So far the United Arab Emirates has emerged as the only buyer of Saab’s GlobalEye surveillance aircraft, which was unveiled in February this year, but Lars Tossman, who serves as head of Saab’s Airborne Surveillance Systems division, is convinced that there will be more. “The need for surveillance has increased. We are seeing it in Europe, where there are concerns about what Russia is up to, and we are seeing it in Asia-Pacific,” he says.
The GlobalEye has the capacity to be airborne more than 11 hours. This means that air forces will not need to deploy fighter jets “just to check what is going on” and, therefore, will not need as many fighters, claims Mr Tossman. “One GlobalEye can replace four to five fighter jets,” he says.
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