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Gripen Pilots at the Kecskemét Air Base in Hungary, took part in #Movember initiative, in which they raised money for cancer patients.

Movember is a popular worldwide initiative, with men growing beard and/or moustache and raising prostate cancer awareness.

The money raised will be used to train medical staff and buy medical supplies.

Read the full story here.

Photos: MH59

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In an interview with the DefesaNet, Mikael Franzén, Director and head of Business Unit Gripen Brazil, Saab, throws light on the Gripen E/F (called NG in Brazil) project so far and plans for the future.

 “The most important thing that took place this year was the first flight of the 39-8 aircraft, and it was very successful,” he says.

Other than that, the next big achievement was the development of the Wide Area Display (WAD) for Gripen. WAD will have the basic display software by AEL and tactical software by Saab.

About the next main goals, he says that Saab is currently building a test aircraft which is aimed to fly in 2019. "In the meantime, we will perform tests on various subsystems for the fighter jets – it’s going to be a very intense test period. We are also going to work on furthering the development of the tactical system for the aircraft, as well as the two-seat version, which is still in its early stages," he says. 

Post the first test flight, Saab has been in a phase of experimenting with speed and altitudes, various external loads etc.

Development work for the new cockpit is also set to start soon.

Read the full interview here.

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Saab has received a support contract for the South African Gripen weapon system. The order has a total value of SEK 206 million (ZAR 314 million) over the period November 2017 to February 2020. The South African Air Force has been operating the Gripen fighter system since 2008 when the first Gripen was delivered.

The support contract, signed between Saab and Armscor, enables Saab to deliver efficient support in a sustainable manner with a long-term horizon. Through the contract, Saab will deliver support related services like airworthiness management, engineering support, maintenance, repair, and overhaul, spares replenishment and updates of technical publications.

Read the full story here.

​Royal Thai Air Force Gripens flew at the ASEAN International Fleet Review 2017. The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) International Fleet Review, hosted by the Royal Thai Navy, was held in Pattaya City, Thailand last month.

This year, the participating navies celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN.


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In an interview with The Hindu Business Line, Jan Widerström, Chairman, Saab India, said that the company is fully committed to Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ plan, and offers full transfer of technology and transformation of their proposed India facility into a regional hub for Gripen.

"We have a blueprint for a comprehensive ‘Make in India’ programme, which will include the setting up of manufacturing and maintenance facilities; transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an aerospace ecosystem in India; creation of a local supplier base of ancillary systems; and employment of a well-trained Indian workforce, he said.

According to Widerström, Saab is confident that Gripen meets the requirements of the Indian Air Force. It is the fighter of the future, advanced and affordable. With Gripen, the IAF can take on and defeat the challenges of the future.

When asked if the transfer of technology will be difficult to undertake, Widerström says that it is not the case and ensured that Saab will abide completely by the terms of the Strategic Partnership policy of India.

“There is no difficulty. When we talk about full ToT, we are talking about enabling transfer through the value chain, including all our suppliers. In fact, recently, we have started the process of enabling Gripen’s major suppliers, including the American firms, to meet with potential Indian partners. We see the transfer of technology as a seamless process between ourselves and our supplier partners,” he said.​

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​Gripen fighters on flying display at the Dubai Airshow 2017. Two Gripen fighters attended the airshow, with one on static display and the other taking part in the daily flying display, flown by one of Saab’s Gripen pilots.​

Gripen is tailormade for short take-off and landings. Here, a Gripen C from the Swedish Air Force, is using an 800 m long and 16 m wide public road as an airstrip during exercise Aurora 17.


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Croatia, which issued Request for Proposals (RFP) for the acquisition of up to 12 modern multirole fighter aircraft in July this year, is close to deciding which fighter aircraft will become part of its Air Force. The choice is ultimately down to the F-16 or the upgraded Gripen C/D, reports DEFENDER.hr.

Responding to the RFP, Saab has offered the new Gripen C/D with the latest MS20 package which is currently operated by the Swedish Air Force. According to Pierre Gauffin, Director Gripen Croatia, Gripen has some clear advantages over its competitors in Croatia. Unlike the other offers, Gripen is not a second hand aircraft which means it will stay relevant for years to come. Also, as compared to F-16, Gripen has been a multi-role fighter from the beginning. It also has a history of successful operation in other countries of the region.

The MS20 upgrade makes Gripen a technologically superior aircraft for many reasons. The upgraded Gripen are integrated with the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb, improved radar modes and a new laser designation pod (LDP), among other things.

As per the bid, Saab will supply the first two Gripen planes in 2020 just before the anniversary of Operation Storm, the last major battle of the Croatian War of Independence. The company also said that air policing capability will be available in late 2021 and full operational capability will come in 2024.

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Brazilian company AEL Sistemas exhibited the Gripen cockpit's Wide Area Display (WAD) at the recently held International Seminar of Defense (SEMINDE) in Brazil.

"Participating in SEMINDE is an opportunity to demonstrate the technological capabilities developed in the defense and technology center of the south of the country," said Sergio Horta, president of AEL Sistemas.

WAD is a multi-purpose display system with full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in) with continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. AEL Sistemas was contracted to develop WAD and the head-up display (HUD) for Gripen in 2015. This year, the Brazilian company launched the first prototype panel of WAD.

Besides WAD, AEL Sistemas also displayed the advanced helmet mounted display (HMD) system, called Targo at the seminar.

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In the last few years, with about a hundred professionals participating in the Brazil's Gripen programme, Akaer, Saab's Brazilian partner, is about to complete a million work hours in the project.

The Akaer team that works on various Gripen projects, comprises of engineers, human resources and planning personnel, quality management experts, structural designers etc. So far, these professionals have worked on the development of Gripen’s rear and central fuselages and weapon pylons.

One of the participating structures designers, Flavio Teramoto has travelled to Sweden about 10 times so far.  “Being selected to participate on the development of a fighter is alone a huge emotional moment. Signing off on the FX-2 program and being a part of Gripen E’s first flight in Sweden were other special experiences. Now, the big expectation is to see the aircraft in Brazil,” he says.​

Akaer, based out of in São José dos Campos in São Paulo, is the first Brazilian company to partner with Saab. The partnership started in the year 2008 with Akaer being contracted to develop parts of Gripen fuselage. In May 2012, Saab took 15% stake in Akaer, and in January 2017, another 10%.

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Image Courtesy: Akaer

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