SDR from Rohde & Schwarz chosen by Saab for integration into Gripen fighter aircraft

MUNICH. The Rohde & Schwarz SOVERON software-defined airborne radio has been selected by Saab for integration into the Saab Gripen E/F fighter aircraft for several export countries.

The airborne transceivers from Rohde & Schwarz -- the sole global provider of military airborne radios, which meet the civil-aviation certification requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) -- use such standardĀ  communications algorithms as the fast frequency-hopping technique SATURN (Second Generation of Anti-Jam Tactical UHF Radio for NATO) plusĀ  as well as optional embedded NATO cryptology. Rohde & Schwarz says that dedicated versions are SECAN- and BSI-certified to allow secure communications up to NATO SECRET.

Company officials say that the transceivers can implement important functions required during a mission by performing software download, hence ensuring that the Gripen can be used in international air space under network-centric warfare conditions.