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Saab GlobalEye makes first flight
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Saab GlobalEye makes first flight

Saab successfully completed the first flight of the GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft on 14th March in Linköping, Sweden.

Saab has successfully completed the first flight of the GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft in Linköping, Sweden.

GlobalEye took off on its maiden flight at 12.52 local time on 14th March , from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden. The aircraft, a modified Bombardier Global 6000, undertook a 1 hour 46 minutes test flight collecting extensive flight-test data using the on-board instrumentation suite.

This data will be used to verify aircraft performance and associated modelling. The first flight was preceded by a series of ground trials including high and low speed taxiing tests.

The maiden flight took place three weeks after Saab revealed the GlobalEye aircraft. The platform combines air, maritime and ground surveillance in one swing-role solution. GlobalEye carries a full suite of sensors including the new extended range radar (Erieye ER).

The GlobalEye launch customer is the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, where it is known as the Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS). The initial order was placed in November 2015.

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