UAE Announces Intention to Procure Two Additional Saab GlobalEye AEW&C Aircraft

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced its intention to conclude a contract amendment for the purchase of two additional Saab GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft, at the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 19.

According to today’s announcement, the potential order value related to this contract amendment would be USD 1.018 billion. A period of final negotiations will now follow. Saab has not yet signed the contract amendment or received an order relating to today’s announcement.

Saab has also 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.

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 combines a new Erieye Extended Range (Erieye ER) radar with Bombardier’s Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet aircraft. It provides air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution.

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.

The GlobalEye 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.

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

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