US Navy orders air traffic radars
Saab Defense and Security USA has received an order from the US Navy for the AN/SPN-50 (V)1 Shipboard Air Traffic Radar, it was announced on 21 September.
The order comes under the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the programme and includes the initial procurement of three radars over a period of four years.
The AN/SPN-50 will replace the AN/SPN-43C Air Traffic Radar systems onboard the navy's aircraft carrier (CVN) and amphibious assault (LH) class ships.
The SPN-50 system provides aircraft position, weather data and radar signal data in support of the operation, sustainment and deployment of aviation assets. Air traffic controllers use this data for air traffic control services, such as landing guidance, traffic advisories, safety alerts, airspace identification and containment and aircraft sequencing and separation.
Erik Smith, president and chief executive officer of Saab Defense and Security USA, said: ‘The US Navy is increasingly called upon to support missions involving manned and unmanned aviation operations. With the SPN-50, air traffic controllers can support joint coalition forces across the full range of military operations in all weather conditions.’
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