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Matti Vanhanen, Finland's ex prime minister says that Finland should consider Gripen to replace its ageing Hornet fighter jets.

"If the aircraft meet the required performance demands, and the planes can be equipped with necessary weapon systems, then the purchase would have a positive impact on fostering defence co-operation between Finland and Sweden," Vanhanen says.

Finnish Air Force’s F/A-18 C/D Hornet aircraft are scheduled to be retired between 2025 and 2030. A request for quotations for new jets is yet to be sent out by Finland.

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The first group of 50 Brazilian professionals, who reached Sweden a few months back, is now actively participating in the Gripen NG development.

For a Brazilian engineer, snow covered hangars and sunsets at around 3 pm are things that are in stark contrast to life in their home country. Marcelo, one of the 50 professionals from Brazil, is however delighted. Marcelo is an Embraer engineer since 1998. It will be his first chance to work on the development of a supersonic jet.

"One of the differences is that in supersonic flights, the temperature of the vehicle is high (as a result of kinetic heating caused by the friction between the outside air and the surface of the aircraft) which means the cooling capacity of the system is important," he says.

Marcelo is working with Erik Israelsson, systems engineer at Saab, who cannot hide his excitement of working with colleagues from a different country. Erik says that short courses have been created for the Brazilian engineers."I think it will be very useful to work with new people in the 'Saab way."

By 2022, more than 350 Brazilian professionals will work on Gripen NG project in Sweden.

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With its modular based design and continuous upgrades, Gripen will always be a fighter that is up-to-date and ready for the future. To download this image, please visit gripen.com

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The 2015 Gripen photo competition had close to 800 entries. Among many great photos Tom Gagner’s entry stood out. Tom Gagner is a photographer from Kalmar, Sweden.

Read on to know more about the photographer who clicked the winning picture.

Congratulations Tom, what was your reaction when you got the message that you had won the Gripen photo competition?

I was very happy of course and delighted that my photo was chosen. 

What were your expectations when you sent the photo, had you seen some of the others entries on Instagram?

Yes, I had looked at the entries on Instagram and thought that this could be a fun challenge.

Where did you shoot your winning photo?

I shot the photo at Flygdagen 2015 (Air Force Day 2015) in Sweden. I waited some time to get the perfect angel that shows Gripen making a sharp turn.

What was your impression of the Airshow?

I liked it a lot. I usually go to Airshows that are not too far from home. I prefer jets and Draken and Gripen are the ones I really want to see.

Did you have a hard time choosing which photo to send in to the competition?

I had a few other photos but this one was my favourite and it also shows the turning ability of Gripen that fascinates me. I also liked the way the clouds came out in the picture.

Read the full interview here.

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Saab and leading Industrial Group from Italy, Finmeccanica have teamed up to provide electronic warfare systems support to Gripen operators, reports Flightglobal.

According to the report, all Gripen NG fighters will have the Raven ES-05 active electronically scanned array radar, Skyward-G infrared search and track passive sensor and identification friend or foe systems, all of which are made by Finmeccanica.

Last year, Finmeccanica – Selex ES had signed a contract with Saab to deliver 60 Skyward-G IRST (infra-red search and track) systems for Gripen NG fighters. Saab is also offering Finmeccanica’s BriteCloud expendable active decoy as an option for the Gripen.

“BriteCloud is being offered by Saab as the off-board jamming solution for platform protection,” says Mark Hewer, vice-president of EWOS for the company's Airborne and Space Systems division. 

“With the success of the Gripen variants internationally, we are seeing real interest and are in discussions with a number of potential customers."

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Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and series production of countermeasures dispensers for the Gripen fighter. The order value amounts to SEK223 million.

The order supports development and series production of countermeasures dispensers for chaff and flares for Gripen E and C/D. This will enhance the defensive capabilities of the aircraft.

Work will begin in 2016 and will be completed in 2020. The order involves Saab’s business areas Aeronautics, Electronic Defence Systems and Support and Services.

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What makes the Gripen NG development unique and cost effective is a combination of a model based design and reduced parts count. Both ensure that the Gripen E development is on time and in sync with the latest technologically advanced processes.

The model based development ensures that design errors are detected early and not late in the development process. The system allows verifications to be conducted in simulators and as a result, fewer test flights are needed. So, while almost 4,000 sorties were required to prepare the C/D model, the new test platforms should fly only a combined 1,200 times.

According to Lars Ydreskog, Saab’s head of aerospace operations, a model-based design technique is generating huge benefits for the Gripen E project.

“You can show the operator how they will do something in 2023, before you’ve done anything in the development,” he notes.

At the Dubai Air Show 2015, Head of Saab’s aeronautics business area Ulf Nilsson said that Saab has dramatically reduced the number of parts in Gripen development through modular design. 

For example, for Gripen NG, currently one machine part is being used to manufacture a radar frame, but the number of machine parts was more than 20 for the same in Gripen C. This not only delivers cost efficiency, but also means that every new aircraft will be less complex and quicker to put together.

A lot of these efficiency measures come from Saab's experience in the Gripen’s conversion from the A/B to C/D. With every new ...

At the Dubai Air Show 2015, Ulf Nilsson, Head of Saab’s aeronautics business area, revealed that the New Generation Gripen has reached its final assembly stage. These are some of the images from the production process.

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According to Ulf Nilsson, model based designing fits extremely well within the Gripen program.

“We had less [production line] feedback on the first aircraft than we have on the running production of the [Gripen] C/D,” he says in an interview with the Flightglobal​.​

"The big news for the Gripen program is that we are moving into the production phase now. We can see the benefits from the model based design. I think we are the only company that has adopted a model based designing in all disciplines. And now we can say it fits extremely well within the Gripen program," says Ulf Nilsson, Head of business area, Aeronautics at the Dubai Air Show. 

Dubai Air Show is the biggest aerospace event in the Middle East which is held after every two years. It boasts of 1,100 exhibitors from over 60 countries. The event started on 8 November and ended on 12 November​.

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The first group of our Brazilian colleagues landed in Sweden last year. In this first round, 46 employees from Embraer and two from AEL Sistemas have made their way to Linköping. By February this year, the next group of 4 people will arrive. Around 30 people in total will arrive during the spring, with another 40 people due in the autumn of 2016.

Over time, around 350 Brazilian engineers will journey to Sweden to take part in courses and on-the-job-training within the framework of the Gripen to Brazil programme. Their arrival will coincide with new phases in the programme. This first phase will include many systems engineers and software developers. Pilots, flight test engineers, production engineers, and so on will be arriving a bit further down the line.

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