Saab delivers fourth Global Eye aircraft to the UAE


Abu Dhabi, UAE – April 25, 2024 – Saab, a Swedish defense and security company, has delivered its fourth GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This marks the completion of the fourth aircraft out of a total order of five within just four years.

The handover ceremony took place on April 18, 2024, at Al Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi. This latest addition strengthens the UAE Air Force’s aerial surveillance capabilities.

“We are proud to deliver this world-leading AEW&C solution to the UAE and to support their operational readiness,” said Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab. “The swift delivery schedule showcases Saab’s unique in-house capabilities, encompassing the entire development and integration process.”

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The UAE’s contract with Saab includes an initial order for three GlobalEye aircraft signed in 2015, followed by an additional order for two more in 2021. Saab has also secured a three-year, $190 million service support contract to ensure the operational readiness of the UAE’s GlobalEye fleet.

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Saab’s Global Eye

The GlobalEye is an advanced airborne early warning and control system designed for multi-domain surveillance. Equipped with a suite of active and passive sensors, the GlobalEye offers long-range detection and identification of objects in the air, at sea, and on land.

This intelligence-gathering capability empowers air forces, armies, and navies with real-time situational awareness and early warning of potential threats, ensuring a tactical advantage in any operational environment.

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