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On 8 November 2022, Saab announced that the US Navy’s Shipboard Air Traffic Radar (SATR) AN/SPN-50(V)1 programme, which is currently in Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP), has been awarded a modification for two additional Saab radar systems, making these the 6th and 7th systems contracted, as well as associated installation support and spare parts. The contract modification was valued at approximately USD 30 M and was booked in Q3 2022, with the first radar system delivery scheduled for 2024. Radar manufacturing, delivery, test, and integration is due to take place at Saab’s facilities in Syracuse, New York. These are the delivered on the production contract.

The Saab AN/SPN-50(V)1 Radar, Photo: Saab

The AN/SPN-50(V)1 radar system is one of the US Navy variants of Saab’s Sea Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam radar, and will function as the primary air traffic control and surveillance radar for manned and unmanned aviation aboard the Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships. Delivery of the Navy’s air traffic control and landing capability is overseen by the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office, (PMA 213). In cooperation with Saab, PMA 213 is responsible for the radar system’s acquisition, deployment, and sustainment while in service within the US Navy fleet.