Saab has signed a contract with the French Armament General Directorate (Direction générale de l’armement, DGA) for an upgrade and life extension of the French Air and Space Force’s mobile command and control systems, which feature Saab’s Giraffe AMB radar and command and control shelter. The upgrades include adaptations to further enhance the Air Force’s NATO interoperability, information assurance and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) capabilities. This contract is part of the French aerospace operations command and control system programme, SCCOA.
“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,” says Anders Carp, Saab’s Deputy CEO and head of business area Surveillance.
Saab received the initial order for the Giraffe AMB systems and command and control shelter from France in 2001. The French Air and Space Force has used the mobile command and control systems for a wide range of tasks, including military air surveillance in France and on international missions. The lifespan of the French systems will be extended in order to allow its operational use up to at least 2033. Giraffe AMB delivers key capabilities for short to medium range Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD), creating time to secure freedom of manoeuvre and support air superiority.
The Saab Giraffe AMB consist of a radar sensor that operates at the C-band, and a scalable Command, Control & Communication solution housed in a fully self-contained 20ft ISO-container cabin. A hydraulically operated mast elevates the Antenna to 12 m above ground, providing improved low altitude radar coverage and freedom of deployment. Giraffe AMB can detect fast missiles and small UAVs even in high-clutter environments. It offers ﬂexible integration of weapon systems and tactical data links. It offers ﬂexible integration of weapon systems and tactical data links.