Saab secured a $190m (Skr1.9bn) support contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Defence, extending its commitment to maintaining and fortifying the GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) solution.
The three-year deal, lasting until 2026, underscores Saab’s dedication to ensuring the continual operational effectiveness of this defence asset. The order is aimed at providing in-service support for GlobalEye.
Saab’s responsibilities under the contract include maintenance, logistics support, and training services.
Having placed a follow-on order for two additional GlobalEye swing-role surveillance aircraft, the country is anticipated to field a comprehensive aerial surveillance capability around five GlobalEye systems, thus significantly improving the aerial intelligence gathering capabilities of its air force, according to GlobalData’s intelligence on “The UAE Defense Market 2023-2028” report.
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Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of Saab’s business area Surveillance, expressed enthusiasm about the strengthened collaboration, stating, “This agreement solidifies Saab’s role in ensuring that GlobalEye remains mission-ready. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with the UAE Air Force and Air Defence and providing long-term local support.”
GlobalEye is an advanced multi-domain AEW&C solution with active and passive sensors for long-range detection and identification across air, sea, and land domains. By facilitating real-time information dissemination to air forces, armies, and navies, GlobalEye enhances situational awareness and enables early detection of potential threats.
In 2022, Saab signed a $710.29m contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration to supply two GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft, enhancing Sweden’s reconnaissance capabilities. The contract includes an option for two additional aircraft, with delivery expected in 2027.