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Saab E-2000 Erieye


Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) Special Mission Aircraft


Sweden | 1996



"The Saab E-2000 Erieye has drawn the interest of a few select global players including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia."



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The Saab E-2000 "Erieye" is the Swedish-developed Saab Erieye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) system integrated into the Saab 2000 twin-turboprop regional airliner. The aircraft is tasked with being the active "eyes in the sky" for various air services of the world including Pakistan (6) and Saudi Arabia (2). The Saab 2000 platform also forms the basis of the "Airtracer" SIGnals INTelligence (SIGINT) and MPA - Maritime Patrol Aircraft - variants.

The commercial Saab 2000 form - developed from the preceding Saab 340 twin-turboprop design of 1984 - was first-flown on March 26th, 1992 and introduced into service on August 30th, 1994. With production ranging from 1992 to 1999 some 63 total examples were made by Swedish industry. The design has proven highly adaptable for other industries including military and has since been modified to suit a variety of over-battlefield requirements.

The Erieye version of this aircraft retains the original's design arrangement of two turboprop engines making its overall performance quite similar. Changes to the airframe, however, are readily apparent as various structures and outcroppings have been added to better the suit the aircraft to its reworked role. The chief physical characteristic is the bar-like structure, the Erieye radar, mounted atop supports along the dorsal line of the fuselage. Beyond this is the integrated Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, protected voice and data-link communications, and self-defense / countermeasures qualities. The fuselage houses five multi-role mission consoles manned by specially-trained operators while the cockpit retains its two-crew side-by-side seating arrangement.

Beyond this, the aircraft continues to carry its multi-bladed turboprop engines in streamlined nacelles at each wing mainplane member, has a retractable tricycle undercarriage for ground-running, and sports a single vertical tail fin with upward-cranked horizontal tailplanes.

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May 2020 - An undisclosed customer has been announced as the newest operator of the E-2000 platform by Saab. The deal is valued at $165 million USD.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Saab E-2000 Erieye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) Special Mission Aircraft.
2 x Rolls-Royce AE 2100P turboprop engines developing 4,152 horsepower each driving six-bladed propeller units.
Propulsion
416 mph
670 kph | 362 kts
Max Speed
31,168 ft
9,500 m | 6 miles
Service Ceiling
1,864 miles
3,000 km | 1,620 nm
Operational Range
2,350 ft/min
716 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Saab E-2000 Erieye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) Special Mission Aircraft.
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(MANNED)
Crew
89.6 ft
27.30 m
O/A Length
82.0 ft
(25.00 m)
O/A Width
25.4 ft
(7.75 m)
O/A Height
30,865 lb
(14,000 kg)
Empty Weight
50,706 lb
(23,000 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Saab E-2000 Erieye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) Special Mission Aircraft .
None. Special mission equipment fitted exclusively for the Airborne Early Warning & Control role. Defensive countermeasures are carried.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Saab E-2000 Erieye family line.
E-2000 - Base Series Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Saab E-2000 Erieye. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 10 Units

Contractor(s): Saab - Sweden
National flag of Pakistan National flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

[ Pakistan; Saudi Arabia ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (416mph).

Graph Average of 375 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
10
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Image of the Saab E-2000 Erieye
Image from official Saab E-2000 marketing material; Public Release.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING
ELECTRONIC WARFARE
RECONNAISSANCE
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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