Microwave Journal

Saab Receives Order for Airborne Surveillance System

October 4, 2010

Defense and security company Saab has signed a contract worth more than SEK4.5 billion for an airborne surveillance system. The order concerns delivery of the Saab 2000 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) system, which comprises a Saab 2000 aircraft equipped with the advanced ERIEYE radar system. The contract also includes ground equipment as well as logistics and support services.

The surveillance system in combination with the ground equipment provides a detailed picture of a situation that can be used in connection with border surveillance and rescue operations as well as in combating terrorism and organized crime, for example.

"This contract can be seen as a further confirmation of our strong position in the world regarding not only the area of airborne surveillance but in systems integration and data fusion as well,” said Håkan Buskhe, CEO, Saab. "This surveillance system will provide the customer with improved solutions for defense and civil security."

This latest customer has requested that it not be identified, but the contract is another example of Saab's ERIEYE radar system’s acceptance into the market. The initial system was provided in a Saab 340 aircraft to the Swedish Air Force and was also purchased by Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. The radar has been installed in the Embraer 145 too, which was delivered to Brazil, Mexico and Greece; the latest platform – the Saab 2000 – is also being supplied to Pakistan.