Swedish company Saab, commissioned by the UAE, is developing the GlobalEye long-range radar detection aircraft (DRLO). On March 14, his first test flight took place at Linköping aerodrome. It lasted 1 hour and 46 minutes and, according to the developers, was very successful and confirmed all calculations.
So far, no details regarding the specifications of GlobalEye are available. It is known that it was created on the basis of the Canadian passenger aircraft Bombardier Global 6000. Its length is 30, and the wingspan is 29 meters. It is equipped with two turbojet engines Rolls-Royce BR710 A2-20, which will provide it with a speed of over 1000 km / h, flight altitude up to 12,300 m and the ability to take off from small airfields. To take off, he is only 2,000 meters.
GlobalEye can be in the air for more than 11 hours while simultaneously monitoring the air, sea and land conditions. Detection of air targets is carried out by the Saab Erieye ER. Its phased antenna array is installed under the fairing placed on the upper part of the fuselage. For marine purposes, “responds” station Seaspray 7500E produced by the Italian holding Leonardo. Ground targets are detected by on-board optoelectronic and thermal imaging cameras. Serving GlobalEye will be a team of four operators.