Saab is exploring the potential for the recently announced GRIPEN AGGRESSOR (story here) to meet the needs of the United States Air Force (USAF) for Adversary Air (ADAIR) combat training. The new aircraft with its mix of high performance and advanced sensor and datalink capabilities, combined with a low life cycle cost, provide a perfect solution for this unique requirement, according to the company.
There is a growing segment within the adversary air combat training market for highly advanced aggressor capabilities to be able to perform more realistic combat training. GRIPEN AGGRESSOR, recently unveiled at DSEI in London, UK (story here), provides a capable, dissimilar opponent aircraft system, able to perform the advanced combat maneuvering and networking tactics needed to represent a realistic peer or near-peer adversary threat for current and future pilots.
The USAF solicitation for ADAIR indicates the need for a high performance, highly capable dissimilar aircraft platform to meet the Level C requirements as outlined in the solicitation document. Fighter pilots need to train advanced combat tactics against peer and near-peer opponents, which is exactly what GRIPEN AGGRESSOR can provide, says Saab.
Based on the proven GRIPEN C-series, the GRIPEN AGGRESSOR has all the renowned handling and flight characteristics associated with the GRIPEN Fighter System, including its advanced sensor and datalink capabilities, but is specifically tailored to the adversary role. It will not carry live armament.
Visit the Saab Stand at the 2017 Air Force Association show to learn more about this aircraft and its capabilities.