Saab on track for early warning system delivery

DUBAI AIRSHOW NEWS: Saab on track to deliver airborne early warning systems

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Two other airborne early warning systems that the UAE Defense Ministry purchased from Saab earlier this year have entered production, according to the company.

Saab began production on the GlobalEye platforms – an early warning and airborne control system that was first purchased by the United Arab Emirates in 2015 – in Sweden earlier this year, Nov. 15 said. Marketing and Sales Director Tomas Lundin at a press conference at the Dubai Airshow. .

He declined to comment on the estimated delivery date for the two remaining systems, although the contract gives Saab until 2025.

“I cannot comment on the exact deliveries,” he said. “I can say that we have the planes in Sweden and we are currently doing the production work on them. “

The platform is capable of tracking objects such as cruise missiles and hypersonic weapons using a combination of passive and active sensors. It operates using jam-resistant radar that is capable of monitoring a larger area than ground systems, he said.

“You can operate in an environment of intense interference, and we see this as extremely important progress,” he said.

The first three GlobalEye systems were delivered in 10 months at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he noted, calling it a “record” feat for Saab.

The system is installed in the Bombardier Global 6000 business jet, and it will later be integrated into the Global 6500.

Lundin declined to say when Saab will make a full transition to the new model, but said it wouldn’t be difficult to make adjustments for integration with the new aircraft.

The contract for the systems is worth more than $ 1 billion over the contract period from 2020 to 2025, according to Saab.

Sweden also bought the GlobalEye earlier this month to replace its aging AEW-300 system, also produced by Saab, Lundin noted.

Saab still continues to operate in South Korea. Seoul announced plans to purchase two more early warning systems last year. The client has indicated that it will go ahead with procurement and issue a request for proposal sometime next year, according to Lundin.

“Normally for such a big contract it takes another year to finalize things, so I think that would be the deadline,” he said.

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