Saab, in collaboration with industry partner Conlog Oy, has unveiled a new, modular, secure and quick-to-deploy digital tower (r-TWR) for flexible air traffic control missions.
According to Saab, air forces are looking to expeditionary or remote air operations to provide resilience at a time when threats to permanent airbases are increasingly realistic.
To answer this, the company presents r-TWR Deployable; a deployable, digital tower that provides high availability, mission-to-mission modularity and flexibility.
Mission ready within an hour, r-TWR Deployable can be operated remotely from a secure location at a base or connected to a centralized facility hundreds of miles away, keeping military personnel safe.
Some of these features can also serve a purpose for international aid missions for the rapid deployment of such infrastructure into a country damaged by natural disasters.
The r-TWR Deployable includes everything needed for air traffic management at an established or temporary landing strip and can be rapidly transported by road or rail on one or two standardized trailers, or in a cargo aircraft of C-130 Hercules size.
“We can already in 2023 offer a deployable digital tower for military and disaster relief missions to meet today’s needs, where speed can be key,” said Peter Engberg, head of Saab’s business unit Traffic Management. “Our experience from air traffic management and defense solutions gives us the expertise needed to create the new capability we call r-TWR Deployable.”
“We are extremely delighted to be able to work with Saab and to provide our highly mobile and durable expandable shelters and our newest hydraulic mast system to be the base of this most interesting system,” said Juha Moisio, CEO Conlog Oy. “With our experience in the most demanding conditions, we can provide solutions for varying conditions.”
The r-TWR Deployable can be integrated with various Saab capabilities depending on customer needs. This includes TactiCall Voice Communication System for safe and cyber secure communications, Giraffe 1X lightweight multi-mission surveillance radar with Drone Tracker capability, Sirius Compact passive surveillance for tactical applications and Barracuda camouflage for a reduced multispectral signature.