Military Embedded Systems

Gripen fighter jet to get avionics, radar, and EW upgrades


December 19, 2022

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Gripen image courtesy Saab.

LINKOPING, Sweden. Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) under which Saab will ensure the continued operability of the JAS 39 Gripen C/D fighter aircraft and install capability enhancements to the aircraft's engine, electronic warfare (EW), and radar capabilities. 

The contract announcement described the upgrades as a radar enhancement, which will enable increased performance with an emphasis on enhanced fighter capability along with extended detection and tracking range. The contract also covers upgrades and future-proofing of the avionics system, which will allow the user to perform fast software updates of the sensor function.

The contract -- with an order value of approximately SEK 3.5 billion ($336.3 million), with the order period running from 2023 to 2029. 

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