Saab and Brazil's IAE Conduct Gripen E/F's Rig testing

Brazil's Aeronautics and Space Institute (IAE) and Saab successfully conducted a series of IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) system tests on Gripen E/F at Saab facility in Sweden from 16-20 December, 2019, reports Aeronautics and Space Institute.

An IFF system is a radar-based identification system that allows the fighter to identify friendly aircraft. It is the military adaptation of the SSR (Secondary Surveillance Radar) that utilizes an interrogator and a transponder to separate allied aircraft from foes. The use of IFF system on a fighter will prevent from accidental use of weapons on friendly aircraft in cases where they may not be able to establish contact. 

During the testing period at Saab last month, members of the IFFM4BR (IFF Mode 4 NATIONAL) Project development team from IAE had the opportunity to test the first prototype of the Gripen’s IFF system on its avionic rig. The Gripen Avionics rig provides as a platform where tests and evaluation of new or updated systems integrated can be carried out on. 

The IFF system prototype that was tested was fully developed at IAE, São José dos Campos and was exhibited at LAAD Defense & Security (International Defense and Security Fair) last year. 

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