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Saab’s Gripen E fighter jets are to be equipped with missile eject launcher pylons from Exelis

Exelis has signed an agreement with Saab Aeronautics to manufacture and supply structural components for the latter’s Gripen E multirole fighter aircraft. Pneumatic missile eject launcher pylons are to be developed and supplied to Saab of Sweden by Excelis under a long-term agreement.

Under the terms of business agreement, the company will develop and supply pneumatic missile eject launcher (PMEL) pylons, which enable powered ejection of Meteor and AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) from the fuselage underside.

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The long-term agreement covers the entire operational life of the aircraft and includes follow-on and upgrades to the system.

Exelis International Night Vision and Communications Solutions vice-president and general manager Ken Harrison said: “This is a great opportunity for us to build on Exelis weapon carriage and release experience and continue to grow in the air-to-air missile eject market.”

Exelis said signature of the agreement between the two companies released an immediate design and development phase contract, which includes the delivery and supply of several flight-trial units. A later initial production contract will provide for the supply of 214 PMEL units to Saab.

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Work under the contract will be conducted at Exelis’ facility in Brighton, England.

Goran Aničić
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For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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