By Kalwinder Kaur
Swedish defence and security solutions provider, Saab has inked a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and the Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) to upgrade the Swedish weather radar network.
The term of the contract is for six years from 2012 to 2017. There is also a provision to extend the contract for an additional three years. The contract worth including all the options is pegged at SEK 100 million.
The contract which will come into effect at the end of a 10-day period for appeal is the result of efforts taken by SWERAD, an organization jointly established in the 1980s by the FMV, SMHI and the Swedish Armed Forces to oversee the operations of Sweden’s civil and military weather radar network. Saab will work on upgrading the Swedish weather radar network from the conventional Doppler system to the Dual Polarised Doppler system. The 12 weather radar stations in the Swedish network will now be equipped to provide better weather prediction by way of weather classification.
Lars-Erik Wige, Head of the Support and Services at Saab, stated that the deal was an acknowledgement of Saab’s expertise and unique proposition in both civil and military radar technology. Saab, which was established in 1937 to meet the domestic aircraft requirements of Sweden, has a global footprint and serves governments, corporations and other authorities with a host of security solutions and products for both civil security and military defence purpose.