SHAH ALAM: Saab today announced that it had delivered the second GlobalEye Swing Role Surveillance System to the United Arab Emirates. This follows Saab’s delivery of the first GlobalEye aircraft in April 2020 to the United Arab Emirates, which has ordered three GlobalEye aircraft. The initial contract was signed in late 2015.
“Completing the second GlobalEye delivery in five months is a testament to Saab’s in-house expertise as aircraft manufacturer, sensor provider and large system integrator. I am proud to contribute to the United Arab Emirates’ airborne surveillance capability with GlobalEye, which is the most advanced solution of its kind”, says Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab.
GlobalEye is Saab’s new airborne early warning and control solution. It provides air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution. GlobalEye combines Saab’s new Erieye Extended Range Radar and a range of additional advanced sensors with the ultra-long range Global 6000 aircraft from Bombardier.
What does it got to do with Malaysia then? Nothing actually though it must be said that RMAF has long sought an AEW aircraft. The current plan is to buy the AEW aircraft in the future RMK – likely the 14th – from 2031 to 2036.
The GlobalEye according to Saab is multi domain aircraft, with its mix of modern active and passive sensors, it provides long-range detection and identification of objects in air, at sea and over land.
It must be noted that UAE has contracted for five GlobalEye aircraft, two in 2015, one in 2017 and another two in 2019. The cost of the contract is estimated around $2.5 billion.
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