Ericsson GIRAFFE contracted by French Air Force


Ericsson GIRAFFE contracted by French Air Force Ericsson Microwave Systems AB has received an order for GIRAFFE AMB, an air defense surveillance radar system with integrated command functions, from the French military equipment procurement agency DGA. The first system will be deployed in about two years. GIRAFFE AMB (Agile Multi Beam) belongs to the latest generation of mobile radar systems and has excellent capacities in detecting and tracking aircraft and missiles. GIRAFFE AMB is based on an advanced command system and a new 3D concept. The antenna is electronically controlled and can thus, in addition to distance and direction data, also provide information on the altitude of the target. "The customer is very knowledgeable and we received the order after thorough evaluations of both technological and economic factors," said Lars Törnquist, General Manager, Market Operations at Ericsson Microwave Systems AB in Mölndal. "This contract confirms GIRAFFE AMB's very strong position on the world market." The GIRAFFE AMB will have full NATO interoperability. GIRAFFE AMB has been developed to meet future defense needs, where information and command superiority will play increasingly vital roles. GIRAFFE AMB has previously been ordered by the Swedish Armed Force and by other export customers, in addition to France. In Sweden, the system is designated UndE23. Ericsson is the leading communications supplier, combining innovation in mobility and Internet in creating the new era of mobile Internet. Ericsson provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communications tools. With presence in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for customers all over the world. Read more at http://www.ericsson.com/press FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Agneta Lundin-Carlsson, Director of Information and Public Affairs Ericsson Microwave Systems AB Phone: +46 31 747 37 56, +46 70 574 39 48 E-mail: Agneta.lundin-carlsson@emw.ericsson.se Lars Törnquist, General Manager, Sensors and Information Networks, Market Operations, Ericsson Microwave Systems AB Phone: +46 31 747 17 42, +46 709 87 17 42 E-mail: Lars.Tornquist@emw.ericsson.se