Undisclosed buyer emerges for Saab 2000 AEW&C

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An undisclosed customer has ordered a Saab 2000 airborne early warning and control system in a deal worth more than SKr4.5 billion ($670 million).

Saab says its customer has asked not to be identified, and notes that such information "cannot always be published" in the defence market.

"This surveillance system will provide the customer with improved solutions for defence and civil security," says Saab chief executive Håkan Buskhe.

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The deal means a second customer will join Pakistan in operating the Saab Microwave Systems Erieye radar-equipped Saab 2000 AEW&C. Islamabad has so far received two of its four aircraft, plus one without a radar to support training activities, says Flightglobal's MiliCAS database.

The newly ordered system will involve the refurbishment of one of about 56 existing Saab 2000s. The deal also includes ground equipment and logistics and support services, the company says.

The Erieye radar has previously been ordered by Sweden, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates on the Saab 340 turboprop. The same sensor also equips modified Embraer ERJ-145s for Brazil, Greece and Mexico.