Saab unveils GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft for UAE

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 24, 2018

Saab has taken the wraps of GlobalEye airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft for the United Arab Emirates at its Linköping facility in Sweden.
Based on the Bombardier Global 6000 large cabin business jet, the GlobalEye has a Saab Erieye extended range radar mounted in a long narrow pod on the upper fuselage of the aircraft, and other sensors such as a Leonardo Seaspray maritime search radar, and a FLIR Systems EO/IR turret mounted in fairings on the aircraft.
The new radar is based on the Erieye radar used on smaller Saab 340 and 2000 and Embraer ERJ based systems, but uses gallium nitride semi-conductor technology to improve its performance over the earlier versions.
The UAE has three GlobalEyes on order for delivery from 2019. It also has two Saab 340-based Erieyes already in service, and has ordered two Global 6000-based special mission aircraft, likely with SIGINT capabilities.

3 Comments

  • PAUL

    says:

    This is a must for any Gripen operator, and a bonus being a small fast platform.

  • PAUL

    says:

    On that note one would think that the UAE being an F16 & M2000 operator would have gone for the E7?

  • Paul

    says:

    PAUL, yeah funny that but maybe it could of been bit of a concern tech wise. The SAAB 340 would be cheaper of course, but you wouldn’t think it would be a monetary issue!

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