The United Arab Emirates (UAE), launch customer for the Saab GlobalEye multi-mission airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform, is likely to receive its first aircraft by the end of this year, company sources have indicated.
At the Dubai Airshow in November 2015 the UAE initially ordered two examples of an enhanced version of the GlobalEye known as the Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS), with a third aircraft subsequently ordered around February 2017.
Asked by Jane’s about the UAE delivery schedule at Farnborough on 17 July, Lars Tossman, Head of Airborne Surveillance Systems at Saab, declined to give a specific timeline but noted that “a typical AEW platform delivery from contract signed is 36 months”.
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