Saab receives order for two GlobalEyes from Sweden

Saab signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) on June 30 for the GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.

The order includes two GlobalEye aircraft with deliveries planned during 2027. The order value is approximately SEK 7.3 billion ($714 million) with deliveries planned in 2027. The contract also includes options that enable FMV to order up to two additional GlobalEyes. After being adapted to Swedish specifications, in Swedish Air Force service the type will be designated the S106.

The first two Saab GlobalEye aircraft for the UAEAF&AD while undergoing flight testing with temporary Swedish test registrations. Two of the type have now been ordered for the Swedish Air Force, with options on two more. Saab

Saab’s GlobalEye features the Erieye Extended Range radar, which has a range of more than 340 miles (550km), as well as a suite of advanced sensors and a command and control system integrated into the Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft.

Saab’s President and CEO, Micael Johansson, said: “GlobalEye will provide Sweden with world-class airborne early warning and control capability. Saab’s most important mission is to keep people and societies safe, and I am proud that GlobalEye will further strengthen the Swedish Armed Forces’ capability.”

Saab will carry out the work on this contract in Gothenburg, Linköping, Järfälla, Arboga and Luleå, Sweden, Tampere, Finland and Centurion, South Africa. Saab has already sold the GlobalEye to the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAF&AD), which signed a contract for two of these aircraft on November 9, 2015, adding a third in February 2016. A contract for two more was signed on December 30, 2020. The first was delivered on April 29, 2020, followed by the second in September 2020 and the third on February 20, 2021. The remaining two are scheduled to follow by 2025.