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FARNBOROUGH: Raven selected for Gripen E

Selex ES’s Raven ES-05 active electronically scanned array radar has been selected to equip the next-generation Saab Gripen E combat aircraft.

The two companies have a long-standing relationship on the Gripen programme that stretches back to 2009. A production-standard radar is already fitted to the Gripen E demonstrator

Selex will also provide its Skyward G infrared search and track sensor and identification friend-or-foe system for the Gripen E, both of which will be confirmed in the coming months.

The systems manufacturer adds that its BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy has also been chosen as an electronic warfare option for the aircraft, with trials of the system on the Gripen E expected to take place by year-end.

Sweden and Brazil have committed to acquire 106 Gripen Es, with the latter choosing the aircraft last year to meet its 36-aircraft F-X2 fighter requirement. Saab is partnering with Embraer for the offset and technology transfer portions of the Brazil deal.

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