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Saab and Boeing are working in collaboration to develop a trainer aircraft for the USAF. Saab has been working on this project for a couple of years with a team both in St Louis and in Linköping and Saab CEO, Håkan Buskhe has complete confidence in their entry into the T-X competition. 

Along with the T-X trainer, Saab is working on the development of the new generation of Gripen fighters and there will also be a two-seater variant of the Gripen NG. 

"We really have not been doing so many aircraft types since the 50s," Buskhe says.

On being asked about new markets for Gripen, Buskhe says that there are many possibilities but he cannot say much. Swedish Air Force had earlier announced that it cannot lend any more Gripen C/D. Buskhe says that Saab can still export Gripen C/D variant adding that it is possible to supply new C/D fighters in 18 months. 

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​A full size model of Gripen NG was on display at the recently held Open Gates 2015 at the Brazilian Annapolis Air Base. Open Gates attracted about 40,000 visitors who got an opportunity to have a close look at the model of their future fighter aircraft.

SwAF Gripen at the Siauliai air base, Lithuania

Last week, four Swedish Air Force Gripen were at Šiauliai, Lithuania to participate in the Baltic Region Training Event 22 (BRTE22), reports the Forsvarsmakten Blog

The training event includes search and rescue missions, practice of standard interoperability and cooperation and coordination procedures. Air-to-air combat training and air-to-air refuelling were conducted on both days.

“It is an important exercise that gives us a lot of experience as we collaborate with other aircraft types with different capabilities," says Jörgen Axelsson, F17 division.

The first BRTE happened in 2008. The exercise aims at training personnel on rotational Baltic Air Policing duties and improving interoperability and takes place three times a year.

The two day training event took place on 29 and 30 September.

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Image Courtesy: Thomas Mårtensson​ Swedish Armed Forces

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As part of the MoU signed by Saab and Embraer, a group of 44 engineers and technicians will travel to Sweden on 19th October. The engineers will work on the development of the Gripen NG fighter which is being produced by Saab to equip the FAB (Brazilian Air Force). 

The agreement between Brazil and Sweden not only enlisted the purchase of Gripen aircraft but also included technology transfer which is to be carried out by Embraer.

According to Embraer, by 2020 the company will send 220 engineers to Saab’s headquarters to work on the project and familiarize themselves with the aircraft, its production and maintenance. Embraer will also be solely responsible for the production of the two-seater variant of the Gripen NG. 

The arrival of Brazilian engineers is a milestone in the development of the Gripen NG for the FAB. “This important event marks the formal start of the Brazilian Gripen NG program. Now we will work at full speed to ensure deliveries in the given period”, said Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

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Two JAS 39 Gripen of the Swedish Air Force landed at the Hosio highway in Finland on Wednesday, 23rd September. The landing was part of Baana 2015 jointly conducted by Finland and Sweden. Gripens, part of the 211th fighter division, took off from Kallax and landed successfully even though the weather conditions were not favourable. The pilots conducted a visual landing without the help of any technical aids.

Sweden and Finland have been collaborating on a variety of air exercises since the early 2000’s but this exercise was historical as it was the first time Gripen pilots landed on a highway strip. Along with the Gripens, two F-18 Hornets from the Finnish Air Force took part in the exercise.

After the landing the four aircraft underwent inspection and then took off for a joint flight session.

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Image courtesy: Jarmo Lindberg

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The Royal Thai Air Force and the Royal Thai Navy have successfully linked data systems between a surveillance-early warning aircraft equipped with Erieye radar system and Gripen fighter and HMS Naresuan, reports ASTV Manager Online.

This is the first time that the Royal Thai Air Force and the Royal Thai Navy have worked with integrated radar signals using technology from Saab.

According to the report, the linked data systems will integrate usage of modern equipment, which will help increase the tactical capacity of both military forces to coordinate operations with improved efficiency.

As per the Royal Thai Navy, once the implementation is done, there will be an integration of radar signals from both types of radar from both military forces. This will improve target detection, information sharing and joint attacks.

The “Data link” system between surveillance-early warning aircraft Saab 340 AEW&C and Gripen and frigate HMS Naresuan will let airborne fighting units and sea fighting units share tactical information with each other. They will now “see each other” and “see the target together” which is very useful for a successful mission, the report concludes.

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​​The Hungarian Gripen Squadron is serving in the Baltic air policing mission. Watch this video and discover the preparation that goes behind an air surveillance mission.

The Swedish government has appointed Major General Micael Bydén as the Supreme Commander for Sverker Goranson.  

Micael Bydén started his career as a second lieutenant in the naval mine and boat service at Härnösands Coastal Artillery Regiment (KA 4, Gothenburg). But he always dreamt of flying and so started getting his training in Ljungbyhed to become a fighter pilot. He then served in Uppsala, Soderhamn, Lulea, Washington DC, Linköping and Afghanistan and was appointed as the Swedish Air Force Chief Major General in 2012.

“I accept the assignment with great respect. I look forward to working with the Armed Forces personnel and developing a military defense that meets society's demands,” says Micael Bydén.

Swedish Armed Forces appointed its first Supreme Commander in 1939 after the Second World War. The aim was to create a stronger system by appointing a manager who would take overall responsibility for all the elements of the Armed Forces.

Supreme Commander plays a vital role in making key decisions on the allocation resources to solve various tasks. Other important decisions include actions on Armed Forces Units, weapon procurement and training of new recruits.

Mats Helgesson succeeds Micael Bydén as the new Air Force chief Major General.

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Two Gripen fighters from F 21 Norrbotten Wing of the Swedish Air Force will arrive at Hosio in Finland tomorrow to participate in a live air exercise dubbed Baana-2015.

The Finnish Hornets and the Swedish Gripen will train together in this exercise. The collaboration with the Swedish Air Force comes under a Cross Border Training (CBT) scheme. The exercise also marks the first CBT mission flown from a road base.

Daily flying takes place between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. between September 21 and 25. One of the main goals of the exercise involves the dual and solo operations from a road base in both night and day conditions.

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AEL Sistemas (AEL) has now delivered the first wide area display (WAD) and the head-up display (HUD), which will be integrated in the Gripen NG for Brazil, reports Defesanet.

Saab had announced in February this year that it had selected AEL Sistemas (AEL) as a new supplier for the Gripen NG in Brazil.

The WAD for Brazil’s Gripen NG aircraft is a single intelligent and full-redundant multi-purpose display system, full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in) with continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. It is the primary source of all flight and mission information in the cockpit. The HUD, on the other hand, provides essential flight and mission information to the pilot when looking ‘heads up’ out of the cockpit. With HUD, the pilot does not need to look down into the cockpit to read instruments which makes it easier to focus on the mission.

"This is a very important step in the development of Gripen NG for Brazil. It shows a very efficient cooperation between AEL and Saab and is a successful step in the industrial cooperation between Brazilian industry and Saab in the Gripen NG program", says Mikael Franzén, Program Director for Gripen Brazil.

To demonstrate and validate the new equipment, an extensive flight test campaign will be conducted in Linköping, Sweden.

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