Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) concerning the upgrade of the Gripen C/D system. The order is valued at approximately SEK 224 million.
The order mainly involves improvements to and modifications of existing capabilities in the so-called MS20 upgrade, which was introduced across the Swedish Air Force Gripen fleet in 2016.
The ordered upgrades concern central capabilities such as target acquisition, self-protection, communication and human-machine interaction, as well as a number of key support and training systems.
The work will be carried out at Saab’s facilities in Gothenburg, Järfälla, Linköping and Arboga. Deliveries will take place between 2018 and 2020.
“This is an important order to maintain and further develop the capabilities of Gripen C/D. It involves large parts of the Gripen C/D system,” Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab business area Aeronautics.”
Saab Gripen is a multi-role combat aircraft capable of undertaking the full range of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, including specialist roles such as intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) and electronic warfare (EW).
The fighter is equipped with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and infra-red search and track (IRST) system.
It can be armed with a variety of air-launched weapons such as air-to-air missiles (AAM), air-to-ground missiles (AGM), anti-ship missiles (AShM), precision-guided munitions (PGM) and bombs.
The aircraft is easily deployable, with a very low maintenance and support footprint coupled with high reliability.