Category: GRIPEN NG
The future is always uncertain. So the pilots of the future need an aircraft that can be easily upgraded to meet ever-changing requirements.
“Computers, processors and electronics are continuously developing and it’s important that you can upgrade these as new tech emerges on the market,” says Saab’s Wing Commander Flying and Gripen test pilot Hans Einerth.
Right from the beginning, Gripen E was developed with future progress in mind. By managing to isolate systems affecting the core flight abilities, the plane’s split avionics system allows for the integration of off-the-shelf products.
“The future pilot will need the ability to continuously upgrade the hardware and software and not get stuck in old functionality; this is of increasing importance,” explains Einerth.
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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 ...
Last weekend, the Swedish Air Force had sent three Gripen fighters to participate in Finland's major aviation event, Tour de Sky – Kuopio International Airshow. Here are some images from the event.
Pilot Stefan Charles, who began his career in 2001, has completed over 2100 flight hours on Gripen. He performed an aerial display on Sunday for the visitors.
One of the Gripen fighters was on a static display.
An MS 20 upgraded Gripen was also exhibited at the Saab pavillion.
During a press seminar recently, Saab outlined the Gripen NG concept for India. Last month, Saab unveiled in Linkoping Gripen E, its first test aircraft of the next generation Gripen, and has comprehensive plans to further design, develop, manufacture and maintain the aircraft in India through transfer of technology. Gripen E is the variant of Gripen NG that has been selected by Sweden.
Gripen NG is the most advanced multi-role fighter in the world. Gripen is, by design, a true multi-role fighter aircraft, capable of performing an extensive range of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions under all conditions in any environment.
Using the latest technology, sensors and weapon systems, it is designed to meet the demands of existing and future threats, while simultaneously balancing strict requirements for mission success, reliability, training efficiency and low operating costs.
Saab has also set out a comprehensive plan within India’s Make in India initiative, which will include transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an aerospace eco-system in India, including a manufacturing facility; creation of a local supplier base; employment of a well-trained Indian workforce in engineering and manufacturing.
“Our concept of technology transfer is real as we are willing to give India comprehensive system and software control. In short, Saab is not only looking at setting up a base here, but also helping in the development of aerospace capability for many years to come,” says Jan Widerström, Chairman, Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd.
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Besides the training and hands-on, the Brazilian engineers
are also learning to speak Swedish. Take a look at their experiences in Sweden
as they understand Saab's system and processes.
The technology transfer between Saab and our partner
companies is an important and impressive project within the Brazilian acquisition
of 36 Gripen fighters. The web series True Collaborations shows how it works in
Gripen, you need to forget everything you know about flying," Saab test
pilot Marcus Wandt told visiting Brazilian journalist Fernando De Martini from Poder Aereo Blog team when he visited the Gripen hangar.
had heard this before. Five years back, when he was preparing for a Gripen
flight using a simulator, he was told the same thing.
"With its fly-by-wire control systems, I realised how easy it was to fly
Gripen,” Fernando says in his blog.
advantage of the fly-by-wire system is that one can use only paddles instead of
joystick for curves. “This frees your hand to handle the various screens in the
cockpit while the aircraft continues to be operated with your feet,” says
spoke of the ease with which one can land a Gripen. The final phase of landing
is almost automatic, he says, with the pilot only required to control the angle
of descent and speed and keep an eye on the HUD.
Brazilian Press got to see the 39-7 demonstrator and the latest Gripen test
aircraft and were briefed by Saab test pilots Marcus Wandt and Hans Einerth
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With the unveiling of Gripen E, Saab is looking at its fighter export targets with a fresh enthusiasm. "I think we have a very good opportunity in India. We can make an attractive offer that would suit the Make in India concept," Saab aeronautics head Ulf Nilsson said in an interview recently.
If chosen, Saab is ready to develop, manufacture and undertake the final assembly of its Gripen fighter jet in India. It has already offered to set up a base in the country and co-operate in the development of aerospace capability for the next 100 years.
Though Saab's formal offer to India was along the lines of its Gripen deal with Brazil, the exact Gripen configuration has not yet been announced. "Gripen E is a specific configuration of Gripen NG that has been chosen by the Swedish customer. The exact configuration for another customer such as India will depend on discussions with that customer. But yes, we are offering the next generation Gripen to India, under 'Make In India' with transfer of technology," Jan Widerstrom, Country Head and Chairman, Saab India, said.
Besides Gripen, Saab has participated in other defence programmes as well. It has successfully completed trials of two of its programmes in India -VSHORAD (very short-range air defence) and SRSAM (short range surface-to-air missile).
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Yesterday, Saab unveiled Gripen E, the next generation fighter. Over previous versions of the Gripen, Gripen E has a significantly improved avionics system. The capability to carry more weapons and the improved range performance is possible by a more powerful engine and the ability to carry more fuel. Gripen E is equipped with a highly sophisticated sensor suite including an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Infra Red Search and Track (IRST), Electronic Warfare (EW) suite, and datalink technology, which, when combined, gives the pilot and co-operating forces, exactly the information needed at all times.
The Gripen Evolution ceremony was attended by more than 500 guests including Sweden’s Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist, Sweden’s Air Force Chief of Staff Mats Helgesson, Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, and representing Saab; Chairman of the Board Marcus Wallenberg, CEO Håkan Buskhe and the Head of business area Aeronautics, Ulf Nilsson.
“We are redefining air power for the 21st century. This will change the way air forces think, fly and fight for decades to come,” says Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab business area Aeronautics.
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Saab will take the next step in the evolution of the Gripen fighter system today, with the unveiling of the first test aircraft of the next generation, Gripen E.
The unveiling of the first Gripen E test aircraft will take place at Saab’s facilities in Linköping. Among the speakers are the Swedish Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist; the Swedish Air Force Chief of Staff, Mats Helgesson; Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Nivaldo Luiz Rossato; and from Saab the Chairman of the Board, Marcus Wallenberg; the CEO, Håkan Buskhe and head of business area Aeronautics, Ulf Nilsson.
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