Saab has received an order from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for additional functionality for the GlobalEye advanced airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) solution. The order value is approximately SEK 345 million.
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 is the most advanced airborne early warning & control solution on the market and the programme is progressing very well, with the first flight completed in March this year. This order is further testament to our successful collaboration with the UAE”, says Anders Carp, head of Saab Surveillance.
The GlobalEye combines air, maritime and ground surveillance in one swing-role solution. It carries a full suite of sophisticated sensors including the powerful new extended range radar (Erieye ER), integrated with the ultra-long range Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft, known for its versatility and smooth flight characteristics.
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.
The aircraft has over 11 hours of operational endurance, and brings extended detection range, endurance and the ability to perform multiple roles, including tasks such as search and rescue, border surveillance and military operations.
Saab unveiled the GlobalEye aircraft to the media at its Linköping site, Sweden on Feb. 23 this year and the maiden flight of the aircraft was performed from the Saab’s airfield in Linköping on March 14.