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UAE signs GlobalEye support contract with Saab

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Saab and the UAE Ministry of Defense finalized a contract, with Saab securing an order for in-service support of the GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) solution.

On January 22, Saab announced a contract with the UAE MoD, revealing a USD 190 million deal for a three-year support contract lasting until 2026.

The agreement focuses on Saab’s provision of in-service support for the GlobalEye AEW&C solution. The contract encompasses maintenance and logistics support, along with training services.

“This agreement solidifies Saab’s role in ensuring that GlobalEye remains mission-ready. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with the UAE Air Force and Air Defense and providing long-term local support,” said Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of Saab’s business area surveillance. 

Saab asserts that GlobalEye stands as a multi-domain AEW&C solution equipped with a range of active and passive sensors, delivering extended-range detection and identification capabilities across air, sea, and land domains. This system, according to Saab, plays a crucial role in furnishing real-time information to air forces, armies, and navies, thereby amplifying situational awareness and facilitating early threat detection.

In April 2020, the United Arab Emirates made history by becoming the first operator of the GlobalEye early warning and control aircraft, having received the initial unit as part of a contract established with Saab in 2015.