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Meteor weapon systems for Swedish Gripens

Saab : 20 December, 2013  (Application Story)
Beyond visual range air-to-air missiles to be fitted to Gripen E fighter aircraft in the Swedish air force
Meteor weapon systems for Swedish Gripens

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the integration of the weapon system Meteor on Gripen E. The total order value amounts to approx. SEK 186 million and concerns operations during 2013-2023.

The received order is an addition to the agreement with FMV, announced on 15 February 2013, which includes the development and modification of Gripen E for Sweden during the period 2013-2026.

"The additional order secures the implementation of integration of the weapon system Meteor for Gripen E. It also confirms Gripen’s position as the leading fighter system with a flexible design that offers great possibilities to integrate new capabilities," says Ulf Nilsson, Head of Saab’s product unit Gripen.

Meteor is a Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) developed to enable engagement of airborne targets at long distances. The missile is the result of a European collaborative project involving Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Great Britain. At the end of June 2013 Saab in cooperation with FMV conducted the first test firing of the serial production configuration of Meteor. Gripen was thereby the first combat fighter system in the world with the capability to fire this version of Meteor that has been developed for Gripen, Eurofigther and Rafale.

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