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Farnborough 2018: Saab looks to Europe and Asia for GlobalEye orders

17th July 2018 - 13:25 GMT | by Tim Martin in Farnborough


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Following the formal roll out of its GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft in February, Saab is targeting Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions for future military and civil orders.

Launch customer UAE – has already committed to the purchase of three systems but the Swedish manufacturer is confident new contracts can be signed as the focus on surveillance capabilities across land, air and sea domains intensifies.

Lars Tossman, VP/head of airborne surveillance systems at Saab, said that a changing political landscape and geopolitical tensions in Russia and China are adding to international surveillance market growth, the like of which GlobalEye is particularly capable of serving.

‘We have quite serious dialogues ongoing both in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas because the interest in surveillance has increased. We have and have had for a while great interest in the GlobalEye because of its range of radar capabilities,’ he said.

Tossman failed to provide a clear indication of whether Saab had consulted with the RAF to offer GlobalEye as a potential option for any AEW&C procurement programme opened up by the MoD.

‘We would welcome a transparent competition but it’s up to the UK to make a decision. It’s an issue for the government at this stage but we shall see.’

The platform features swing roll capabilities, meaning sensor systems and radars can be used to track items across air, land and sea environments. It also holds EO/IR, system protection, voice communication, SATCOM, data link and ELINT functionality.

The systems main surveillance radar Erieye has a tracking range of up to 400km and is used on various platforms across Sweden, the UAE, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Greece and Pakistan.

Current GlobalEye programme developments include an opening up of the flight ...

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