07 April, 2023

Saab's latest spy plane completes first flight...

The first flight of the fourth GlobalEye is an important milestone in Saab’s Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) programme and highlights that Saab can rapidly and reliably deliver GlobalEye.

The aircraft took to the skies from Saab’s airfield in Linkรถping, Sweden on April 03, 2023, and performed several tests related to the aircraft’s capabilities.

“We are very satisfied with this successful first flight of another GlobalEye. This confirms that we have the infrastructure, the capabilities and the expertise necessary to support our customers with the most advanced AEW&C solution in a time frame that is unmatched in the market,” says Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of Saab´s business area Surveillance.

GlobalEye is the most modern multi-domain Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) solution with an array of active and passive sensors that provide long-range detection and identification of objects in air, at sea and over land.

By providing real-time information to units in air forces, armies and navies, GlobalEye enables enhanced situational awareness of the surrounding areas and early detection of threats. It can also be used for non-military tasks such as leading and coordinating rescue missions during natural disasters or larger accidents at sea or on land.

Saab has the largest AEW&C customer base in the world, having delivered solutions over the last 30 years across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia for multiple mission roles.

Air surveillance:

• Powerful new Erieye ER (Extended Range) radar to expand the detection distance for small and future targets
• Detection and tracking range significantly increased
• Designed to work in severe clutter and jamming conditions
• Adaptive AESA radar – energy is focused on areas or targets of interest

Maritime surveillance:

• Detects sea targets out to the elevated horizon
• Detects small boats like jet-skis at long distances
• The unique combination of Erieye ER and maritime surveillance radar allows for detection of objects down to the size of a periscope
• AIS, EOS and ISAR for identifying objects

Ground surveillance:

• Detects moving objects through long-range wide area GMTI
• Radar images, weather-independent, with a dedicated radar

Mission capability:

• Ultra-long-range business jet, ideally suited for special missions applications, 
>11 h endurance
• Excellent airfield performance, 6500 ft, allows the use of smaller airports
• Full self-protection suite
• Ideal working conditions for all crew members