Saab bags $706.5m order from Sweden’s FMV for GlobalEye aircraft

Saab has won a contract of around SEK 7.3 billion ($706.5 million) for the GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV).

The order includes a couple of GlobalEye aircraft with deliveries intended to be made during 2027 with the contract period being 2022-2027, said the Swedish aerospace and defence company.

The contract also has options that allow FMV to order up to a couple of additional GlobalEye aircraft.

According to Saab, the features of GlobalEye include the Erieye Extended Range radar, which has a range of over 550kms and a suite of advanced sensors and a command and control system that is embedded into the Global 6000 aircraft.

Saab bags $706.5m order from Sweden’s FMV for GlobalEye aircraft

Saab bags $706.5m order from Sweden’s FMV for GlobalEye aircraft. Photo courtesy of Saab.

Micael Johansson — Saab President and CEO said: “GlobalEye will provide Sweden with world-class airborne early warning and control capability. Saab’s most important mission is to keep people and societies safe, and I am proud that GlobalEye will further strengthen the Swedish Armed Forces’ capability.”

Saab claimed that GlobalEye offers a robust early warning and control capability over air, land, and sea. The aircraft can send real-time information to units in the Air Force, Navy, and Army to enable early detection of threats as well as situational awareness of the surrounding areas.

Apart from the military capability, the GlobalEye aircraft can also be utilized for tasks supporting civilian society such as leading and coordinating rescue missions during larger accidents on land or at sea or natural disasters.

Saab will undertake the work in Gothenburg, Järfälla, Linköping, Luleå, and Arboga in Sweden, Tampere in Finland, and Centurion in South Africa.

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