Saab has signed a contract for multi-role Sea Giraffe AMB naval radars antenna kits, for the upgrade of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax Class frigates. The contract also includes associated equipment and spare parts with an order value of over SEK 300 million. The upgrade is based on the customers’ requirement to sustain the service life and enhance the performance of the Halifax Class frigates. The Halifax-class frigate also referred to as the City class, is a class of multi-role patrol frigates that have served the Royal Canadian Navy since 1992. The work will be carried out in Halifax, Canada, and Gothenburg, Sweden, starting this calendar year and continuing through 2026.
“This order has further strengthened our Sea Giraffe radar market position and continues the excellent partnership that Saab enjoys with the Royal Canadian Navy”, says Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of Saab’s Business Area Surveillance.
The Sea Giraffe AMB is designed to be an efficient medium-range radar that offers outstanding performance in both littoral regions and blue waters. The solution is powerful but still compact and lightweight. It provides naval commanders the capabilities needed for maintaining continuous and accurate air and surface situational awareness to maximise response time to manage any threats in any waters. Sea Giraffe AMB provides superior overall performance compared to other naval 3D radars in the same class. It provides the most comprehensive Electronic Counter-Countermeasure (ECCM) capabilities currently available, including ultra-low antenna side-lobes.
The Sea Giraffe AMB operates at the C-band and offers outstanding performance in both littoral regions and blue waters with a 360° monitoring, high update rate and a 1-second target revisit time. In order to relive operator interaction, Sea Giraffe AMB provides fully automatic operation for both air and surface targets, supported by a variety of different clutter maps and Doppler processing capabilities to eliminate both land and weather-driven clutter. Sea Giraffe AMB classifies and tracks fixed wing, helicopter (both moving and hovering), small UAVs, jammer and ballistic targets.