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One of the major Gripen E's capabilities include the new sensor IRST (Infra Red Search and Track). And what makes IRST one of the most advanced technology is the fact that it can silently detect its targets.

But how does IRST catch an opponent unawares?

IRST is an electro-optical system mounted on top of the nose, just in front of the canopy, and is looking forward in a wide sector registering heat emissions from other aircraft, helicopters and from objects on the ground and sea surface.

IRST is a passive sensor, which means it never emits any energy. It only listens for energy coming from other sources. The tactical advantage of a passive sensor is that it will not give your position away. Opponents will have no indication whatsoever that Gripen E is using its IRST to monitor their activities.

Saab successfully conducted Gripen's first flight with IRST four years ago. IRST enables detection and tracking of enemy targets including aircraft, naval vessels and ground vehicles.

​As a Gripen pilot you will have information superiority to break your opponents’ decision loop. Here is how. 

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Saab has received an order for the operational and development support of Gripen from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV. The contract is for the duration of three years from 2018 to 2020. 

The order includes operating activities in the rig, simulators and test aircraft for the verification and validation of Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter aircraft systems. It also mentions operational support for Gripen C/D.  However, the primary part of the contract concerns the operations at the Saab facilities in Sweden that are located in Linköping, Arboga and Järfälla. 

The total value of the order is SEK 1.35 billion. ​

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Czech mate.

Users since 2005, the Czech Air Force will receive the latest capability enhancement during 2018.

Photo: Jörgen Nilsson

Saab will exhibit Gripen and a comprehensive range of Gripen support products and services at the upcoming Singapore Air Show.

Visitors can also take a look at the Arexis self-protection concept for Gripen at the Saab stand D11.

Besides Gripen, Saab will showcase its other products like GlobalEye, Swordfish, RBS 70NG, and Giraffe 1X as well.

Gripen fighters from the Royal Thai Air Force have been scheduled for both static and flying display during the show.

The Singapore Airshow will be held between 6 and 11 February. The airshow will be open to the public on 10 and 11 February.

Know more about Saab’s participation at the Singapore Airshow 2018 here.

​In order to develop smart fighters like Gripen we need smart engineers. Did you know that we support a technical high school? The young students just might be our future colleagues.

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Saab and Armscor have been contracted to deliver support for the South African Air Force's Gripen weapon system.

“Signing this contract further reinforces the good relationship between Saab, Armscor, and the South African Air Force. This order is vital to support the effective operation and availability of Gripen C and D in South Africa over the coming years,” says Ellen Molin, Head of business area Support and Services within Saab.

Armscor, the Armaments Corporation of South Africa, is the arms procurement agency of the South African Department of Defence. As a part of the recently signed contract, the support related services would include airworthiness management, engineering support, maintenance, repair and overhaul, spares replenishment and updates of technical publications.

The order has a total value of SEK 206 million (ZAR 314 million).

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What is it like to fly faster than  sound? Listen to one of our test pilots as he describes breaking the sound barrier in Gripen E.​​


From Gripen C's series of test flights to Gripen E's first flight at a supersonic speed, here are the highlights of the year 2017.​

Saab has received a contract from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding new Gripen E equipment. This is a supplemental contract to the previously entered Gripen E contract and is valued at approximately SEK 400 million.

The original contract, which was signed with FMV during 2013, regarding the development and modification of Gripen E, is based on the terms that certain equipment from the existing aircraft fleet/stock within the Swedish Armed Forces should be reused. This new contract means that the equipment that was to be reused will now be acquired new.

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