Saab signs support agreement with United Arab Emirates for GlobalEye Aircraft

Saab has signed a support agreement with the United Arab Emirates regarding the advanced airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) solution GlobalEye. The agreement is valid between 2020 and 2022, with an order value of 144.9 MUSD.

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Saab signs support agreement with United Arab Emirates for GlobalEye Aircraft 925 001 A Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning aircraft before its delivery to the United Arab Emirates. (Picture source: Saab)

The agreement covers support and maintenance for the airborne surveillance system GlobalEye. The support and maintenance will be executed locally in the United Arab Emirates.

GlobalEye is a multi-role airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) platform from Swedish defence and security company Saab. GlobalEye consists of a suite of sensors using Saab's Erieye ER (Extended Range) radar and mission system, installed in the Bombardier Global 6000 long-range business jet.

According to Saab Group, the GlobalEye is capable of detecting and tracking a combination of airborne and surface targets, the latter on both land and sea, while mission times of up to eleven hours in duration are possible.

The aircraft has a length of 30.3m, a wingspan of 28.7m and wing area of 94.8m². The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of the aircraft is 45,132kg.

GlobalEye is equipped with an advanced self-protection system based on the latest technology developed by Saab.

The main sensor of Global Eye system is the Erieye ER (extended range) S-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) multi-mode radar. The radar is designed to collect target data in a large air volume and/or across a vast surface area, in heavy clutter and jamming environments.