Saab has equipped the frigates H.T.M.S. Naresuan and H.T.M.S. Taksin with the latest generation Combat Management (CMS) and Fire Control Systems (FCS), the Saab 9LV Mk4 and CEROS 200/EOS 500 together with the highly capable SEA GIRAFFE AMB 3D multirole radar system. A subsequent contract for additional sights and communications equipment was awarded to Saab to complete the Combat Suite (CS) on the two frigates.
In addition to the two frigates H.T.M.S. Naresuan and H.T.M.S. Taksin, Saab has also equipped the Royal Thai Navy’s flagship H.T.M.S. Chakri Naruebet with the 9LV Mk4 CMS . According to Björn Samuelsson, Marketing Director, Saab Asia Pacific, “Saab’s modernization of the Combat Systems (CS) on-board the flag ship H.T.M.S. Chakri Naruebet and the Royal Thai Navy’s Naresuan Class Guided Missile Frigates H.T.M.S. Naresuan and H.T.M.S. Taksin, is taking Thailand’s naval defence capability to the absolute forefront among naval forces in the region. Saab has also offered the Kockums A26 submarine which can significantly add further strength to the capability of the Royal Thai Navy and assist in their task to protect one of the major global arterial routes of commerce.”
In addition to the modernization of the CS, all three vessels have also been equipped with Tactical Data Links (TDLs) to enable them to share their tactical picture and information with each other as well as with the Royal Thai Air Force Gripen and Airborne Early Warning radar aircraft. This dramatically improves the operational capabilities of both the Naval and Air Force assets, commonly referred to as “force multiplication”.
The Saab 9LV system integrates sensors, weapons and data links, enabling the frigates to engage a variety of modern threats including air threats, sea-skimming missiles and small surface threats. The 9LV Mk4 CMS comprises a set of Multi-Function Consoles (MFC) providing presentation and input facilities for control of the system and the integrated sensors and weapons. The CMS is the core of the frigates’ Combat Systems and performs command and control, identification, tracking and weapon engagements.
In addition, the TDLs provide all the vessels with sophisticated ship-to-ship data exchange as well as with both extended range surveillance capability (AEW) and engagement capability through direct control of the Gripen fighter from the ships.
The two Saab CEROS 200 radar and optronic tracking systems and the EOS 500 optronic tracking system are the core of the frigates’ fire control capability and are fully integrated with the small and large calibre guns as well as the Surface to Surface (SSM) and Surface to Air (SAM) Missile systems, providing unprecedented self defence capabilities against all modern symmetric and asymmetric threats.
In a significant milestone last year, tests performed by Royal Thai Navy and Royal Thai Air Force with support from Saab and AVIA Satcom, resulted in a demonstration of interoperable capabilities between the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Thai Air Force. Both the Gripen and the SAAB 340 AEW aircraft connected successfully with H.T.M.S. Chakri Naruebet over data links and shared radar and other information. This marked a significant step in the development of the Thai Armed Forces and brought Thailand into a small group of countries in the world with this highly advanced capability.
In 2013 Saab signed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea, for delivery of the core part of the CS for a new frigate class for the Royal Thai Navy. The order includes delivery of the Saab 9LV Mk4 CMS, FCS, radar systems from the SEA GIRAFFE family (SEA GIRAFFE AMB EP and SEA GIRAFFE AMB ER) and a complete suite of communications equipment (TatiCall) as well as responsibility for procurement of several third party elements of the CS. Saab is also the Combat System Integrator for the DSME frigate with responsibility for integration of the complete CS.
SEA GIRAFFE FAMILY
The SEA GIRAFFE AMB is Saab’s multi-role powerful and cost-effective medium-range 3D surveillance radar system for naval applications. It is a state-of-the-art medium range radar with simultaneous air, surface and weapon capability, suitable for all typical naval environments including littoral and blue-water operations. The agile multi-beam function scans the entire search volume up to 70° in every single scan with a fast scan-rate of 60 rpm. The SEA GIRAFFE ER (or 4a), is Saab’s long range multi role AESA air and surface surveillance radar system for naval applications. It is a state-of-the-art long range AESA radar with simultaneous air, surface and weapon capability built on the absolute latest AESA technology. The low top weight makes it possible to equip medium size vessels with a long range radar capability not previously available to those vessels. The radar is suitable for all typical naval environments including littoral and blue-water operations, but with a focus on applications where long range is a key factor. The radar scans the entire search volume up to 70° in every single scan with a fast scan-rate of 60 rpm.
Kockums A26 is the world’s most modern conventional submarine program currently underway for the Swedish Navy. The Kockums A26 is a unique submarine with proven modular design, silent long-endurance submerged performance and excellent manoeuvrability in all waters. Kockums A26 is powered by a conventional diesel-electric propulsion machinery, and equipped with a fully integrated Kockums Stirling AIP (air-independent propulsion) systems. The submarine has optimised and balanced underwater signature properties, which makes the A26 submarine extremely stealthy and very difficult to detect. Not only does Saab’s Kockums A26 submarine have excellent transit capability, it can also operate in big oceans due to its long transit range, extensive endurance, high snorting speed, deep diving ability, high seakeeping performance and excellent crew comfort.
Saab’s A26 uses the latest stealth technology and advanced tactical communication to allow submarines to integrate their communications with those of other defence forces and civilian agencies. Operational flexibility, together with a comprehensive weapons suite, enables the Kockums A26 to carry out a wide variety of missions. In today’s ever-changing naval environment, Saab keeps ahead by developing the best technology crucial to crisis response, deterrence, peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations. The Kockums A26 combines ocean-going seaworthiness, long distances and Littoral Supremacy™ – making it the world’s most effective AIP submarine.