Gripen NG flying with Raven ES-05 AESA radar
The Gripen NG test aircraft is now flying with a Selex Galileo Raven ES-05 AESA radar installed, following extensive testing with an earlier AESA prototype. Raven ES-05 is a high performance active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar designed for the Saab Gripen NG multirole fighter that builds on over 60 years of Selex Galileo’s fire control radar experience. It has been designed in close collaboration with Saab and is a vital part of the Gripen next-generation multi-functional sensor system.
The sensor suite includes active and passive sensors, integrated for central sensor command and sensor fusion. This will significantly increase the multi-role capability and sensor performance against future threats and more complex scenarios. end. MBDA’s meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) has concluded its guided firing programme with three direct hits from three firings during Government-sponsored electronic protection measure (EPM) trials against targets deploying countermeasures. The comprehensive development and Government trials programme involved a total of 21 air launched firings, providing evidence of a progressive maturity. As a result, MBDA is on track to complete qualification and make the first production deliveries of this unrivalled capability by the year end.
The UK will be the first of the partner nations to receive deliveries of the production missile from MBDA’s UK-based Lostock site, with the programme on schedule making the first delivery around the end of 2012.