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Swedish Air Force Gripen has now been integrated with the MBDA Meteor air-to-air missile (AAM), reports UPI.

“After extensive testing by FMV and the Gripen Operational Test and Evaluation unit, all of the new MS20 functions including the Meteor missile are now fully integrated with Gripen. The Swedish Air Force is now in its Initial Operational Capability phase with the Meteor. The Meteor missile is currently the most lethal radar-guided missile in operational service, and the Swedish Air Force is the only operational user so far. I am very proud and satisfied to have the Meteor in the inventory of my air force” said Major General Mats Helgesson, Chief-of-Staff of the Swedish Air Forces.

This missile can shoot down airborne threats launched from a distance of more than 100km. Its unique solid-fuel throttleable ducted rocket, also known as a ramjet, allows the missile to maintain very high speed all the way to the target, giving increased stand-off and disengagement ranges and greater ability to chase and destroy highly agile moving targets.

As per Saab, BVRAAM’s unrivalled no-escape-zone (three times greater than any current BVR missile) will dominate the future air-to-air battlespace, giving a decisive capability to Gripen and its pilots.

The missile has been jointly developed by Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Great Britain.

"Combined with the IRIS-T heat-seeking missile, we have the best air-to-air weaponry you can find in the world," said Major General Helgesson.

Read the full story here.

​What do we need to build a perfect fighter? And would that fighter stay perfect for tomorrow as well?

At the Farnborough International Airshow 2016, Saab test pilot Marcus Wandt tells how Gripen is the perfect fighter, today and tomorrow.​

Capt Peter Fällén from the Swedish Air Force performed his award winning flying display at the Farnborough International Airshow. The weeklong Airshow is being held in the UK.​

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With a new weapons system, enhanced protection for the pilot and longer service intervals, MS20 gives a real boost to the entire Gripen platform.

The Gripen design allows Saab to constantly upgrade the system and tailor solutions. Let’s take a closer look at the latest operational upgrade and combat enhancement for the Gripen fighter.

The new MS20 capability enhancement for Gripen C/D involves a whole series of improvements and new functionality, both in terms of the aircraft itself and the ancillary support and training systems.

“MS20 is part of the continuous upgrades to the Gripen Materiel System (MS) that we undertake to meet changes in the challenges faced by our customers. The Swedish Armed Forces have generally had their Gripen aircraft upgraded every three or four years, with minor updates in between,” explains Hans Pettersson who is a contract manager at Saab.

The upgrade is now being offered to international customers which are flying a C or D version of Gripen, and the Czech Republic has already signed up for it. In addition to a basic package, each customer can customise their order with optional upgrades depending on their specific national requirements.

“MS20 is designed as a basic package with a number of optional add-ons to allow it to be customised. Our long-term design work, which is based on an evolutionary approach, means that we do not develop separate tracks, but carry out gradual functional enhancements that we can then base our customisations on. It’s cost-effective for our customers,” says ...

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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.

​You have never experienced Gripen like this before. If you are ready to fly, download our new game - Gripen Fighter Challenge. 

The missions you can select include "Take To The Skies", "Arctic Recon", "Dam Circuit" and "Show of Force". These missions will test your aero savviness, in terms of reflexes, concentration, and execution of flight patterns.

You can download the game on Google Play and App Store.​

Link to downloading the game is here and here​.

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Ready for action, today and tomorrow: Gripen is the world’s most flexible and adaptable fighter and it will continuously be upgraded and enhanced for decades to come.

Photo: Istvan "TopiDoc" Toperczer

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​A Czech Air Force Gripen performed a solo display for visitors at the Belgian Air Force Days 2016.

The Belgian Air Force Days were held on 25 and 26 June 2016. This year, the airshow marked the 70th anniversary of the Belgian Air Force. About 45,000 people attended the airshow. 

At the event, Saab also showcased Gripen E.“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our Gripen E. I believe this will be the best option for Belgium in the future, providing return for society in the form of jobs and business partnerships as well as being a smart fighter for the Belgian Air Force,” said Magnus-Lewis Olsson, Head of Market Area Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Seen by many as a series of giant leaps in innovation the story of flight is, in fact, one of fantastic evolution. More than anyone the Gripen team at Saab know this. It is evolutionary thinking that has kept the Gripen system more than one step ahead.

Most military aircraft are built with the present and future in mind. Fighters are ordinarily commissioned decades in advance of completion. These needs are usually defined by military planners. The planners draw on as much intelligence and strategic thinking as possible to make the right decisions for what are massive multi-billion dollar projects. During the cold war many nations considered the military of the highest economic priority. Matters of defence were given huge budgets. When it came to air forces there were some with seemingly bottomless pockets.

Swedish prudence and the birth of Gripen

Sweden was one country that did not believe in blank cheques when it came to its military. The Swedish Air Force was to be no exception. 

In 1980 a requirement was issued to Swedish manufacturers for a new multi-role aircraft. The bar was set high. Excellent performance, agility and speed were all necessary to combat the threats at that time. However, the high-level Swedish strategists did not only put in a request for a new fighter. They pushed for a new way of thinking. They had decided it would be costly and difficult to adapt many of the aircraft on the market. They realised that the fundamental ...

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Sweden and Saab recently offered to co-develop its Gallium Nitride AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar with India if it selected Gripen fighters. According to Lars Tossman, Head of Saab’s Airborne Surveillance business unit, GaN AESA radars are 70 percent more effective than existing AESA radar technology.

Saab has been actively researching, and working with GaN for a number of years with Chalmers University of Technology and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). GaN technology is already included in the new members of Saab’s extended surface radar family, which were launched in 2014. Because of its high power efficiency, GaN allows an extended range through higher output and higher reliability.

So far, Saab is far ahead of its competitors in terms of GaN development. Deemed as the next big thing since silicon, GaN has gained a lot of attention in military and civilian defence development over the last few years.

GaN is a semi-conductive material currently under intensive development. Areas of use include LED-lights and Blu-ray components, and now it is also being incorporated into microwave applications in the military industry. GaN transistors have the ability to boost the amplification of microwave signals. Since it can carry higher voltage as compared to silicon, GaN allows a system to operate on less power.

Last year, Saab won the prestigious Aviation Week Laureate Award for bringing GaN electronics to military radar and electronic-warfare systems, introducing the technology into products for delivery in 2016.

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