Category: GRIPEN NG
A full- scale replica of Gripen E adorns the entrance of the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo. Inside, Brazilian and Swedish engineers work together on various 'work projects' under the Gripen NG development programme.
"The idea is that the Brazilian version of Gripen will eventually be manufactured here," says Jonas Petzén, Site and Development manager at GDDN. “Meanwhile Saab and Embraer will together oversee the development of a two-seater version of Gripen."
The work has already begun on various 'work packages'. These cover the design of the cockpit, including new displays, rigs and simulators, pneumatic systems and ejection systems, overall design and avionics - all of which form the basic infrastructure for other work packages.
"The working climate is extremely creative and is a clear example of a situation where one plus one makes more than two," Petzén says.
According to Petzén, over the next few years, the focus of Saab's cooperation with Embraer and other partners in Brazil will be on development. "The simulator for the air force pilots will come online in 2017, and a manufacturing facility will gradually be built," he says.
One of the Swedish engineers, Johan Beckman who has moved to Brazil to work at GDDN, says things have got off to a great start. “It’s going really well and this is mainly due to the fact that our Brazilian colleagues spent a year in Linkoping. They know how Saab works and how we manage projects.”
A Gripen Full Scale Replica (FSR) is on display at the Village Shopping Mall in the Barra Da Tijuca region of Rio de Janeiro, reports Vejario.abril.com.
Along with the Gripen FSR display, visitors are also being shown a presentation on the Brazilian Armed Forces. Fighter pilots are there to answer visitors' queries.
The display is ongoing (between 11:30 am and 9:30 pm) and will end on 23 April.
Read the full story here.
Swedish Defense Material Administration (FMV) recently awarded a contract to Saab to develop and produce a new generation anti-ship missile system for Gripen E fighters and Sweden's Visby-class corvettes, reports FlightGlobal. For this, Saab is partnering with German brand Diehl Defence, which will be supplying subsystems and performing final assembly and integration of the missile system.
“The deal will deliver weapons with greatly improved capabilities to engage any target, in all [weather] conditions,” says Saab chief executive and President Håkan Buskhe.
According to Saab, RBS15F ER will weigh around 600kg (1,320lb), including a 200kg warhead. The new system is being developed for both air-launched and ship-launched missiles and hence can be integrated to Gripen E fighters and Sweden's Visby-class corvettes.
While speaking about the new missile system and how it varies from the previous missiles in the RBS 15 family, Görgen Johannsen, head of Saab's Dynamic Business Area told Jane's, "We of course build on our history, but the capabilities of this missile differ significantly from the earlier RBS15 variants in terms of range and seeker capability...yes it is a development from what we have done earlier, but it is a new missile. We have been asked to improve the all-weather capability and develop a significant range enhancement. When you see the missile you will observe similarities to what we have done before, but the customer has drawn up a totally different requirement, which makes this a completely different missile."
RBS15F ER anti-ship missile system is scheduled ...
Several of Saab’s larger deals include long-term industrial cooperations with customer countries. The goal is to create good value for both parties.
Many countries around the world have formal requirements and regulations in place which relate to industrial cooperation.
“Even countries that don’t have such formal requirements often want Saab to contribute to their industrial development,” says Anders Edlund, Director at Saab Industrial Cooperation. “In some cases it involves increasing exports, in others it is purely a matter of security – they want to be able to maintain and upgrade the system they have purchased from us.”
The most recent major business deal is Brazil’s purchase of 36 Gripen aircraft. The contract stipulates a number of requirements for industrial cooperation, including the training of Brazilian engineers and workshop personnel. By the end of 2024, more than 350 individuals from the Brazilian Air Force and Saab’s business partners will have taken part in training courses in Linköping, Sweden.
The contract also includes a new hub for technology development and flight tests, which was inaugurated at the end of 2016. A local production facility will be built, and the assembly process at the site is set to begin in the early 2020s. In addition, various research projects are being conducted jointly with the Brazilian Air Force.
Analysis before agreement
When making such an extensive commitment, Saab undertakes a comprehensive analysis of the country concerned before considering entering into an agreement.
“You have to understand the country and its conditions, its driving ...
The low building in an industrial area in Arboga reveals nothing about the high level of technical interaction between Swedish and Brazilian engineers that goes on inside. For seven months, Marcelo Tonial and his two colleagues from AEL Sistemas are spending their days developing the knowledge on how to build and optimize the resources required to maintain the avionics units on Gripen. They are there to acquire the knowledge required to set up a workshop in Brazil for maintaining 36 Gripen fighters ordered for the Brazilian Air Force. “Going to Sweden for the technology transfer process was something I really wanted to be involved in,” says Tonial, who has temporarily left his position at the Research and Development department at AEL Sistemas to lead the Brazilian team in Sweden.
Marcelo Tonial and his colleagues are only three of nearly 350 professionals from Saab's Brazilian partner companies and the Brazilian Air Force that are involved in the Transfer of Technology (ToT), the industrial cooperation and technical exchange programme between the two countries that began in October 2015 and will last until 2024. The aim is to provide the Brazilian aerospace industry with the technology and knowledge needed to develop, assemble and maintain Gripen in Brazil.
In the technology transfer program, the sharing of knowledge goes two ways. AEL Sistemas develops and manufactures technological solutions for defence and security in air and on land and has developed the electronic display for the Gripen aircraft in Brazil.
“The panoramic screen is an ...
Today is the last day of LAAD 2017. Saab is exhibiting Gripen Full Scale Replica (FSR), Gripen Simulator and Gripen Maritime as well. If you are at the event, do visit Saab at Stand O20 (internal area) and Space J.OUT.70 (external area).
Gripen Full Scale Replica (FSR), getting ready for LAAD 2017
At the LAAD 2017, the leading Latin American Defence exhibition, Saab will be exhibiting a range of products for land, sea and air domains, including the Gripen fighter.
Saab solutions will be on display at two areas: Stand O20 (internal area) and Space J.OUT.70 (external area). Visitors at the event can check out the Gripen simulator and Gripen FSR at the Saab stand. Gripen Maritime will also be on display.
For Saab, LAAD is an important event to present its solutions and meet potential partners. "Latin America is a strategic region for Saab. Apart from the important partnerships already established in the region, we are very interested in supporting local companies with the development of solutions that will meet customers’ needs and requests,” points out Bo Torrestedt, president of Saab in Latin America.
Besides Saab, AEL Sistemas S.A., a Brazilian-based defense electronics company, will also exhibit Gripen features like Wide Angle Display (WAD) cockpit, Head Up Display (HUD) and Helmet Mounted Display (HMD).
The event will be held between 4 and 7 April.
Read more about Saab’s participation at LAAD here.
Saab is actively reaching out to the Belgian aeronautic industry as part of its interest in the Air Combat Capability Successor Program.
During a recent two-day seminar and a series of one-on-one meetings, Saab’s team of experts in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) met with Belgian industry representatives to further explore industrial cooperation and to map out existing regional capabilities. This seminar was a follow-up to the Gripen Lifecycle Business Seminar which already took place in December.
With the Gripen solution, Saab intends to join forces with regional players in Belgium and support the business development of an already well established, self-reliant and competitive Belgian aeronautic industry.
Saab’s cutting-edge technology and its collaboration culture would ensure sustainable win-win cooperation potential to Belgium industry in the component services fields of expertise, as part of the MRO capability.
The seminar saw strong expression of interest by Belgian aeronautic companies who wish to maintain their competitiveness by exploring new business and technology transfer opportunities.
As per NYTeknik, Belgium formally announced earlier this month that it has approved the programme to replace its 54 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons and issued requests for proposals.
“We will analyze the request together with Saab and answer it,” says Joakim Wallin, head of exports at the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV).
Wallin also added that Sweden and Belgium could share the cost of development and operations of Gripen E. "There is much benefit in sharing costs and finding efficient logistics system."
Belgium reportedly wants to ...
Next week, Saab will participate at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), the largest show of its kind within the Asia Pacific region.
Saab will be present with chalets at both the Aerospace and Maritime sites at the event, where visitors can learn about its key products and solutions.
LIMA 2017 will be held between 21 and 25 March. An RTAF Gripen has been scheduled to perform aerial displays on the first four days of the event.
Besides Gripen, Saab products on display include GlobalEye, Swordfish MPA, A26 Submarine, Sea Wasp and 9LV CS.
To know more about Saab's participation at the event and to know Gripen display schedule, visit here.
Gripen E's first test flight will be conducted during the second quarter of this year," says Jerker Ahlqvist head of Gripen programme.
During the annual Gripen seminar yesterday, Jerker explained that Saab’s new work methods with model-based-design is proving to be very successful.
“As we prepare for Gripen E’s first test flight, we see that any software corrections can be easily implemented now. We can quickly make a change and introduce a new software load to the aircraft within days. This is something that previously took weeks or even months to undergo. It gives us the confidence that we are on the right track and the programme will run as per the schedule,” he said.
Saab is building two more test aircraft which are at various stages of production. Aircraft 39-8 is currently in ground test. The second test aircraft has entered the stage of final assembly.
About Gripen M, Jerker said that it is at a conceptual stage. “We are working with Brazilian engineers on a concept study of Gripen M. We are also in the process of responding to an RFI from India. We believe that Gripen M has good potential and can hopefully turn into a full development programme at a later stage.”
Jerker presented the Gripen seminar along with Richard Smith, Head of Marketing, Gripen, who gave an overview of the position of Gripen in the market today.
"The market looks optimistic for Gripen right now, and it comes down to getting ink on paper," Richard ...
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