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Defence and security company Saab and its
American subsidiary Saab Sensis Corporation has
been awarded contracts for supply of the multi-role
naval surveillance radar Sea Giraffe AMB as part of
the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Program.
Saab Sensis manages the US Baseline of Sea Giraffe
AMB and will provide US based program manage-
ment hardware and software adaptations, system
integration, testing, and total lifecycle support to
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
in support of the LCS program.
As the platform system engineering agent,
General Dynamics is responsible for the design,
integration and testing of the ship’s combat and
seaframe control systems. The General Dynamics
combat and seaframe control systems are based
on an open architecture computing infrastructure,
known as OPEN CI.
“This is an important break-through for our
naval radar system in the US and we are very
proud to have been selected to be part of the
LCS team. The selection of Saab to provide our
Sea Giraffe AMB to the newest and most modern
ships in service with the US Navy is a testament
to the capabilities of our system as well as Saab as
a radar supplier,” says Micael Johansson, Senior
Vice President and Head of Saab’s business area
Electronic Defence Systems. APDR
Saab awarded naval
radar contract for
US Navy’s Littoral
Combat Ship Program
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare
announced on 16 September that A39-002 KC-30A
Multi-Role Tanker Transport has completed its first
flight in RAAF service.
The aircraft took off from RAAF Base Amberley
at about 10.40am for a 2 hour and 45 minutes long
flight over Roma and the Sunshine Coast, before
returning to RAAF Base Amberley.
During the flight the eight personnel on board
conducted a check of the aircraft’s systems and
crew operating procedures.
Mr Clare said this flight was the next step towards
the new air tanker entering service with the RAAF.
“This is the most advanced tanker aircraft in the
world. It’s an important piece of equipment for our
Air Force,” Mr Clare said.
“It’s an Airbus aeroplane which has been convert-
ed into a flying petrol station, which will allow our
Hornets, Super Hornets, C-17s and Wedgetail to be
refuelled in the air.
“It can carry more than 100 tonnes of fuel, and
can itself be refuelled by another tanker mid-flight.
“ This means these planes can fly further
without having to return to base, making them
Mr Clare said the aircraft is operated by Air
Force’s No. 33 Squadron from RAAF Amberley.
“This test flight was conducted to make sure they
could work the aircraft safely and effectively,” Mr
Personnel will now begin an intensive opera-
tional test and evaluation flying program for the
aircraft. Initial operational capability is expected in
Air Force received two KC-30As during June 2011,
with another two due to be handed over by the end
of the year.
Qantas Defence Services is currently converting
the final A330-200 aircraft into a KC-30A tanker at its
Brisbane Airport facility, for delivery in 2012. APDR
Minister for Defence Materiel – RAAF
conducts first flight for new air tanker
9/29/2011 12:31:37 PM
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