Pakistan will obtain three new Saab 2000 airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft.

A source with knowledge of the acquisition says the aircraft will be equipped with the Swedish firm's Erieye radar system, which can track both air and surface targets.

On 15 May, Saab released a statement that it had signed a contract with an undisclosed customer in the airborne early warning & control segment valued at SEK1.35 billion ($155 million). It said that deliveries would run from 2017 to 2020, with the order to be booked within the next six months.

"The effectiveness of the contract is subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions, among others, financial conditions," said Saab. "All conditions are expected to be fulfilled within the coming 6 months. The industry’s nature is such that due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced."

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Pakistan operates eight AEW&C assets. It has four Saab 2000 AEW&C platforms, and four Chinese-produced Shaanxi Y-8's configured for the AEW&C mission.