Saab has signed a contract with South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration regarding support and supply of spare parts for its Arthur weapon locating systems. The order value is approximately SEK 795 million and the contract period is 2023-2028.

Saab will carry out the work with its local support team in South Korea, in cooperation with a team in Gothenburg, Sweden for spare parts supply and back-office support.

“The Republic of Korea Armed Forces is the largest operator of our Arthur weapon locating system and we are proud to contribute to its capability by ensuring the systems remain in operation with excellent availability,” says Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.

Arthur is a lightweight, highly mobile weapon locating system (WLS), tactically deployed close to the forward line of own troops. It is made to give the commander freedom of manoeuvre and enables quick counter-fire, making the threat the target, in no time.

In the battlefield it rapidly detect and track artillery projectiles and calculate points of origin for counter battery and generate points of impact to the intelligence community. The mobility, operational range and high accuracy makes it uniquely suited for all types of Counter Battery Operations.

High reliability and maintainability

Arthur is in currently operational in twelve countries, among them Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Spain, Italy, Greece and the UK. The system is battle-proven used by the British forces in the second Gulf War in 2003 and served with British as well as other forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, where it was used in 24/7 combat operations.

One high-mobility vehicle

Arthur is designed with unique mobility and ease of operation in mind. The entire system may be integrated into any fighting vehicle large enough to carry the 3m antenna. Thus, there is no need for a specific vehicle in the fleet due to the radars’ very low logistic footprint.

Superior system survivability

Arthur will itself be a high-priority target. Survival limits the useful operating time for any radar sensor at any single deployment site to less than 5 minutes, based on the latest conflicts. Deploying in less than two minutes maximises the useful operating time at a given location without jeopardising system survival.


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