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.

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