The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has received the first of three contracted Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 29 April.
The UAE is to receive three GlobalEye aircraft through to the end of 2021, with a further two expected to follow after. (Saab)
Saab said that it had commenced deliveries of the Bombardier Global 6000 business jet-based platform that were contracted to the UAE Air Force and Defence (AF&D) under the Swing Role Surveillance System award from late 2015. Deliveries of the remaining two aircraft are set to run through to the end of 2021, while an anticipated contract for two additional platforms has not yet been signed.
The ground systems had already been handed over to the UAE AF&D, ahead of the aircraft arrival.
The GlobalEye is built around the Saab Erieye Extended Range (ER) radar that is housed in the same external dorsal ‘plank’ as the company’s original Erieye system. Equipped with Gallium Nitride (GaN) and other technologies, the Erieye ER is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) system that doubles the radar’s power efficiency compared with previous Erieye iterations. It has a range in excess of 650 km that can be extended by focusing the radar’s energy.
Saab said the Erieye ER is resistant to jamming and features all-weather functionality in all domains (air, sea, and land surveillance), as well as an “extremely high” tracking-update rate against targets of interest.