Saab delivers first GlobalEye

Saab delivered the first GlobalEye Swing Role Surveillance System aircraft to the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) on April 29. 

The United Arab Emirates has ordered three GlobalEye aircraft, with the initial contract signed in late 2015. In November 2019 the country also announced its intention to complete a contract amendment for the purchase of an additional two systems, with negotiations for these aircraft still continuing. 

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“The delivery of the first GlobalEye is a major milestone for Saab, but also an important step in the history of airborne early warning and control. We have set a new standard for the market and I am proud to say that we have delivered the most advanced airborne surveillance solution in the world to the United Arab Emirates," said Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab. He added that the GlobalEye is “setting a new standard in the marketplace.” 

The 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. The first aircraft (registration SE-RMZ) was delivered to Abu Dhabi from Sweden, with a stop-off in Bulgaria. Johansson said that Saab had put in place a number of mitigating actions in order to be able to deliver the first aircraft despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, adding that Saab production sites remain open.

Saab has also offered the GlobalEye to Finland as part of its HX Fighter requirement alongside its Gripen E, with other potential interest in the aircraft from “a couple of others” including South Korea.