Pakistan Air Force receives AEW&C radar equipment from Saab

16 April 2019 (Last Updated April 16th, 2019 12:17)

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has reportedly received radar equipment from Swedish firm Saab at Base Nur Khan in Chaklala, Rawalpindi.

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has reportedly received radar equipment from Swedish firm Saab at Base Nur Khan in Chaklala, Rawalpindi.

The three sets of radar equipment were delivered on 9 April, Quwa reported, citing information from Pakistan’s import and export database.

According to IHS Jane’s, the equipment delivered by Saab could be three Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) radar systems for potential installation onto three Saab 2000 aircraft.

The twin-engine Saab 2000 aircraft were procured by the Directorate General Defence Purchase of Pakistan last year, according to an announcement made by sales specialist Skyworld Aviation in June.

The Quwa report stated that the PAF originally placed an order to purchase five Saab 2000s.

Four of the aircraft were planned to be integrated with the Erieye AEW&C system. The remaining aircraft was meant for VIP flights and training.

“The Erieye radar system is based on active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology and can be used for air and sea surveillance, intelligence, command and control.”

In 2012, two of the four Erieye AEW&C were damaged and one was written-off. The two damaged aircraft later underwent repairs at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).

The report added that the PAF ordered three additional Erieye AEW&C aircraft in 2017. If the country receives all the aircraft, the fleet size would increase to six.

The Erieye radar system is based on active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology and can be used for air and sea surveillance, intelligence, command and control.

It supports multi-mission capabilities, including airborne early warning, control, surveillance, search and rescue of national borders and assets.

Pakistan is the first customer for the Saab 2000 AEW&C system. The Pakistan Government placed the order in June 2006.

The first aircraft entered into service with the PAF in October 2009.