Maiden flight with Recce Pod System on Gripen fighter

1 April 2005: The Modular Reconnaissance Pod System (MRPS) for the Swedish Air Force JAS 39 Gripen fighter has made its first flight. Terma has - under contract with prime contractor SaabTech - developed the round-structured pod and supplied the Environmental Control System, the electrical systems, and the main control system - Reconnaissance Management System (RMS). - Terma congratulates SaabTech, FMV, and the Swedish Air Force with the successful maiden flight, says Claus G. Christensen, Director, Terma Aerospace & Defense. - We have based our parts of the development of the MRPS on our experiences from the F-16 reconnaissance pod, which is in service in a number of countries, says Claus G. Christensen. - With two unique pods for the F-16 and other types of aircraft, the MRPS through SaabTech and the Terma MRP, we hold a very advantageous international position within reconnaissance equipment. Both pods together with the RMS are of a modular design, enabling a variety of sensors and other payloads and designed to be installed on a standard centerline store, alternatively wing stored. The Gripen MRPS from SaabTech can be carried on various other aircraft platforms and provides a maximum of flexibility in tailoring the sensor suite to operational requirements for airborne tactical reconnaissance. It is easily integrated into the aircraft avionics, and the pod is designed for autonomous operation with the integrated Environmental Control System. The reconnaissance payload can include different types of sensors and is housed in three main compartments. The rotating window mid-section can accommodate advanced sensors suitable for missions at any altitude. The forward and aft compartments can house a Common Data Link (CDL) and additional sensors as applicable. JAS 39 Gripen is a multi-role/swing-role fighter aircraft, which has been in operational service with the Swedish Air Force since 1997 and which is also to equip the South African, Hungarian, and Czech Air Forces. 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 capabilities in systems integration. Terma is a leading Danish aerospace company and a proven developer of electronic warfare systems, reconnaissance systems, and aeronautic structures for high-performance military aircraft. The business activities of Terma include products and systems for a number of civilian and military applications, including S/X-band radars and radar systems, naval command and control systems, air defense systems, communication systems, applications and services for space purposes, and air traffic management. The company, headquartered in Lystrup, Denmark and including sites in a number of European countries and in the U.S., employs approximately 1,100 people and had 2003 revenues of approximately USD 180M. Additional information about Terma is available at For further information please contact: Claus G. Christensen Director, ISR Systems, Aerospace & Defense T: +45 8743 6000 T (mobile): +45 5150 9220 E: Kasper Rasmussen Director, Corporate Communication T: +45 8743 6000 T (mobile): +45 2022 6091 E:

Source: Terma
Date: Apr 1, 2005

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