Sweden’s Gripen gets new EW, comm- and reconnaissance systems

Under the auspices of a newly rectified agreement, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and Saab, a prestigious defense contractor, have decidedly embarked on deploying innovative functionality and revising the delivery timeline for the Gripen E and Gripen C/D combat aircraft.

Sweden's Gripen gets new EW, comm- and reconnaissance systems
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The stipulations of this agreement, which account for the timeframe spanning from 2023 to 2030, peg the order value at an estimated SEK 5.8 billion. The FMV and Saab have consented to a comprehensive reassessment of their existing contractual obligation, which pertains to the development and production of the Gripen E.

This holistic review entails the incorporation of state-of-the-art functionality, specifically amendments to the electronic warfare, communication, and reconnaissance systems. Correspondingly, modifications will be undertaken concerning the delivery schedules of the Gripen E and Gripen C/D combat machines. 

Committed to steadfastly upholding the operative fighter potential of the Swedish Armed Forces, a trilateral agreement has been forged amongst the FMV, Saab, and the Armed Forces.

Give Ukraine a Gripen, the F-16 can't give what the Swede can
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This newly-postulated plan assures a smooth development and delivery transition, facilitating the continuous operation and evolution of the Gripen C/D well beyond 2030, thereby running parallel to the induction of the next-generation fighter, the Gripen E. 

Lars Tossman, who presides over Saab’s business area Aeronautics, expressed his gratification over the reinforced partnership between Saab, FMV, and the Swedish Armed Forces.

Emanating a sense of pride, he affirmed that Saab’s commitment to augmenting the operational capabilities of the Armed Forces, embodied by the improved capability of the Gripen system, reinforces its standing as a manufacturer of world-class fighter aircraft.

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Current Gripen’s EW system

The Gripen fighter jet is equipped with advanced Electronic Warfare [EW] systems that provide protection against various threats. These systems include radar warning receivers [RWR], electronic countermeasures [ECM], and electronic support measures [ESM].

The RWR detects and identifies radar signals from enemy aircraft or ground-based radar systems, alerting the pilot to potential threats. The ECM system can then jam or deceive enemy radar systems, making it harder for them to track the Gripen.

The ESM system collects and analyzes electronic emissions from enemy radars, helping the pilot to gain situational awareness and plan appropriate countermeasures.

Current Gripen’s reconnaissance systems

In terms of reconnaissance capabilities, the Gripen can carry various sensors and equipment to gather intelligence. These include electro-optical/infrared [EO/IR] sensors, which can capture images and detect heat signatures from the air.

Give Ukraine a Gripen, the F-16 can't give what the Swede can
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The Gripen can also carry synthetic aperture radar [SAR] for ground mapping and target identification. These reconnaissance systems provide valuable information to the pilot and ground forces, enabling them to make informed decisions and carry out effective missions.

Current Gripen’s communication systems

Communication systems play a crucial role in the Gripen’s operations. The aircraft is equipped with secure and reliable communication systems that allow seamless communication between the pilot, ground control, and other aircraft.

The Gripen uses data links, such as Link 16, to exchange tactical information with other friendly forces in real time. This enables coordinated operations and enhances situational awareness. Additionally, the Gripen can also communicate via voice and data with ground-based command and control centers, further enhancing its operational capabilities.

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About Gripen

The Gripen fighter is a multi-role combat aircraft developed by Saab, a Swedish aerospace company. It is designed to perform various missions, including air defense, ground attack, and reconnaissance.

The Gripen is known for its advanced technology and high maneuverability, making it a versatile and effective fighter aircraft.

In terms of technical characteristics, the Gripen has a maximum speed of Mach 2 (approximately 1,522 mph) and a combat radius of around 800 kilometers [497 miles]. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 16,500 kilograms [36,376 pounds] and can carry a variety of weapons and external stores.

Capabilities and armament

The Gripen fighter possesses impressive combat capabilities. It is equipped with a highly advanced avionics system that includes a radar system for air-to-air and air-to-ground targeting, as well as an electronic warfare suite for self-protection. The Gripen’s advanced flight control system allows for precise maneuvering and quick response in combat situations.

In terms of armament, the Gripen can carry a wide range of weapons, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, precision-guided munitions, and bombs. It can also be armed with a 27 mm Mauser BK27 cannon for close air support missions. The Gripen’s weapon systems are integrated with its avionics, allowing for accurate targeting and engagement of both aerial and ground targets.

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