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Saab 340 AEW&C

Saab 340 AEW&C
S 100 Argus
An S 100B Argus at Malmen in 2010
Role AEW&C aircraft
National origin Sweden
Manufacturer Saab
First flight 1994[1]
Introduction 1997
Status Active
Primary users Swedish Air Force
Pakistan Air Force
Royal Thai Air Force
United Arab Emirates Air Force
Number built 12
Developed from Saab 340

The Saab 340 AEW&C is a Swedish airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft; a variant of the Saab 340 aircraft is designated S 100B Argus by the Swedish Air Force.

Contents

  • Operational history 1
  • Variants 2
  • Operators 3
  • Specifications (Saab 340 AEW&C) 4
  • Mission specific data 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Operational history

Six S 100B Argus aircraft were produced for the Swedish Air Force, four of which are permanently equipped with the Erieye active electronically scanned array (AESA) early warning radar and two fitted for transport missions during peacetime.

Two modified planes were loaned to Greece prior to the delivery of EMB-145 Erieye systems, which commenced in 2003.

In July 2006, Saab was awarded a contract to upgrade two of the Swedish Air Force's S 100B aircraft for surveillance missions and for deployment in multi-national operations. The upgraded Saab 340 AEW-300 aircraft, are planned to enter service by 2009.

In November 2007, Thailand announced the intention to buy two S 100B AEW aircraft from the Swedish Air Force.

Variants

Saab 340B AEW / S 100B Argus
(FSR-890) Erieye, for the Thai Air Force.
Saab 340B AEW-200
(IS-340) Erieye
Saab 340B AEW-300 / S 100D Argus
(ASC-890) Erieye

Operators

 Greece
 Pakistan
 Sweden
 Thailand
 United Arab Emirates

Specifications (Saab 340 AEW&C)

Data from [9]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 6
  • Length: 20.57 m (67 ft 5 27/32 in)
  • Wingspan: 21.44 m (70 ft 4 3/32 in)
  • Height: 6.97 m (22 ft 10 13/32 in)
  • Gross weight: 13155 kg (29001.8 lb) each

Performance

  • Cruising speed: 300 km/h (186.4 mph)
  • Endurance: 7 hours
  • Service ceiling: 7,620 m (25,000 ft)

Mission specific data

Patrol speed
160 knots
Typical Mission Altitude
2,000m to 6,000m
Radar Antenna Unit Length
9m
Radar Antenna Unit Weight
900 kg
Radar Frequency
2 GHz to 4 GHz
Azimuthal Coverage
300°
Range Against Fighter Aircraft Target
450 km

See also

Related development
Related lists

References

  1. ^ "Flygplan S 100 B" (in Swedish). forsvarsmakten.se. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  2. ^ http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/s100b_argus/
  3. ^ http://defense-arab.com/vb/showthread.php?t=28239/
  4. ^ http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/sv/aktuellt/2009/06/nytt-system-for-flygburen-stridsledning/
  5. ^ Gripen International Gripen agreement between Sweden and Thailand signed.
  6. ^ http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/thailand-buying-jas-39-gripens-awacs-04022/
  7. ^ http://www.altair.com.pl/start-6539
  8. ^ Saab signs contract with United Arab Emirates for airborne surveillance system
  9. ^ Fredriksson, Urban (2004-06-07). "Saab 340 AEW". Sweden. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 

External links

  • airforce-technology
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