Saab announces Erieye AEW&C order

An unnamed customer has placed an order for a number of Saab 2000 Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the Swedish defence company has disclosed.

The deal – worth approximately US$158.4m (SEK1.5bn) – was announced on May 18 but did not disclose the customer or the quantity of aircraft being ordered.

However, the company did state that the aircraft will be delivered between 2020 and 2023. Saab will carry the contact work at its facilities in Arboga, Gothenburg, Järfälla, Linköping and Luleå in Sweden.

Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C [Saab/Peter Liander] #1
Saab/Peter Liander

As per AirForces Intelligence, Both the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) currently operate the Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C. The latter has operated two examples – serials 6001 (c/n 2000-050) and 6002 (c/n 2000-052) – since June 2014. The former has operated four examples since January 2010. In August 2012, three Pakistani aircraft were damaged by shrapnel following an RPG attack at RAF Base Kamra-Minhas. These aircraft were repaired locally and are back in operational service. The air arm ordered an additional three Erieye radar systems in 2017, which were delivered in April last year. These systems will be retrofitted into three of the PAF’s Saab 2000 transports.

Saab’s Erieye is a lightweight multi-role active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar with multi-mission capabilities to suit both military and civil operational requirements. The platform has been integrated on the company’s Saab 2000 twin-turboprop regional airliner, providing a low-cost AEW&C platform with high availability.