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For force protection

Multi-role surveillance radar system.
Ockert van der Schyf
Head of Marketing Market Area Sub-Sahara Africa
+27 12 672 8361

GIRAFFE AMB is a powerful 3D surveillance radar system and Command and Control system intended for short and medium-rangesurveillance and ground based air defence. In addition it can also warn of incoming rocket, artillery and mortar rounds, as well as provide coastal surveillance. 


Our products undergo continuous development, allowing opportunities to apply for modernisation and upgrades. 


The GIRAFFE AMB scans the entire search volume with multiple beams up to 70º elevation every second.

HIGH STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL MOBILITY                                      

The GIRAFFE AMB system is completely contained in a cabin conforming to standard 20 ft ISO container dimensions. The deployment time is less than 10 minutes.


As a customer of Saab’s you benefit from a complete life commitment. It is our utmost ambition to support and facilitate your use of our products and services. That is why we are always willing to walk that extra mile to develop a strong and trustful relationship.

Being a customer of ours means that you can rely on Saab’s innovative and technologically advanced state-of-the-art products. But also, it means that you can rely on our dedication and willingness to provide our entire knowledge and know-how for improving your operations. That’s what we call a true commitment.


There are several financing options available, such as leasing.


The GIRAFFE AMB functionality, with a wide transmitting lobe in elevation and multiple simultaneous receivers in parallel, is the key for the rapid detection over the entire search volume. The advanced signal processing makes it possible to detect very small targets, such as artillery rounds at tactically relevant ranges.

The GIRAFFE AMB can provide simultaneous air surveillance, GBAD target acquisition and C-RAM sense&warn capabilities.


The GIRAFFE AMB radar sensor provides high update rate of the full coverage volume with high accuracy mono-pulse elevation measurement for all targets and outstanding discrimination of small targets from clutter such as terrain, urban areas and rain. The 12-metre antenna mast enables freedom of deployment.

The performance in terms of coverage, capacity, accuracy and low latency makes GIRAFFE AMB suitable for easy integration into a wide range of ground based air defence weapon systems:

  • Medium-range surface-to-air missiles (SAM)
  • Extended short-range air defence (Extended SHORAD)
  • Short-range air defence (SHORAD)
  • Very short-range air defence (VSHORAD)
  • Counter rockets, artillery and mortars (C-RAM)

The GIRAFFE AMB modular C2 functions can include common air picture in network, tactical data link integration, GBAD TEWA, record and replay and embedded training functions. 

GIRAFFE AMB for coastal surveillance (option)

For use in coastal surveillance and coastal defence applications GIRAFFE AMB is equipped with a separate, dedicated surface channel for the surface surveillance of coastal waters.

GIRAFFE AMB detects and tracks small and large ships close to islands as well as close to each other.

The detection, initiation of tracking and tracking of targets is fully automated with possibilities for operator correction. Digital maps are built into the radar for elimination of clutter from land and fixed objects.

Giraffe AMB yellow camoflaged


Saab has developed and fielded sophisticated software for signal and data analysis integrated with the signal and data processing as part of the radar system, providing additional capability for detecting the location of rockets, artillery and mortars (RAM) being fired within their area of search, as well as predicting the time and location of their probable impact location.

Trajectories for all “ballistic” tracks are calculated for each new detection, and the weapon locations and impact point estimates are continuously refined.

The weapon-location function works in the full 360° volume up to more than 20 km in range while maintaining air and surface surveillance capacity.

When multiple GIRAFFE AMB are networked, a single common RAM picture can be provided.

In impact warning function can be added, comparing the estimated impact points to user defeined warning areas and generate alarms, giving personnel the vital seconds to take cover.

In use

Mature and proven

The GIRAFFE AMB system is widely used by demanding customers around the world

  • Swedish Army
  • French Air Force
  • British Army
  • Estonian Army
  • US Department of State
  • Australian Army

        and several others.

Giraffe AMB under camouflage net

Camouflaged Giraffe AMB in action

Technical specification

General Parameters  
Frequency band  5.4 – 5.9 GHz
Beam width   2.1o
Average side lobe level  < -50 dB
Radar Modes and Instrumented Coverage  
Instrumented ranges      40/120/(180)km
Antenna rotation rate 30/60 rpm
Full elevation coverage  > 70o

Modes                               1,2,3/A,S,4/NS
Potential                            5
Target Tracking  
Automatically initiated and tracked targets: 200
360o Weapon Location – Mortars and Rockets  
Location range  20 km

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