Second GlobalEye flies

The second Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning and control aircraft, registered SE-RMZ, made its maiden flight from the manufacturer’s facility in Linköping on January 3, 2019.

During this flight, the aircraft was fitted with the Saab Erieye ER airborne radar and collected flight-test data for analysis on the ground.

Commenting on the flight, which lasted two hours and 54 minutes, Anders Carp, Head of Saab’s business area Surveillance said: “Today’s successful first flight is another major step for GlobalEye. We received the initial contract in late 2015, completed the maiden flight with the first aircraft in March 2018 and now we have the second aircraft in the air just over nine months later.”

The GlobalEye is based on the Bombardier Global 6000 business aircraft and it has sold three aircraft to launch customer, the United Arab Emirates Air Force. In service with the UAE GlobalEye will be known as the Swing Role Surveillance System.