How Saab radar helped make London safer

In the summer of 2012, the eyes of the world were on London for the thirtieth Olympic Games. Just as for many major events, this huge public celebration was a potential terrorist target. The security effort was therefore huge, with military resources being used to monitor the airspace over London.

Saab's Giraffe AMB radar system played a key role in this surveillance effort. It is a mobile system with radar antenna on an extendible mast that is able to simultaneously track objects of all sizes, at high and low altitude and at long range. If anything had breached the airspace without permission, countermeasures could be implemented in a timely fashion.

Giraffe AMB is better than other radar at, for example, identifying small aircraft over a city where there is a great deal of other traffic. Civil air traffic control is usually based on the notion that aircraft have transponders indicating where they are. A military system such as Giraffe AMB also sees objects without transponders. Or aircraft that have turned theirs off in order to conceal themselves.

When lives are on the line, there can be no room for surprises. With Giraffe AMB, threats can be identified in time enabling countermeasures to be deployed before people or property are affected.