Saab has introduced its Swordfish mission system for maritime patrol aircraft on two new platforms -- Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop and Global 6000 jet, the company statement said today.
Saab’s Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) mission system delivers strategic multi-role capabilities. The Swordfish is adept at long-duration patrol or search-and-rescue missions, but can also handle the most complex anti-submarine and anti-surface unit warfare tasks, all on the same mission. Swordfish also provides an effective overland ISR capability and can be easily introduced into a customer’s existing operations and support infrastructure.
Saab’s Swordfish mission system combines proven, operational COTS sensors from several suppliers, with Saab’s own specialist electronic warfare and C4I mission management systems. The advanced and tightly integrated sensor package is displayed on interchangeable work stations with an intelligent degree of automation and system support, meaning more can be achieved with fewer operators.
“We are proud to offer the cutting-edge Swordfish MPA system on a brand-new, high-performance aircraft, which can be a turboprop or a jet. Potential customers are free to select the platform that best serves their operational needs,” says Jonas Hjelm, Head of Saab business area Support and Services.”
Saab has nearly 80 years of aircraft manufacturing and systems integration at its core, as demonstrated by the success of Gripen fighter and Erieye AEW&C. Saab also has many decades of success in delivering large-scale, strategic airborne surveillance and C4I systems to customers around the world. Saab is proud of its track record in developing technology transfer opportunities for customers of all kinds.
In Bombardier’s Q400 and Global 6000 Saab has selected two market-leading aircraft with a firm production base and a fleet of many hundreds in service. The Q400 and Global 6000 are known for their high levels of reliability and performance. With these platforms, Saab’s Swordfish mission suite gives operators multiple domain awareness; from littoral waters to the open ocean, and all places in between. Already an experienced prime contractor and mission systems integrator, Saab now has the platform flexibility to meet the national needs of any customer.
“We have a unique capability in systems integration on various platforms and we look forward to cooperating with Bombardier on our Swordfish MPA system. Saab is perhaps best known as an aircraft maker and we have a deep understanding of how to design and build for the air domain. But never forget our unique knowledge of the maritime domain also; we build submarines, surface ships and a host of underwater systems including torpedoes. This total familiarity with the air and maritime environment makes us the best source for an effective, cost-efficient, state-of-the-art MPA system for the global market,” says Jonas Hjelm.
Airbus has offered its C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) for the South Korean Navy's MPA requirement which already has Boeing P8 and Saab Swordfish in the race. In February, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) unveiled its plan to sign a deal with an overseas aircraft manufacturer to introduce next-generation maritime patrol aircraft by 2020
In a clear attempt to target Boeing's P8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), Saab has highlighted its 'Swordfish' MPAs as an alternative to "large, costly airliner-type platforms". In a press release ahead of the Singapore Airshow, Saab said that 'Swordfish' MPA consisting of Bombardiers Global 6000 ultra-long-range aircraft, General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canadas acoustics processor and Saabs pedigree in total airborne surveillance solutions, ensures a new era in maritime air power
Boeing and Saab are in the race for South Korea's upcoming maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) contract that could see Seoul buy up to 60 MPA potentially worth several billion dollars. While Boeing has proposed its P-8A Poseidon aircraft, Saab has offered its Swordfish aircraft as candidates for the contract
Saab has developed new naval radar dubbed Sea Giraffe 1X which offers simultaneous surface and air surveillance capabilities, a growing need in the US maritime security sector. Sea Giraffe 1X was introduced for the first time at the Maritime Security East Conference in Norfolk, Virginia, held from March 21-23
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