- Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB radar has been selected for the USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter Multi-Mode Radar requirement
- An initial two Sea Giraffe AMB radars will be provided by Saab Defense and Security USA
Defence and security company Saab has strengthened its position in the US shipborne radar market after being selected to provide the non-developmental Multi-Mode Radar (MMR) to equip the US Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) Heritage-class Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme.
An initial two Sea Giraffe AMB G-band 3-D radars will be provided by Saab Defense and Security USA under a USD18.6 million contract awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on 22 September. Options for additional radars could bring the cumulative contract up to USD118.5 million.
The Heritage-class OPC is intended to form the backbone of the USCG’s offshore fleet, and will be used for a range of homeland security, constabulary, and search and rescue tasks. Eastern Shipbuilding Group was contracted for detail design in September 2016, with options for the construction of up to nine OPCs.
Current plans call for the delivery of the first OPC in fiscal year 2021. The USCG programme of record projects the eventual acquisition of 25 OPCs as replacements for the 29 medium-endurance cutters currently in service.
The MMR, which NAVSEA is providing as Government Furnished Equipment to the OPC programme, will serve as the primary sensor for air surveillance, surface surveillance, and Gun Weapon System support. It will also provide information for ship-controlled helicopter approach and helicopter control.
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