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Saab unveils new decoy missile for Gripen fighter offer to Finland

Gripen for Finland
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Swedish defense contractor Saab has unveiled a new decoy missile that it is offering to Finland as part of its bid for in the country’s fighter jet replacement competition.

The lightweight air-launched decoy missile will be part of the electronic warfare systems that will also include a newly developed electronic attack jammer pod.

Saab’s offering to Finland for the HX fighter procurement includes both the fighter jet Gripen E/F and the GlobalEye airborne early warning and control aircraft.

Saab noted it started flight testing of the decoy missile and the new electronic attack jammer pod in 2019. The new decoy missile will be a stand-in jammer and will act as a force multiplier as it reduces the number of missiles and aircraft required to complete a mission. The decoy missile can jam or create false targets for acquisition, tracking, fire control and airborne radars.

“The decoy missile, that we present today, will constitute a strong addition to Gripen E/F’s built-in electronic attack capabilities. The payload of the new decoy missile is to a large extent developed in Finland and this will strengthen our offer to Finland even further,” said Jonas Hjelm, senior vice president and head of Saab business area aeronautics.

The company said the development of the new decoy missile means that it would expand its Saab Technology Centre in Tampere, Finland.