Saab corporation and the Swedish defense material administration signed a
contract worth MSEK 500 (approximately $70 million) for the development and
production of a tactical support and training system for the Gripen fighter
aircraft. The system is intended to provide Gripen's crew from basic training to
advanced tactical training.
The tactical support and training system is called PETRA, after Planning,
Evaluation, Training, Rehearsal and Analysis, and is meant to provide planning
and evaluating missions, basic training and rehearsal exercises, mission
rehearsal in training and analysis of tactical scenarios. The new concept will
fully fit with the mission software installed in the aircraft, eliminating
software modifications, upgrades or patches to conduct combat simulation.
The software solution applied to PETRA shows up that Gripen is a real
cost-effective fighting platform, according to Saab officials. The PETRA will be
used by Swedish and export Gripens facilitating export orders for the aircraft,
which is a major goal for the Swedish defense industry. To do so, a new training
simulator for the JAS 39C/D, the most modern Gripen standard, is currently under
PETRA will be delivered to Sweden, Hungary and the Czech Republic, which are or
are expected to be Gripen-operator countries. Deliveries are scheduled to take
place between 2004 and 2007.
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