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Swedish Gripens get new upgrades

World Aviation Defense & Security News - Sweden
Swedish Gripens get new upgrades
The Swedish Air Force Saab JAS39 Gripen fighter aircraft will have new capabilities by the end of Sprin 2016. According to FMV officials, the Gripen C/D will have their hardware and software in the 2.0 version. That will enhance the platform’s long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities.
Swedish Gripens get new upgrades 640 001Three JAS39 Gripen fighter jets from the Swedish Air Force
(Source: Internet)
The upgrades will allow the Swedish fighter to use the MBDA Meteor BVRAAM and extend its long-range air combat capabilities. Being a ramjet missile it will make it harder for enemy aircraft to protect themselves, according to Michael Östergren, Project Manager at the Swedish Procurement Agency (FMV). Saab Dynamics is a member of the consortium of companies developing and producing the missile.

The platform will also have its air-to-ground capabilities upgraded through the integration of the Small Diametre Bomb (SDB). This would be complemented with a new CBRN protection system, allowing the pilot to operate in a contaminated environment and the aircraft to be cleaned thoroughly upon returning to its base.

Another section to be upgraded is the flight control capability with the addition of the Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS). That will prevent the aircraft from hitting the ground in case that it enters an uncontrolled situation.

Finally, the Saab JAS39 Gripen team continues its effort to make the platform easily maintained by developing the built-in aircraft and engine test systems.