The Gripen weapons and sensor integration programme is constantly evolving and continues to cover new ground. Recently, the integration test flight with the new Thales Digital Joint Reconnaissance Pod for the South African Gripen was carried out successfully at the Saab test and evaluation facilities in Linköping, Sweden.
South African Gripen with recce pod. Photo: Stefan Kalm
The integration test took place on a South African series production Gripen. The Recce Pod completed its factory integration tests already in June this year and is now completing the integration tests on the Gripen platform. The reconnaissance pod will be delivered to the South African customer after the integration phase next year.
"We are at full speed ahead regarding our weapons’ and integration program for Gripen .The capabilities of Gripen and the ease of weapons and sensor integration are exceeding all our expectations. It is a truly remarkable platform to work with and fly. We see no boundaries and limitations for this aircraft and we look forward to continue our co-operation with our customers to keep Gripen at the cutting edge of technology", says Gripen Test Pilot Johan Sjöstrand.