Availability – today, tomorrow, together
Gripen's high availability is ensured by the support friendly system design with supportability in focus and inherent from the very beginning. The result is low maintenance requirements and extensive testability in any operational or support environments.
The smart system design enables modular and flexible distribution of capabilities allowing rapid deployment of both long and short-term missions with a minimal logistic footprint. Smart thinking in every single stage of Gripen's design process targeted key cost drivers important for reliability, maintainability and testability. This is why the Gripen system packs unprecedented cost efficiency in every single stage of the life cycle.
Gripen's smart and flexible maintenance and support concept can be tailored to each customer's specific ambitions, capabilities and requirements. Scalable and modular from ad-hoc to full availability based support, your choice.
Supportable by innovation
Gripen's support solution has been carefully set-up to support the system's main objective; maximum operational aircraft availability and mission reliability.
The unique approach to problem solving is centred around the solution's operational effect and includes, not only close cooperation between supply chain stakeholders, but also clearly defined responsibilities to ensure maximum efficiency at all times. This innovative thinking has resulted in the following built-in features, which are key to Gripen's superior supportability:
- High availability and mission reliability
- Minimal logistic footprint
- Quick replacement of LRUs
- On-condition based maintenance philosophy
- Multinational co-operation
- Multinational support organisation
- Efficient supply chain management
A multi-role aircraft needs a multi-role support
True multi-role and swing role capability makes every Gripen aircraft able to solve any operational task independently. Hence, it's up to the support concept to enable this capability. Influenced by a number of factors such as operational concept, cost effectiveness, security of supply, available facilities and individual customer's aspirations of autonomy, you could label Gripen's support concept as true multi-role support.
The Gripen fighter is or will be in service with:
- Czech Republic
- South Africa
- UK Test Pilots' School