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South African Government’s armaments development and manufacturing company, Denel Dynamics, is using an aircraft-mounted testing pod to develop its missiles in a quick, cost-effective way. 

The pod has a controller, power supply, telemetry downlink and uplink receiver, radios to communicate to the aircraft, and recording systems. With the help of the pod, one can easily test things like infrared and radar seekers, optical equipment and electronic warfare systems.

The pod was first used to test A-Darter fifth-generation infrared guided missile that has been integrated onto Gripen fighters. After its successful testing, now it is also used to examine the radar sensor used by Denel Dynamics’ Marlin technology demonstrator. 

A-Darter is a fifth-generation Imaging Infrared (IIR) SRAAM air-to-air missile system. Its features include lock-on after launch, memory tracking, and countermeasures resistance with a 180-degrees look angle and 120-degrees per second track rate.

According to the Program Manager of Denel Dynamics, Jaco Botha, one of the greatest benefits of the testing pod is that it cuts down the enormous expense of having to integrate the missile (in its final configuration) onto Gripen. “We’ve skipped that whole process by going to the pod – you are on the wing of an aircraft and can evaluate in a real environment,” he said.

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​What is the importance of women in the Brazilian Gripen Program? Women engineers and executives show that talent and competence are genderless.

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The annual Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton International Air Day at Somerset, England​, is back. Scheduled to be held on 7th July 2018, it will feature a spectacular five-hour flying display, besides an array of ground attractions, from engineering fairs to the latest defence technology exhibitions, simulators, fairground rides and helicopter pleasure flights. 

After last year’s remarkable performance, the Czech Air Force has confirmed their participation at the event for this year as well. They will return with the JAS 39C Gripen that won the title of ‘Best Fixed Wing Display’ last year.  

The RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day is expected to have up to 40,000 visitors. The event will include demonstration of the Maritime Capability and Air Power of not only the Royal Navy, but also the British Army and the Royal Air Force, which are celebrating their centenary year. The British Armed Forces’ NATO and European allies will participate too. The Air Day will have both static and flying displays from some of the world’s most skilled pilots and their aircrafts. 

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Saab is ready to offer India the complete package to fulfill the country’s air combat capability requirements. 

Recently, speaking to Jane’s, Jan Widerström, Chairman, Saab India, said that the company will participate in major programmes to supply fighter aircraft to India. Saab believes that India could become a “complete source” for Gripen fighter aircraft. 

The requirement – yet to be formalised through a request for information (RFI) – is likely to stretch to more than 100 aircraft, according to Jane’s.

Widerström has said that Saab “will deliver to India the complete capacity to design, develop, manufacture, deliver, support, and sustain an advanced fighter capability based on Gripen,” reports Jane’s. 

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Alternative power.

Multiple test flights have shown that Gripen can fly with 100 percent biofuel. This gives us valuable insights into future use of alternative fuel.

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One of the major Gripen E's capabilities include the new sensor IRST (Infra Red Search and Track). And what makes IRST one of the most advanced technology is the fact that it can silently detect its targets.

But how does IRST catch an opponent unawares?

IRST is an electro-optical system mounted on top of the nose, just in front of the canopy, and is looking forward in a wide sector registering heat emissions from other aircraft, helicopters and from objects on the ground and sea surface.

IRST is a passive sensor, which means it never emits any energy. It only listens for energy coming from other sources. The tactical advantage of a passive sensor is that it will not give your position away. Opponents will have no indication whatsoever that Gripen E is using its IRST to monitor their activities.

Saab successfully conducted Gripen's first flight with IRST four years ago. IRST enables detection and tracking of enemy targets including aircraft, naval vessels and ground vehicles.

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​The 21st Tactical Air Force Base in Čáslav will host a multinational exercise 'Sky Avenger' between 18 and 29 June this year.

The Czech Air Force has confirmed the participation of Gripen and L-159 ALCA planes from the Čáslav base. Six F-16s will also participate in the exercise.

Sky Avenger is a joint exercise based on Czech Air Force's long-term cooperation with the Air National Guards of Nebraska and Texas. 

“In addition to dogfighting and cooperation with forward air controllers, the exercise will also focus on composite air missions,” discloses Major Tomáš Merta, Deputy Director of the exercise.

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​As a Gripen pilot you will have information superiority to break your opponents’ decision loop. Here is how. 

​Highly integrated sensors in a Gripen C are the key to situational awareness. And during a fighter mission, situational awareness makes sure you stay ahead of your opponent.​

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Saab has received an order for the operational and development support of Gripen from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV. The contract is for the duration of three years from 2018 to 2020. 

The order includes operating activities in the rig, simulators and test aircraft for the verification and validation of Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter aircraft systems. It also mentions operational support for Gripen C/D.  However, the primary part of the contract concerns the operations at the Saab facilities in Sweden that are located in Linköping, Arboga and Järfälla. 

The total value of the order is SEK 1.35 billion. ​

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