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GlobalEye Redefines Airborne Surveillance

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Defence and security company Saab extends its airborne early warning and control portfolio, with the introduction of the GlobalEye multi-role airborne surveillance system.

Saab’s well known systems for airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) are in operation in eight countries worldwide, including Brazil and Mexico. Several other countries in Latin America are interested.

Now a new level of multi-mission airborne surveillance capability is introduced. For the first time on the market GlobalEye provides a sophisticated, high-performance system that can conduct simultaneous long-range detection, tracking and surveillance in the air, land and maritime domains, all from a single platform.

“With GlobalEye we expand and sharpen our offering in Latin America, targeting customers looking to maximise their return on investment in extended AEW&C capabilities. This an excellent complement to the already strong Erieye offer in the region” says Fredrik Gustafson, head of marketing and sales Saab Latin America.

The truly multi-role GlobalEye automatically detects and tracks air and surface targets over a huge area. With the Erieye ER radar, detection and tracking ranges have been significantly increased compared to existing airborne radars, and against the smallest targets. The GlobalEye system can track very low-observable air and sea targets, including ‘stealthy’ aircraft, cruise missiles or submarine periscopes, even in heavy clutter and jamming environments.

“GlobalEye is a game changer that delivers a unique swing-role capability for simultaneous air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution, with the ability to change role dynamically, while airborne during any mission. At the same time, this leap in technology means that we can ensure future state-of-the-art upgrades to our existing Erieye customers” says Fredrik Gustafson.

The GlobalEye integrates a comprehensive suite of sensors, including signals intelligence, and advanced self-protection equipment with a newly-developed command, control and communication system. A large proportion of GlobalEye’s sub systems are sourced from Saab’s world-leading product range.

GlobalEye complements the well proven Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C solution for air and sea surveillance developed over the years using spiral development. It is based on the Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft with very long endurance, high speed, requiring very short fields for take-off and landing.

The launch customer for GlobalEye is the United Arab Emirates, which ordered the system as the Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS), in November 2015.

GlobalEye is yet another Saab innovation in the field of radar technology where Saab has put entirely new, ground-breaking capabilities onto the market. The launch follows Saab’s recent introduction of new and upgraded fighter radar systems and five all-new complementary surface radar systems.

Saab is one of the world’s leading suppliers of radars for airborne, land-based and naval applications with more than 3,000 systems in operation in 30 countries.


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