Saab unveils GlobalEye early warning aircraft

The Swedish company Saab, commissioned by the UAE, is developing the GlobalEye early warning aircraft (AWACS). On March 14, its first test flight took place at Linköping airfield. It lasted 1 hour 46 minutes and, according to the developers, was very successful and confirmed all the calculations.

So far, there are no details regarding the GlobalEye specifications. It is known that it was created on the basis of the Canadian passenger aircraft Bombardier Global 6000. It is 30 meters long and has a wingspan of 29 meters. It is equipped with two Rolls-Royce BR710 A2-20 turbojet engines, which will provide it with a speed of over 1000 km / h, an altitude of up to 12, 300 m and the ability to take off from small airfields. For takeoff, 2000 meters are enough for him.

GlobalEye can stay aloft for over 11 hours while simultaneously monitoring air, sea and ground conditions. Air targets are detected by the Saab Erieye ER radar. Its phased array antenna is installed under the fairing, placed on the top of the fuselage. The Seaspray 7500E station, manufactured by the Italian Leonardo holding, is "responsible" for sea targets. Ground targets are detected by onboard optoelectronic and thermal imaging cameras. GlobalEye will be serviced by a team of four operators.