Embraer and the Brazilian Army have signed a contract to extend the use of SABER M60 radars for the army’s Anti-Aircraft Artillery Units. The announcement was made at the FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) 2022 event, which is being held at the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile, from April 5th to 10th. This will include the acquisition of four additional radar units, in its 2.0 version, reinforcing the partnership established between the Brazilian Army and Embraer in the continuous development, implementation, and improvement of military equipment, which contributes to increasing these Units’ capabilities.
Acquiring the SABER M60 radars is part of the Strategic Planning of the Brazilian Army 2020-2023 and expands the Land Forces’ operational capacity. It shows the commitment to the constitutional mission of homeland defence and contributes to the expansion of partnerships between the public sector, academia and industry in order to seek mastery of critical technologies in the defence area.
As a result of the partnership between Embraer and the Brazilian Army in developing a low-altitude anti-aircraft artillery radar, the SABER M60 Radar is 100% developed in Brazil, having entered operation in 2010 when the first units were delivered to the Army. In 2019, the technological update phase was completed, resulting in version 2.0 which has already been exported.
The SABER M60 is a search radar that integrates a low-altitude anti-aircraft defence system to protect strategic points and areas, such as factories, power plants, and government facilities. With 3D technology, it has a range of 32 nautical miles and an altitude of up to 16,400 feet, with the ability to track up to 60 targets simultaneously, including automatic target detection and classification. Easy to assemble and transport, it can be assembled in 15 minutes and includes Low Probability Interception (LPI) technology, which allows it to identify targets without being easily identified. The SABER M60 can be integrated into missile-based weapons systems or anti-aircraft cannons and can be customised to be integrated into any other air defence system, such as the Brazilian Aerospace Defense System.
Embraer, Brazilian Army sign deal for Phase II of SISFRON Program
Embraer and the Brazilian Army signed a contract to develop and implement Phase Two of the Army’s Strategic Program for the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON). The announcement was made at the FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) 2022 event, which is being held at the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile, from April 5th to 10th. Among the world’s largest border surveillance projects, SISFRON aims to protect Brazil’s borders, covering an extension of 16,886 kilometres across 10 bordering countries.
“We are very pleased to sign the SISFRON Phase Two contract with Embraer, in continuation of the successful partnership and significant results already proven with the implementation of the Pilot Phase and complementing the operational capabilities of the Western Military Command,” said Army Science and Technology Department Chief, General Guido Amin Naves. “The SISFRON is technologically complex and of a strategic nature, which is why it is one of the Land Force’s structuring projects in partnership with Embraer, in the role of integrator, endowing the Brazilian Army with capabilities to execute its mission. Additionally, the program will enhance action taken by other government entities in the border area.”
The SISFRON implements a sensing and command and control structure in support of Land Forces’ operation, acting in an integrated way to strengthen the State’s presence and capacity to monitor and act on its borders, while enhancing the performance of other government entities with responsibilities over this area.
“The signing of the SISFRON Phase Two contract is an important recognition of Embraer’s investment and effort in the implementation of the Pilot Phase, making use of the company’s main competencies applied to land systems. We are sure that the continuity of the implementation with the next phase will enable us to retain and further develop knowledge and technologies that are critical to Brazil’s border surveillance area,” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.
The implementation of the program has contributed to the increase of technological capacity, as well autonomy and sustainability of the industrial defence base, by means of the acquisition of high added value solutions and with the diversification of national exports. These actions contribute to the generation of jobs and income in the technology and infrastructure sectors.