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Saab launches hypersonic mode for naval radars

31st October 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Saab has launched a new hypersonic detection mode for its Sea Giraffe naval radars. The mode is optimised for the Sea Giraffe 4A Fixed Face, which is the fixed array configuration of the family of S-band AESA radar systems.

Due to the radar horizon, naval vessels have limited time to act against low flying missiles travelling at greater speeds. With the emergence of threats in the high supersonic and even hypersonic speed ranges, this threat is worsening.

To counter this emerging challenge, Saab is offering a hypersonic detection mode that is capable of detecting and tracking targets travelling at hypersonic speeds. It will give the ship more time to act against any target due to quick track formation time. The capability builds on Saab’s next generation track while scan technology, which enables track start within a fraction of a second for any number of targets, including stealthy ones.

Anders Carp, head of Saab’s business area surveillance, said: ‘The hypersonic threat is credible and increasing. navies around the world are asking for a capability to retain their dominant battlespace awareness and to give them crucial time to act. We are able to meet these requirements by using our existing technology, adapting it for the hypersonic challenge.’

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