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  • Constant Capability Expansion

    Constant Capability Expansion
  • Constant Capability Expansion

    Constant Capability Expansion
  • Constant Capability Expansion

    Constant Capability Expansion
  • Constant Capability Expansion

    Constant Capability Expansion
  • Constant Capability Expansion

    Constant Capability Expansion

In spring 2016, the Swedish JAS C / D39 Gripen aircraft were upgraded to version MS20. The JAS 39E Gripen will also receive this type of continuous upgrade of both hardware and software, which provides faster capability development and adaptability.

The MS20 upgrade arms Gripen with the radar-guided MBDA’s Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM). The robot interacts with the aircraft's sensors and support systems to detect and ward off airborne threats. Powered by a ramjet engine, the Meteor tactical missile has greater reach compared to the conventional solid-propellant rockets.

The ramjet engine enables the missile to execute maneuvers that adversaries struggle to predict. Consequently, Meteor is more difficult to avoid than conventional rocket-powered missiles.

Development through collaboration

A group of European partners has developed Meteor: Sweden, Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. As Sweden and Saab were able to offer the most rapid integration of the missile on an aircraft, the JAS 39 Gripen has served as the primary test platform during development.

Throughout the entire Meteor project at FMV, there has been close collaboration between Saab, conducting the tests, and FMV Test and Evaluation, T & E, who have provided project management, test management and aviators.

FMV T & E’s support on the project includes making early assessments of test requirements, and later, the analysis of test results from Saab's testing activities and finally, completing validation of the final results. Much of the test firing has also been conducted at the FMV T & E test range in Vidsel, Norrbotten.

Significant new capabilities

Version MS20, which is the most comprehensive upgrade of the JAS 39 system, consists not only of Meteor. It includes integration of the Boeing GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB). This is a high-precision weapon with long-range strike capability for land targets. The weapon is uploaded with target data from the aircraft and self-navigates towards the target.

MS20 also improves CBRN defence capability, allowing the Gripen to stay operational and effective in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack. The new system protects the pilot in contaminated environments during operations and enables ground personnel to sanitize the aircraft effectively after it has landed.

The ground collision and avoidance system (GCAS) is an additional new enhancement. Exposure to high gravitational (G) forces during flight operations can render the pilot unconscious for short periods. Consequently, the Ground Collision Avoidance System, GCAS is being integrated in order to prevent ground collisions in situations when G-LOC (gravity-induced loss of consciousness) may occur. The system is designed to execute a ground-avoiding maneuver automatically if it detects an impending collision.


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Published: 2017-09-04 16:14. Changed: 2017-09-04 16:19. Responsible: Show e-mail address.

Dan Averstad

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Facts

Meteor

An active radar-guided, beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) system.

Equipped with a two-way datalink, enabling updates on targets, notification of target acquisition for example, or re-targeting when the missile is in flight, in order to detect, track and counter hostile air operations.

Powered by a ramjet engine, which makes it difficult to evade.

SDB, Small Diameter Bomb

A high precision weapon for ground targets released by the aircraft from long distances. Target data is transmitted from the aircraft to the weapon, which then self-navigates towards the target.

CBRN Defence Capability

New enhanced protection against CBRN, a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack. Protects the pilot in contaminated environments during operations and enables ground personnel to sanitize the aircraft effectively after it has landed.

GCAS, Ground Collision Avoidance System

A system that automatically protects the aircraft from ground collision in the event of uncontrolled flight.