Saab Completes Trials of New AESA Radar

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  • 07:23 AM, April 28, 2020
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Saab Completes Trials of New AESA Radar
Saab X-band AESA fighter radar

Saab on Tuesday announced the completion of first air trials with its new X-band Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar equipped on a Gripen D jet.

The radar will be offered as a new addition to Saab’s PS-05/A radar family.

“Saab continues to develop core AESA technology and has now successfully completed the first air trials with the new X-band AESA radar. The trials were flown successfully, collecting data while detecting and tracking objects,” Saab said.

Saab Completes Trials of New AESA Radar

The radar is designed for fighter aircraft and can be adapted to a variety of platforms. In October 2018, version of the new AESA antenna was sold to a US Government customer.

The host aircraft during the air trial was a Gripen D aircraft, which is currently offered with Saab’s latest Mk4 radar. The new version of the radar can be offered to Gripen C/D operators, as an upgrade.

The new AESA radar features GaN (gallium nitride), a material that gives lower power consumption and improved heat resistance. This enables wider bandwidth and greater reliability, availability and efficiency. The new fighter X-band AESA radar will, for example, have better performance against small targets, enhanced Electronic Counter-Countermeasures (ECCM) capability as well as improved ability to support more advanced weaponry.

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