Thursday, February 13, 2014

SAAB's Bamse SR-SAM System at DefExpo 2014

SAAB's Bamse SR-SAM on display at DefExpo 2014
SAAB is fielding its Bamse Ground Based Missile Defense (GBMD) system for the Indian Army's SR-SAM requirement.

The BAMSE system comprises


  1. Giraffe AMB surveillance radar for detecting targets.
  2. Bamse Fire Control Radar (FCR) for Line Of Sight (ACLOS) missile guidance function.
  3. A MCC wit six Bamse Missile to engage targets.

Giraffe AMB. Photo Courtesy SAAB

The Bamse FCR and Bamse missiles are mounted on a single vehicle. The Giraffe AMB has its own vehicle. A single Giraffe AMB can function with multiple missile batteries.

The C-band (5.4 – 5.9 GHz) Giraffe AMB has a 3D phased array, digital beam forming antenna. The radar has an instrumented range of 120-km with elevation coverage of > 70-deg. It can detect targets flying as high as 20-km.

Bamse missile battery with Fire Control Radar

The Bamse FCR operates in the Ka-band (34 – 35 GHz) and provides target and missile tracking. It has an instrumented range of 30-km.

The Bamse missile has an effective range of 20-km and can engage targets as high a 15-km. It uses Automatic Command to Line of Sight (ACLOS) and is fitted with a shaped charge fragmentation warhead with proximity fuse.

The system is capable of engaging fighters, helicopters, stand-off missiles and guided bombs.

SAAB has tied up with Ashok Leyland to provide the vehicles for the Bamse system. All sub-units within the Bamse SRSAM are being integrated with the Ashok Leyland Super Stallion 8x8, a high-mobility vehicle capable of operating in all types of terrain under all weather conditions.

Pune based Kalyani group will be responsible for a lot of the engineering work that goes into the system.

For additional details on the Indian Army's SR-SAM acquisition, please visit the link below.
SR-SAM for Indian Army (IDP Sentinel)