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Saab Receives Order to Upgrade German Eurofighter Typhoons with Arexis Electronic Warfare Sensor Suit.

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Saab Receives Order to Upgrade German Eurofighter Typhoons with Arexis Electronic Warfare Sensor Suit.

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Saab Receives Order to Upgrade German Eurofighter Typhoons with Arexis Electronic Warfare Sensor Suit.
Saab Receives Order to Upgrade German Eurofighter Typhoons with Arexis Electronic Warfare Sensor Suit.

Saab has received an order from Airbus Defence and Space for the Arexis Electronic Warfare (EW) sensor suite. The contract period is 2024-2026.The German defence procurement office announced in June 2023 that it had selected Saab’s Arexis sensor suite for the Eurofighter EK, an EW variant of the German Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. This order marks the start of the first phase of Saab’s delivery of Arexis within this programme. Saab received the order from Airbus, which will equip 15 of the German Air Force’s Eurofighters for EW missions with solutions including Saab’s Arexis. These aircraft will replace the German Air Force’s Tornado ECR, which are set to be decommissioned from 2030.

“Our solid experience of developing electronic warfare systems for airborne platforms and our long-standing cooperation with Airbus will be crucial to support the delivery of the Eurofighter EK to the German Air Force. Combining advanced hardware and AI-enabled software, our Arexis sensor suite will strengthen the German defence with future-proof electronic warfare capability for decades to come,” says Micael Johansson, CEO and President of Saab.

Arexis Electronic Warfare (EW) sensor suite
Arexis Electronic Warfare (EW) sensor suite. (Photo by Saab)

Saab will be supported by its strategic AI partner Helsing and the Arexis suite will feature Helsing’s AI platform. Arexis enables the user to detect, locate and identify radar emitters in complex and congested electromagnetic environments. Arexis is a proven EW suite for combat aircraft featuring latest sensor and self-protection capabilities. It is modular and can be adapted to almost any modern platform. With its long history of serving some of the most advanced fighter aircraft from around the world, the latest generation of Arexis have been proven and selected for Gripen E/F. The result is a fighter fitted with unrivalled survivability, superior situational awareness and a freedom to act that makes it more than ready for whatever comes its way both today and in the future.

Arexis’ advanced escort jamming capabilities lets you create a tactical advantage by actively disturbing, deceiving and misleading your adversaries. A true force multiplier providing the window of opportunity you and your team need to successfully fulfil your mission. In a fast-changing environment, the Arexis pod rapidly enables the full protection and offensive capabilities to a full fleet. With Arexis’s highly sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI), a minimum of attention is required from the busy aircrew. The air-launched decoy can deceive a wide range of threats.The controls in the Arexis Air-Launched Decoy (SPEAR-EW) together with its network connectivity will detect and suppress the threats, keeping other high-value assets safe.

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