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  • Jas 39 Gripen

    Jas 39 Gripen
  • Jas 39 Gripen

    Jas 39 Gripen
  • Jas 39 Gripen

    Jas 39 Gripen
  • Jas 39 Gripen

    Jas 39 Gripen
  • Jas 39 Gripen

    Jas 39 Gripen

This FMV project and its investment in JAS 39E Gripen is widely considered Sweden’s most significant industrial venture, with sales projected to exceed SEK 300 billion from 2013 to 2026. Developing an advanced next-generation Gripen, which adds a number of completely new features, is the quickest and most cost-effective for Sweden to improve capabilities within armament, protection and reach, in order to address the threats of the future.

Development of the new JAS39E Gripen is currently ongoing. At the same time, FMV is conducting maintenance work and implementing upgrades ordered for the current JAS 39C / D Gripen. This system will be used for many years to come in Sweden as well as in¬ other nations that have procured Gripen, Thailand, the Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa.

FMV is tasked with ensuring that this comprehensive project adheres to the constraints of time, cost and performance. As the JAS 39E Gripen will be operational in Swedish service at least until 2040, FMV’s primary concern is not only to develop and acquire but also to develop a cost-effective solution during the maintenance and upgrading phase, which is the long period of time during which the Swedish Armed Forces will use the aircraft.

Many parallel processes

In specific terms, both the Gripen E project and the various projects involving the JAS 39C / D version require considerable planning and coordination for FMV staff. Numerous parallel processes at different locations need to be aligned and must deliver at the right level at the right time. After this, deliveries are evaluated to determine if development is in line with planning and if there are any delays. In addition, FMV assesses the quality of delivery and whether or not the supplier has fulfilled expectations.

The Gripen project at FMV does not only centre around the aircraft but also training equipment, simulators, aircraft support systems, education and training and management of the aircraft on the ground.

A large and complex project consisting of multiple components may be subject to a number of varying perspectives. The driving force of the industry and FMV are not always similar. FMV’s main objective is to ensure that the system fulfills operational requirements, but also that, as a whole, it should be cost-effective.

In addition, it is essential that FMV should have a clear understanding of the specific context, conditions and processes of each customer. The Swedish Armed Forces and other potential customers should be satisfied and the system should be safe to operate.

Why JAS 39E Gripen?

Since being entered into service in the Swedish Armed Forces, the Gripen system has been under continuous development. Aircraft and ground systems undergo regular upgrades and consequently, system capabilities have gradually been improved, on average, every third year.

This process has been very successful, but now major changes are needed to ensure that Gripen continues to meet Sweden’s requirements for operational capability and efficiency after 2025.

There are three determining factors:

  • Developments in the international environment and Sweden’s near neighbours
  • General technological advancements
  • Advances in military technology

As regards defence equipment, and especially complex aircraft systems, development times are lengthy. Therefore, it is important to be well-informed about development projects in other nations and be able to meet and counter the technological advances in these systems as they enter into service.

When considering existing systems and those being developed by, for example, Russia and the United States, it is clear that operational capabilities need to be enhanced in order to keep pace with international development and advances after 2025. Improvements from regular upgrades will not be sufficient and more substantial advances in performance will be needed.

Simulations before decision

A number of different simulation scenarios were created to support the decision-making process to acquire the JAS 39E Gripen. These scenarios were based on Sweden's immediate environment in combination with new threat settings generated by the systems of other nations. Analysis of the scenarios performed highlighted the need for a new aircraft.

Analysis also showed that international options for further development of Gripen were more expensive when measured against the potential for increasing capabilities. Therefore, FMV's recommendation was to continue working on a number of major changes in the Gripen platform in order to introduce completely new features.

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Published: 2017-09-04 14:10. Changed: 2017-09-04 14:21. Responsible: Show e-mail address.

Dan Averstad


Dan Averstad

Director Strategic Program – GRIPEN
Phone:+46 8 782 44 37


Facts - Important upgrades for JAS 39E Gripen

Size: Longer and wider than the current Gripen variant. Larger fuel capacity, providing increased range and stamina.

Engine: General Electric F414. About 20 percent stronger than the JAS 39C / D Gripen engine.

Radar: AESA radar. Has mobility inside the aircraft's nose and can thereby continue to retrieve target data after the aircraft fires a missile.

Human-machine interface: New pilot interface based on increased degree of sensor fusion provides increased operational power.

Increased availability: Overall, the JAS 39E Gripen will have a lower cost per unit in terms of the entire lifecycle of the system compared to the JAS 39C / D Gripen.

Avionics: A new way of structuring information in the flight electronics; storing critical information for aviation safety in one channel and tactical information in another facilitates future upgrades of the system’s tactical areas.

TAU link: Tactical data link. Enables effective sharing of information, such as sensor data, with other devices.

EW system: New electronic warfare system, warning /countermeasure system. For increased self-protection and survival.