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[*] posted on 26-11-2019 at 09:33 AM


OPINION: Saab's GlobalEye keeps seeking out sales

25 November, 2019 SOURCE: Flight International BY: Flight International

For the second time in four short years, Saab emerged as one of the surprise high fliers at the biennial Dubai air show – but its repeat sales success with the GlobalEye surveillance aircraft was just reward for a decade-plus relationship forged with the United Arab Emirates’ military.

The main headlines around the Middle East’s pre-eminent industry gathering remain largely reserved for the big Airbus and Boeing commercial order announcements made with local carriers like Emirates and Etihad, while potential fighter requirements dominate in the defence sphere.


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In 2013, huge show speculation around a possible UAE order for 60 Dassault Rafales or Eurofighter Typhoons came to nothing – as did subsequent talk of it taking additional Lockheed Martin F-16s.

But the UAE has thrown its procurement might fully into acquiring what will be an enviably sophisticated airborne surveillance capability. An almost $1.3 billion launch order for two Bombardier Global 6000-derived GlobalEyes signed in 2015 was boosted with a third airframe two years later, and now its fleet will be further expanded, to five, via new business worth around $1 billion more.

Sweden’s defence champion beat the likes of Boeing and Northrop Grumman in securing the UAE’s airborne early warning aircraft business thanks to its long relationship with the nation’s military forged via the entry-level, Erieye radar-equipped Saab 340. While bigger companies tried to sell a product, it worked with its customer to develop a better system, capable of performing simultaneous airborne, land and maritime surveillance.

In a region where Sweden opts not to market its Gripen fighter, Saab has quietly built a GlobalEye business already worth approaching $3 billion. Don’t count against it having further surprises at future Dubai shows.
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[*] posted on 10-12-2019 at 08:58 PM


China mass producing Y-9 surveillance aircraft

Andrew Tate, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

09 December 2019


A screengrab from a CCTV-7 video showing a number of Chinese Y-8/Y-9 transport and special mission aircraft at their manufacturing plant in Hanzhong, Shaanxi province. Source: Via CCTV-7

China is mass producing Shaanxi Aircraft Industry Group Corporation (SAIC) Y-9 special mission aircraft, according to a report published by the state-owned Global Times newspaper on 8 December.

The article, which is based on a TV programme broadcast the previous day by CCTV-7, claims that the Y-9 special mission aircraft will "allow the Chinese military to recognise every hostile movement, and even sabotage enemy communications".

The Global Times report states that a pulse assembly line has been created at the SAIC manufacturing facility in Hanzhong, with each airframe progressing through five assembly stations before the completed aircraft emerges from the final stage. The caption on one of the broadcast images claims that this process enables a 30% increase in throughput.

The aircraft's design is derived from the Antonov An-12 'Cub' - several units of which were bought by China from the Soviet Union in the 1960s - and was produced as the Shaanxi Y-8 from the early 1970s. Production of a modernised and uprated version, the Y-9, began around 2010, with the aircraft entering service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in 2012.

The baseline variant of the Y-9 is used as a tactical transport aircraft and can carry about 20 tons of cargo or about 100 paratroopers. Previous analysis by Jane's assessed that about one-third of Y-9 aircraft are built to this baseline configuration.

The Y-8/Y-9 airframe has also been used for the development of several variants of 'special mission aircraft', the Gao Xing/New High series, which includes airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), anti-submarine maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), electronic intelligence (ELINT), communications intelligence (COMINT), electronic countermeasures (ECM), and psychological operations (PSYOPS) versions.

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[*] posted on 14-2-2020 at 09:54 PM


Boeing contracted to conclude USAF AWACS upgrades

Gareth Jennings, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

14 February 2020


A USAF Boeing E-3G Sentry AWACS at ‘Red Flag 16-02’. Boeing has been contracted to bring the last of the service’s 31 AWACS aircraft up to this enhanced Block 40/45 standard. Source: Jane’s/Gareth Jennings

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Boeing to complete full-rate production of the Block 40/45 upgrade for the service's E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
The contract, announced on 13 February, is valued at USD99.9 million and will run through to fiscal year (FY) 2024. Work will be performed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

The Block 40/45 Mission System Upgrade is the largest in the history of the AWACS programme. Building on earlier Block 20/25 and Block 30/35 efforts, the Block 40/45 is essentially a mission computing systems upgrade that covers hardware, in the form of a new suite of current state-of-the-art flat-screen computers, as well as the necessary software. This takes the aircraft very much into a Windows type of environment, enhancing the system's networking capability while improving the aircraft's reliability and lowering life-cycle costs.

In addition, the upgrade will provide for increased processing power to enable better operation of the fleet's advanced battle management tools, such as Automatic Air Tasking Orders and Airspace Co-ordination Order updates. The aircraft's Multi-Sensor Integration (MSI) process, which automatically integrates data from on- and off-board sources such as radar and identification friend-or-foe (IFF) systems, electronic support measures, and Link 16, is also upgraded under the process, with the MSI's open system and lean architecture enabling rapid software upgrades and requiring less hardware. As part of the upgrade the US Air Force (USAF) is also replacing the E-3's AN/APX-103C radar with the AN/UPX-40, which was designed to eliminate ground clutter to better detect, identify, and track low-flying aircraft.

Although the Block 40/45 process reduces the amount of hardware needed on board the aircraft, it actually increases from 10 to 14 the number of mission system operator workstations available in the main cabin.

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[*] posted on 30-4-2020 at 09:03 AM


UAE receives first GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft

Gareth Jennings, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

29 April 2020


The UAE is to receive three GlobalEye aircraft through to the end of 2021, with a further two expected to follow after. Source: Saab

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has received the first of three contracted Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 29 April.

Saab said that it had commenced deliveries of the Bombardier Global 6000 business jet-based platform that were contracted to the UAE Air Force and Defence (AF&D) under the Swing Role Surveillance System award from late 2015. Deliveries of the remaining two aircraft are set to run through to the end of 2021, while an anticipated contract for two additional platforms has not yet been signed.

The ground systems had already been handed over to the UAE AF&D, ahead of the aircraft arrival.

The GlobalEye is built around the Saab Erieye Extended Range (ER) radar that is housed in the same external dorsal 'plank' as the company's original Erieye system. Equipped with Gallium Nitride (GaN) and other technologies, the Erieye ER is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) system that doubles the radar's power efficiency compared with previous Erieye iterations. It has a range in excess of 650 km that can be extended by focusing the radar's energy.

Saab said the Erieye ER is resistant to jamming and features all-weather functionality in all domains (air, sea, and land surveillance), as well as an "extremely high" tracking-update rate against targets of interest.

Besides the radar, the aircraft is also equipped with the Leonardo Seaspray 7500E AESA 360° multimode radar, as well as a retractable Star SAFIRE 380-HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turret, automatic identification system (AIS) for shipping, HES-21 electronic support measures (ESM) suite, and countermeasures. Performance figures disclosed by Saab give the GlobalEye an endurance of more than 13 hours and a top speed of 450 kt.

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[*] posted on 30-4-2020 at 09:12 AM


UAE takes delivery of first Saab GlobalEye

By Craig Hoyle

29 April 2020

The United Arab Emirates’ first of potentially five GlobalEye swing-role surveillance aircraft has touched down in Abu Dhabi following a delivery flight from Linkoping, Sweden.

Arriving on 29 April, the aircraft was the second of three GlobalEyes prepared for the UAE, and first flown as SE-RMZ in January 2019. This asset had been used primarily for system-level testing, including of its data links, and command and control trials in support of the development activity.


Saab delivers first GlobalEye
Source: Saab


Acceptance testing will now be conducted by UAE air force personnel, with this process supported by Saab’s in-country team. It has already delivered training for the customer’s pilots and ground-system operators.

A schedule for subsequent deliveries has not been disclosed, but Saab chief executive Micael Johansson notes that the company has a “rather tight schedule”.

Once operational, GlobalEye will provide the UAE with the capability to simultaneously perform surveillance of airborne, land and maritime threats. Its sensor suite includes Saab Erieye ER airborne early warning and Leonardo Seaspray 7500E maritime search radars.

Saab launched the Bombardier Global 6000 long-range business jet-based GlobalEye with a two-aircraft order at the Dubai air show in November 2015. The UAE subsequently signed for a third unit, before Saab last November announced that it was in negotiations to deliver a further two.

Johansson says discussions are continuing with the UAE over the follow-on deal, which the company has previously valued at around $1 billion.

“We are still in negotiations, according to the plan,” he says, adding: “I look forward to concluding that [process] as quickly as possible.”

While Bombardier has progressed production to the Global 6500 airframe, Johansson says Saab has options to acquire two more green examples in the 6000 configuration to meet UAE requirements.

Johansson says Saab is confident of securing further orders for GlobalEye, with Finland, South Korea and Sweden viewed as potential future users. He describes adapting the system for Bombardier’s Global 6500 as “not a major effort”, but rather “an incremental work package”.
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[*] posted on 19-5-2020 at 09:16 AM


18 MAY 2020 00:00 GMT+0

Saab secures Erieye order from undisclosed customer

Saab has been contracted to deliver an unspecified number of Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems to an undisclosed customer, the Swedish manufacturer announced on 18 May.


Saab has secured an order for an unspecified number of Erieye airborne early warning and control systems to an undisclosed customer.

The systems, which will be hosted aboard a Saab 2000 twin-turboprop aircraft, are valued at SEK1.553 billion (USD160 million) and will be delivered between 2020 and 2023.

“The industry’s nature is such that due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced,” Saab said.

While Saab declined to provide further details, the nature of the system, the contract value, and the delivery timelines all indicate that the order is likely to be for between two and three systems.

Given that Saab’s primary AEW&C offering is the Bombardier 6000/6500-based GlobalEye, utilising the Erieye Extended-Range (ER) radar, it is likely that the Saab 2000-based platforms are for a follow-on customer looking to augment their existing fleet, rather than a new customer looking to acquire the latest solution. The only two customers already known to operate the Saab 2000 AEW&C are Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The Saab 2000 AEW&C utilises the Saab (formerly Ericsson) PS-890 Erieye radar system, which is fitted to the aircraft as a dorsal ‘plank’ antenna. It features an electronic warfare suite that includes electronic support, threat-warning and countermeasures dispensing subsystems, an identification friend-or-foe subsystem, command-and-control (C2) capabilities, and a ground-based mission trainer. The aircraft has a 2,868 km range, a cruise speed of 321 kt, and a maximum take-off weight of 22,800 kg.
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[*] posted on 7-7-2020 at 12:33 PM


France – E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft, Spares and Support Equipment

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­­­WASHINGTON, July 6, 2020 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of three (3) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of France requests to buy three (3) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft, ten (10) T-56-427A engines (6 installed and 4 spares), three (3) AN/APY-9 radar assemblies, four (4) AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measure systems (3 installed and 1 spare), three (3) AN/AYK-27 Integrated Navigation Channels and Display Systems, five (5) Link-16 (MIDS-JTRS) Communications Systems (3 installed and 2 spares), ten (10) Embedded GPS/INS (EGI) Devices (6 installed and 4 spares), four (4) AN/APX-122(A) and AN/APX-123(A) Identification, Friend or Foe systems (3 installed and 1 spare) and one (1) Joint Mission Planning System. Also included are Common Systems Integration Laboratories with/Test Equipment, one in Melbourne, FL, and the other in France; air and ground crew equipment; support equipment; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; transportation; training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor logistics, engineering, and technical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $2 billion.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

The proposed sale will improve France’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing its Naval Air Forces with a sustainable follow on capability to their current, legacy E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. The E-2D aircraft will continue and expand French naval aviation capabilities and maintain interoperability with U.S. naval forces. As a current E-2C operator, France will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Northrop Grumman Systems Corp, Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, FL. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the Purchaser and the prime contractor.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to France.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness resulting from this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

All questions regarding this proposed Foreign Military Sale should be directed to the State Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, pm-cpa@state.gov.
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[*] posted on 5-8-2020 at 11:15 PM


05 AUGUST 2020

Saab prepares GlobalEye bid for South Korea

by Jon Grevatt

Saab has reaffirmed its intention to offer its GlobalEye platform for South Korea’s recently announced programme to acquire additional airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF).

Saab told Janes that it expects the procurement to feature an initial two aircraft acquired through either an open tender or a direct acquisition. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is expected to confirm the procurement method later this year.


Saab has confirmed plans to position its GlobalEye platform (pictured) for South Korea’s recently announced programme to acquire additional airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. (Saab)

A Saab spokesperson said that the company’s offer will also include “both technology and collaboration projects” that match South Korea’s future aerospace requirements and involve “multiple stakeholders from the military, government, industry, and other partners”.

While detail on these projects will be expanded as the programme enters future phases, the spokesperson said Saab has already developed “clear principles and ideas for collaboration” as well as highlighted its own capabilities to local stakeholders, and “gathered information on Korean industry”.

The spokesperson said, “Korea is a country with a highly skilled and developed industry opening several interesting areas for co-operation which we hope to explore further in the coming stages of the programme.”

Although not confirmed by the company, this is likely to draw on Saab’s existing industry ties in the country, which include strong links with LIG Nex1, one of South Korea’s leading military electronics and missile manufacturers.

Saab and LIG Nex1 have previously collaborated on supplying the Swedish group’s Arthur Weapon Locating System to the Republic of Korea Armed Forces and on developing radar technologies.
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