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Saab’s Giraffe radar family

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Situational awareness and efficient coordination of resources is key for a successful Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) and air surveillance. With its Giraffe radar family, Saab delivers software based leading-edge sensor solutions that create time to act.

The radar sensors provide air surveillance with simultaneous multi-functionality and all target capability with a large volume coverage and high update rate that allows for immediate and effective response. Including the Drone Tracker (enhanced low, small and slow target functionality) Giraffe radars can detect even the smallest drones and distinguish them from birds.


Giraffe 1X

Giraffe 1X is compact, lightweight and easily integrated in any type of platform. The high mobility and ability to perform search on the move and C-UAS makes it optimal as gap filler and for mobile air surveillance and short-range GBAD solutions supporting maneuvering units.

The Sea Giraffe 1X is a compact and affordable solution suitable for patrol crafts, fast attack crafts, combat boats and unmanned vessels.

Range: 75km


Giraffe AMB

Giraffe AMB is an ideal solution for short to medium-range GBAD including C-UAS. It is a fully self-contained solution including command and control capabilities with a mast that elevates the antenna to 12 metres above the ground, providingimproved low altitude radar coverage.

The Sea Giraffe AMB is an optimal all-round solution suitable for vessels such as Swedish Visby Class corvette and the U.S. Littoral Combat Ship Independence Class.

Range: 120km


Giraffe 4A

The long range Giraffe 4A is based on Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology for high performance, flexibility and reliability in air surveillance, weapon locating and GBAD roles. Its software based design simplifies upgrades that provides forces with the latest capabilities.

The Sea Giraffe 4A is available both as a rotating system and fixed panels. With its maximum range and volume search performance, suitable for frigates and large corvettes.

Range: 400km

Sea Giraffe - the naval version of the radar family

They are dimensioned to meet all operational requirements from small to large naval vessels. The compact design, in combination with state-of- the-art radar technology, makes them ideal for naval application where space is limited but demand on performance is high. The Sea Giraffe radars can also be combined to assure optimised capability for any kind of threat.

The Sea Giraffe family is for example aboard six classes of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships, the Swedish Visby class corvettes, and is part of the upgrade of the Canadian Halifax class frigates, Finland’s new Pohjanmaa class corvettes and Brandenburg class frigates F123 in Germany.