Saab has dramatically enhanced the capabilities of the Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft for the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and maritime-strike roles.
The Swordfish, based on Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft, was unveiled along with GlobalEye AEW&C platform at the 2016 Singapore Air Show.
Recent product development milestones at Saab and Bombardier have validated a significant increase in the available payload carried on Swordfish’s four, NATO-compatible hard points. Swordfish can now be armed with up to six Eurotorp MU90 lightweight-torpedoes for the ASW role. Swordfish can also carry the Saab next generation RBS15 Mk3 anti-ship missile or a mix of missiles and torpedoes to assure total sea control in every aspect. The Swordfish can equally carry a load of four search-and-rescue pods underlining its true multi-mission capability across the maritime domain.
Another capability that sets Swordfish apart from competitors is its ASW suite with a world-leading acoustics processor, magnetic anomaly detector (MAD), gravity-launching systems and an operational load of around 200 A, F and G size sonobuoys. This complete and highly-capable ASW suite enables Swordfish to locate, track and classify the most advanced, high-threat sub-surface targets for several hours, with a higher probability of detection.
Saab claims a 12h flight endurance at up to 37,000ft, with the Swordfish able to remain on station for 7.5h at 5,000ft while 1,000nm (1,850km) away from its operating base without carrying external stores. The company also claims that its design will cost 70% of a Boeing 737-based P-8, but offers a 50% saving in lifecycle costs.
Source: Saab PR