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First UAE spyplane breaks its cover
Posted 27 December 2017 ·

In addition to its openly acknowledged procurement of three Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning aircraft, based on Bombardier’s Global 6000 platform, the UAE is also set to receive two further Global 6000s converted for electronic intelligence (ELINT) or signals intelligence (SIGINT) duties under a more secretive programme. Jon Lake reports.

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Saab targets April (2020) delivery for UAE's first GlobalEye

  • 24 MAY, 2019
  • SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM
  • BY: CRAIG HOYLE
  • STOCKHOLM
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is on track to receive its first GlobalEye swing-role surveillance system aircraft within the next 12 months, Saab chief executive Hakan Buskhe has disclosed.

Speaking at the company's Stockholm headquarters on 20 May, Buskhe identified "April next year" as the scheduled delivery date for the UAE's lead example of the Bombardier Global 6000-based asset.

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Featuring a Saab Erieye ER active electronically scanned array radar mounted above the modified business jet's fuselage, GlobalEye will provide the UAE with the capability to simultaneously perform airborne early warning duties, as well as maritime and land surveillance.

The UAE has three examples on order. Two are involved in flight testing being conducted from its Linkoping production site in Sweden and Grenada, Spain, while the other is currently in its modification phase and likely to fly by around the year end.

Lars Tossman, Saab's head of radar solutions, says pilots from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency have flown on board the aircraft, which will receive a supplemental type certificate from Sweden's military airworthiness authority. Certification flight testing is scheduled to be completed soon, he adds, with GlobalEye demonstrating "excellent system performance".

Meanwhile, the lead ground station element equipment for GlobalEye has already been delivered to the UAE, Tossman says.

Future customers for the GlobalEye or a dedicated maritime surveillance derivative of the platform would receive aircraft in Bombardier's Global 6500 standard, which features more powerful Rolls-Royce Pearl engines and some aerodynamic enhancements. Tossman says this will require some further flight testing to be performed, but that "for us it doesn't have a difference: it's the same certificate."

 

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UAE, Jordan start joint military drills
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ABU DHABI, (WAM) -- The UAE and Jordan today started joint military drills in demonstration of the robust cooperation ties between the two countries.
Titled "Bonds of Strength", the exercises are part of the ongoing military collaboration between the armed forces of the two countries to improve their fighting capabilities and combat readiness in face of the various challenges besetting the region.

They have gained growing importance owing to the current developments in the region, which entail maintaining the highest level of readiness to ensure the protection of the country's national gains and assets and deter any attempts to inflict damage on Arab and Gulf national security.

The UAE and Jordan share identical views on confronting the current menacing threats to the region, with both of them being active members of the Global Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

Both countries are participating in the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in support of legitimacy in Yemen against the terrorist Houthi militias which are seeking to undermine the unity and security of Yemen.

They also categorically reject all interferences into the internal affairs of the region's countries and stand up to all conspiracies and plots hatched to destabilise the region and destroy its assets.

Staff Brigadier Saeed Salmeen, the director in charge of the military exercise, said the drills seek to ensure operational and military training alignment between the two countries' forces and reinforce their combat gear and capabilities in face of all kinds of threats and challenges.

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Denel Vehicle Systems upbeat about new RCG30 CamGun turret
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An RCG30 turret.

Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) believes there is a big future for its RCG30 turret, which uses the 30 mm CamGun developed by Denel Land Systems for the Badger vehicle, and is in discussions with the United Arab Emirates regarding further development of the turret.

The RCG30 turret was recently completed and is production ready, although some further qualification is needed. It is based on a structure similar to the Badger infantry combat turret but with a Denel Mechatronics fire control system. The turret is an overhead weapon system (remote turret) with the operator controlling the turret from inside the vehicle.

Abri du Plessis, Programmes and Engineering Executive at DVS, said the turret is “quite a nice package” as it is remotely operated, making it more compact than a manned system, is very accurate, shoots NATO ammunition, has no ITAR restrictions and is completely under armour, meaning that gunners are not exposed when reloading.

The RCG30 weighs approximately 2 000 kg depending on the (scalable) protection level and subsystems fitted. Range of the cannon is 3 000 metres.

Du Plessis said the turret has been fitted to an RG41 8×8 vehicle and earlier this year demonstrated to the United Arab Emirates – the vehicle and turret are still there as Denel Vehicle Systems hopes it will be invited to take part in summer trials.

The UAE is a very important customer as DVS has delivered a substantial number of N35 vehicles to the United Arab Emirates in 4×4 and 6×6 versions. DVS has also recently delivered on a contract for RG31 vehicles in the UAE. DVS also received an order from the UAE for the supply of a first prototype RG12 Mk6 internal security vehicle, with further opportunity to supply additional vehicles.

The Mechatronics division of DVS has a large portfolio of turrets, including the SDROW (Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapon) range that can take Russian and Western 5.56 and 7.62 mm machine guns; the TRT (Tactical Remote Turret) 25 mm with a Bushmaster cannon; TRT 30 mm with a Russian 2A42 cannon and the Overhead Manned Turret (OMT) that can take 7.62 or 12.7 mm machineguns or a 40 mm grenade launcher. Mechatronics also has a missile turret; the MST (Missile Stabilised Turret) equipped with four Ingwe anti-tank missiles.

Mechatronics is busy developing the SDROW Strike turret with the 20×42 mm Inkunzi Strike weapon from sister company Denel PMP.

Mechatronics has expertise in turrets for attack helicopters, having developed the turrets for the Rooivalk and Super Hind with either GIAT F2 or GI2 20×139 mm cannons. The company carries out refurbishment work on these.

Although turrets are the core business of Mechatronics, it also manufactures the LOCATS target drone, which is regularly used by the South African National Defence Force. Sighting systems are another big part of the business, with commander and gunner sights being manufactured for the Badger. In conjunction with Thales, DVS developed the Above Armour Panoramic Gunnery Sight (AAGPS) for use on armoured vehicles.

The AAGPS is used on the RCG30. It has day and thermal cameras with continuous zoom from a field-of-view of 22.5 to 1.25 degrees, allowing for target identification at ranges of 4 000 metres and 3 100 metres respectively. A laser rangefinder is effective out to 15 000 metres.

Du Plessis said it is relatively quiet on the turret side of the business, but Mechatronics has sold some SDROW turrets to Namibia and to customers of DCD Protected Mobility’s Husky route clearance vehicles.

Written by Guy Martin -
24th Jun 2019

 

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