Saab has detailed how its new GlobalEye multi-role airborne early warning and control platform is now in production for the United Arab Emirates. Of the three aircraft now on order, based on the Bombardier Global 6000, two are already in Sweden for modifications.
The GlobalEye builds on a long heritage of AEW platforms that Saab has produced, starting with the Saab 340 Erieye, of which two examples remain in service with the Swedish Air Force, as well as two each with the Royal Thai Air Force and the UAE Air Force.
Saab also developed Embraer EMB-145 and Saab 2000-based Erieye platforms.
The GlobalEye features the new Erieye-ER S-band AESA radar, which Saab says offers 70 per cent longer detection range over the original Erieye.
Saab also says the GlobalEye is being leveraged to enable ’70 per cent’ of the development work to be completed for its Swordfish Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), also based on the Global 6000, and now ‘ready to deliver’. Stating it could be ready in three years from contract award. Saab sees Asia-Pacific as a key market for MPA aircraft, citing lower acquisition and through life operating costs when compared to other MPA offerings, such as the Boeing P-8.
Critically, the Swordfish now features a Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD), which Saab says fits with its anti-submarine warfare CONOPS, which it says remains in the low-level environment. Like the GlobalEye, the Swordfish also features the Selex Seaspray 7500E maritime radar. Saab has also increased the sonobuoy and weapons carriage credentials for the Swordfish, which is now able to carry 1,700lbs of stores on four under wing stations, including two RBS-15EF anti-ship missiles, Eurotorp MU90 Mk3 lightweight torpedos of SKAD search and rescue pods.