Philippine Navy to Acquire Two Advanced Air Search Radar

Published on December 28, 2016 by

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe 3D air search radars, equipment, support, and training to the Philippines.

The Government of the Philippines has requested a possible sale of two (2) AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe 3D Air Search Radars, support services, including installation services, operator training, system operational testing, and documentation.

Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB radar (AN/SPS-77) is a multi-role medium range 3D surveillance radar system for naval applications. It provides medium range, simultaneous air, and surface monitoring and can be employed in a weapon designation role.

The SPS-77 is suitable for demanding maritime environments from the littorals to blue-water operations.

This type of radar is used by the United States Navy Littoral Combat Ship,  the USS Independence  (LCS-2).

US Navy LCS Ship

US Navy Independence -class littoral combat ship

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying US Congress of the possible sale of radar with an estimated cost of 1.2 billion pesos last Dec. 12.

The acquisition is in line with the country’s efforts to increase the maritime domain awareness (MDA) capabilities to improve monitoring of vast territorial seas and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ).

The radars will be outfitted on the Philippine Navy’s two Hamilton-class cutters, BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16).

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