Poland is in advanced negotiations with Sweden to acquire the Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Puszatak announced the negotiations on May 22, saying he expected the contract to be finalized in the short term.
He said: “I wanted to say publicly for the first time that we are very advanced in acquiring early warning aircraft from Sweden. We are already conducting detailed negotiations. I hope they will succeed in a short time.”
Poland does not currently have an AEW&C capability, relying instead on NATO’s airborne early warning capabilities.
In the Arab world, the SAAB GlobalEye AWACS operates for the United Arab Emirates, where in 2015 it ordered two aircraft.
The aircraft’s radar has a range of 650-700 km, according to a statement by Mr. Martin Malmfors from SABB, and the radar range can be increased to more than that when focusing on one area.
The radar, in addition to its strength, will use highly advanced algorithms based on artificial intelligence (AI) and deep machine learning, which will enable it to detect and classify targets with low radar cross-section from a very long distance.
In addition to the new radar, the aircraft will carry an AESA X Band radar of the type Seaspray 7500E with a maximum range of 575 km. This radar is intended for tracking land and sea targets in particular, and for drawing land maps.