Saab Sells the ARTHUR Radar System to Italy
(Source: Saab AB; issued December 22, 2009)
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract for the sale of its ARTHUR WLS (Weapon Locating System) to the Italian Army. The order has been obtained in collaboration with the Italian company Selex Sistemi Integrati (Finmeccanica Group). The value of the order to Saab is approximately MEUR 46 (approximately MSEK 475).

Saab is to supply the radar system, with Selex Sistemi Integrati (Finmeccanica Group) supplying the command and communications solution. The contract, which is a basic order with an expansion opportunity, also comprises associated logistics with training, installation and support. Deliveries are estimated to take place over the next three years.

The Italian Army will be using the system for international assignments.

“Highly-functional weapon locating systems have become an increasingly important component in peacekeeping missions throughout the world, both for ensuring that peace accords are being upheld, and for the protection of own personnel. ARTHUR, which is the market-leading mobile weapon locating system, has therefore also become a major export success story for Saab over the years", says Lennart Joelsson, business unit manager, Saab Microwave Systems.

Saab's ARTHUR radar system locates incoming enemy projectiles and missiles. The system provides information about the firing position and point of impact, and can simultaneously direct countermeasures. It therefore contributes to increased protection for friendly forces and the civilian population.

ARTHUR has been supplied to several countries throughout the world besides Sweden. Denmark, Greece, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, South Korea and the Czech Republic are among those who have bought different versions of the radar system. The peacekeeping forces of the Canadian and Italian armies have successfully used ARTHUR in Afghanistan.


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Selex Sistemi Integrati Signed A Contract with Teledife
(Source: Selex Sistemi Integrati; issued Dec. 22, 2009)
Following the assignation of the tender regarding the supply of five firefinder radar systems and associated logistics support, Selex Sistemi Integrati, a Finmeccanica Company, has signed a contract worth EUR 83 million with Teledife (the Italian General Directorate of Telecommunications, IT and Advanced Technologies) covering options as well.

The agreement, signed by Selex Sistemi Integrati in its role as the head of a temporary consortium of companies with SAAB Microwave SA, provides that the Italian Company will carry out the integration of the Arthur radars from SAAB Microwave with the SIACCON command and control systems previously supplied to the Italian Army.

Selex Sistemi Integrati, responsible of the contract, will manage the entire project and will also perform modifications to the radar equipment and will supply all navigation and communication devices, as well as ensuring the mobility of the system.

In particular, the Arthur radar, has been successfully employed in Afghanistan and, is usually utilized by the Armed Forces in several countries during peace-keeping missions.

Firefinder radars are battlefield surveillance systems that protect units on operations. The systems are able to identify sources of enemy fire and respond quickly, even in adverse weather conditions, due to the ease of data recording and deployment and good mobility in the field. All information gathered is transmitted to a dedicated command and control centre for co-ordinating the mission. Moreover, the systems can co-operate with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and are suitable for integration with NATO command and control systems.

The entire order will be delivered within 36 months and also covers the provision of training for operators, as well as installation and system management support.

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