Saab Unveils new AESA Radar

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    ADEX 2015: Saab unveils new AESA for fighter aircraft


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    • Saab has unveiled a new AESA radar at ADEX 2015 in Seoul in its first foray into the market for such radars for fighter aircraft
    • Officials said it had been in the works for some time and denied it was intended to take advantage of the recent announcement that the United States was denying AESA technology to South Korea
    Saab unveiled an active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar at the ADEX 2015 show in Seoul: a new product that company officials stressed had nothing to do with the recent confirmation that the United States has barred the export of AESA technology to South Korea for the KFX future fighter programme.

    "Fighter radars have been an important area for a long time for Saab and we've developed a few over the years", said Micael Johansson, senior vice president and head of Electronic Defence Systems at Saab.

    US officials confirmed in mid-October that they will not export AESA technology, an infrared search and track system, electronic optics targeting pod, or a radio frequency jammer to South Korea for the KFX, citing International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). This is despite transfer of technology being a key element of the KRW7.34 trillion (USD6.41 billion) FX-III deal signed in 2014 under which Seoul acquired 40 Lockheed Martin F-35As for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF).

    "We didn't start this [radar development] having heard about the problems with the four technology areas," Johannson said. "It's a more long term development that we've done."

    The radar on show at Seoul does not have a name as yet, but officials described it as a next generation development featuring the back end of the PS-05A mechanically scanned radar that is fitted to the Gripen C/D fighter.

    Saab unveiled the latest variant of the PS-05A, designated the Mk4, in April.

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