Unidentified client buys Saab system

Oct. 11, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Swedish defense and security company Saab says an unidentified customer has ordered Saab 2000 airborne early warning aircraft fitted with the Erieye radar.

The contract, worth more than $600 million, includes ground equipment as well as logistics and support services, Saab said.

"This contract can be seen as a further confirmation of our strong position in the world regarding not only the area of airborne surveillance but in systems integration and data fusion as well, says Hakan Buskhe," Saab's chief executive officer. "This surveillance system will provide the customer with improved solutions for defense and civil security."

Saab said its Erieye radar system has been well received by the market. The initial system was provided in a Saab 340 aircraft to the Swedish air force. The Saab 340 system was also purchased by Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

The radar has been installed in the Embraer 145 as well, which was delivered to Brazil, Mexico and Greece. The latest platform is the Saab 2000 with which the system is being supplied also to Pakistan.

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