Saab's GlobalEye program is becoming a Swedish export success. The air surveillance system was first delivered to the United Arab Emirates (VAR), which exercised the option for a third after receiving the first two systems.
It is now expected that Saab will deliver two more systems. While confirmation is still pending, GlobalEye number 4 will be tested at Linköping Airfield before it is handed over to VAR next year. Plane number five with the air surveillance system is also scheduled to take off on a modification flight in the next few weeks, reports Aviation International (Link).
GlobalEye can become an export success
In the summer, the Swedish Air Force also ordered two GlobalEyes, with the option of two additional systems. Denmark and Norway are also interested and discussions are underway about GlobalEye. France has now sent staff to Sweden to get to know the surveillance system. Korea is also in dialogue as another possible customer. With a modified system that will include local value creation.
There is also speculation that Poland was the recipient of the earlier Erieye machines (Link) the VAR could also switch to the even more powerful GlobalEye system in the future.
Meanwhile, Saab AB is constantly improving the GlobalEye system. Aviation International wants to know that modifications to the aircraft currently being tested in Linköping enable 360° radar coverage. This should be able to be retrofitted to the machines that have already been delivered.
Switching to the Global 6500 is possible
To meet demand, Bombardier's Saab AB has purchased two Global 6000 (Link) and secured an option for an additional pair of machines. One of the acquired machines has already been handed over to the Swedes. She is expected in Linköping at the end of the year. Bombardier is currently still carrying out cabin work on this Global 6000.
For potential new customers, the more developed Global 6500 (Link) have to change. Because Bombardier is phasing out the 6000. Due to the higher load capacity of the Rolls Royce Pearl 15 engines of the 6500, availability would increase compared to the 6000, and adapting the Saab systems to the 6500 is considered problem-free.
With images from Saab AB