Saab has expanded its airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems portfolio with the launch of the GlobalEye multi-role airborne surveillance system.

The GlobalEye combines a comprehensive suite of sensors, including signals intelligence, and advanced self-protection equipment with an Erieye ER (extended range) radar and mission system.

Additionally, the system comprises of a Bombardier-built Global 6000 jet aircraft featuring latest avionics.

"GlobalEye is a game changer that delivers a unique swing-role capability for simultaneous air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution."

The new AEW&C system is capable of conducting long-range detection, tracking and surveillance in the air, land and maritime domains, from a single platform.

Saab business area Electronic Defence Systems head Micael Johansson said: "With GlobalEye we expand and sharpen our offering, targeting customers looking to maximise their return on investment in extended AEW&C capabilities as a national asset to benefit their country.

"GlobalEye is a game changer that delivers a unique swing-role capability for simultaneous air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution, with the ability to change role dynamically, while airborne during any mission."

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The long-range, wide-area ground moving target indication (GMTI) radar modes outfitted in the new system enable enhanced ground surveillance of moving vehicles.

The company claims that the system is capable of detecting objects at ranges that are significantly greater than those achieved by older-generation systems.

In November 2015, the UAE Government unveiled plans to deploy the systems as the swing role surveillance system (SRSS).

Work under the contract will be carried out at Saab’s facilities in Gothenburg, Linköping, Järfälla, Arboga, Luleå and Centurion in South Africa.