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Dubai Airshow 2019: Saab doubles down on GlobalEye for Finland

18th November 2019 - 09:27 GMT | by Tim Martin in Dubai


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Manufacturer Saab has confirmed it is keeping an offer of two GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft on the table for Finland’s HX Fighter Programme (HX-FP), following a revised RfQ calling for ‘improved offers’ from industry released by the European country earlier this month.

The Swedish company also confirmed that the aircraft and its Gripen jet will be evaluated by Finland’s MoD but stopped short of mentioning if the GlobalEye will formally participate in HX flight demonstrations due to be held next year.

Saab is the only one of five industry participants to include an AEW&C solution as part of its HX-FP offer, with the decision to do so mainly based on an idea that superior radar performance can reduce the burden on Finland’s fighter fleets carrying out air surveillance missions.

‘Doing air surveillance with a fighter radar compared to doing it with the GlobalEye is like flying around and looking [at objects of interest] through a straw,’ said Lars Tossman VP and head of radar solutions business unit at Saab.

‘The volume you see with a fighter radar which is on X-band [frequency] with short distances and much narrower [field of detection] is limiting. To use fighters in the most optimised way, they shouldn’t be used to carry out air surveillance all the time, that goes not just for the Gripen but all fighter aircraft.’  

He also emphasised that the ability of the GlobalEye to use S-band frequency radar generates greater jamming resistance capabilities, with the aircraft itself able to simultaneously cover air, land and sea object identification, primarily ...

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