Saab delivers first early warning aircraft to Polish Air Force

By Defence Industr Europe

On March 6, the first of two advanced Saab 340 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft has arrived in Poland.

 

The procurement of these radar reconnaissance aircraft from Sweden and Saab, a deal finalized in July 2023 for SEK 600 million (approximately EUR 52 million), represents a strategic enhancement of Poland’s defence capabilities. This investment covers not only the aircraft themselves but also vital ground equipment, logistics support within the country, and comprehensive service agreements spanning from 2023 to 2025.

 

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The Saab 340 AEW aircraft, adapted from the Saab 340 regional turboprop airliner, plays a pivotal role in surveillance and command operations. It is equipped with the cutting-edge Erieye AEW/AEW&C system, boasting an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that sits atop the aircraft’s fuselage. This state-of-the-art radar system has the capability to track both airborne and maritime targets over distances exceeding 550 kilometers (342 miles), significantly extending Poland’s surveillance reach and enhancing its national security.

 

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