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February 22, 2021updated 01 Nov 2021 7:45am

Saab hands over UAE’s third GlobalEye aircraft

Swedish firm Saab has handed over the United Arab Emirates’ third GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.

Swedish firm Saab has handed over the United Arab Emirates’ third GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.

The delivery took place on 20 February. In September, the UAE took delivery of the second GlobalEye and the first was handed over in April.

GlobalEye is Saab’s new multi-role airborne surveillance system. It is designed to provide air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single platform.

The advanced system is based on Bombardier’s ultra-long-range Global 6000 aircraft and features ‘sophisticated radar technology’.

It integrates the Saab Erieye Extended Range Radar with Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft.

Saab president and CEO Micael Johansson said: “Completing three deliveries of a solution as advanced as GlobalEye in less than a year proves Saab’s solid expertise as a provider of high-technology solutions and our focus on meeting our commitments, especially given the current circumstances.

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“By handling the entire process, including sensor development and integration, we are uniquely in control of every critical part of this complex programme.”

In 2015, the UAE signed a $1.27bn contract with Saab for the sale of GlobalEye. The UAE Government unveiled plans to deploy the systems as the swing-role surveillance system (SRSS). The UAE placed orders for five GlobalEye aircraft.

Saab received a follow-on contract for GlobalEye in December 2020. It was an amendment to the one that was signed in 2015.

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