Ericsson Saab Avionics has been selected as prime contractor for an electronic warfare (EW) suite for the export version of the Saab JAS39 Gripen fighter.

The companies have signed an agreement for Ericsson Saab to develop and manufacture the system, designated EWS 39. According to Saab, export customers will still have the option of taking a copy of the electronic warfare suite that the Swedish air force will use on its 64 Batch 3 Gripens.

The EWS 39 will be able to detect and warn the pilot of hostile radar threats, and activate countermeasures, including electronic jamming, flares and chaff.

Saab plans to have the export version of the Gripen ready for delivery by the end of 2001. Compared with current Gripen variants, the aircraft will have air-to-air refuelling capability, colour cockpit displays, NATO-standard weapons pylons and connectors, and an on-board oxygen generating system.

Ericsson Saab Avionics is a joint venture of electronics company Ericsson and airframe manufacturer Saab.

Source: Flight International