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Bombardier delivers fifth Global for Saab GlobalEye conversion


August 26, 2021
Wings Staff

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A Bombardier Global 6000 arrives in Sweden for Saab’s conversion into GlobalEye mission aircraft. (Photo: Bombardier)

Bombardier delivered a fifth Global business jet to defense supplier Saab’s Linköping, Sweden, location, ready for conversion into Saab’s Airborne Early Warning and Control solution known as GlobalEye. The aircraft was delivered to Saab from Bombardier’s Toronto manufacturing site and underwent interior completions work at Flying Colours in Peterborough, Ontario, prior to arriving in Sweden.

“Saab partners with industry leaders, which is why we chose Bombardier’s Global 6000 aircraft as the platform for our advanced Airborne Early Warning and Control solution,” said Carl-Johan Bergholm, Senior Vice President and head of Saab business area Surveillance. “We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with Bombardier and Canadian industry.”

Saab’s GlobalEye aircraft completed its maiden flight in early 2018 and three have been delivered from Saab to the customer.

“Our Global 6000 aircraft and increasingly its successor, our Global 6500 aircraft, are known as the go-to platforms for high-altitude, long-endurance missions that require significant payload capability with ample available power, hosted on a reliable platform featuring advanced avionics and systems technology,” said Steve Patrick, Vice President, Specialized Aircraft, Bombardier.

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Flying Colours Corp. supports Saab through the introduction of what Bombardier describes as practical, functional interiors for the mission system operators.

“Designing a special mission interior necessitates an intelligent approach, ingenuity and imagination,” said Sean Gillespie, Executive VP for Flying Colours. “Our work with Saab showcases the high levels of technical expertise delivered by our experience, knowledge and the exceptional talent within our team.”