expand the LCS shipbuilding program even as they press ahead with the development of FFG(X).
"We need to get closer to that Dane mentality" - Rear Admiral Bryant Fuller, NAVSEA Chief Engineer, March 2015 ASNE Day.
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13 Jan 2018, 18:04 #732

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Not just for the frigate program, they could repackage the 1X into a 3 or 4 faced fix panel lightweight X band set to replace the SPQ-9B.  AFAIK the Spook isn't planned for the frigate, but it is for both Burke upgrades and new builds, and as an upgrade to the remaining Ticos.  I've been talking about using a figher radar derivative as a replacement for the Spook, but something based on the 1X would work just as well.

And depending on cost, it could possibly be wedged into the FFG(x) program.
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Yesterday, 12:21 #733

Re: Sea Giraffe 4A Fixed Face

From Mönch Publishing :

SAAB LOOKS TO FUTURE CUSTOMER BASE FOR FIXED FACE RADAR
Published: 15 January 2018

Saab told MONS that it is seeing a clear market demand for fixed face naval surveillance radars, and that this demand has influenced the company’s decision to unveil such a version of its Sea GIRAFFE-4A S-band (2.3 Gigahertz/GHz to 2.5GHz/2.7-3.7GHz) to the marketplace: “When we created the baseline for our Sea GIRAFFE-4A radar, we of course designed it to be scalable and to cater for different configurations, for example rotating or fixed face configurations,” the company told MONS via a written statement.

The firm continued that it has been offering this version of the radar, in addition to the SeaGIRAFFE-4A rotating antenna version, “to selected customers for some time,” adding that it has now “decided to unveil the (fixed face) configuration to a broader customer base.”

Saab continued that the performance of both SeaGIRAFFE-4A variants largely remains unchanged, thanks to the radar’s modular design, with the radar offering an instrumented range in the region of 151.2nm (280km) and an elevation coverage of up to 70 degrees, according to the company’s literature: “Some customers prefer a ship design with an integrated mast for optimised performance while others focus on cost and top weight. The Sea GIRAFFE-4A can now offer both of these optimisations.” 

That said, the firm continued that the fixed face variant of the radar will offer some advantages, notably, “increased flexibility in update rate, enabling quicker track initiation resulting in more time to act.”

Regarding customers, Saab stated that the firm is currently in discussions with potential customers regarding both fixed, and rotating, versions of the Sea GIRAFFE-4A. Interestingly, reports stated on 9 January that the company was closely watching the US Navy’s FFG(X) future frigate programme, to see if an opportunity develops to offer Sea GIRAFFE family radars to equip these new vessels alongside their Raytheon Enterprise Air Surveillance Radars.

Saab already provides the AN/SPS-77(V)1, the US designation for its Sea GIRAFFE-AMB C-band (5.25-5.92GHz) naval surveillance radar for the US Navy’s INDEPENDENCE-class littoral combat ships and the US Coast Guard’s HERITAGE-class offshore patrol cutter.
"We need to get closer to that Dane mentality" - Rear Admiral Bryant Fuller, NAVSEA Chief Engineer, March 2015 ASNE Day.
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Yesterday, 12:41 #734

Re: SEWIP

From Mönch Publishing :

AN/SLQ-32 BLOCK-2 COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION
Published: 15 January 2018 

Lockheed Martin completed the construction of the first two examples of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6C Block-2 ship-borne Electronic Warfare (EW) system for the US Navy. The system is being procured via the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Programme (SEWIP) which is working to upgrade the RaytheonAN/SLQ-32 EW system equipping all major US Navy surface combatants. Initial deliveries of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6C Block-2 system are expected to equip the US Coast Guard’s HERITAGE-class offshore patrol cutters, according to reports.

The news follows disclosures on 12 January that the additional funds will be spent by the US Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command, which supervises the AN/SLQ-32 SEWIP effort, to correct as yet unresolved deficiencies in the system. These were highlighted by declassified report published by the US Department of Defense in December 2017 which underscored a number of shortcomings regarding the AN/SLQ-32 SEWIP initiative to date such as problems experienced with the Block-2 segment of the work which was tasked with upgrading the electronic support antenna and receiver of the AN/SLQ-32 ensemble so as to enhance the system’s electronic support capabilities.
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Yesterday, 13:11 #735

Re: BAE ADL / Cocoon
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