The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces will buy two GlobalEye airborne early warning and control, AEW&C, aircraft and other three Aerial refueling aircraft. The plans to buy these aerial technology systems are in sync with the UAE leadership’s vision to provide the most advanced military systems for the Armed Forces in order to enhance and upgrade their capabilities to reach the advanced level of modern armies in the world.
Major-General Ishaq Saleh Al Blooshi, Deputy Executive Director of the Military Committee of Dubai Airshow 2019, confirmed at the show daily briefing that the UAE Armed Forces will buy two additional GlobalEye airborne early warning and control aircraft (G 6000 – SRSS) from the Swedish aerospace firm Saab and three Aerial Refueling Tanker aircraft A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) from Airbus.
The primary sensor of the SAAB GlobalEye is its Erieye ER airborne early warning (AEW) radar; weighing approximately 1 tonne, it is mounted atop the twinjet’s fuselage. Saab has cited up to 450 km (216 nm) range for the AEW radar system when flown at an operating altitude of 30,000ft. It has achieved a 70% increase in detection range, achieved via the use of new technology, such as gallium-nitride transmit/receive modules.
The Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is an aerial refuelling tanker aircraft based on the civilian Airbus A330. A total of 12 nations have placed firm orders for approximately 60 aircraft, of which 33 have been delivered by the end of 2018. . A version of the A330 MRTT, the EADS/Northrop Grumman KC-45, was proposed to the United States Air Force.