Recently, the Czech Air Force successfully completed the MS20 capability upgrade to its fleet of Gripen fighter aircraft, greatly increasing its combat and communication capabilities. The upgrade is part of the Gripen design philosophy to evolve continuously and tailor solutions according to customer’s various needs.
One of the key features of the MS20 upgrade is that the Gripen has acquired air-to-ground capability, thanks to the integration of unguided and laser-guided bombs into the aircraft payload. There will also be a significant software update which permits the integration of NATO-standard Link 16 datalink and laser designator pods (LPDs). The LPDs will greatly aid air-to-ground missions.
The MS20 upgrade is characterized by both software and hardware augmentations. Other key elements of the update include enhanced radar modes, electro-optical pods Litening III, and crypto-modules for fast, secure and efficient communication.
Jonas Hjelm, Saab’s Area Business Head, said, “We are very pleased with the success of this capability upgrade. We are honoured to have a long-term partner in the Czech Air Force.” After the update, “The aircraft is capable of addressing the demands of current and future threats, while meeting strict requirements”, according to Mr. Hjelm.
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