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10 February 2016

Saab SRSS is a True Swing-Role, Multi-Purpose System Working Across Air, Land and Sea

During a press and analyst meeting, where Saab's CEO Håkan Buskhe and CFO Magnus Örnberg presented the 2015 year-end results, Bushke said that the UAE's new Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS) will be offered into the Asia-Pacific region, as well.

SAAB's new SRSS combines AEW&C with MULTI-INT capability, and the UAE’s new aircraft will not only feature the dorsal plank antenna configuration that is found on current ERIEYE-configured aircraft, but also a wide range of other sensors including a dorsal mounted maritime-patrol surface-contact radar, an EO/IR sensor and ESM equipment. (Photo: Saab)

Saab is responding to the challenge of carrying out air, ground, and maritime radar surveillance in a single platform. The Swedish defence manufacturer’s new SRSS airborne swing role surveillance system draws on previous generations of the company’s heritage ERIEYE system and also on Saab's wider development work across the entire spectrum of radar technology.

Saab has recently unveiled a new family of surface-based AESA radars and a new fighter AESA, all with new technologies. The SRSS is the latest chapter in the story of Saab sensor system development, but it is more than an evolutionary product – it is a leap ahead because of what it brings to the air surveillance market and to customers' national capabilities.

Saab's SRSS is well-named because it is a true swing-role, multi-purpose system than can work across the air, land and maritime domains with multiple sensors in a single mission. The current ERIEYE system already has an excellent reputation for long-range and high performance in complex environments, against both air and sea targets. ERIEYE specialises in detecting and tracking the most difficult target sets: In the air this includes all high-and-fast and low-and-slow targets, stealthy targets, cruise missiles, unmanned air vehicles, etc.

Indeed, Saab, in another interview, further declared that at sea the ERIEYE can operate out over the blue water ocean and in the most difficult littoral waters, while tracking targets as small as a jet ski.

As significant, the SRSS adds a third dimension to this level of capability - something that is unique - an overland mode to detect and track moving targets across a wide area and over many different types of terrain.

At Dubai Airshow 2015, the UAE Armed Forces said publically they would acquire two SRSS aircraft along with upgrades to its existing ERIEYE aircraft (Saab 340 platform) under the terms of a November 2015 contract. Deliveries will be made according to the customer's schedule.

The current SRSS configuration was developed in close coordination with the UAE customer to meet customer requirements. According to Saab the Bombardier GLOBAL 6000 is a high performance platform which, when coupled with Saab's overarching system know-how will meet the requirements of many other nations, too.

The Bombardier GLOBAL 6000’s details provide some intriguing insights into what is clearly becoming an evolving “mid-size” but capable surveillance aircraft market space. A side-by-side comparison using content on the Bombardier and US Navy websites available this 8 January indicated, in part, at maximum takeoff weight of 99,500lbs has a range of 6,000nm and maximum operating ceiling of 51,000 feet. Similarly, a P-8 POSEIDON at 188,200lbs. has a range of 1,200nm (with four hours on station) and maximum operating ceiling of 41,000 feet.  
Unlike its competitors in this market, Saab is both an aircraft company, a radar manufacturer, and a complex system integrator – allowing it to be best-placed to develop and deliver whatever a customer needs. Saab is the SRSS prime contractor and has full responsibility for the system design, development, integration, and delivery.