Saab will build modern on-board air traffic control radar systems for aircraft carriers and large-deck amphibians

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Maryland – US Navy shipboard surveillance experts order three AN/SPN-50(V) 1 air navigation radar systems from Saab Inc. in East Syracuse, NY, to replace the AN/SPN-43C radar from the navy aboard aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.

Naval Air Systems Command officials at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, last week announced a $31.7 million order from Saab for the initial low-rate production of the AN/SPN- 50 (V) 1 (LRIP). The first AN/SPN-50(V)1 should be delivered next September.

The AN/SPN-50(V) 1 radar allows air traffic controllers to identify, muster and direct aircraft within 50 nautical miles of the ship.

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In recent years, the upper 25% of the AN/SPN-43C frequency band has been reallocated to the fixed wireless access community, prohibiting air traffic control and the operation of air search radars within 50 nautical miles from the coast, Navy officials said.

The AN/SPN-50(V)1 radar is one of the US versions of Saab’s agile Sea Giraffe multibeam radar, functions as the primary air traffic control surveillance radar for manned and unmanned aviation onboard nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and deck-mounted amphibious assault ships.

Under this contract, Saab will perform the work in Syracuse, NY, and is expected to be completed by December 2022. For more information, contact Saab Inc. online at, or Naval Air Systems Command at