Saab supplying Sea Giraffe AMB for PHL Navy frigates

Defense and security company Saab announced in a statement that it will supply AN/SPS-77 (Sea Giraffe AMB) naval radar system to the United States Navy for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal between the US and the Philippines.

BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), both acquired by Philippines through Excess Defense Articles (EDA) from US, will be fitted with the said radar system.

“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,” Saab said.

Saab noted that the said radar system offers 3D, multi-role, medium-range air and surface surveillance. It added that 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.

In December 2016, US Department of Defense-Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said that US State Department approved the said FMS.

“The Philippines seeks to increase its Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) capabilities in order to improve monitoring of its vast territorial seas and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ). An effective Philippine MDA capability strengthens its self-defense capabilities and supports regional stability and U.S. national interests,” US DSCA said.