Saabin mukaan uuden Gripen E-hävittäjän roll out eli julkistamistilaisuus on 18.5.
Suomeenkin ehdolla oleva hävittäjä on elektronisesti seuraavan sukupolven lentokone, joka on rakennettu uudentyyppisen AESA-tutkan ympärille. Myös ulkoisia muutoksia koneeseen on luvassa.
Aseistuksen osalta uuteen Gripeniin on saatavilla kaikki se, mitä Yhdysvaltain puolustusvoimilla on tarjottavana.
Näin Combat Aircraft Monthly kuvailee uutuutta:
Saab has announced that its new JAS 39 Gripen E fighter will be rolled out on May 18.
The Next Generation of Gripen started in earnest in 2007. Initially planned as both single-seat E and two-seat F models, the plan has settled on just the single-seater, unless a specific customer for the F-model (either as a trainer or with missionized rear cockpit) comes forward.
The Gripen E will quickly tap into the existing Gripen C/D weapons range including IRIS-T, AIM-120 AMRAAM, air-to-surface missiles such as the Rb 75 (AGM-65 Maverick), and anti-shipping missiles such as the Saab RBS 15F upgraded with air-to-ground capability.
Adding to this, the Gripen E will feature a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, an infra-red search and track (IRST) sensor, increased fuel, two additional stores pylons, helmet-mounted sight, and other important enhancements.
The Gripen Demo aircraft (serial 39-7) is a converted JAS 39D that has been used to help de-risk the Gripen E program since 2008, testing a number of new capabilities for the project ahead of the main development contract, which is now in place.
The Demo aircraft (39-7) has demonstrated the initial pre-production AESA radar, the missile approach warning system (MAWS), the new F414-GE-39E engine, SATCOMs, new displays and avionics architecture (in the back seat), increased internal fuel, new landing gear, two new stores stations, the new digital head-up display (HUD), the Selex Skyward-G IRST and now a production Selex ES-05 Raven AESA radar.
In addition, parts were already in production for the first two Gripen E test aircraft (39-8 and 39-9) plus the static test rig (39-083). A first flight with the production-standard IRST was conducted on March 31, 2014.
The new Gripen will operate at a higher all-up weight: 16.5 tonnes com-pared to 14 tonnes in the JAS 39C. It also carries 40 per cent more fuel and offers two additional stores pylons. The new AESA radar is accommo-dated inside a new radome, and the nose gear now has a single wheel, which allows the Gripen E to operate from a runway with arresting gear. Other finer details include a new ammunition box with a new conveyer system, but the same gun. The Gripen E no longer ejects cannon shells, as they would have hit the new shoulder stores stations.
Structurally things have also changed. The outer wings now attach farther out — at pylon three — to make for extra internal space for fuel tanks, and new aluminum-lithium integral frames are provided for the wing attachments. The main gear retracts into the wing now, rather than the fuselage. There are larger engine air intakes and a new secondary environmental control system (ECS) for the powerful AESA radar at the bot-tom of the fin leading edge. A revised wingtip design accommodates new electronic warfare antennas. Although the canopy, seat and outer elevons are taken from the Gripen C, this is a very new beast.