The United Arab Emirates announced on November 19, at the Dubai Airshow, that they intend to conclude a contract amendment for the purchase of two additional GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft from Saab.
The potential order value related to this contract amendment would be $1.018bn.
A period of final negotiations will now follow. Saab has not yet signed the contract amendment or received an order relating to today’s announcement.
The original development and production contract for GlobalEye was awarded to Saab at the Dubai Air Show in November 2015 by the United Arab Emirates with an initial order for two systems. An additional order by the UAE for a third system was announced in 2017.
GlobalEye provides air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution. It combines a new extended range radar with the ultra-long range Global 6000jet aircraft from Bombardier.
Saab had a GlobalEye on static display at Dubai, marking the first time GlobalEye has been at an exhibition. The aircraft returned Linköping to Sweden, where work continues on the programme, at the end of the show.
“We felt it was only right and proper that the Dubai Airshow was the first exhibition at which GlobalEye would feature. It marks four years since Saab was selected amongst strong competition to be the supplier to the UAE for this advanced capability, and we welcome this opportunity to showcase it here in its home nation,” said Lars Tossman, Vice President and Head of Saab’s business unit Radar Solutions.
The UAE first ordered the system in November 2015 at that year’s Dubai Airshow, and this is the first time GlobalEye has been to the country. Visitors to the show will be amongst the few to have seen GlobalEye in person since its first unveiling in February 2018. Since then three GlobalEye aircraft have undertaken their first flights in Sweden, as part of the rapid programme of work undertaken by Saab to develop and integrate the advanced Erieye Extended Range radar and other sensors on-board a Bombardier Global 6000 jet.
GlobalEye is known in the UAE as the Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS). GlobalEye brings extended detection range, endurance and the ability to perform multiple roles, including tasks such as search and rescue, border surveillance and advanced warning of military threats.