As part of its continuing strategy to grow its business and presence in Britain, Saab has opened a new radar production site at Fareham, which will contribute 100-150 new jobs as it evolves.
The site primarily produces and integrates the new Deployment Set – an iteration of the highly mobile software-based Giraffe 1X 3D AESA radar, capable of rapid deployment: the first production units are already in manufacture at Fareham. Importantly, the site will also represent a Centre of Excellence for Saab, developing follow-on intellectual property in the radar domain in the UK and providing ongoing support for Saab radars in UK service – which include Giraffe 1X and Giraffe AMB air defence radars and the MAMBA (Arthur) artillery locating radar.
Announcement of the new production facility follows closely on the heels of Saab’s acquisition of BlueBear Systems Group, a UK-based specialist in AI-enabled autonomous swarm systems, an acquisition which Saab closed in August. Saab now operates eight principal sites in the UK, focused on software engineering, underwater robotics, training services and radar, among other activities. Employee numbers have quadrupled in recent years through organic growth, consolidation and acquisition.
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(Image: The Giraffe 1X Deployment Set configuration is now in production at Saab’s new facility in Fareham, UK. Credit: Saab Group)