Leonardo has announced that its Seaspray AESA radar will be on-board the new Saab GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft, which was unveiled last week in a ceremony in Linköping, Sweden.
The Leonardo Seaspray radar will allow the GlobalEye Swing Role Surveilance System (SRSS) to conduct surveillance using a variety of advanced modes, enhancing the platform’s ability to detect targets.
Seaspray is an AESA radar (standing for Active Electronically Scanned Array, also known as ‘E-Scan’), which means that instead of the radar physically pointing its antenna at a target, a matrix of miniature radar modules are used to steer the beam electronically.
Because of Leonard’s high level of expertise in this technology area, the Seaspray and Osprey families of surveillance radars are able to combine high performance with ultra-competitive levels of reliability and cost-of-ownership, as well as being easy to install and operate. The radars can also perform multiple tasks simultaneously, for example carrying out maritime surveillance while at the same time monitoring the weather on the aircraft’s flight path.
Leonardo’s multi-mode AESA surveillance radars are a worldwide success, having been sold to 30 countries. The Seaspray 7500E has seen service with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), while the Seaspray 7000E equips the UK Armed Forces’ AW159 Wildcat helicopters, the Seaspray 7300E equips the Italian Air Force’s ATR-72s and the Seaspray 5000E was recently selected for the Bangladeshi Navy to conduct anti-smuggling and anti-pollution missions.
The Osprey AESA radar is on-board Norway’s new Leonardo AW101 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters, which have now started to be delivered, and was also recently selected by the U.S. Navy to equip its new MQ-9C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. Leonardo’s AESA surveillance radars offer air-to-air (A2A) and air-to-ground (A2G) capabilities with a variety of advanced modes including the company’s patented small target detection capability.
Saab GlobalEye AEW&C
Saab GlobalEye is an advanced, swing role airborne surveillance system based on a Global 6000 jet aircraft from Bombardier, which has undergone a thorough modification programme to adapt it for its role. The rollout marks a significant milestone on the programme.
Saab is currently producing the GlobalEye AEW&C, combining air, maritime and ground surveillance in one single solution. GlobalEye combines a full suite of sophisticated sensors including the powerful new extended range radar (Erieye ER), with the ultra-long range Global 6000 jet aircraft.
Three GlobalEye platforms are ordered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).