STOCKHOLM, (BM) – Saab Defense & Security announced that a Gripen C/D flew for the first time with the new AESA radar made by the Swedish company, learned BugarianMilitary.com.
The first in-flight tests of the X-band radar were successfully completed by collecting data while detecting and tracking objects.
The radar is designed for fighter jets and can be adapted to a variety of platforms while a version of the new AESA antenna has been sold to a U.S. government customer.
“This is an important step in the development of our new AESA combat radar. We see great possibilities for the radar and its modular, adaptable and scalable design means that it can also be used for a wide range of other applications,” said Anders Carp , head of Saab’s Surveillance sector.
The aircraft used during the tests, a Gripen D, is currently offered with Saab’s latest Mk4 radar. The new version of the radar can be offered to Gripen C / D operators as an update.
The new AESA radar features GaN, a material that offers lower energy consumption and better heat resistance. This allows for wider bandwidth and greater reliability, capacity and efficiency.
The new AESA X-band combat radar will, for example, have better performance against small targets, enhanced electronic countermeasures (ECCM) capabilities as well as better ability to support more advanced weapons.
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