Saab 340 aircraft

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has awarded a contract to Saab to provide maintenance services for the Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) radar system present on the Swedish air force’s 340 surveillance aircraft.

Under the terms of the SKr125m ($17.4m) contract, the company will provide technical support, as well as research and development for the Erieye/ASC890 sensor and command and control (C2) system.

According to Saab, the sensor and command and control system will provide air force personnel with access to a detailed situational awareness, which can be utilised for conducting border surveillance, rescue operations and for tackling terrorism and organised crime.

Based on the active phased-array pulse-Doppler radar, the Erieye is a high-performance, long-range AEW&C system designed to detect and automatically track both air and sea targets including cruise missiles and jet-skis, located at ranges of up to 450km in hostile electronic warfare environments.

The system is equipped with a suite of sensors, C2 and communications systems, and is capable of transmitting an onboard operator architecture or downlink data through an associated datalink subsystem to a ground-based air defence network.

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Fully interoperable with Nato air defence command and control systems, the system has been installed aboard the variety of aircraft platforms, such as the Embraer EMB-145 aircraft, used by Brazil, Mexico and Greece and Saab 2000 aircraft, intended for Pakistan.

Work is scheduled to take place between 2012 and 2014.

The Swedish air force currently possesses three Erieye-equipped Saab 340 aircraft in operational service, as reported by Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database.

Image: A Swedish air force’s Saab 340 surveillance aircraft during its flight. Photo: courtesy of Saab.