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September 13, 2015

Saab to support Polish Air Force’s MiG-29 modernisation

Saab has signed a teaming agreement with Poland's Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze Nr 2 for the Polish Air Force's MiG-29 fleet modernisation programme.

By Samseer M

MiG-29

Saab has signed a teaming agreement with Poland’s Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze Nr 2 for the Polish Air Force’s MiG-29 fleet modernisation programme.

The latest agreement will enable the aircraft to feature Saab’s electronic warfare self-protection systems.

In addition, the agreement will offer Saab an opportunity to cooperate on the modernisation of other systems in use with the Polish Air Force.

Saab Electronic Warfare head Carl-Johan Bergholm said: "As an international supplier of electronic warfare systems, Saab fully recognises the importance of finding the right partners to complement our portfolio.

"Along with WZL2, we can use our knowledge to develop projects that are very favourable to the Polish Air Force and the Polish industry."

Saab’s EW systems will offer situational awareness with the ability to detect, localise and identify radar frequency based threats, reducing the risks in the hostile engagement.

In addition, it will provide the pilot with the information and decision superiority required on top of the electronic battlefield, the company stated.

Saab Poland country manager Jason Howard said: "Saab offers a large number of cutting-edge solutions to ensure that modern fighter aircraft attain operational superiority and high survivability in all scenarios.

"These electronic warfare systems have proved themselves on the export market, and are in use in many countries worldwide."

The MiG-29 fighter bomber aircraft is designed to destroy hostile air targets within radar coverage limits, and to destroy ground targets using unguided weapons in visual flight conditions.

"Along with WZL2, we can use our knowledge to develop projects that are very favourable to the Polish Air Force and the Polish industry."

The aircraft can carry up to two R-27 air-to-air medium-range missiles, six R-73 and R-60 air-to-air short range missiles, four pods of S-5, S-8, S-24 unguided rockets, air bombs weighing up to 3,000kg and a 30mm built-in aircraft gun with 150 rounds of ammunition.

Polish Air Force’s MiG-29s are currently engaged in Nato’s Baltic air policing mission.

Saab recently completed the Gripen NG contract procedures with the Brazilian Federal Government.

Under a $5.4bn contract with Brazilian Air Force, Saab is responsible for the delivery of 36 Gripen NG fighters.


Image: A Polish MiG-29 aircraft flies with a USAF F-16 fighter aircraft. Photo: courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shaun Kerr.

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