Saab completed a successful first flight of its second GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft on January 3.
The second GlobalEye took off for the first time from Saab’s airfield at Linköping at 1100hrs and returned after a flight of 2hrs 54mins. Based on a modified Bombardier Global 6000 airframe, the GlobalEye is equipped with a suite of advanced sensors including the Erieye ER airborne radar.
“Today’s successful first flight is another major step for GlobalEye,” said Anders Carp, Head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.“We received the initial contract in late 2015, completed the maiden flight with the first aircraft in March 2018 and now we have the second aircraft in the air just over nine months later. This is the kind of efficiency that signifies Saab.”
The launch customer for GlobalEye is the United Arab Emirates, which has acquired the aircraft as the Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS).