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Gripen CD with BOP dispensing flares

Countermeasures dispensing systems

Saab's Electronic Warfare (EW) Countermeasure Dispensing Systems (CMDS) for airborne platforms provides self-protection in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments for your mission success and safe returns.

Key features

Robust and combat proven
Smart, agile and low observable installations
High capacity dispensers

Outsmarting threats

Self-defence for airborne platforms means knowing whether anyone is observing you or making you a target. That requires keeping track of every type of signal and keeping your countermeasures close at hand.

Saab has a long tradition of delivering self-protection systems to customers on the national and international market. Our systems are battle proven and are used on fighter aircrafts, helicopters as well as transport aircrafts.

Our self-protection systems can be integrated on a large number of aircrafts, such as Gripen and F-18 Hornet but also helicopters like the Super Puma.


• Enhanced survivability
• Platform protection
• Proven technologies
• Supplementary
• EW independence
• Adaptable

BOL – Electromechanical dispenser

Gripen dispensing chaff from BOL EW pod
Gripen C/D dispensing chaff from BOL EW pod

BOL is an intelligent system solution that can counter RF and IR threats – decisively and effectively. BOL is electromechanical and therefore inherently safe to operate. BOL can be installed into missile launchers, conformal housings, pylons, fuselage or external pods.

Once incorporated on an aircraft, BOL will provide the aircraft with an advanced, sustainable and programmable capability for defeating infrared and radio frequency guided threats in pre-emptive as well as reactive modes of operation.

Mounted on the wings, BOL provides world leading pre-emptive and reactive protection capability against IR and RF guided threats by dispensing into the aircraft slipstream and wing vortex.

BOP – Pyrotechnical dispenser

Gripen C-D dispensing flares

BOP provides airborne platforms with capability to dispense various types of expendables with optimum effectiveness against radar and IR guided threats.

BOP comes in tailored versions to have optimized installed characteristics and functionality on the protected platform.

BOP can be tailored with regards to: installation method, communication-link to the platform, power supply, size of magazine and Smart Stores compatibility (STANAG 4781), low observability/stealth, firing angle with associated aero-acoustic management as well as vibration management.

BOZ EC – Enhanced capability


BOZ EC is a highly effective, combat proven, countermeasures pod for high performance aircraft. BOZ EC has extended pre-emptive and reactive self-protection capabilities through missile warning and flare cocktail dispensing.
This Enhanced Capability is available as an upgrade to the original BOZ pod that is operational on the Tornado Aircraft in all user nations. Using the battle proven BOZ EC pod provides for lean aircraft integration with turnkey ready self-protection.

BOZ EC implements the Saab CIDAS-100 Compact Integrated Defensive Aids Suite into the BOZ pod.

BOZ EC contains five pyrotechnical BOP-L 39 dispensers and four Missile Approach Warning (MAW) sensors in the aft section. The dispensing can be performed forward and downward or sideways in two adjustable directions.
The pod can be mounted on either side of the aircraft while through the adjustable dispensing direction still ensuring safe separation of expendable countermeasures.

The BOZ EC pod has a Ground Support interface that provides for ground crew Built-In-Test indication, power indication, ground based end-to-end testing, initiated Built-In-Test and an Ethernet based data port.

DVM-200 – Dynamically variable magazine

DVM-200 is Saab’s emerging product providing airborne platforms with ability to dispense various types of expendables and effectors in all directions for maximum effectiveness against guided and unguided threats.

It provides aircrafts such as helicopters with a capability to defeat launched threats like MANPADS and RPG.DVM-200 leverages proven electromechanical and pyrotechnical dispenser technologies. On-board sensors provide threat information and the DVM-200 will address those threats by dynamically change its firing angle for optimum self-protection effect.

The DVM-200 is compatible with STANAG 4781 NATO Defensive Aids System (NDAS).

DVM-200 is initially adapted for helicopter installations and environmental requirements. The architecture supports integration with existing on-board systems such as display, control, missile warning system and other countermeasure dispensers.

ESTL – Enhanced survivability technology

ESTL self protection pod on Gripen

The ESTL countermeasures pod is a highly effective countermeasures self-protection pod for use on any fixed wing aircraft.

ESTL is an intelligent system solution that counters RF and IR threats – decisively and effectively. The ESTL is on a mission-to-mission basis installed onto a missile launcher or via an adaptor to a bomb rack or other aircraft hard-point. ESTL uses the combat proven BOL and BOP dispensers mounted into the ESTL pod structure.

ESTL provides covert sustainable pre-emptive dispensing, forward firing of flares and cocktail dispensing.

ESTL self protection pod on Gripen

Did you know....

... that all systems components of BOL, BOZ and BOP has reached Technology Readiness Level 9 (TRL 9), which is the highest level? This means that the systems have been proven in operational environment.

  • All our countermeasure dispensing systems are fully programmable with support tools enables sovereign capability.
  • BOL, BOZ and BOP are combat proven.
  • Each BOL provides the aircraft with several minutes of pre-emptive protection.
The system components of BOL BOZ and BOP have all reached TRL 9.

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Marie-Louise Friede

Marketing & Sales


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