Saab opens radar plant as UK Centre of Excellence

Saab opens radar plant as UK Centre of Excellence

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By Nick Flaherty

Saab has opened a radar production facility in the UK as a Centre of Excellence for the technology development.

The radar work based the Saab UK Sensor Systems business in Fareham will add 100 to 150 jobs as it grows to the current 400 staff.

Fareham primarily produces and integrates the new Deployment Set, a configuration of the Giraffe 1X software-based 3D AESA radar. This increases Saab’s production capacity for its Giraffe 1X Deployment Set and the first units are already in production at the Fareham site.

Saab UK’s Sensor Systems business will also act as a Centre of Excellence developing follow-on UK Intellectual Property in the radar domain. It will also grow to maintain existing radars in-service with the UK Ministry of Defence, such as Giraffe 1X and Giraffe AMB air defence radars and artillery locating MAMBA (Arthur) radars.

“This announcement of our new production facility in Fareham is the latest step in Saab UK’s growth and closely follows our recent acquisition of BlueBear. Starting up Sensor Systems means hundreds of skilled and economically valuable jobs, and a new UK defence industrial capability for our customers,” says Dean Rosenfield, Group Managing Director of Saab UK.

Saab UK’s Fareham site has been growing with the announcement in February 2023 of the expansion of its Underwater Systems business of Seaeye autonomous and remotely operated vehicles. Across the UK, Saab has eight principal sites which focus on software engineering, underwater robotics, training services, radars and more. Last week the company announced the acquisition of UK drone developer Blue Bear.


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