Exelis to Build Pneumatic Missile Eject Launcher for Saab Fighter Aircraft; Ken Harrison Comments

Ken Harrison
Ken Harrison

Exelis has inked a deal with Saab to develop and supply pneumatic missile eject launcher pylons for installation in Saab’s fighter aircraft.

The launcher will work to eject the Meteor and AIM-120 medium-range air-to-air missile from the fuselage underside of Saab’s Gripen E jet, Exelis said Tuesday.

Exelis will produce an initial batch of 214 PMELs and perform work at its facility in Brighton, England.

“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,” said Ken Harrison, Exelis vice president and general manager of international night vision and communications services.

The agreement covers the entire operational life of the Gripen E and contains follow-on and upgrade tasks for the system.

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