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​Here are some pictures from the ongoing Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2017.

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A visitor flies Gripen in Virtual Reality
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Chief of Air Force, Sri Lanka at the Saab stand
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1st Admiral Zulkarnain, MMEA Northern Region, and Dato’ Rahman, Deputy Director General MMEA, at the Saab stand
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RTAF Gripen preparing for display rehearsal

​Gripen for India is about partnerships, air power and cooperation, says Mats Palmberg, Vice President, Industrial Partnerships, Saab.

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Hakan Buskhe, CEO and President of Saab, says his company is very keen to supply Gripen fighters to the Indian Air Force and is ready to transfer the entire product planning capability to India. 

“I think we have an extremely good offer. We are building our latest aircraft which will be delivered to the Swedish and the Brazilian air forces as well. We started in 2013. It’s the latest technology. The product is totally digital and we have all the new sensors. So, we will be able to offer the best technology to India," Buskhe said.

Saab's offer includes setting up an aircraft industry and true transfer of technology. According to a Hindu news report, Saab also plans to set up a training academy to train pilots in operating the Gripen.

“More than the production, we have shown our keenness to build up the full capacity in India. Everything from research and development to production planning to developing the complete supply chain, can be done here in India. We are good at technology transfer. We are doing the same in other parts of the world as well," he adds.

Read the full story here.

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As per a report in theAsia Times, Saab is in pole position to secure a deal to sell its Gripen C/D fighter aircraft to the Philippine Air Force.

Recently, a Swedish delegation, led by Minister of Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg, went to Manila to inaugurate the re-opened Swedish Embassy and discuss industry and infrastructure investments. Key future business opportunities for Saab in the Philippines include the Gripen fighter, naval combat systems, maritime and air traffic management systems, and training systems and solutions. 

Saab has already opened an office in Manila to support its Gripen campaign in the country.

“I see great opportunities to deepen our trade relations with the Philippines by promoting Swedish solutions. I believe that a Swedish embassy in Manila will help to open doors for increased Swedish exports and encourage new contacts,” Mikael Damberg says.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Tefan Kalm

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Mikael Damberg, the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, was in India last week to discuss the Gripen offer, reports DN.se.

Mikael Damberg, Saab's Chairman, Marcus Wallenberg and Saab President and CEO, Håkan Buskhe, along with a delegation of Swedish business leaders called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss long term business and partnership opportunities for Swedish manufacturers.

Saab and a few other fighter aircraft manufacturers had received a Request for Information (RFI) from India three weeks ago. India wants an offer in which the production of the aircraft would take place under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' programme.

“We support Saab's interests because we have good experience of the Gripen fighter system. Saab also has a unique and exciting strategic partnership with Brazil which lets us have a much wider cooperation with the country,” says Mikael Damberg.

“PM Modi called for deeper cooperation with Sweden and Swedish companies and also wanted to see closer defence policy cooperation,” he adds.

Read the full story here.

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At the Indo Defence 2016, Saab announced that it is all set to transfer technologies to Indonesia and work together with local farms for aircraft production should the country select the Gripen fighter.

According to an IHS Jane's news report, Indonesia is looking for urgent delivery and Saab has said it can deliver the first aircraft after 12 months of contract signature. 

Saab's offer includes 14 aircraft plus all support, technology transfer and training for air and ground crew. Saab is already working with its strategic partner in Indonesia, PT Pindad, to enhance and develop the national air defence system there.

"We will be fully compliant with Law No. 16/2012 (on the defense industry) as required by the government,” says Saab’s Jerker Ahlqvist, Head of Gripen.

The Indonesian law requires all major weapons systems to be procured domestically. If a foreign supplier is chosen, they have to work along with local companies.

Indonesia is looking forward to replacing US-made F-5 E/F Tiger II light jet fighter and has allocated funding for the new fighter in its 2015-2019 five-year spending plan.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Stefan Kalm

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​Between 11 and 17 July, Saab will present Gripen at the Farnborough International Airshow.

This year, Saab breaks new ground in meeting with its customers, industry colleagues and friends from around the world with the launch of the Saab Experience. Besides Gripen, visitors can get to know Saab's products like airborne surveillance, ISR, air defence and radar, digital air traffic management, air support and commercial aerospace technology inside the Saab experience.

During the airshow, Saab Test Pilot Marcus Wandt will talk about how to build the perfect fighter. Saab Gripen Programme Update has been scheduled on 12 July, Tuesday at 10:00 am. ​

Know more about Saab's participation at Farnborough​ International Airshow 2016 here.

​Last weekend, the Swedish Air Force had sent three Gripen fighters to participate in Finland's major aviation event, Tour de Sky – Kuopio International Airshow. Here are some images from the event.

turdesky2016_1.jpgPilot Stefan Charles, who began his career in 2001, has completed over 2100 flight hours on Gripen. He performed an aerial display on Sunday for the visitors.
tourdesky2016_3.jpgOne of the Gripen fighters was on a static display.
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An MS 20 upgraded Gripen was also exhibited at the Saab pavillion.

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During a press seminar recently, Saab outlined the Gripen NG concept for India. Last month, Saab unveiled in Linkoping Gripen E, its first test aircraft of the next generation Gripen, and has comprehensive plans to further design, develop, manufacture and maintain the aircraft in India through transfer of technology. Gripen E is the variant of Gripen NG that has been selected by Sweden.

Gripen NG is the most advanced multi-role fighter in the world. Gripen is, by design, a true multi-role fighter aircraft, capable of performing an extensive range of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions under all conditions in any environment.

Using the latest technology, sensors and weapon systems, it is designed to meet the demands of existing and future threats, while simultaneously balancing strict requirements for mission success, reliability, training efficiency and low operating costs.

Saab has also set out a comprehensive plan within India’s Make in India initiative, which will include transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an aerospace eco-system in India, including a manufacturing facility; creation of a local supplier base; employment of a well-trained Indian workforce in engineering and manufacturing.

“Our concept of technology transfer is real as we are willing to give India comprehensive system and software control. In short, Saab is not only looking at setting up a base here, but also helping in the development of aerospace capability for many years to come,” says Jan Widerström, Chairman, Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd.

Read the full storyhere.

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With the unveiling of Gripen E, Saab is looking at its fighter export targets with a fresh enthusiasm. "I think we have a very good opportunity in India. We can make an attractive offer that would suit the Make in India concept," Saab aeronautics head Ulf Nilsson said in an interview recently.

If chosen, Saab is ready to develop, manufacture and undertake the final assembly of its Gripen fighter jet in India. It has already offered to set up a base in the country and co-operate in the development of aerospace capability for the next 100 years.

Though Saab's formal offer to India was along the lines of its Gripen deal with Brazil, the exact Gripen configuration has not yet been announced. "Gripen E is a specific configuration of Gripen NG that has been chosen by the Swedish customer. The exact configuration for another customer such as India will depend on discussions with that customer. But yes, we are offering the next generation Gripen to India, under 'Make In India' with transfer of technology," Jan Widerstrom, Country Head and Chairman, Saab India, said.

Besides Gripen, Saab has participated in other defence programmes as well. It has successfully completed trials of two of its programmes in India -VSHORAD (very short-range air defence) and SRSAM (short range surface-to-air missile).

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