Saab and FMV sign contract for new Gripen launch system

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and integration of a new launch system for Gripen C/D and Gripen E. The order, valued at approximately SEK400m, was placed in Q1 this year.

The order includes the development and integration of a new launch system for air-to-air missiles and countermeasure pods on Gripen C/D and Gripen E. The contract also includes options for subsequent series orders of launcher systems.

Saab Gripen
Sweden aims to maintain the operational relevancy of its entire Saab JAS 39C/D Gripen fleet until the mid-2030s through a series of upgrades. Saab/Ramon Wenink

The launchers can be integrated with existing variants of weapon pylons and carry all Gripen air-to-air missiles, according to an April 26 Saab release. The launcher is mounted to the aircraft’s weapon pylons.

“The integration of the new launch system is an important component for ensuring the continued high availability of the Gripen system. After delivery, maintenance of the launch systems will be performed in Sweden, which further contributes to a secure supply of defence equipment for our customers,” said Åsa Schöllin, head of the Gripen Sustainment business unit.

It was previously reported that the FMV had contracted Saab to upgrade the entire JAS 39C/D Gripen fleet in a bid to keep the multi-role fighters operationally relevant until the mid-2030s.