The UAE Armed Forces will buy two GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C), aircraft and other three Aerial refueling aircraft.
Major-General Ishaq Saleh Al Blooshi, Deputy Executive Director of the Military Committee of Dubai Airshow 2019, confirmed at last week’s Dubai Airshow that the UAE Armed Forces will buy two additional GlobalEye airborne early warning and control aircraft (G 6000 - SRSS) from the Swedish aerospace firm Saab and three Aerial Refueling Tanker aircraft A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (330MRTT) from Airbus.
The plans to buy these aerial technology systems are in sync with the UAE leadership’s vision to provide the most advanced military systems for the Armed Forces in order to enhance and upgrade their capabilities to reach the advanced level of modern armies in the world.
A period of final negotiations will now follow. Saab and Airbus have not yet signed the contract amendment or received an order relating to this announcement.
The original development and production contract for GlobalEye was awarded to Saab at the Dubai Air Show in November 2015 by the United Arab Emirates with an initial order for two systems. An additional order by the UAE for a third system was announced in 2017.
GlobalEye provides air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution. It combines a new extended range radar with the ultra-long range Global 6000jet aircraft from Bombardier.