Saab Signs GlobalEye Support Agreement with UAE

Saab has signed a support agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding the GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.

The agreement, with an order value of USD144.9 million, is valid between 2020 and 2022 and covers support and maintenance for the airborne surveillance system GlobalEye. The support and maintenance will be executed locally in the UAE.

During the 2015 Dubai Air Show, the UAE awarded a USD1.27 billion development and production contract to Saab with an initial order for two GlobalEye systems. An additional order, worth USD238 million, by the UAE for a third system was announced in 2017. In November 2019 the country also announced its intention to complete a contract amendment for the purchase of an additional two systems.

Saab GlobalEye AEW&C provides air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution. GlobalEye combines Saab’s new Erieye Extended Range Radar and a range of additional advanced sensors with the ultra-long range Global 6000 aircraft from Bombardier. 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.

Saab delivered the first GlobalEye to UAE on April 29 this year. In the UAE Armed Forces service, the aircraft is known as the Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS).

Saab GlobalEye SRSS - UAE Air Force (UAEAF)
A Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft of the UAE Air Force (UAEAF) at the Dubai Airshow 2019. GlobalEye is known in the UAE as the Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS). Saab Photo.

Saab GlobalEye AEW&C

GlobalEye is a multi-role airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) platform from Swedish defence and security company Saab. GlobalEye consists of a suite of sensors using Saab’s Erieye ER radar and mission system, installed in the Bombardier Global 6000 long-range business jet.

The GlobalEye aircraft was unveiled by Saab in February 2018 and the maiden flight was conducted next month.

The aircraft 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.

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.

With highly increased detection range and over 11 hours of operational endurance, GlobalEye AEW&C is perfectly suited to fulfil the most demanding operational requirements.

Saab GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft
A Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft in flight. Saab Photo.

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