Aerial Warfare

Saab Offers GlobalEye AEW&C Aircraft to Replace NATO Boeing E-3A AWACS Aircraft

Swedish Air Force GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) Aircraft
Swedish Air Force GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) Aircraft

Saab has responded to a Request for Information (RFI) from NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency regarding a new generation of surveillance and control capabilities. Saab’s response is based on GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft. NATO will define its new generation capability within the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) project. NATO acquired 18 Boeing E-3A Sentry AWACS aircrafts and support equipment, with the first aircraft delivered in January 1982. NATO intends to extend the operational status of its AWACS until 2035 by significantly upgrading fourteen aircraft in the Final Lifetime Extension Program (FLEP).

“Saab is a proven and trusted part of NATO’s defence industrial base and we are present in more than two thirds of the member nations. Our solutions, including GlobalEye, are from the outset developed to be compliant with NATO’s requirements. I am confident that we can contribute with important capabilities that will strengthen NATO and benefit the member countries,” says Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of Saab´s business area Surveillance.

Swedish Air Force GlobalEye AEW&C Aircraft
Swedish Air Force GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) Aircraft. (Photo by Saab)

GlobalEye is a multi-domain Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) solution with an array of active and passive sensors that provide long-range detection and identification of objects in air, at sea and over land. By providing real-time information to units in air forces, armies and navies, GlobalEye enables enhanced situational awareness of the surrounding areas and early detection of threats. It can also be used for non-military tasks such as leading and coordinating rescue missions during natural disasters or larger accidents at sea or on land.

Saab is a leading defence and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 18,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. Saab designs, manufactures and maintains advanced systems in aeronautics, weapons, command and control, sensors and underwater systems. Saab is headquartered in Sweden. It has major operations all over the world and is part of the domestic defence capability of several nations.

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