Saab and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk, FMV) have signed a contract and Saab has acquired an order to make sure the continued operability of and supply functionality enhancements to the JAS 39 Gripen C/D fighter jet. The order worth is roughly SEK 3.5 billion and the contract interval is 2023-2029. The contract additionally contains choices that allow FMV to position further orders for functionality enhancements throughout 2023. The enhancements will present the Swedish Air Drive (Svenska flygvapnet) with a more practical and highly effective fighter jet functionality. Interoperability is a prerequisite because the platforms will probably be utilized in parallel over a few years.

“This improve will present the Swedish Air Drive with a considerably stronger fighter functionality. The contract is an enormous leap forward when it comes to radar efficiency and performance, each for the {hardware} and software program, and can future-proof the operational functionality of Gripen C/D,” says Jonas Hjelm, Head of Saab’s enterprise space Aeronautics.


The plane will probably be outfitted with a brand new model of the engine, which is able to improve flight efficiency. A more practical digital warfare system can even be launched and the improve will create situations for elevated assault functionality with a brand new payload. The order encompasses an improve to Saab’s newest fighter radar, which supplies elevated efficiency with emphasis on enhanced fighter functionality and prolonged detection and monitoring vary. It additionally contains an upgraded and future-proof avionic system which, amongst different options, permits quick software program updates of the sensor perform. The potential enhancement will allow higher interoperability between Gripen C/D and Gripen E, for instance by the improve of help methods and information hyperlinks.

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin) is a lightweight single-engine multirole fighter plane manufactured by the Swedish aerospace and protection firm Saab AB. In 1979, the Swedish authorities started improvement research for “an plane for fighter, assault, and reconnaissance” (ett jakt-, attack- och spaningsflygplan, therefore “JAS”) to switch the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen within the Swedish Air Drive. The Gripen has a delta wing and canard configuration with relaxed stability design and fly-by-wire flight controls. Being deliberately unstable and using digital fly-by-wire flight controls to keep up stability removes many flight restrictions. The Gripen additionally has good brief takeoff efficiency, with the ability to preserve a excessive sink fee and strengthened to face up to the stresses of brief landings.