Finmeccanica to supply IFF for Swedish and Brazilian Gripen NG aircraft


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Finmeccanica has received a subcontract from Saab to provide Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems for installation on Swedish and Brazilian Gripen Next Generation (NG) aircraft.

Awarded through Finmeccanica's Airborne and Space Systems division, the contract will see the company provide the IFF systems that are expected to allow Gripen pilots to identify other vehicles as friends and potential enemies and to locate them.

Capable of operating independently, the system features antennas that provide a field of view of over 180 degrees. The system facilitates identification through the use of radar.

Additionally, the IFF system consists of a Mode 5 M428 transponder and an interrogator besides a secure cryptographic technology for data protection.

In December, Saab commenced work on the $5.4bn contract awarded by the Brazilian Ministry of Defence for the production of Gripen next generation (NG) aircraft.

"Under the terms of the contract, Saab will deliver 36 Gripen NG fighters, including 28 single-seat and eight two-seat jets, as well as related systems and equipment."

Under the terms of the contract, Saab will deliver 36 Gripen NG fighters, including 28 single-seat and eight two-seat jets, as well as related systems and equipment.

The aircraft has also been ordered by the Swedish Air Force.

The Gripen NG features the same design and technology as the combat proven JAS 39 Gripen and is scheduled to initially replace FAB's Mirage 2000C fighters, followed by the F-5EM and A-1M aircraft.

The aircraft offers more thrust, extended range and endurance, and is fitted with new sensors, including an active electronically scanned array radar, highly effective electronic warfare systems and multi-function communications.


Image: The IFF system will facilitate identification through the use of radar. Photo: © 2016 Finmeccanica SpA.