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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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