Saab has unveiled the first GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft at its Linköping site in Sweden.
Developed based on a Global 6000 jet aircraft from Bombardier, GlobalEye is an advanced, swing-role airborne surveillance system.
The system integrates a complete range of advanced sensors, including the latest extended-range radar (Erieye ER), with the ultra-long-range Global 6000 jet aircraft.
The GlobalEye system also has an operational endurance of more than 11 hours and is capable of identifying low-observable air, sea and ground objects.
Saab Surveillance Business Area senior vice-president and head Anders Carp said: “Saab’s breadth and depth of expertise combines all of the necessary knowledge and technology required to design, develop and produce the most advanced AEW&C systems.
“Our collective capabilities deliver unrivalled solutions such as GlobalEye.
“This milestone is clear evidence that the GlobalEye programme and Saab are delivering on our commitments.”
The Saab solution offers extended detection range, endurance, and the capability to carry out a wide range of roles. It also has the ability to perform several missions such as search-and-rescue, border surveillance, and military operations.
Once equipped for ground and flight trials, the first GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft will be able to collect aerodynamic data as part of the on-going development and production project.
In November 2015, Saab received an initial order for the development and manufacturing of two GlobalEye systems for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force.
Last year, the UAE placed an additional order for the delivery of a third system.