COLOGNE, Germany — Sweden’s Saab has obtained a much-anticipated order, price $1 billion, for 2 further GlobalEye spy planes from the United Arab Emirates, the corporate introduced Monday.
The contract is an extension of a 2015 deal, which noticed the nation decide to an preliminary three copies of the GlobalEye, made up of Bombardier Global 6000 enterprise jets geared up with Saab’s Erieye long-range radar and different surveillance sensors. That association included an possibility for 2 further buys, which are actually coming to fruition.
“We are proud that the United Arab Emirates continues to show great trust in Saab and our solutions,” Saab CEO Micael Johansson was quoted as saying in an announcement. “It shows that Saab remains on the cutting edge regarding advanced technology. The Global Eye program is running according to plan and we have an efficient cooperation with the customer.”
Saab expects work on the 2 new planes to be completed by 2025, utilizing its Swedish websites of Gothenburg, Linköping, Arboga, Järfälla and Luleå, and Centurion in South Africa.
The contract signing occurred on Dec. 30, which suggests Saab can ebook it on the 2020 steadiness sheet, the corporate mentioned.
The UAE navy obtained its first GlobalEye airplane ensuing from the 2015 deal within the spring of 2020, because the coronavirus disaster was simply starting to grip the globe.
The Global 6000-series enterprise and VIP jets proceed to be in style platforms for intelligence gathering and early warning. A yr in the past the German authorities ditched plans to purchase U.S. Navy “Triton” drones for signals-intelligence assortment, selecting as an alternative to put in the requisite sensing tools on the manned jets.