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Swedish-Canadian aircraft “to make stealth obsolete”

Behold of the newest invention from Sweden. It doesn’t come in flat cardboard box, but in a fancy composite materials finishing on the back of a Canadian designed business jet. The Saab/Bombardier GlobalEye 6000 is about to make stealth technology, like of the Lockheed Martin F-35 and the Irkut T-50, obsolete.

Or at least that is what Micael Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems, is telling these days. The GlobalEye will automatically detect and track air and surface targets over a huge area, both on land, at sea and in the air.

‘Stealthy’ aircraft

Ground surveillance of moving vehicles can be conducted through long-range, wide-area ground moving target indication (GMTI) radar modes. The GlobalEye system can track very low-observable air and sea targets, including ‘stealthy’ aircraft, cruise missiles or submarine periscopes, even in heavy clutter and jamming environments.


“GlobalEye is a game changer that delivers a unique swing-role capability for simultaneous air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution, with the ability to change role dynamically, while airborne during any mission,” says Johansson.

Saab Erieye

The new radar system is marketed on the back of a Bombardier Global 6000 business jet. It is the successor of the Saab Erieye, of which 22 have been delivered on different aircraft to various countries: Brazil (5 R-99 (Embraer E145/Saab Erieye)), Greece (4 EMB-145H (Embraer E145/Saab Erieye), Pakistan (4 Saab Erieye 2000 (Saab 2000), United Arab Emirates (2 Saab 2000 Erieye, plus 2 Bombardier Global 6000/Erieye ordered), Saudi Arabia (2 Saab 2000 Erieye (Saab 2000), Sweden (2 Saab S 100D (Saab 340/Saab Erieye)), Thailand (2 S 100B (Saab 340/Saab Erieye), Mexico (1 E-99 (Embraer E145/Saab Erieye).

United Arab Emirates AEW&C

The United Arab Emirates will be the first to field a version of the new radar mounted onto the Global 6000, of an order placed in November 2015. Although there is some criticism in Swedish parliament against selling the AEW&C system to countries at war (the UAE fights in Yemen), the deal is considered to go through.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: Computer rendering of the new Swedish-Canadian Saab/Bombardier GlobalEye 6000 (Image © Saab AB)

38 Bombardier jets to a secret customer

The Bombardier Global 5000 business jet (Image © Bombardier Aerospace)
The Bombardier Global 5000 business jet (Image © Bombardier Aerospace)

On the brink of 2014 Bombardier Aerospace received a firm order for 38 Bombardier business aircraft, consisting of 28 Global business jets and 10 Challenger 605 business jets. Fantastic news for the Canadian aircraft manufacturer. But the buyer remains a secret.

This “undisclosed customer” – as the business term goes – did have a sizable wallet: with the 38 aircraft going for a combined price of 2.2 billion US dollars. What we do know is the type of the Challenger, 605s, but the types of Global jets have also not been mentioned – are these Global 5000s, 6000s, 7000s, 8000s or a combination of all? We’ll just have to guess.

The Global jets are designed to bring customers quick and comfortable from one meeting to another, with the top dog 8000 able to cover 7,900 nautical miles (14,615 km) of range at Mach 0.85 with 8 passengers.

The Challenger 605 is a relatively roomy business jet for intercontinental travel of up to 12 passengers serviced by a crew of three. Non-stop New York – London is part of the advertised routes by the Bombardier company.

Source: Bombardier

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