SCHUMER: SAAB, INC. WILL AGAIN ADD GOOD PAYING, HIGH TECH JOBS IN CENTRAL NEW YORK AFTER BEING SELECTED TO UPGRADE U.S. NAVY’S DIGITAL RADAR; SCHUMER-BACKED FUNDING ALLOWED NAVY TO CHOOSE SAAB’S MICROELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY TO MODERNIZE RADAR & BOLSTER NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS
After Schumer Delivered $15 Million In The FY21 Defense Budget For The Navy To Enhance Radar Capabilities, Saab’s All Digital Radar Technology Was Picked For Demonstration; Award Will Initially Create 20 Jobs With Up To 50 In The Future
This Award Follows Saab’s Selection Last Year To Modernize The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Using Schumer-Backed Funding, Creating 50 New Jobs In Central New York
Schumer: Navy Contract Is A Win-Win-Win: Protecting Our Armed Forces, Expanding Central New York’s Growing Tech Economy, And Creating Good Paying Jobs Right Here In Syracuse
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Navy has selected Saab, Inc. of East Syracuse, New York to help make critical improvements to its electronics and radar systems. Schumer secured $15 million in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget for the Navy to develop near-term digital radar solutions to close existing and future capability gaps. As a result of the Schumer-backed funding, the Navy selected Saab’s All Digital Radar Technology to accelerate the adaptation of this low cost microelectronic technology, increasing Joint Force readiness and effectiveness at responding to threats. The contract will also allow Saab to transfer technology from Sweden and expand its presence in Central New York, adding over 20 good paying jobs, with the possibility of up to 50 high tech jobs with future support of the partnership.
“Saab has been a global leader in radar defense technology and I am proud to announce once again that the Navy has invested in Central New York’s workforce to provide next generation radar systems to keep our troops and sailors safe. This award will create dozens of good paying jobs right here in Syracuse and further establishes Central New York as a growing high tech hub,” said Senator Schumer. “I am proud to have helped secure the $15 million in funding necessary for the Navy to adopt this state of the art microelectronic technology and I will always fight to keep Central New York on the feds radar for job creating and economy boosting opportunities like this one.”
“As a Syracuse-based company, we look forward to delivering this next generation technology to the U.S. Navy and continuing to grow our partnership,” said Erik Smith, President and CEO of Saab, Inc. “I want to thank Sen. Schumer for his leadership on this issue. His continued support of Saab in Central New York is instrumental to our continued success. Our entire Central New York delegation does an outstanding job of helping us create more jobs through new foundational programs like ADRT.”
This announcement comes after Senator Schumer announced last year that he had secured $7 million in the Fiscal Years 2020 budget supporting Saab’s Advanced Missile And Fire-Control System to help make critical improvements to Navy combat ships, creating 50 high tech jobs in Central New York. Schumer explained that the Navy and Marine Corps' electronics systems must continually be updated to accommodate increasing information flow, tracking, and so troops can be better prepared for rapidly emerging threats. This announced funding will allow the Office of Naval Research to conduct an All Digital Radar Technology Advanced Technology Demonstration and test Saab’s system and technology against advanced emerging threat simulations. This important project will expand Saab’s previous investments in advanced digital and radio frequency technologies and packaging to build a prototype system in the United States.
Saab has invested significantly to develop it’s All Digital Radar Technology, leveraging 5G technology developments. Saab’s work will be facilitated by transferring technology from Sweden to the U.S., saving taxpayers’ money on costly development programs while supporting high tech jobs in Central New York. Schumer explained that the major technological improvements to radar from this program would allow the Navy to be better prepared for incoming threats and able to process information in a quicker more sophisticated manner.