17 June 2003, in
Saab & BAE SYSTEMS sign agreement for new integrated Helmet Mounted
Display System for Gripen
Saab Aerospace & BAE SYSTEMS today signed an agreement for a new
Integrated Helmet Mounted Display System (IHMD) for the Gripen. The
agreement will enable the IHMD to be integrated into the Gripen fighters
and be delivered to South Africa from in 2007.
The new helmet enables the pilot to view, lock and fire on targets using
the helmet display. The helmet allows greater situation awareness, and
enables the pilot to react more quickly than has previously been
possible. The helmet system will be redesigned due to the difference in
size between the Gripen and the Eurofighter. The first tests on the new
helmet will be conducted in 2005 and deliveries to South Africa will
begin in 2007.
BAE SYSTEMS, in partnership with South Africa's Cumulus, has developed
the system capability. Integration of the technology has been made
possible under offset agreement connected to Saab-BAE SYSTEMS with the
South Africa's Government Hawk and Gripen procurement.
The helmet is a further development and refinement of the Striker helmet
developed for the Eurofighter by BAE SYSTEMS. The Gripen Helmet System
will now be marketed under the name of Cobra.
Lord Bach, Minister of State Defence Procurement said "This three way
partnership between defence companies in the UK, Sweden and South Africa
is another milestone on the road to greater co-operation between our
defence industries. This kind of partnership delivers real technological
and economic benefits to our countries."
"Saab has chosen the best technology available. Together with our
partners from BAE SYSTEMS, we will develop this cutting edge system."
said Johan Lehander, Head of Gripen at Saab Aerospace. "The agreement is
a further sign of the strong cooperation between Sweden's and Britain's
defense industry on Gripen."
IHMD is currently available as an option in the export version of the
Gripen and South Africa is the first customer to order the system.
"South African pilots at Saab have tested the helmet and are very
pleased with it. I think that in the future all our customers will want
the system, as it provides such a clear edge in air combat. Sweden is
currently evaluating the system and we are looking forward to a
tendering request later this year." Johan Lehander concludes.
Sue Wood, BAE SYSTEMS Avionic Systems Managing Director said "Gripen's
selection is a further indication of BAE SYSTEMS leadership in
integrated helmet technologies. We are delighted to be working with Saab
and our partners Cumulus on the Gripen variant."
Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies with its
main operations focusing on defense, aviation and space. The group
covers a broad spectrum of competence and capability in systems
BAE SYSTEMS is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE
SYSTEMS employs nearly 100,000 people including Joint Ventures, and has
annual sales of around £12 billion. The company offers a global
capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime
contracting ability supported by a range of key skills. BAE SYSTEMS
designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships,
submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon
systems and a range of other defence products. BAE SYSTEMS is dedicated
to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative
For further information, please contact:
Peter Larsson, Press Secretary, Saab AB
Phone: +46 (0)13 180018, +46 (0)734 180018
Heidi Wendt, Communications Manager, Saab Aerospace
Phone: +46 (0)13 180017, +46 (0)734 180017
Sara Hirsch, Head of Communications, BAE SYSTEMS
Phone: +44 7801 718017
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