The first Saab Erieye airborne early warning and control aircraft destined for the Pakistan air force is beginning the final stage of tests from Linkoping in Sweden.
The aircraft will be transferred to Pakistan later in 2009, with testing to continue in country. A contract covering the Erieye sale was concluded in October 2005, though the deal was renegotiated in 2007. This included a reduction in the number of “systems” to be delivered, and a cut in the cost.
The upcoming trials will examine the overall performance of the mission aircraft’s systems; along with the radar, the command and control, and communications packages will be tested. The ability to provide a real-time recognized air picture to the Pakistan’s air-defense ground environment will also be looked at.
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