SAAB UNVEILS GRIPEN E

The new variant of the successful Swedish smart fighter jet rolled out.

Saab Gripen E

May 18, 2016 - Today it was possible to follow in live streaming the roll out of the Gripen E, the new version of the light weight multi-role fighter jet. The event took place in the afternoon at the Saab facilities in Linkoping with the presence of the leaders of the industry and the armed forces.

Speakers included Swedish Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist, the Chief of Staff of the Air Swedish Mats Helgesson, the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, while for Saab was attended by the Chairman Marcus Wallenberg, CEO Hakan Buskhe and the chief of business Aviation area Ulf Nilsson.

Ulf Nilsson emphasized the ability of Saab in knowing how to build, in a short time, a top-level fighter at low cost. The Saab CEO added: "The nations need to have the most modern fighter jet to ensure its national sovereignty. At the same time, the costs must be contained. Reason why Saab has designed the new Gripen ".

Compared to previous variants, the Gripen E features improved avionics and increased range and load war thanks to a more powerful engine and the ability to carry more fuel.




The Gripen E is equipped with increasingly sophisticated sensors including the latest generation AESA radar (Active Electronically Scanned Array), the search device discovery and tracking of targets IRST (Infra Red Search and Tranck), electronic warfare systems and a datalink technology that provides the pilot all necessary information.

Deliveries of the new fighter will begin in 2019, with the first aircraft to Sweden and Brazil. 

Currently there are five nations to fly with Gripen: Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa and Thailand. Brazil will be added shortly thanks to the contract signed at the end of 2014 for a supply of 28 single-seater and 8 two-seater aircraft.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Photo credit: Saab AB
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