Saab has flown its X-band AESA radar on a Gripen D two-seat fighter, which is currently offered with the Mk4 radar.
Saab has flown its X-band AESA radar on a Gripen D two-seat fighter, which is currently offered with the Mk4 radar.

Saab Test Flies New Aesa Fighter Radar

Swedish aerospace and defence company Saab has successfully completed the first air trials with its new fighter X-band Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, which will be offered as a new addition to Saab’s PS-05/A radar family.

Saab continues to develop core AESA technology and has now successfully completed the first air trials with the new X-band AESA radar. The trials were flown successfully, collecting data while detecting and tracking objects.

The radar is designed for fighter aircraft and can be adapted to a variety of platforms. As Saab previously announced, a version of the new AESA antenna has been sold to a U.S. Government customer.

“This is an important step in the development of our new fighter AESA radar. We see great possibilities for the radar, and its modular, adaptable and scalable design means it can also be used for a range of other applications”, says Anders Carp, SVP and head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.

The AESA radar can be offered as an upgrade for existing Gripens, and is distinct from the Leonardo radar fitted to Gripen E.
The AESA radar can be offered as an upgrade for existing Gripens, and is distinct from the Leonardo radar fitted to Gripen E.

The host aircraft during the air trial was a Gripen D aircraft, which is currently offered with Saab’s latest Mk4 radar. The new version of the radar can be offered to Gripen C/D operators, as an upgrade.

The new AESA radar features GaN, a material that gives lower power consumption and improved heat resistance. This enables wider bandwidth and greater reliability, availability and efficiency. The new fighter X-band AESA radar will, for example, have better performance against small targets, enhanced Electronic Counter-Countermeasures (ECCM) capability as well as improved ability to support more advanced weaponry.

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Saab has flown its X-band AESA radar on a Gripen D two-seat fighter, which is currently offered with the Mk4 radar.
Saab has flown its X-band AESA radar on a Gripen D two-seat fighter, which is currently offered with the Mk4 radar.

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