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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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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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Swedish Ambassador to India, Klas Molin believes that Gripen E is the best option for India’s single engine fighter jet requirements.

"If you want older technology, then there are alternatives. Gripen is a more modern aircraft. The fighter is also part of a system where aerial defence and surveillance are part of state-of-the-art links and communication. I think sometimes this is overlooked in the discussion,” he says.

In an interview with Business Line, Molin said that it is up to India to decide which fighter to choose. “Saab is ready when India is ready.”

"Saab knows that it has a concept that will work very well in India, and it is already cooperating with several partners in the country. So the ecosystem already exists for making and developing the new Gripen in India," he said.

Saab's comprehensive Make in India program includes setting up of a full manufacturing facility; transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an Aerospace eco-system in India; creation of a local supplier base of ancillary systems; employment of a well-trained Indian workforce.

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With about a hundred professionals participating in the Brazil's Gripen programme, Akaer, Saab's Brazilian partner, completed a million work hours in the project in 2017.

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%.

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AEL Sistemas launched the first panoramic panel of the Gripen fighter last year, reports

"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, 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.

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Image Courtesy: AEL Sistemas

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.​​

For the first time, a Brazilian delegation attended the Gripen Users Group meeting. 

The Gripen User's Group meeting was held in Prague last month with representatives from all Gripen operating countries like Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, Sweden, South Africa and Sweden participating.

According to Major-Brigadier Jefson Borges who led the Brazilian delegation at the meeting, Fab will now participate in all Gripen related meetings. "This meeting was a good opportunity to hear from Gripen operators about their experiences, and tactics, logistics, new developments etc.,” he said.

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From Gripen C's series of test flights to Gripen E's first flight at a supersonic speed, here are the highlights of the year 2017.​

"Saab's plan is to build a new plant here in India and recruit new personnel and set up a full facility. Probably, the first planes will be built in Sweden and quickly the production could be done more or less in India," says Swedish Defence Secretary Jan Salestrand.

According to a report in the Times Now, Salestrand added that Sweden sees India as a strategic partner and the number of fighters to be supplied will be totally up to India.

According to the report, the Indian Air Force is likely to roll out a Request for Information (RFI) early next year.  

If selected, Saab is planning to build a modern aerospace facility and ecosystem in India. The company is committed to full technology transfer to India in connection with Indian procurement of Gripen E.

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Saab has received a contract from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding new Gripen E equipment. This is a supplemental contract to the previously entered Gripen E contract and is valued at approximately SEK 400 million.

The original contract, which was signed with FMV during 2013, regarding the development and modification of Gripen E, is based on the terms that certain equipment from the existing aircraft fleet/stock within the Swedish Armed Forces should be reused. This new contract means that the equipment that was to be reused will now be acquired new.

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