Saab will supply the Sea Giraffe AMB naval radar system to the U.S. Navy (USN) for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal between the US and the Philippines.
The Sea Giraffe AMB (designated as AN/SPS-77 by the USN) will be installed on two Philippine Navy frigates: BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), both former US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutters. The sale also includes Saab’s 9LV for radar control and display for enhanced situational awareness.
“With Sea Giraffe AMB currently part of three separate US Navy programmes, this contract further strengthens Saab’s position as a trusted supplier for the US Navy. We are proud that our world-class naval radar meets the USN’s standards and needs,” says Anders Carp, Head of Saab business area Surveillance.
Sea Giraffe AMB
Sea Giraffe Agile Multi Beam (AMB) is a multi-role, medium-range, 3D air and surface surveillance radar system for naval applications. It provides simultaneous air and surface surveillance, and is suitable for demanding naval environments from the littorals to blue water operations.
Saab AN/SPS-77 radar is currently deployed on the U.S. Navy’s Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship. It is also selected for the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) newest class of ship, the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC).
Additionally, a derivative of AN/SPS-77 known as AN/SPN-50, is being developed to meet the Air Traffic Control needs on aircraft carrier and amphibious assault class ships for the US Naval Air Systems Command.
Gregorio del Pilar-class frigates
The Gregorio del Pilar class is a ship class of three frigates currently in service of the Philippine Navy, and are currently the foremost surface combatant of the fleet. These ships were formerly used by the US Coast Guard as Hamilton class high endurance cutters. The Philippines acquired the vessels under the Excess Defense Articles and the Foreign Assistance Act.
BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), Ex. USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715), was officially turned over to the Philippine Navy on 13 May 2011 at Alameda Point in California. BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), Ex. USCGC Dallas (WHEC-716), was turned over to the Philippine Navy on 22 May 2012 with ceremony held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Pier Papa in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The third ship, BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), Ex. USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719), was handed over to Philippines on July 21, 2016 at the USCG base at Alameda, California.