Saab has flown a GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Dubai Airshow where it is on static display, marking the first time GlobalEye has been at an exhibition.
GlobalEye flew from its base in Linköping, Sweden and arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aircraft will return to Sweden, where work continues on the programme, at the end of the Dubai Airshow.
“We felt it was only right and proper that the Dubai Airshow was the first exhibition at which GlobalEye would feature. It marks four years since Saab was selected amongst strong competition to be the supplier to the UAE for this advanced capability, and we welcome this opportunity to showcase it here in its home nation,” said Lars Tossman, Vice President and Head of Saab’s business unit Radar Solutions.
This is the first time GlobalEye has been to the country. Visitors to the show will be amongst the few to have seen GlobalEye in person since its unveiling in February 2018 and the maiden flight next month. Since then three GlobalEye aircraft have undertaken their first flights in Sweden, as part of the rapid programme of work undertaken by Saab to develop and integrate the advanced Erieye Extended Range radar and other sensors on-board a Bombardier Global 6000 jet.
The UAE awarded a USD1.27 billion development and production contract during the 2015 Dubai Air Show with an initial order for two systems. An additional order, worth USD238 million, by the UAE for a third system was announced in 2017. In the UAE Armed Forces service, the aircraft is known as the Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS).
GlobalEye’s Erieye ER is an S-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) multi-mode radar developed from the Saab Erieye radar. The radar system has the ability to detect low-observable air targets in heavy clutter and jamming conditions and also can detect and track maritime targets out to the elevated horizon and small jet-ski or RIB sized vessels at very long distances.
Leonardo’s Seaspray maritime AESA search radar and a FLIR Systems electro-optical sensor are also part of the package being installed on UAE’s GlobalEye system.
GlobalEye brings extended detection range, endurance and the ability to perform multiple roles, including tasks such as search and rescue, border surveillance and advanced warning of military threats.