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​Saab display pilot André  Brännström reveals facts about g-forces and what it's like to perform a flying display. 

Join our display pilot André from the inside the Gripen cockpit as he shows his full display programme. 

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The Czech Gripen fleet has been over a decade in service. The outstanding performance of the system, as demonstrated during NATO exercises and deployments, has increased interest from other Central European countries.

On a sunny afternoon at the Czech Republic’s Čáslav military air base, Captain Jan Ducha stands beside the runway awaiting the return of one of the 14 Saab Gripen that he swears he loves and nurtures like his own children.

 “Beautiful, no?” smiles the commander of Čáslav’s Maintenance Operational Centre, as the Gripen’s grey delta wing and canard silhouette finally materialise against the green of the surrounding countryside. “We’ve had these planes for over a decade now, but watching them come in still gives me pleasure.”

 In June 2004 the Czech and the Swedish government signed a 10-year, leasing agreement for 12 single-seat Gripen C and two twin-seat Gripen D. The first flight took place less than a year later, in April 2005.

 “Apart from the Swedes themselves, the Czech air force was the first to fly the Gripen,” notes Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Míka, Commander of Čáslav’s 211 Squadron. “It was we Czechs who proved that the Gripen was fully NATO-compatible.”

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Saab has taken to the sky over Dubai with the Gripen fighter appearing at the Dubai Airshow between 12 and16 November 2017, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Dubai Airshow was first held in 1986. It was called The Arab Air then. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the biggest defence events in the world. The previous airshow in 2015 had a participation of 1,103 exhibitors from 63 countries.

"The Dubai Airshow is one of the last few really, really big international airshows," Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab's aeronautics business, says in an interview with Aviation Week. "The reason we took Gripen this year was that it is a gathering place for many of our existing customers, and also, we hope, for our potential future customers from all around the world.”

About the status of the Gripen E programme, Hjelm says, "So far, everything is as per the plan. We're even a little bit ahead. A couple of weeks ago, we flew supersonic for the first time. We're now getting some very good test data out of the program; we also have two more test aircraft that are now in production."

This year, Gripen will be seen in Dubai after an absence of about 12 years. Saab is exhibiting at Stand 540. Two Gripen fighters are at the airshow: one is on static display outside the exhibition hall and the other one is performing aerial display on all days of the ...

​What is it like to fly faster than  sound? Listen to one of our test pilots as he describes breaking the sound barrier in Gripen E.​

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The Gripen India Partnership Summit 2017 being hosted by Saab and Adani in New Delhi from 31 Oct to 01 Nov 2017 will bring Gripen’s global partners to India to connect with top level Indian industry and create lasting partnerships.

The Gripen India Partnership Summit is the perfect occasion to meet up and connect with key players in the global and Indian aerospace and defence industry and form technological and industrial partnerships. Together, the focus will be on creating an industrial ecosystem to develop and produce Gripen in India. The summit brings together international partners and suppliers for Gripen and selected Indian suppliers that Saab & Adani believe can add value to the offering for India. This is done in order to start shaping an eco-system for Gripen in India in preparation for the single engine fighter selection process. 

Among the international partners there are several European as well as American companies such as GE (US), Honeywell (US), Leonardo (UK), UTC (US), Harris (US/UK), Heroux Devtek (Canada/UK), Cobham (UK) all of which represent a big portion of the systems for Gripen. Over 100 Indian companies have been invited representing a wide range of competencies within aerospace.

"The aim of the whole event is to create the arena that will bring the existing international partners for Gripen to the table for discussions with the potential Indian suppliers to shape the eco-system and prepare for an outstanding make in India solution for Gripen in India," says Mats Palmberg, ...

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Saab has appointed Marcelo Lima as the General Director for Saab Aeronautics Assemblies (SAM), the Brazilian plant which will provide the aerostructure components for Gripen E/F.

SAM will be located in São Bernardo do Campo, the metropolitan region of São Paulo. Gripen parts like aerodynamic brakes, wings, front fuselage (both single-seat and double-seat versions) and rear fuselage will be produced at this plant.

"Marcelo Lima is a very experienced professional with deep knowledge of projects similar to SAM. He will add local and international knowledge into this project, which is fundamental to the Gripen program, "says Mikael Franzén, head of Business Unit, Gripen Brazil.

Most of the SAM staff will be sent to the Saab facility in Linköping, Sweden for training, post which they will start working on their projects in Brazil. All this comes under the transfer of technology aspect of the Gripen Brazil programme.

The transfer of technology process started in 2015 with 46 employees from Embraer and two from AEL Sistemas landing in Sweden for training. A year later, the Gripen Project Development Center (GDDN), was inaugurated in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo.

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swedish gripen3_peterliander.jpg The Swedish Air Force is participating with eight Gripen and an Argus airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft at the Finish Air Force exercise Ruska 17.

The exercise, that started today, has more than 60 aircraft and about 4,500 personnel participating. The goal of the exercise is to train the Finnish Defence Forces to work with other kinds of aircraft.

Ruska is Finland’s largest military exercise. This is the second time that SwAF Gripen have been sent for participation. The eight Gripen aircraft will act in both offensive and defensive roles during the exercise.

Ruska 17 will end on 13 October.

​Richard Smith, Head of Marketing & Sales, Aeronautics, Saab, explains what a Gripen Aggressor can do.​

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To be able to dominate your opponent, one needs to train with the best adversary. Training with world class opponents ensures the squad is ready to take on the most unexpected scenarios during a mission.

Realising the growth of adversary air combat training market, Saab has now launched the Gripen aggressor - the latest derivative of Gripen C. Gripen Aggressor provides an exceptional, dissimilar opponent aircraft system against which pilots will sharpen and refine their combat skills so as to fight and win against an advanced enemy threat.

“There is a major difference in the capabilities provided by the aggressors on the market today and what the need is for the coming years. In order to train as you fight, you need to fly advanced combat tactics against peer and near peer opponents like the Gripen Aggressor. Essentially world-class pilots need to train against world class opponents and that is the Gripen Aggressor”, says Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing & sales at Saab.

The full-scale replica of Gripen Aggressor was unveiled at the DSEI exhibition in London last week. Saab is pitching Gripen Aggressor for RAF’s ASDOT (Air Support to Defence Operational Training) programme. One and two-seater Gripen fighters are already being used for the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School training. 

Besides ASDOT, Gripen Aggressor is also Saab's proposed solution for the United States Air Force’s Adversary Air (ADAIR).

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