UAE orders Saab aerial surveillance systems


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has awarded Saab a contract to supply two Bombardier Global 6000 jets equipped with its Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS) incorporating a new version of the Saab Erieye radar system. The order is worth approximately $1.27 billion.

The contract was signed on Sunday and announced at the Dubai Air Show.

Saab said the Swing Role Surveillance System is capable of simultaneous detection and tracking of multiple targets in the air, on land and at sea. It is the latest evolution of the Erieye system that incorporates Saab’s many decades of radar capabilities across all domains.

The SRSS aircraft also features an electro-optical sensor turret and dorsally mounted search radar for simultaneous detection and tracking of multiple targets in the air, at sea and on land.
“The new version of Erieye is without a doubt the most capable airborne early warning and control system on the market. Saab’s capability to develop high technology solutions for customers shows that our focus on research and development is the right way to ensure continued competitiveness on the defence market,” said Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.
“Saab understands the vital importance of advanced airborne surveillance and we have a family of products that play a key role in defence and civil security. The UAE’s selection of Saab’s solution confirms our strong position regarding airborne surveillance and systems integration,” says Micael Johansson, head of Saab Business Area Electronic Defence Systems.

The work will be carried out at Saab’s facilities in Gothenburg, Linköping, Järfälla, Arboga and Luleå.

Saab is responsible for system installation and integration, and could deliver the aircraft in under two years.

The new contract also includes upgrading the UAE Air Force’s two existing Saab 340 Erieye aircraft.

The UAE has been seeking an AEW aircraft for some time, acquiring two former Swedish Air Force Saab 340 Erieyes in 2009 as an interim solution.