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GlobalEye completes maiden flight

19th March 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Saab’s GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft has successfully completed its first flight, the company announced on 14 March.

GlobalEye took off from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden. During its one hour and 46 minute flight, the aircraft collected extensive flight test data using the on-board instrumentation suite. The collected data is used to verify the aircraft performance and associated modelling.

GlobalEye combines air, maritime and ground surveillance in one swing-role solution. It carries a full suite of sensors including Saab’s Erieye extended range radar, integrated with the ultra-long range Bombardier Global 6000 jet aircraft.

Anders Carp, SVP and head of Saab’s business area surveillance, said: ‘The first flight is the second major milestone for the GlobalEye programme within a very short space of time. Yet again we have demonstrated that we are delivering on our commitments and that we are on track with our production of the world’s most advanced swing-role surveillance system.’

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