Lord Jim wrote:
RetroSicotte wrote:Are there any tech specs on it? Ultimately if it's not as capable but just dirt cheap then that could be every bit as much a failure as less Wedgetails too.
All I have found so far is a few articles in the defence and aviation media on the Swedish platform UAE is starting to operate and that is being proposed to Finland. This points to the radar and that it is superior due to the use of Gallium Nitride for the individual cells making them more efficient. As for exact specs and costs, these I cannot find in the public domain.
This will give an overview https://saabgroup.com/globalassets/cisi ... baleye.pdf
but it’s about as good as you’ll get. You could then go round in circles about is 5-7 people enough to do c2, what are the detection ranges against certain objects, how does it support a raid profile, will the US allow it access to certain things if it’s not a US product ect ect all of which cannot be known here.
It’s all academic if the people at the top don’t want to consider it then there will always be an excuse why not. However if you really are prepared to think/do differently than before be agile and adaptable think outside the box and actually consider you have purchase and support budget you need to stay within and an industrial long term strategy then perhaps go have a look I’m sure the UAE wouldn’t mind.