Swedish defense firm Saab is offering its GlobalEye airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft as NATO’s new surveillance platform.
The offer was in response to the organization’s request for proposals as part of the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) project.
According to company official Carl-Johan Bergholm, its proposed aircraft was developed in compliance with NATO requirements.
“Saab is a proven and trusted part of NATO’s defense industrial base and we are present in more than two thirds of the member nations,” he said in a press release.
“I am confident that we can contribute with important capabilities that will strengthen NATO and benefit the member countries.”
If selected, the GlobalEye will replace the existing fleet of 14 E-3 AEW&C aircraft NATO currently operates from its air base in Germany.
The GlobalEye Aircraft
Saab’s GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft is reportedly capable of providing real-time information and enhanced situational awareness to the armed forces.
It is fitted with active and passive sensors for long-range detection and identification of objects in the air, on land, or at sea.
The maximum mission endurance of the aircraft is 11 hours and it can support operations from short runways.