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​Gripen took the Hungarian Air Force into the 21st century. Learn more about how Gripen has changed their capability.​

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In an interview with the DefesaNet, Mikael Franzén, Director and head of Business Unit Gripen Brazil, Saab, throws light on the Gripen E/F (called NG in Brazil) project so far and plans for the future.

 “The most important thing that took place this year was the first flight of the 39-8 aircraft, and it was very successful,” he says.

Other than that, the next big achievement was the development of the Wide Area Display (WAD) for Gripen. WAD will have the basic display software by AEL and tactical software by Saab.

About the next main goals, he says that Saab is currently building a test aircraft which is aimed to fly in 2019. "In the meantime, we will perform tests on various subsystems for the fighter jets – it’s going to be a very intense test period. We are also going to work on furthering the development of the tactical system for the aircraft, as well as the two-seat version, which is still in its early stages," he says. 

Post the first test flight, Saab has been in a phase of experimenting with speed and altitudes, various external loads etc.

Development work for the new cockpit is also set to start soon.

Read the full interview here.

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Brazilian company AEL Sistemas exhibited the Gripen cockpit's Wide Area Display (WAD) at the recently held International Seminar of Defense (SEMINDE) in Brazil.

"Participating in SEMINDE is an opportunity to demonstrate the technological capabilities developed in the defense and technology center of the south of the country," said Sergio Horta, president of AEL Sistemas.

WAD is a multi-purpose display system with full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in) with continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. AEL Sistemas was contracted to develop WAD and the head-up display (HUD) for Gripen in 2015. This year, the Brazilian company launched the first prototype panel of WAD.

Besides WAD, AEL Sistemas also displayed the advanced helmet mounted display (HMD) system, called Targo at the seminar.

Read the full story here.

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The best players of the Gripen Fighter Challenge game, who competed against each other at SIAF 2017, spent one entire day with Czech Gripen pilots at the 21st tactical Air Force Base in Čáslav.

Slovak International Air Festival (SIAF) 2017 took place during the last weekend of August at Sliač airport in Slovakia. One of the biggest attractions of the whole event was the Saab Experience Hangar. Apart from getting to know about a series of products by Saab, the winners could test their abilities in the Gripen Fighter Challenge game as well. 

The reward for the top five players in the game was an excursion to the Air Force Base in Čáslav which happened on Tuesday, 31 October. 

When the winners reached the Air Base, there was a short introduction to welcome them, followed by which they were familiarised with the basic tasks at the Air Base. 

The winners were then taken for a tour of the local museum of aviation history. After that, the excursion continued with a visit to the airport’s biological protection station where the winners, thanks to an interesting lecture, learned about the predators that protect the runways and the airport surroundings from not only birds but wild animals as well. 

After a hearty lunch in the military canteen, the winners were taken to a point next to the runway where they watched the last pre-flight preparations of five Gripen aircraft. After the pilots took off to their regular missions, the winners went to the Gripen hangar, ...

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In the last few years, with about a hundred professionals participating in the Brazil's Gripen programme, Akaer, Saab's Brazilian partner, is about to complete a million work hours in the project.

The Akaer team that works on various Gripen projects, comprises of engineers, human resources and planning personnel, quality management experts, structural designers etc. So far, these professionals have worked on the development of Gripen’s rear and central fuselages and weapon pylons.

One of the participating structures designers, Flavio Teramoto has travelled to Sweden about 10 times so far.  “Being selected to participate on the development of a fighter is alone a huge emotional moment. Signing off on the FX-2 program and being a part of Gripen E’s first flight in Sweden were other special experiences. Now, the big expectation is to see the aircraft in Brazil,” he says.​

Akaer, based out of in São José dos Campos in São Paulo, is the first Brazilian company to partner with Saab. The partnership started in the year 2008 with Akaer being contracted to develop parts of Gripen fuselage. In May 2012, Saab took 15% stake in Akaer, and in January 2017, another 10%.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Akaer

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Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces to provide support and maintenance services for Gripen C/D in 2018. The order exercises a contractual option within the framework of a previously signed agreement pertaining to performance-based support and maintenance.

The order includes support and maintenance services essential to aviation operations with Gripen. The order encompasses, for example, technical system support and maintenance, publications, spare parts, repairs, ground support equipment and pilot equipment.

Read the full story here.

​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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A Brazilian delegation headed by Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) recently paid a visit to the Gripen plant in Linköping to see the first Gripen E.

MDIC executive secretary, Marcos Jorge de Lima met Saab officials and talked about the aero structure plant, Saab Aeronautica Montagens (SAM), which will start operations in São Bernardo do Campo, in Greater São Paulo.

"We need to remember that technology is one of the great engines of industrial development and projects of this nature help develop the aeronautics sector as a whole. Even smaller companies can participate in the global supply chain of components," Marcos said.

SAM's operations should start in 2019 post the selection of property preparations for infrastructure. The facility will not just manage supply chains but also produce subassemblies for both the production line in Sweden and in Brazil, such as the wings, and front and rear fuselage of Gripen.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Brazil MDIC

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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.

Read the full story here.

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Since 1952, Swedish borders have been monitored day and night, all year around. No matter what time it is, Swedish territorial borders are being monitored. All over Sweden, there are radar stations constantly scanning the air and over land and sea.  When needed, the armed forces alert Gripen fighters to identify and intercept foreign aircraft. 

Several units of the Air Force are made up of Gripen fighters. It is the first operational fighter equipped with Beyond-Visual-Range-Air-To-Air-Missile, Meteor. Today, there are three air wings and six divisions equipped with Gripen fighters in the Swedish Air Force. The fighter aircraft has the ability to carry out operations against targets on the ground, in air and over water, with extreme precision, a high degree of flexibility and power. These units also conduct intelligence gathering missions and are always ready to defend Sweden's territory.​

Read full story here​.

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