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Gripen fighter jet software update move faster than competitors, says Saab

22nd May 2024 - 08:48 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in Gothenburg


Saab said it did not believe in the “generational” talk which has dominated the discourse around fighter jet updates. (Photo: Norbert Neumann)

Saab has touted its rapid software update capabilities for the JAS 39 Gripen, claiming it could deliver updates “in days“ and challenging the generational focus of rivals such as Lockheed Martin.

Saab said that it did not measure software iterations and updates “in months or years, but in days” when it came to fighter jets, claiming it was confident its approach meant it could provide updates faster than rival manufacturers.

During a recent press visit in Linkoping, northern Sweden, company representatives offered updates on the continuous development of the JAS 39C/D Gripen models and the latest E/F versions. A Saab spokesperson said it believed that in fighter software “there are no generations, only speed”, throwing a rhetorical punch towards Lockheed Martin.

The Swedish defence company has been continually providing software updates to the Gripen C/Ds, said Johan

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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