Saab completed a successful first flight with the second GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft last week.
The second GlobalEye aircraft took off for the first time at 11.00 am on January 3 from Saab’s airfield in Linköping. GlobalEye, which is based on a modified Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft with a suite of advanced sensors including the Erieye ER airborne radar, undertook a test flight collecting flight-test data. The flight lasted two hours 54 minutes.
Anders Carp, Head of Saab’s business area Surveillance, said: “Today’s successful first flight is another major step for GlobalEye. 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.”
GlobalEye brings extended detection range, endurance and the ability to perform multiple roles, including tasks such as search and rescue, border surveillance and military operations. The launch customer for GlobalEye is United Arab Emirates, where the solution is known as the Swing Role Surveillance System.