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2020-06-14

GlobalEye Offers Swing Role Surveillance Solution

Today, threats are changing, evolving, and constantly adapting. These can be symmetric, asymmetric, and appearing in all domains and are increasingly difficult to detect. To keep safeguarding people and society, there is a need for the ability to detect and track a wider array of objects over an extended range. 
 
GlobalEye, Saab’s new Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) solution, can help tackle these threats effectively. It provides air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution. It combines Saab’s new Erieye Extended Range Radar and a range of additional advanced sensors with the ultra-long range Global 6000 aircraft from Bombardier. It maximises operational performance – both in terms of detection capability and mission endurance – while at the same time offering crew comfort.
 
“GlobalEye is a major milestone for Saab, but also an important step in the history of airborne early warning and control. We have set a new standard for the market and I am proud to say that with GlobalEye we have the most advanced airborne surveillance solution in the world,” said Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab.
 
With highly increased detection range and over 11 hours of operational endurance, GlobalEye AEW&C is suited to fulfil demanding operational requirements. Particularly since it has the ability to detect low-observable air targets in heavy clutter and jamming conditions and also can detect and track maritime targets out to the elevated horizon and small jet-ski or RIB sized vessels at very long distances. 
 
To ensure territorial integrity and security in today’s complex environments, airborne surveillance is crucial. So too is extended range coupled with the ability to detect low-observable air, sea and ground objects. 
 
Tracking Multiple Threats
The complete sensor suite of the GlobalEye AEW&C can detect and identify threats in all three domains. Crowned by the Erieye ER (Extended Range) radar, the suite also consists of maritime surveillance radar, electro-optical sensor, ESM/ELINT, AIS, and IFF/ADS-B. It’s a unique sensor suite combined with a modern, human-centric command and control system.

Together with swing-role capabilities, it makes GlobalEye a surveillance solution that ensures quick and accurate coverage of vast distances of air, sea or land, with the ability to switch between surveillance areas in an instant. What’s more, it can carry out multiple missions simultaneously. Moreover, the Global 6000/6500 aircraft from Bombardier offers state-of-the-art avionics, and ideal working conditions for all crew members, making it perfectly suited for AEW&C missions.
 
The command and control (C2) system aboard the aircraft enables the crew to perform multiple missions in complex scenarios. The aircraft accommodates up to seven C2 workstations. Each operator console is equipped with a 30in wide-screen high-resolution colour display offering the best possible interface for operators.
 
Maintaining Air Supremacy 
Enhancing the radar detection range gives more airspace coverage and earlier detection and identification of threats. For an air commander, this is crucial. More time to decide and act means better chance of maintaining air supremacy. For naval and army commanders, it means ease of mind, letting them focus on naval and land warfare operations, respectively. At the same time, GlobalEye provides them with situational awareness beyond their own sensors. It can also provide positive identification of naval threats by utilising on-board EOS/IOS imaging and strategic ground moving target indication (GMTI) over battle areas.
 
With GlobalEye, users can optimise actions and maximise forces’ operational performance, pushing the boundaries of what it is possible to achieve. 
 
Domain Capabilities
Air surveillance: This includes a powerful new Erieye ER (Extended Range) radar to expand the detection distance for small and future targets and increases detection and tracking range significantly. It is also designed to work in severe clutter and jamming conditions and has an adaptive AESA radar, which focuses on areas or targets of interest.
 
Maritime surveillance: This allows to detect sea targets out to the elevated horizon, as well as small boats such as jet-skis at long distances. It has the unique combination of Erieye ER and maritime surveillance radar that allows for detection of objects down to the size of a periscope and has AIS, EOS and ISAR for identifying objects.
Ground surveillance: It can detect moving objects through long-range wide area GMTI and provide radar images, and is weather-independent, with a dedicated radar.

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