Saab has offered Gripen combat jet with new decoy missile system for Finland’s HX fighter procurement project.
“The decoy missile, that we present today, will constitute a strong addition to Gripen E/F’s built-in electronic attack capabilities.The payload of the new decoy missile is to a large extent developed in Finland and this will strengthen our offer to Finland even further,” says Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab Business Area Aeronautics.
For the Finnish project, it intends to provide both the fighter jet Gripen E/F and the GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control System. Today, the company said it is offering advanced Electronic Warfare systems, comprising of a newly developed Electronic Attack Jammer Pod and a decoy missile system.
As part of Gripen’s E/F Electronic Warfare capability, Saab has revealed the development of a new decoy missile system, the Lightweight Air-launched Decoy Missile. The company began flight testing decoy missile, intended to provide protection from enemy radars and missiles; and the new Electronic Attack Jammer Pod, in 2019.
The new decoy missile will be a highly capable stand-in jammer for the most demanding missions. It will act as a force multiplier as it reduces the number of missiles and aircraft required to complete a mission. The decoy missile can jam or create false targets for acquisition, tracking, fire control and airborne radars.
The development of the new decoy missile means that Saab will expand its Saab Technology Centre in Tampere, Finland.