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Gripen E/F to Recieve an Upgraded Sound System

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Saab has ordered an ANR (Active Noise Reduction) system which will become part of Gripen E/F pilots' equipment for current and future customers, from Insta, a Finnish defence and security company. Insta aims to provide its customers innovative technology and service solutions.

Noise is a common problem in aviation; the noise level in the cockpit tends to peak through the threshold to a point where it can impair the pilot's ability to operate effectively. Traditional hearing protection does not perform well in low-frequency military aviation noise environment. The ordered Insta ANR system can dampen up to 30db of low frequency. It records external sounds, processes them with a digital signal processing system, thereby muffling all unwanted sounds. The dampening capability can also be tweaked and adjusted according to the situation of the pilot, the noise environment he is present in, and even according to personal preferences.

Early cooperation
Saab has been cooperating with Insta for the ANR noise system since 2018. The companies have jointly developed and tested the device to achieve the results that meet Saab's requirements.

"Saab has long cooperated with Finnish companies. Our latest order from Insta ensures that future Gripen pilots have the most advanced noise cancelling system in the market. In addition, it will bring more Finnish know-how to our Gripen E/F fighter system," says Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab’s business area Aeronautics.

According to the agreement, the noise system will be integrated into the Gripen's helmet system for optimal use. "This is an important agreement for Insta and yet another demonstration of the quality of our aviation products. This agreement and our expanding partnership with Saab open up interesting market opportunities, as Insta is now part of Saab's subcontracting company," says Ville Somppi, director of Insta aviation product business.

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