Gripen Upgrades & Tech Support
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) regarding upgrades to the GRIPEN C/D system for approx. SEK215 million with deliveries taking place between 2017 and 2019.
To ensure effective use of the GRIPEN system, and to future-proof its capabilities, the aircraft and ground systems undergo regular upgrades. The order is largely supplementary to the so-called MS20 upgrade carried out in Sweden earlier this year. This new order includes improvements to the aircraft’s avionics and sensor systems such as the interface between the aircraft and pilot, upgrades to the support and training systems, equipment purchasing, as well as device modifications. Collectively, these upgrades will further increase the efficiency of the GRIPEN system.
“Today, GRIPEN C/D is the backbone of several air forces around the world and we see significant, sustained interest from the market. GRIPEN’s unique design enables a continuous upgrade of the system, which means that we can offer our customers the latest technology and thereby meet both current and future needs for operational capability”, Jerker Ahlqvist, head of business unit Gripen within Saab business area Aeronautics, explained.
The complete MS20 upgrade is now fully operational with the Swedish Air Force, and upgrades that enable MS20 for the Czech Air Force are on-going. MS20 provides a range of new capability options and includes new weapons, command and control functions, radar functions, and improved reconnaissance capabilities.
Further to this, Saab has received an order from the FMV, for continued technical support for GRIPEN C/D. The order value amounts to SEK129 million. The order is a call-up of an option as part of a previous agreement with FMV for technical support and maintenance of GRIPEN’s existing weapons and external stores, which was signed in March 2015. Today’s order secures continued technical support for GRIPEN C/D regarding weapons and external stores, including for example support, configuration management, technical documentation, technical maintenance and modification.
“This order will ensure continued efficient operations of technical support for GRIPEN C/D, ensuring that the customer’s availability requirements are met in the best possible way,” Ellen Molin, head of business unit Gripen Support, within Saab business area Support and Services, explained.
The order concerns Saab’s operations in Linköping, Järfälla, and Arboga, Sweden.