Saab Awarded $25M U.S. Navy Contract for Two AN/SPN-50(V)1 Shipboard Air Traffic Radars
Saab Inc. is awarded a $25 million fixed-price-incentive-fee contract by the U.S. Navy for the production and delivery of two AN/SPN-50(V)1 Shipboard Air Traffic Radars.
The Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the contracting activity (N00019-20-C-0072). The contract also includes one installation and checkout kit for the Navy.
Work will be performed in Syracuse, New York, and is expected to be completed in November 2022.
AN/SPN-50(V)1 Shipboard Air Traffic Radar
The AN/SPN-50 radar is based on Saab’s agile production radar system, Sea Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB), – U.S. military designation AN/SPS-77 – currently operational on the U.S. Navy’s Independence-class littoral combat ships (LCS) for air and surface surveillance.
The AN/SPN-50, which is currently in the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase, is scheduled for a production decision in late 2020. The radar will begin replacing the Navy’s current radar system, AN/SPN-43C, on Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships in fiscal 2021.
The new radar provides critical compatibility with the new AN/SPY-6(V)2 Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) whereas EASR and AN/SPN-43C are not as compatible.
AN/SPN-50 provides aircraft position, radar signal, and radar data at a larger range. Air traffic controllers use the data for aircraft sequencing and separation, airspace identification and containment, safety alerts, weather processing, and landing guidance.-+
The new digital radar system, with its modern radar processing, improves target detection and tracking in the presence of competing clutter and addresses spectrum restrictions currently experienced with AN/SPN-43C.
The AN/SPN-50 program is scheduled to reach Initial Operating Capability in late 2022. Following, the first two operational systems are scheduled to be installed; one on aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), for operational testing, and on the future amphibious assault ship USS Bougainville (LHA-8), which is currently being built.
In total, 25 AN/SPN-50 Shipboard Air Traffic Radars are scheduled to be procured through fiscal 2028.