Greater radar range with Saab's AEW&C solutions

Countries in the South China Sea region are facing challenges in protecting borders and monitoring economic zones, including piracy and illegal fishing.

- The Strait of Malacca belongs to some of the world’s busiest waterways and with a significant proportion of Malaysia’s exported gas and oil being transported from offshore facilities, it is crucial for the authorities to keep track of what’s going on at sea and in the airspace in this area. Our AEW&C solutions are ideal for this task, says Thomas Lindén, Vice President and Head of Saab Malaysia

To know what’s going on around them, governments in the region need a clear picture of potential threats on land, on the sea and in the civilian and military airspace. Saab’s Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) solutions provide detailed situational awareness in a versatile way.

Saab’s AEW&C solutions put antennas high in the sky in order to move the radar horizon much farther away than is possible with ground-based radar systems on land or sea. The proven Erieye AEW&C is used on a variety of aircraft platforms, including the Saab 2000 aircraft and Saab’s all-new GlobalEye solution uses the Global 6000 aircraft, providing state-of-the art airborne surveillance.

Countries currently using Saab’s Erieye AEW&C solution include Mexico, Brazil, Greece, Pakistan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Sweden. Among them, they are using a total of more than 20 systems.

- An early warning aircraft patrolling at some 10,000 metres has a radar horizon way over 400 kilometres away, and our systems can spot an object as small as a jet ski, says Thomas Lindén.

Many benefits to society

There are many examples of how the Erieye AEW&C system is used in different countries. It is used in search and rescue missions to coordinate helicopter or ships during missions. In some countries it is used to detect pirates and drug smugglers. For others it is illegal fishing off the coasts and protection of economic zones that is of most interest. 

- A single system can be used for multiple purposes, Lindén says, in addition to having full control of the airspace at all altitudes.

Military applications

Saab’s AEW&C solutions can be used as a command and control centre to support air combat in conflict situations. It can locate helicopters, sea targets, missiles and aircraft targets at all altitudes.


GlobalEye AEW&C is an all new AEW&C solution from Saab that combines the new Erieye ER, Extended Range, Radar and the Global 6000 high end business jet together with a comprehensive suite of sensors forming a unique multi sensor system ready for swing role missions for air, - maritime- and ground surveillance

Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C

Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C is the well proven solution for air and sea surveillance developed over the years using spiral development. It is based on the Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft with very long endurance, high speed, requiring very short fields for take-off and landing.