IRST is clearly visible in front of the windscreen. (Image © Saab)

Gripen flown with IRST

Saab Gripen IRST
IRST is clearly visible in front of the windscreen. (Image © Saab)

In other Saab Gripen news on Friday 4 April 2014: Saab has successfully performed the first flight with the new sensor Infra Red Search and Track (IRST) which will feature in Gripen E. The system can silently detect, track and identify all types of targets. The purpose of the test flight was to verify IRST functions and the integration onto the Gripen E aircraft. The integration and development work is progressing according to schedule, says Saab.

“The first flight in the Gripen E test aircraft with IRST has been performed with very good results. Multiple targets were detected, tracked and identified and the system works perfectly as expected. IRST is a new sensor on Gripen, which allows pilots to see great distances in several directions,” says Saab’s Wing Commander Flying Hans Einerth.

The IRST, called Skyward G and produced by Selex in Scotland, is located forward of the cockpit windshield. It does not emit a signal and therefore does not reveal the aircraft’s position to enemy targets. The sensor, similar to the Pirate IRST fitted on later tranche Eurofighter Typhoons, is looking forward in a wide sector registering heat emissions from other aircraft, helicopters and from objects on the ground and sea surface.

Earlier today, AIRheads↑Fly reported on the Swedish desire for 10 more next generation Saab Gripens on top of 60 aircraft already ordered.

Source: Saab, with additional reporting by AIRheads’ editor Elmer van Hest