Information is the key to any nation’s defence. To protect its people and civil society, the armed forces need accurate, timely, consistent information about what is going on in the skies, at sea and along the borders that surround them. This complex and demanding task is made more difficult by the ever-changing landscape of threats and challenges. Defending against armed attack is one primary mission, but there are many others.
Terrorism, smuggling, piracy, illegal fishing and other damages to natural resources all pose real threats to society, in peacetime as well as during times of conflict. These problems come in all shapes and sizes and can be difficult to spot. Hostile forces and terrorist groups can lurk in remote areas. They can move by air and sea using civilian traffic, rough terrain, camouflage techniques or sheer distance to conceal themselves. For a nation, ensuring its economic interests by protecting resources such as shipping lanes and oil fields may be higher priority than fear of armed conflict.
Whatever the national priorities, every decision and action must be driven by information; only then is command and control possible. Only airborne surveillance has the speed, flexibility and reach to provide that information from air, land and sea. Only Saab has the technological know-how to deliver that information in an airborne system that is truly advanced, effective and affordable.
With GlobalEye, Saab has redefined the airborne surveillance market a new level of multi-mission capability. For the first time GlobalEye provides a Swing Role Surveillance System with the surveillance capability incorporated normally in dedicated AEW&C, MPA and SIGINT systems. It gives a unique operational and cost effective airborne surveillance and identification capacity second to none. Air-to-air, air-to-surface and air-to-ground surveillance can be done dedicated or simultaneously. Not only will this reduce the need for dedicated surveillance resources but gives the commander outstanding flexibility.
GlobalEye’s sophisticated, high-performance AEW&C provides simultaneous long-range detection, tracking and surveillance in the air, land and maritime domains, all from a single platform. It 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 can work alone or be easily integrated with other national assets. It cooperates with air, land and sea forces to extend their horizons, guarantee their safety and enhance their effectiveness. GlobalEye is a true force multiplier providing information dominance and complete security across all domains. It enables Saab’s customers to stay ahead of whatever the future may bring.