Upgraded Gripens soon on the fleet April 28, 2016

Swedish Gripen C/D aircrafts that are upgraded to Gripen version 20 brings major changes, both in hardware and software. Gripens will now carry the Meteor Missile that will increase aircraft’s long-range air-to-air capability. The missile interacts with the aircraft’s sensors and support systems to detect and defeat enemy aircrafts. Version 20 includes the Small Diameter Bomb, SDB. It is a precision weapon for ground targets at a stand-off distance. The SDB is loaded with target data from the aircraft prior launch and then guides itself to the target. Another innovation is the Ground Collision Avoidance System. The system automatically prevents the aircraft from hitting the ground if it enters an uncontrolled situation. Gripen fired meteor for the first time in 2014.

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