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The Indian Air Force will start the process to acquire single-engine jets very soon, according to Chief of Air Staff, B S Dhanoa.

“The RFI for the single-engine fighter is likely to be issued very soon,” Dhanoa said addressing a press conference. He also added that IAF will give priority to the single-engine fighters as the twin-engine fighters will cost more.

The fighter jets will be produced jointly by a foreign aircraft maker along with an Indian company under the recently launched strategic partnership model which aims to bring in high-end defence technology to India, reports the Economic Times.

Saab's Gripen offer to India is in line with the Government’s plans for “Make in India” where Saab, in partnership with Indian companies, will work on developing capability at all levels within the country.

Read about Saab's offer to India here.

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AEL Sistemas has launched the first panoramic panel of the Gripen fighter, reports Airway.com​.

"We are proud to deliver the prototype panel on schedule, helping Saab engineers to move forward with the integration work on the aircraft," says Sérgio Horta, president of AEL.

Saab selected AEL Sistemas (AEL) as a supplier in Brazil two years back for providing wide area display (WAD) and the head-up display (HUD). Both the WAD and HUD development programmes started in January 2015.

The WAD for Brazil’s Gripen NG aircraft is a single intelligent and full-redundant multi-purpose display system, full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in) with continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. It is the primary source of all flight and mission information in the cockpit.

Saab and AEl Sistemas have also signed a contract for transfer of technology that focuses on developing human-machine interface (HMI) and workshops for avionics maintenance.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: AEL Sistemas

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“Gripen is designed today to meet the requirements of the future,” says Håkan Buskhe, President, and CEO, Saab, at the recent press conference to announce the partnership between Saab and Indian infrastructure conglomerate Adani Group. 

Buskhe stressed that Saab has made more than 5000 fighters in the last 80 years and is the only one in the western world building a new fighter with a new technology.

“We fully utilize digitalization in design, engineering and production. So today, you don't build test aircraft anymore. You build serial aircraft for testing. There is a huge difference. We also have a unique system in which we have divided the flight critical with the non-flight critical system which enables an operator to make changes to the aircraft easily,” he said.

Buskhe said that with Gripen, an operator doesn’t have to go for a big, mid-life upgrade. “We don't wait for 50 years to make an upgrade. We do it continuously which means we will be in pace with need of the air force.”

​​In case you’ve missed it – in TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, Gripen was revealed as a new character. See the movie to find out which one!​

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As India focusses on acquiring single-engine fighters now, Saab sees a huge window of opportunity, reports Gulf News.

The report says that within the next two years, the Indian Government will be placing an order for single-engine, medium-range fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Saab’s offer to India includes setting up of a full manufacturing facility; transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an aerospace eco-system in the country, and employment of a well-trained Indian workforce. 

“Saab has been ‘making in India’ on a variety of programmes for more than 40 years now. With a project the size of ‘Gripen in India’, we expect to build long-term partnerships with Indian companies,” says Robert Hewson, Vice-President and Head of Communications for Saab Asia Pacific.

Besides technology transfer, Saab is also banking on Gripen’s capabilities to meet the demands of future.

“Air Forces need, and must have, a future-proof aircraft. Gripen E is the future of fighter capability. Saab’s design philosophy focuses on continuous development, which means that future capabilities can be added to India’s aircraft by Indian engineers and we are looking at systems and design capabilities that will be in demand 30 years and more from now,” Hewson explained.​

Read the full story here.

​What makes Saab the best possible option to be the wingman for India's defence industry? CNBC-TV18 in its special series ‘Make in India: A New Deal for Defence’ explores Saab and Sweden’s plans in India.

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One of the major deciding factors behind Brazil's selection of Gripen was Saab's technology transfer offer, says Vianney Goncalves Jr in an opinion piece in Aviation Week.

Even more decisive than the winning aircraft's lowest operational cost was its level of technology transfer. A major criterion for Brazilian engineers was the Swedish proposal for participation in the development of the two-seater version, he says. In addition to the transfer of know-how, Brazil also took the opportunity to reorganize its force structure.

The opinion piece dwells on the importance of the development of Gripen F and its potential role as a special sensor node for network centric warfare. Goncalves also discusses the wide-area display and the Link-BR2 datalink system developed in Brazil.

Read his opinion piece here.


​CNBC's Managing Editor Shereen Bhan was in Linköping last week to see what goes behind the production of Gripen E and experience a flight in Gripen.

Bhan traveled to Sweden for CNBC-TV18’s special series ‘Make In India: A New Deal For Defence’. Saab has made public its offer to develop, manufacture and assemble Gripen fighters in India should the country choose it.

Bhan flew with Saab’s Wing Commander Flying, Hans Einerth, who showed her the agility and speed of the aircraft during the 55 minutes sortie. She had the control for ten minutes.

For Bhan, it was a memorable ride. She has almost lived her entire life near air force bases as her father was a fighter pilot. "It was one of the coolest moments of my life," she says.

Saab test pilot Marcus Wandt explains how he prepared for Gripen E's first flight.​

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At 10:32 on 15 June 2017, Gripen E took off on its maiden flight, flown by a Saab test pilot. The aircraft (designation 39-8) left from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden and flew over the eastern parts of Östergötland for 40 minutes. During the flight, the aircraft carried out a number of actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of the landing gear.

“The flight was just as expected, with the aircraft performance matching the experience in our simulations. Its acceleration performance is impressive with smooth handling. Needless to say, I’m very happy to have piloted this maiden flight,” says Marcus Wandt, Experimental Test Pilot, Saab.

Read more here.

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