Elisra, Elbit’s wholly-owned subsidiary has been selected by Saab for the integration and delivery of its Passive Airborne Warning System (PAWS-2) onboard the Gripen fighter, reports ASD News.
According to the Elbit Systems subsidiary, PAWS-2 was selected after a comprehensive in-depth evaluation and testing of the system (including a comparative live fire test) in various scenarios.
PAWS-2 is an IR based combat-proven Missile Warning Systems designed to strengthen tactical aircraft safety and survivability. It provides warning to aircrew in the presence of hostile missiles and automatically activates onboard countermeasures such as flares, DIRCM, etc.
Read the full story: Elbit to Provide EW Systems for Gripen Fighter System
“An extension of the Gripen lease seems to be the best option for the Czech Republic,” says the recently elected president of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, Jan Hamáček.
According to a news report in the Czech online iDNES.cz, John Hamáček assures that in case they manage to form a government led by the Social Democrats, they would probably extend the Gripen lease after knowing all the details of the Swedish offer.
“Social democracy promotes long-term preservation of supersonic aircraft, so that the Czech Republic is able to provide adequate protection to its airspace. Currently, the Swedish Gripen lease renewal appears not only as the most economical, but also as the best option from the perspective of military-technical skills,” Hamáček says.
Read the full story: Gripeny se jeví jako nejlepší řešení, říká šéf Sněmovny Hamáček
Sweden has decided to contribute a squadron of Gripen fighter jets and a mine-sweeping ship to NATO Rapid Reaction Force (NRF), reports The Local.
In 2014, around 120 Swedish service personnel will join the NRF. An additional eight Gripen fighters and an amphibious unit will be sent by 2015.
The initial contribution of eight planes and the minesweeper will be a part of the NRF's reserve forces. "This means that they will be available for deployment as part of the NRF reserve force during this period. They will be in Sweden, but they will be ready for duty," Sweden's Defence Minister Karin Enström told the TT news agency.
The NRF is made up of land, air, naval and Special Forces units committed by NATO nations for a twelve-month period. Partner countries can contribute to the NRF once their participation has been approved by the North Atlantic Council and the forces designated meet the required NATO standards.
Read the full story: Swedish Fighter jets to Join Nato Response Force
"Gripen meets the Swiss requirements. It is at the forefront of technology and is also the most effective solution in terms of costs," says Saab Chairman Marcus Wallenberg in an interview with hebdo.ch.
Wallenberg says that while the Gripen was developed to deal with the threats of the cold war, the Gripen E has taken a technological leap over the previous versions in controlling costs.
“Saab's approach is to provide high value products at reasonable prices. However, technology is advancing. The landscape is not the same as it was ten years ago. Each manufacturer shall, to remain competitive, not only maintain a cutting edge technology but also be very attentive to the issue of costs,” Wallenberg says.
Talking about the division of the offset transactions between various parts of Switzerland, Wallenberg says, “Saab is committed to follow the directions of Armasuisse which is accountable for the distribution of the offset transaction. All cases must be concluded on a commercial basis.”
Read the full story: Marcus Wallenberg: «Un "non" au Gripen ne mettrait pas Saab en péril»
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide technical system support to the Swedish Armed Forces next year, reports the UPI.
The order is a further option under a previously signed agreement with the FMV for performance-based support and maintenance of Gripen. This contract allowed additional orders until 2016.
The technical support package includes support for the Swedish Armed Forces and FMV in the form of operational and technical support, equipment follow-up, proposed modifications, continuous updates, environmental technology plus warehouse operations for replacement units.
"With this order, Saab contributes to an effective and accessible Gripen operation for Sweden in the coming year," says Lars-Erik Wige, head of Saab's Support and Services business area.
The order is worth SEK 107 million.
Read the full story: Sweden extends Saab support for Gripens
Image Courtesy: Frans Dely
On Wednesday last week, Hungarian Air Force Gripen were sent alerts when an aircraft approaching from Austria failed to make any contact, reports, Blikk.
It was almost dinner time when the siren went off at the Kecskemét airbase. After dark, the first signal came that the alert would be an “alpha” one. The technicians quickly prepared two Gripen aircraft, and ten minutes later they were in the air to surround the “silent” plane, which was located at 30,000 feet.
The plane violating the Hungarian air space was a Qatar Boeing-777. The pilot was informed that he should establish radio contact with the air control and the aircraft finally established contact. The two Gripens escorted the Boeing from a distance of 1-2 miles.
According to the Hungarian pilots, there used to be more such cases in the past, but in 2013 only two such incidents have taken place.
“When the ‘prey’ is a passenger aircraft, people often take photographs of the Gripens from the windows. Sometimes when a smaller aircraft is chased, the pilot usually looks quite shocked as the Gripens pull up beside it”, the pilot said.
Read the full story:Ő tessékelte ki a katari repülőgépet
How do you build a super computer in a biscuit box? That about sums up the challenge of creating super small, super tough and super sensitive radar systems such as the ES-05 Raven radar for the Gripen E being produced by Selex ES.
“The great challenge of a radar system is that it combines the mechanical challenges, electrical challenges, software challenges and physical challenges of all types, all in a very small volume, in a very demanding environment. And you have to basically build a super computer in a biscuit box,” Mark Smith, VP of technology at Selex ESW says.
Gripen is one of the several options that Columbia is looking at in order to replace its existing fleet of fighter aircraft, reports svd.se.
Brigadier General Carlos Bueno, Air Operations Commander, FAC, says that the fighter selection process will take almost 3-4 years and the options include Lockheed Martin, Russian Sukhoi Su-30, Dassault, Rafale, Mirage 2000 and Gripen.
According to IHS Jane’s, Columbia is already working on replacing its aging Cessna A-37 Dragonfly and Rockwell OV-10 Bronco ground attack platforms.
Read the full story:Colombia intresserat av Gripen
The European Defence Agency (EDA) trialled pooled aerial refueling in which three Swedish Gripen were refueled by an Italian KC-76, reports IHS Jane’s.
In March 2012, European Defence ministers assigned EDA with the task of working on Air to Air Refueling (AAR) capability as a priority. EDA then developed an approach on increasing overall capacity, reducing fragmentation of the fleet, and optimizing the use of assets.
According to the EDA, the collective AAR certification campaign is the first of its kind; it allows several Member States to obtain the necessary technical and operational clearances in the minimum amount of time for a maximum amount of receivers.
The benefits of a collective AAR include facilitating the procedure for Member States, improving interoperability and saving time, human resources and costs.
The trials took place at Decimomannu Air Base on the island of Sardinia from 5 to 12 September.
Czech pilots, along with their Hungarian and Polish counterparts practiced air operations focused on interoperability including the close air support of ground forces against ground and air targets, at the Steadfast Jazz 2013, this year’s biggest NATO exercise in Poland, reports afbcaslav.cz.
Exercise Steadfast Jazz was designed to test both live forces and those involved with the command and control of NATO Response Force (NRF) troops using fictional scenarios. According to the report, planning air support of ground forces during operation required meticulous preparation and precise coordination among all types of troops.
The purpose behind Steadfast Jazz 2013 was to train and test the NRF for all kinds of potential missions, including high-intensity combat. Therefore the training required exercising complex capabilities employed by interoperable and multinational forces in a challenging environment.
"Every foreign exercise is beneficial for us. When working outside the home base, the fleet will always be faced with many uncertainties, and other squadrons whose solution would comprehensively examine our readiness," said navigator 212 Tactical Squadron Lieutenant Pavel Linhart.
More than a 100 Czech soldiers participated in the exercise.
Read the full story: Čeští, maďarští a polští letci ovládli polské nebe
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