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UAE Will Grow GlobalEye And MRTT Fleets

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The United Arab Emirates has revealed its intentions to grow its Saab GlobalEye and Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleets.

In a surprise announcement on the third day of the Dubai Airshow, UAE defense officials confirmed they were in final negotiations with Saab for an additional two Bombardier 6000-based GlobalEye Swing Role Surveillance System, in addition to the three already on order. The contract for the additional GlobalEyes is expected to be worth $1.018 billion.

An order for three additional A330 MRTTs will be a shot across the bows of Boeing who revealed earlier this year that the UAE had shown interest in the troubled KC-46.

The UAE already has three MRTTs and the platforms are heavily used in support of UAE Air Force fighter deployments and operations across the region.

No details of a contract value for the MRTTs has been revealed.

“We are pleased with this decision and look forward on working with our customer,” a spokesman for Airbus told Aviation Week.

Saab said it had not yet signed the contract amendment or received an order relating to the announcement.

The additional aircraft orders were announced as UAE defense officials also confirmed nearly 7 billion Dirhams ($1.91 billion) worth of contracts negotiated on the second day of the show.

Contract recipients included Raytheon for Patriot missiles, Edge’s Halcon weaponry company and Denel Dynamics.

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