Saab received an order from the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and integration of a new launch system for the Gripen C/D and E.

As reported in the Swedish company’s press release, the order, valued at approximately SEK 400 million (more than USD 40 million), was placed during the first quarter of 2022.

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

The launchers can be integrated with existing variants of weapon pylons and can carry the full range of air-to-air missiles currently available for the Gripen family.

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“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,” says Åsa Schöllin, head of the Gripen Sustainment business unit.

The launcher is mounted to the aircraft’s weapon pylons and has a sophisticated connection between the aircraft and the weapons mounted on the launcher.

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