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Saab adds GlobalEye to Finland fighter offer

20th June 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Saab has announced that it will include two GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft as part of its Gripen offer to Finland.

GlobalEye is a strategic asset, which can be in operation 24/7 for airspace and ground surveillance. According to Saab, the capabilities it offers will increase Finland’s situational awareness and provide increased pre-warning time of territorial infringements, providing an efficient deterrent effect whilst enhancing and maximising the combat effectiveness of the fighter fleet.

Saab, supported by Sweden, submitted its proposal for the Finnish fighter procurement in January this year. Saab’s proposal comprises 64 Gripen aircraft, of which 52 are single-seat Gripen E and 12 are dual-seat Gripen F, as well as two GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft. Finland has stated that it is planning a procurement decision in 2021.

As part of the proposal, Saab offers the necessary equipment and associated services to operate the aircraft as well as a substantial weapon and sensor package. Saab’s proposal also includes an industrial co-operation programme with the aim to build extensive national capabilities in Finland for security of supply.

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