Saab announced that its Gripen offer to Finland also includes two GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft. GlobalEye is a strategic asset, which can be in operation 24/7 for airspace and ground surveillance. So the total proposal comprises 64 Gripen aircraft, of which 52 are single-seat Gripen E and 12 are dual-seat Gripen F, as well as two GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft. Finland has stated that it is planning a procurement decision in 2021.
As part of the proposal, Saab offers the necessary equipment and associated services to operate the aircraft as well as a substantial weapon and sensor package. Saab’s proposal also includes an industrial co-operation programme with the aim to build extensive national capabilities in Finland for security of supply. It features transfer of maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities to local industry as well as aircraft production and establishment of a sustainment and development centre in Finland.
GlobalEye is the one of the most advanced AEW&C solution available with air, sea and land surveillance in a single, multi-role solution. It offers extended detection range, endurance and the ability to perform multiple roles, including tasks such as search and rescue, border surveillance and joint military operations. GlobalEye is currently on contract and in production.