Swedish firm Saab has proposed to build a sensor centre under its bid for Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).

The company announced the news during AIx Space 2021 Conference on 18 January.

Dubbed ‘Saab Sensor Centre’, the new facility will be established in Vancouver, British Columbia. It would mainly focus on sensor technologies such as radar.

The proposal is part of Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits programme from the company.

According to Saab, a ‘Space Surveillance Radar’ project in Canada has been proposed to be developed in partnership with other Canadian firms within the country’s space industry.

The company noted that this surface radar will be designed to offer a superior understanding of objects in the Earth’s orbit.

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Saab Canada president Simon Carroll said: “So much of modern life and military capability depends on space-based assets. Today space is anything but empty when it comes to the Earth’s immediate vicinity with an increasing number of satellites and many more to come.

“We feel that Saab teamed with Canadian space partners are the perfect combination to co-develop a SSR for Canada and the global market.”

The Swedish firm has offered 88 of its advanced fighter aircraft ‘Gripen E’ for Canada’s FFCP.

These new jets will replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) existing fleet of CF-18 fighters.

In August, the Government of Canada received three bids for the multi-billion FFCP programme.