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Saab rolls out new naval radar in U.S. market
Norfolk, VA, March 21 - Defense and security company Saab showcased its Sea Giraffe 1X naval radar for the first time at the Maritime Security East Conference in Norfolk, Virginia (March 21-23). Sea Giraffe 1X offers simultaneous surface and air surveillance capabilities, a growing need in the U.S. maritime security sector.
Sea Giraffe 1X is a 3D, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The entire system weighs less than 650 pounds in total, making it suitable for smaller patrol ships. With no forced cooling requirements and a minimal number of line-replaceable units (LRUs), it requires little power or upkeep. All maintenance, including LRU repair, can be performed by low-level trained engineers.
"Sea Giraffe 1X is ideal for the small patrol vessels that are facing a growing role in U.S. national security," said Gene Bojarski, Business Development Manager of Naval Programs with Saab Defense and Security USA's Sensor Systems division. "Traditionally, smaller patrol ships have only used surface surveillance radar – but as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) become more prevalent, these ships must begin to add air surveillance capabilities as well."
To combat the growing UAV threat, Sea Giraffe 1X features Saab's Enhanced Low, Slow and Small (ELSS) surveillance function. This feature allows the radar system to detect and classify small, low-flying, slow-moving air targets – while concurrently conducting its full suite of other air and surface reconnaissance duties.
"Sea Giraffe 1X enhances situational awareness for maritime patrol, surface combat and counter-UAV operations," continued Bojarski. "Nothing else on the market offers this range of capabilities in one easy, lightweight package."
Maritime Security 2016 East is the fourth installment of the Maritime Security East program series, building upon the successes of last year’s conference in Jacksonville, FL. As the fourteenth maritime security conference hosted by Homeland Security Outlook since 2011, Maritime Security 2016 East furthers a commitment to address the needs of governments, law enforcement, and critical infrastructure to counter the challenges of securing coastlines, inland waterways, and their critical infrastructure.
Featured speakers at this year’s event included U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck, the commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District; Anh Duong, director of the Borders and Maritime Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security; Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen, with the Office of Field Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and Wolf Tombe, chief technology officer for Customs and Border Protection.
Saab Defense and Security USA LLC delivers advanced technologies and systems to the United States Armed Forces and other government agencies. Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, the company has business units and local employees in four states. Saab Defense and Security USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saab Group.
Saab Group serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defense and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers' changing needs.