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According to Saab India, the Gripen-E aircraft offered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for its multi-role fighter jets (MRFA) requirement of 114 jets will provide high weapon flexibility, allowing India to integrate any weapon of their choice into the aircraft.

The aircraft’s hardware-agnostic split avionics enable any update or change to occur without the need to recertify the flight-critical software, meaning that Indian-made weapons systems like Astra Beyond Visual Range Air to Air missiles or BrahMos-NG Air to Surface Cruise missiles can be incorporated without SAAB’s intervention in the integration process.

The Gripen-E is the only other aircraft, apart from the Rafale, that has been approved to operate the latest long-range, air-to-air MBDA Meteor Missile. It is also cleared to operate several air-to-air IR (Infrared) or heat-seeking missiles, such as the IRIS-T, A-Darter, Python 4/5, the AIM-9X Sidewinder, and AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile).

The Gripen E aircraft also features sensor suites that greatly enhance a pilot’s situational awareness capability and keep them ahead of the enemy. For example, the Raven ES-05 AESA radar provides a full 100-degree field of view, enabling the fighter to turn away after launching a missile without losing datalinks to the missile.

Additionally, the aircraft’s new Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) protects against radars through sophisticated jamming functions, blocking the opponent’s ability to attack. The EAJP underwent its first test flight on the aircraft in November of last year.

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