Some info on Version 19 can be read in this old GN Mag.
Version 19 introduces new capabilities for Sweden’s
Gripens, some of which are already in use with Gripen’s
export customers. In that respect the Version 19 upgrade
is an important step towards a common standard for the
entire Gripen ‘family’.
Gripen’s attack capabilities with modern guided
munitions will be further enhanced. The current
in-service precision weapons system incorporates laserguided
bombs and a pod.
Version 19 will add a GPS-guided weapons capability
plus important upgrades to the PS-05/A radar.
New higher-resolution radar modes will see it’s first
introduction in Version 19 and will, when fully developed,
allow a Gripen to accurately target GPSguided
weapons using data from its own radar. This
makes the aircraft an extremely flexible all-weather
The radar improvements, which also
include a ground moving target indicator function,
are the first stage in the planned SARA (SAR Anpassning,
or synthetic aperture radar adaption) upgrade
that will transform the PS-05/A over the coming
Other new combat capabilities to be introduced under
Version 19 include: the IRIS-T agile short-range air-toair
missile (designated Rb 98 in Swedish service); an
improved self-protection system, with enhancements
to all threat warning and countermeasures; and night
vision goggles (NVGs). Current Gripen cockpit displays
and software are fully NVG-compatible, but Version
19 will see the formal introduction of the NVGs
Swedish Gripens will also gain the Link 16 datalink,
Mode IV identification friend-or-foe (IFF) and Have
Quick secure communications equipment already contracted
for delivery to NATO Gripen air forces.
Finally, Version 19 will introduce the new ‘missionized’
two-seat Gripen, with a rear-cockpit configuration capable
of operating aircraft systems independently. This
supports Sweden’s plans to adopt JAS 39Ds for future
highly complex combat roles.