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Saab has signed a new industrial co-operation agreement with the Malaysian company Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (Deftech), a wholly owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Berhad. The intent is to deepen and broaden the existing relationship between the two companies by adding the Gripen system to their joint planning.

This new agreement between Saab and Deftech outlines planned industrial cooperation which will explore areas of technology transfer and bring further expertise to Malaysia. 

In 2011, the two companies signed an industrial co-operation teaming agreement to collaborate on an airborne early warning and control system. This co-operation was further expanded in March 2013 with the signature of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering various technology areas. Today’s agreement brings the partnership between Saab and Deftech to a new level.

Read the full story here.​

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"Sweden is proud to be one of Brazil’s strategic partners and the Gripen deal is a win-win situation for both countries," says Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on his visit to Brazil recently.

As a part of this visit, Löfven went to see the Embraer’s production unit outside Sao Paulo. He also gave a speech at the Swedish-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo where he stressed the advantages of investing in and trading with Sweden.

Last year, Embraer and Saab signed a Memorandum of Understanding,  according to which, the former will perform a leading role in the overall programme performance as well as undertake an extensive share of work in the production and delivery of both the single and two-seat versions of the state-of-the-art Gripen NG aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force.

Read the full story: Löfven visits factory due to make Gripen jets

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Saab's naval version of Gripen E for the Brazilian Navy might be a step closer now, reports Airheads Fly​.

According to the report, the Aviação Naval Brasileira (AvN) may opt to initiate dialogues regarding the development of the naval version of Gripen E, also known as Sea Gripen.

The Sea Gripen is intended for both CATOBAR as well as STOBAR operations. All the sensors, avionics and weapons and the GE 414G of the Gripen NG will be offered in the Sea Gripen. The small logistic footprint, high availability and a smaller, lighter airframe results in significant gains from a maintainability point of view. The Gripen spares inventory is therefore lighter, smaller and adds less to the load of the carrier and it takes fewer personnel to maintain the aircraft.

The Sea Gripen will also have superior sensor fusion abilities, the Selex Raven AESA radar, Infra-Red Search and Track, plus a revolutionary avionics architecture including ultra-fast databuses and Ethernet.  The system can be easily integrated with advanced weapon systems

Read the full story here.​

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In an interview with Diário do Grande ABC, FAB pilot Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto talks about his first flight in Gripen, his experience at the Swedish Air Force Base in Satenas and the knowledge he will transfer to all the units back home.

“It was great to get an opportunity to fly an aircraft like Gripen. The high engine performance during maneuvers and the integrated systems exceeded expectations. What surprised me the most during the flight was the full integration of systems and sensors, automatically managed by the aircraft,” he says.

About his experience at the Swedish Air Force Base, Captain Pascotto says the F7 Air Base is a facility with full infrastructure for operational air activity, and supporting staff is extraordinary. Personal and professional rapport with the squadron pilots was the main reason behind his easy adaptation at the Base. 

On being asked if he would like to give any message to aspiring pilots, Captain Pascotto said that aviation is more than a dream, considering the amount of effort that goes into becoming a fighter pilot.

“But undoubtedly, the effort is worth it in every way. I believe that it should be the same in all professions, actually. For those who wish to serve our country under the wings of the Brazilian Air Force, who wish to work for the air sovereignty of Brazil, aviation will certainly be a vibrant and promising profession. I would like to repeat the words spoken 17 years ago by my ...

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It felt like I was in one of the world’s most modern  fighters, perhaps the most modern. I have absolutely no doubt that Brazil has made the right choice. It is impressive how much information the pilot has at his fingertips. It feels like you are at the spearhead, fully equipped to defend your country”, said FAB pilot Major Renato Leal Leite who flew the Swedish fighter aircraft last year.

For a successful mission, having the right information and situation awareness is very important. It is also important that the pilot has the information filtered as per his or her requirement. A Gripen cockpit is an unrivalled mix of simplicity and sophistication. Its layout has three large colour, Multi-Functional Displays (MFD) and Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) that give the pilot a superior combat advantage: ‘don’t need, don’t show’.

Gripen pilots can acquire, retrieve, process, share and display tactical information, such as positional data for hostile and friendly units, missile engagement zones, and information from radar warning receivers.

Gripen is fitted with the Tactical Information Data Link System (TIDLS) which enables the pilot to obtain qualitative data from other Gripen, increasing group information and situation awareness and eventually enhancing the capability of force interaction.

Read more about Gripen’s features here.​

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Gripen NG, whose flexible and modular design makes continuous development and enhancements, is designed for combat scenarios in the 21st Century Net Centric Warfare (NCW) environment.

The new generation aircraft can not only accumulate information from different sources, but also process it and present it in a manner that is useful for the pilot during a mission. It has highly developed net-centric warfare capabilities, including an advanced sensor suite and strong focus on data links for sharing information within a Gripen NG tactical unit or with NATO forces.

The information advantage does not end here. The pilot can also receive data from controllers on the ground or in the air. A digital CAS and video link enables further communication benefits.

Gripen’s Data Link System (TIDLS), along with a Link 16 or National Data Link provide the following capabilities:

Data link within the Tactical Air Unit

Data link between Gripen, AEW&C and C2 centers on ground or at sea

Data link with Forward Air Controller

gp5.jpgGripen E’s development is in full swing and Saab is showcasing the fighter aircraft at various events across the globe. The interest in Gripen has been unprecedented. However, this has not slackened Saab’s efforts for the continued upgradation process of Gripen C/D, reports Flightglobal.

Saab maintains that any customer that buys Gripen today will be able to upgrade and enhance their aircraft when needed. Gripen aircraft has been developed on the principle of ‘Designed to be Upgraded’. Also, instead of building an aircraft and then conducting a major and very costly mid-life upgrade, Saab makes smaller critical improvements every two to three years. 

With Gripen, one can adapt and shift focus when desired, Saab says. The upgrades, called as Materiel System or MS, can be adapted to emerging requirements. The Swedish defense and security company has completed "edition 20" of its updates for the C/D models, which will become operational in 2015. 

MS 20 block upgrade includes improved radar modes; a digital close air support capability; increased Link 16 connectivity; civil navigation enhancements; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection for the pilot, night-capable operations using the SPK 39 Modular Reconnaissance Pod II; and a ground collision avoidance system (GCAS).

At the recently held Farnborough International air show 2014, Lennart Sindahl, head of aeronautics, Saab said, “This is an aircraft that will fly until 2030 at least. The Gripen C/D is not something of the past, it is something of the future and we foresee more customers coming ...

gripen ng 14.jpgGallium Nitride (GaN), probably the most important semiconductor material since silicon, will be used by Saab on the Gripen E aircraft, reports Defense News.

Gallium Nitride has long been seen as a powerful alternative to gallium arsenide which is currently popular for making modules for AESA radars.

The cost of Gallium Nitride has been a deterrent in its use in ground radars. However, with the demonstration of successful prototyping of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) technologies by US firms like Raytheon, things are changing.

“The substance will be used in jammers and passive warning systems, boosting efficiency by 25 percent,” said Ulf Nilsson, the head of the Gripen program.

In addition to enabling future 360 sensor coverage, GaN technologies will also increase the defended area and decrease the time to detect, discriminate and engage threats.

According to Lennart Sindahl, Saab’s deputy CEO, Saab is now ahead of the curve on GaN.

“Our worst competitor said ‘you are now six years ahead of us,’” Sindahl said.

Read the full story: Gallium Nitride Gets Fighter Debut With Saab​

gripen ng16.jpgGripen NG has an array of advanced and enhanced features, one of which is that it offers extended range and can stay in the air for longer. 

Flying for longer missions requires more fuel. Gripen NG’s internal fuel tanks are approximately 40 per cent larger than Gripen C/D’s. With its powerful engine and smart design, this new generation aircraft can fly at supersonic speed without using its afterburner. This is called supercruise, and it means that less fuel is used, allowing the aircraft to remain in the air for longer.

Also, Gripen NG has 10 external hardpoints allowing it to carry more weapons, pods and additional fuel tanks, which means that during a mission, more fuel is available. Most of the increased volume has been made available in the fuselage by moving the landing gear from the fuselage of the aircraft out to the inner wings.

If Gripen NG needs to remain even longer in the air, it can be refueled in the air from a tanker plane as well.

Gripen NG is equipped to conduct air-to-air refueling via the NATO standard probe-and-drogue system. This ability increases its combat radius and/or time on station considerably – in fact, missions of up to eight hours or more can be flown.

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Defence and security company Saab signed a contract with the Brazilian Federal Government (Ministry of Defense through the Aeronautics Command, COMAER) covering the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force in Octobet this year. The total order value is approximately SEK 39.3 billion. Saab and COMAER have also signed an Industrial Co-operation contract to deliver substantial technology transfer from Saab to Brazilian industry.

On 18 December 2013 Brazil selected the Gripen NG to be its next-generation fighter aircraft, through the F-X2 evaluation programme. Since then all parties have negotiated to finalise a contract. Today’s announcement marks the successful conclusion of that process.

Saab and COMAER have signed a contract for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft, plus related systems and equipment. The programme comprises 28 single-seat and eight two-seat Gripen NG. The total order value is approximately SEK 39.3 billion.

Saab and COMAER have also signed a contract for industrial co-operation projects, including technology transfer to Brazilian industry, to be performed over approximately ten years.

“We are proud to stand side-by-side with Brazil in this important programme. There is already a long and successful history of industrial co-operation between our two countries, and this historic agreement takes that partnership to a new level”, says Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of Saab’s Board of Directors.

The contract with COMAER for Gripen NG and the associated Industrial Co-operation contract will come into effect once certain conditions have been fulfilled. These include, among others, ...

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