Saab to continue supporting Australian Army’s GBAD and C-RAM capability
Saab has received an order from the Australian Army to extend the support of their Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) and Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) systems until 2022. This ensures the availability and effectiveness of these important capabilities, which are fielded by 16th Regt, Royal Australian Artillery.
Under the contract Saab will provide support for the range of systems forming the GBAD and CRAM solutions, including the Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB) radars and RBS 70 very short-range air defence weapon system. The contract value is AUD 28 million.
“Long-term, top-class support is key to our offer and we look forward to continuing to help strengthen Australia’s GBAD and C-RAM capability with our expertise in complex integrated systems”, says Anders Carp, head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.
The support program will include the Mode 5 Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) capability that has been recently integrated by Saab Australia into the RBS 70 Air Defence System, including the RBS 70 missile firing posts, TaCCS and Giraffe AMB radar. The Mode 5 IFF project has just seen the successful completion and handover of the third and final upgraded Giraffe AMB radar back to the Australian Army. This world leading capability ensures that the Australian Army’s air defence system is able to deploy into a coalition environment and significantly reduces the risk of misidentification of aircraft. Saab Australia supports the GBAD and C-RAM capability from Adelaide and Melbourne with some heavy grade support for sensor and missile systems provided by equipment suppliers in Sweden and the USA.
“Our operations in Australia are going from strength to strength. We’re committed to our relationship with the Australian Army and to contributing to keeping people and assets safe by supporting our nations’ ground based air defence capability”, said Andy Keough, Managing Director of Saab Australia
Headquartered in Adelaide, Saab Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab AB who employs 16,000 employees across the globe developing defence, security and traffic management solutions. With over 500 experienced staff across Australia and New Zealand, and a reputation for achieving complex systems integration projects on time, Saab Australia has proven its capabilities over more than 30 years.
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