SAAB 2000 Erieye AWE&C-Pakistan

Feb 16, 2009
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SAAB 2000 Erieye AWE&C - a knol by Vijainder K Thakur

SAAB 2000 Erieye AWE&C
The system comprises a Ericsson PS-890 Erieye radar mounted on a Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft
Pakistan placed an order for seven SAAB 2000 & ERIEYE AWE&C systems with deliveries starting 2009 under a SEK 8.3 billion deal signed in October 2005. The deal was revised in May 2007 and the order value reduced by SEK 1.35 billion, with the number of systems to be delivered reportedly reduced to five.

The Saab 2000 Eriey AEW&C combines a modern turboprop aircraft with an advanced technology sensor system to provide a highly capable yet cost effective surveillance platform. The primary role of the Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C is to detect and track targets. The Saab 2000 aircraft is able to in incorporate high speed dash with low speed loitering capability, with inherent fuel efficiency that meets demanding AEW&C requirements for performing a 180 degree turn in less than 30 seconds with an endurance of more than 9 hours.

The Ericsson PS-890 Erieye radar uses an active array with 200 solid state modules. The range of the S-band, 3 GHz, and side looking radar is 300 km. The 1,985-lb (900-kg) dorsal antenna is housed in a 29-ft 6.3-in (9-m) long box radome mounted atop the fuselage. Utilizing adaptive side lobe suppression, the look angle on each side is about 160 degrees. From its standard operational altitude of 6000 metres (19,685 feet, or FL200) the radar has a maximum range of 450 km (279 miles). Against a fighter-sized target effective range is approximately 330 km (205 miles). Seaborne targets can be detected at 320 km (198 miles), though this is a function of the aircraft’s cruising height. The electronically scanned antenna can scan sectors of interest frequently while others are monitored, and a single sector can be scanned in different modes at the same time.

A statement released by PAF in April 2008 stated:

"The Pakistan Air Force achieved a major landmark in its Airborne Early Warning Program with the roll out of its first SaaB2000 AEW & C in a simple but impressive ceremony at the Saab facility in Sweden."

The aircraft will be put through trials before being delivered to the PAF in 2009, PAF officials said.


The limitation of the two sided array is that it can only cover two 120 degree sectors abeam of the aircraft, leaving 60 degree blind sectors over the nose and tail of the aircraft, and reduced antenna performance from 45 degrees off the beam aspect. Another limitation stems from the use of an airframe too small to accommodate a comprehensive self contained command, control and communications system, and other sensors such as a capable ESM and track association system.

It has been reported that the systems being delivered to Pakistan will house a limited number of controllers. Even if they do, they will probably continue to use data links to a ground control system for more comprehensive control in view of the gaps in its coverage.

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Super Mod
Apr 5, 2009
Pakistan to get Air Warning system by October this year: PAF Chief

ISLAMABAD, May 28 (APP): Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman , Thursday said that Pakistan would get Air Warning And Control System (AWACS) by October this year. Talking to media after addressing a joint graduation ceremony of General Duty Pilot, officers of Administration and Engineering Branch at Rislapur Academy, Air Chief said that acquiring of spying satellite and AWACS by India has imbalanced the power in the region. “This has caused a dent to the balance of power in the region - leading to an arm race,” he said.

Answering a question, he said, in this modern world, it is difficult to hide some area from the eye of the adversary. However, he said steps are in hand to check this aspect effectively.

“We are acquiring modern gadgets along with the F-16 aircraft from the US to check and encounter this threat,” he said.

In reply to a question he said that India had already possessed 3500 Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles while Pakistan is in the process of acquiring 500 such missiles to maintain the required level of deterrence.

Rao Qamar told a questioner that the aspect of drone can be effectively encountered but the policy decision on the subject is to be taken by the Parliament and the Government.

He recalled that in 2001-02 the time of stand off between India and Pakistan, the PAF had shot down an Indian drone which had intruded the Pakistan territory.

He said that PAF has been taking effective part in the Operation Rah-e-Rast which is meant to continue till the uprooting of terrorism from the area under operation besides restoration of the writ of the government.

He said “All possible efforts are being made to avoid collateral damage while using accurate and precise technology. No civil population area has been engaged by various fighter jets in the PAF inventory being used in the operation.”

He said “no dumb bomb is ever pounded during the operation while very precise technology is being used to target the hideouts, ammunition dumps and training compounds of the terrorists.”

In addition to that, he pointed out that PAF has also been providing close support to the ground troops operating in the area of Operation.

Quoting an example in this behalf, he said once the operation had to be delayed for over 24 hours to avoid damage to civilian population and it was carried out only after complete assurance by the ground forces that there will be no collateral damage.

In reply to another question, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar said that the PAF has the capability to absorb any modern technology to defend the territorial jurisdiction of the country.

Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan's Premier NEWS Agency ) - Pakistan to get Air Warning system by October this year: PAF Chief


DFI Technocrat
Oct 10, 2009
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This is the first complete image of the Sino-Pak ZDK-03 Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) Karakoram Eagle just before delivery to Pakistan Air Force.ZDK-03 AEW&C Karakoram Eagle provides 360º radar coverage with Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar.

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