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A revolution in airborne surveillance

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The world is constantly changing and so are the challenges that nations are faced with. In today’s complex wold, we need to be aware of what is happening around us in the air, sea and on the ground. And with new technologies making targets and threats more difficult to detect, this is a demanding task. Saab took on this challenge and arrived at a revolution in airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) – GlobalEye.


GlobalEye is a game changer. We’re breaking ground by combining simultaneous air, sea and ground surveillance with our new Erieye ER radar, offering extended range and enhanced performance, says Erik Winberg, business developer at Saab. With the Global 6000 aircraft customers also get the flight performance and endurance of up to 11 hours, preparing them for all types of missions.

GlobalEye AEW&C is an airborne surveillance system which is truly swing role. This means it combines air, maritime and ground surveillance capabilities in a single solution and can perform all of these tasks simultaneously. In GlobalEye, Saab has combined the new, powerful extended range Erieye radar with a next generation mission system and an ultra-long range aircraft, the Global 6000 jet from Bombardier.

This means that GlobalEye detects and tracks air and surface targets over a huge area. It is able to track low-observable air and sea targets, including small objects such as jetskis, even in difficult environments with heavy clutter and jamming where the challenge is to distinguish the actual threats. These are capabilities essential for nations in order to ensure territorial integrity and security, keeping people and society safe. The world and the types of threats out there are constantly evolving and GlobalEye provides the capacity, range and endurance needed to meet these challenges.

GlobalEye launch customer United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered the system as its Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS), in November 2015.