Saab to update Australian Army C-RAM capability

In late December, Saab received an order from the Capability Acquisition Sustainment Group on behalf of the Australian Army to update the Wireless Audio Visual Emergency System equipment.

The wireless equipment provides early warning audible and visual alerts when the Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) sensors detect and identify an incoming threat within an exclusion zone.

The C-RAM capability, which comprises of multiple sensors, C2 nodes and warning systems, is an essential capability to protect friendly forces from hostile fire by detecting and warning against small, mobile and hard-to-find threats such as rockets, artillery and mortar fire.

The commonwealth’s C-RAM solution is built around the Saab Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam radar, which is part of a family of ground-based radars that can detect a range of incoming threats, from mortar and artillery rounds and rockets to small drones and fast moving aircraft.

Anders Carp, head of Saab AB’s business area surveillance, said this is further proof of Saab’s strong position as a C-RAM worldwide supplier with the Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam as the surface radar system of choice for a number of customers worldwide, including Australia, United Kingdom, Sweden and France.

Saab Australia provides the in-service support for the Australian Defence Force C- RAM system.

Saab Australia managing director Andy Keough said the contract ensures that the Australian Army can continue to deploy world- leading technology to help protect Australian bases and personnel.

“The contract also demonstrates Saab’s strong commitment to build and maintain in-country support capabilities.”

Headquartered in Adelaide, Saab Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab AB, providing defence, security and traffic management solutions.