29-Jan-2014 Source: Saab
Saab has been selected by the U.S. Army to supply a Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system at Joint Base Lewis – McChord (JBLM), Fort Lewis, Washington. The WAM system will provide precise surveillance during low level aviation tactical maneuvers during training at JBLM.
JBLM will be the fourth U.S. military installation to utilize Saab WAM for surveillance of flights in Special Use Airspace, joining U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms and U.S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds.
“Saab WAM is a field-proven surveillance solution for accurate situational awareness of a diverse mixture of aircraft and helicopters operating in challenging airspace,” said Lars Borgwing, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC (SDAS). “The system at JBLM will provide the military with a reliable method of acquiring airspace situational awareness that will benefit training safety and force readiness.”
Saab multilateration uses multiple low-maintenance, non-rotating sensors to triangulate aircraft location based on transponder signals. This provides operators with precise aircraft position and identification information regardless of weather conditions. With a higher update rate and greater positional accuracy than traditional radar, multilateration delivers effective surveillance for increased safety, capacity and efficiency of airspace and surface operations. By employing advanced processing techniques, a Saab multilateration system uses the minimal number of sensors for a less complex, lower lifecycle cost solution.
Almost 100 sites worldwide have chosen Saab multilateration to enhance safety, efficiency, capacity and cost savings through airport surface surveillance, wide area surveillance and airport surface management.
Saab Defense and Security USA LLC delivers advanced military technology and systems to United States armed forces and other government agencies. Headquartered in Sterling Virginia, the company has business units and local employees in four states.