Saab to upgrade SINDRE I air surveillance radars in Norway


Saab has been contracted by the Nato Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to upgrade air surveillance radars in Norway.

Under the contract, the company will upgrade three SINDRE I air surveillance radars by replacing obsolete hardware and updating software.

Saab Norway managing director Tore Bekkevold said: “Saab’s radar upgrading approach is a proven and effective way to extend the service life of existing air surveillance radars.

"The Royal Norwegian Air Force will benefit from our low-risk, cost-efficient upgrade programme.”

Work under the contract will be carried out by Saab Technologies Norway in Halden, and Saab Defense and Security USA in Syracuse, New York.

Saab Technologies Norway is a supplier of ground-based radar systems with domestic and international customers, while Saab Defense and Security USA supplies ground and naval radar systems, subsystems and upgrades to domestic and international customers.

"Saab’s radar upgrading approach is a proven and effective way to extend the service life of existing air surveillance radars."

The upgraded radars will be delivered during the period between 2017 and 2020.

The SINDRE I is a ground-based S-band long-range, passive phase array radar designed to perform air surveillance in three dimensions.

The antenna uses pencil beams for transmit and reception to achieve the necessary angular coverage.

The SINDRE I radar signal processor replacement (SPR) is located in the display shelter and includes a high-performance programmable digital signal processor (DSP) subsystem and a radar controller (RC) subsystem with serial interface unit (SIU) hardware and integral power supplies.


Image: The SINDRE I is a ground-based S-band long-range, passive phase array radar. Photo: courtesy of Saab AB.