UAE buys Erieye


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to acquire two Saab Erieye systems at a cost of about 1.5 billion Swedish crowns.

The contract covers two Saab 340 AEW (Airborne Early Warning) systems, comprising of the Saab 340 aircraft equipped with the advanced Erieye radar system.

The deal also includes ground equipment as well as logistics and support services. Together with associated ground equipment, the system will provide a detailed situational picture that can be used in conjunction with, for example, border control and rescue operations.

“We’ve been conducting discussions with the UAE for several years concerning an airborne surveillance system,” says Saab’s CEO Åke Svensson. “This contract is an additional proof of our expertise and international competitiveness within the field of network-based solutions for defence and civil security.”

The Erieye surveillance system is deployed with the Swedish Air Force and has also been sold to Thailand with the Saab 340 as platform. The radar system has also been installed on the Embraer-145 aircraft and is operational in Brazil, Mexico and Greece.

The system will soon be delivered to Pakistan on Saab 2000 aircraft.