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"Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM) will be part of Saab's global supply chain. So if we see opportunities, we would want to take part in projects for other products that serve not only markets in Latin America but the rest of the world as well," said Jonas Hjelm, the global head of the aeronautics division at Saab. 

According to Mr. Hjelm, there are other prospective clients in South America that the facilities at SAM can potentially cater to, such as Colombia, who have reportedly shown a clear interest.

Located at the city of São Bernardo do Campo, in São Paulo state, Saab SAM will play a major role in the production of the next generation fighter jets in Brazil. However, the final assembly of the aircraft will take place at Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN). SAM targets to have 55 engineers and technicians trained in Linköping, Sweden for the manufacture and assembly of the complex fuselages of Gripen E by 2020.

Logistically, SAM is strategically located near Guarulhos International Airport, major highways and the aeronautical clusters of Sao Jose dos Campos and Gaviao Peixoto, the city where the GDDN is located.

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During last week, Saab participated at the IDEB exhibition in Bratislava, Slovakia where it presented a Gripen Full Scale Replica.

During the exhibition, Saab announced that it will build a Gripen Support Centre in Slovakia if the country selects the NATO-interoperable Gripen multirole supersonic fighter aircraft to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-era MiG29 aircraft.  

According to Jonas Hjelm, Head of Business Area Aeronautics at Saab, the proposed Gripen Support Centre would create and sustain approximately 500 hundred new high-tech jobs. “Slovakia would boost its defence and aerospace industries with the Gripen Support Centre,” he said.

Slovakia currently operates 12 MiG 29s that were upgraded in the year 2005. Its neighbor, the Czech Republic, has been successfully operating a fleet of 14 Gripen fighters for more than a decade now. As per an earlier signed cooperation plan between the two countries, if Slovakia selectd Gripen, it will be able to share the cost of maintenance and pilot training with the Czech Republic.

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Commemorating the 100 years of the Czechoslovak Air Force, one of the Czech Gripen fighters has got a makeover at the ongoing NATO Tiger Meet.

NATO Tiger Meet 2018 is an opportunity for participating aerial squadrons of NATO countries to get together and showcase their talents in some very challenging exercises. However, it’s not all work and no play; there are numerous customs and traditions involved in the Tiger Meet that make it very interesting. Each year, pilots add exciting decals to their fighters, making it look unique.

For the Czech Gripen, this year’s motif was a little different. Usually, it’s an image or a sketch of a tiger.  For example, last year, Czech Gripen was the canvas for the stylish “Wildcat”, which was a partially covered face of model Simona Krainová and a tiger. Similarly, in 2013, one of the participating Gripen had a motif called "Picasso Tiger".

Besides Czech Air Force, the Hungarian Air Force has also sent its Gripen fighters to the exercise.

NATO Tiger Meet will be held till 25 May.

You can take a look at how Czech Gripen fighters have been given a different makeover at various NATO Tiger Meets here.

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Image Courtesy: WeAreNATO

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Director General of Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM), Marcelo Lima says that Saab is reaching out to companies that can offer tooling material, general equipment, consumables, general services and handling material among other things.

To begin the process, Saab met with 55 companies, out of which 35 were based out of Brazil, at a workshop recently. 

According to Lima, the shortlisted companies will play various roles in starting SAM's operations. “We are also focusing on companies that already sell to multinationals," he says.

The selection process is intensive. All the companies had to prepare presentation for stage one. "After this presentation, we sent a questionnaire that will help us know more about the company, how was it formed etc. Then we will ask for quotations followed by which we will evaluate each offer before making the final decisions,” he elaborated.

SAM was unveiled earlier this month in the city of São Bernardo do Campo, in São Paulo state, Brazil. Not only will SAM produce aerostructures for the Brazilian Gripen fighter, but also become part of Saab´s global supply chain.

As of now, Saab has selected two service providers and hired nine employees. "Our strategy is to talk to our existing partners in the Brazilian Gripen programme, who are already familiar with the aeronautical sector. We have started visiting a few companies and will hold another workshop to meet more direct suppliers between year-end and beginning of 2019,” Lima says.

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Members of Gripen User Group paid a visit to the Aeronautics Command (COMAER), in Brasília, and discussed Gripen operations, maintenance and logistics. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) hosted the Gripen Users Group (GUG) for the first time ever. The meeting took place between participants from Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, Thailand and Sweden. 

Last year, Brazilian delegates went to Prague to meet the GUG. Air Major Jefson Borges, who is in charge of all communication between the official channels of the Brazilian Defence, stressed on the importance of such gatherings. “GUG meetings take place at different professional levels, from commanders to technicians. We learn a lot from these meetings because we get to know about operating the Gripen system from various operators. This will help us be better prepared and not make the same mistakes they made,” he said.

One of the participating members, Thai Air Force Captain Jackkrit Thammavichai said, “The issues discussed in the Group help both those who are already users of the aircraft, and Brazil, who will soon have access to the latest technology.” 

The entourage headed to Gavião Peixoto from Brasilia to pay a visit to the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) where Santosh Miadaira, Senior Program Manager, Embraer, Gripen programme, told everyone about the importance of GDDN."GDDN marks the beginning of the technology transfer programme between Brazil and Sweden," he said.

The next Gripen Users meeting will be hosted by Hungary.

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The Czech Air Force will, after winning the title of ‘Best Fixed Wing Display’ last year, return at the RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day this year with more Gripen solo displays. This will be the third consecutive appearance at the event for Gripen.

The Czech Air Force will be looking to put up a commanding display at Somerset to an audience of 40,000. At the helm will be Capt. Ivo Kardoše, who is renowned in the circuit for his spectacular displays with Gripen. Besides the five hour flying display of various fighters from around the world, visitors will also get a chance to experience engineering fair and defence exhibition as well.

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day will take place on the 7th of July, 2018.

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For the first time ever, the Czech Air Force sent one of its 14 Gripen fighters to Turkey to participate at the Eurasia Air Show last month.

Star Czech display pilot Captain Ivo Kardoše presented Gripen aerial displays during the airshow. The specially designed Gripen was adorned with decals that set it apart from other fighters, making it a treat for watching eyes. Ardent fans of Gripen could immediately recognize the camouflage as Wildcat, a design that features model and actress Simona Krain and a tiger. 

In the 12 minute long display, Caption Kardose successfully implemented 25 dynamic aerial manoeuvres. Throughout the display, the adaptability of Gripen E was highlighted, with it plunging in as close to the ground as 30 meters. Kardose had been training for this performance with his team at the air base situated in Caslav for a month. 

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Image Courtesy: Eurasia AIr Show

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If you want to know all about the latest updates in the Gripen programme, you cannot miss this. Be a part of the Saab's annual Gripen seminar on 16th May, 2018. The seminar will be live streamed here

Speakers at the seminar will include Jonas Hjelm, head of business area Aeronautics, Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing and sales, Mikael Olsson, Gripen test pilot and acting Wing Commander Flying, and Inga Bergström, sales director Gripen Electronic Warfare.

You do not need to register for online participation. Just be ready with your questions which you can submit via live-stream or twitter using #smartfighter.

To know more about the seminar, please click here.

20150910-en-1047689-437468.jpgIn a recent interview, Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe said that he believes Saab has a good chance of selling Gripen to India. This statement was made in the context of the recent RFI (Request for Information) document published by Indian authorities regarding the procurement of fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF), as well as the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sweden, where he met Swedish industrialists, including Mr. Håkan Buskhe. 

Mr. Buskhe said that Gripen E has bright prospects. “Gripen E is the world's most modern aircraft. It has enhanced weapons load capability and can fly beyond two-engine airplanes.”  He also added that Saab is fully committed to its "Make in India" offer.

"Brazil is a good example of how we can deliver, on schedule, what we promise in terms of technology transfer," he said.

According to the RFI, India is looking to procure 110 fighter jets for their Air Force, and the deal could amount to $15 billion. 

Saab has offered to build a modern aerospace manufacturing facility in India if the IAF decides to buy Gripen. 

The 70-page document stating the requirements of the IAF have been defined by Mr. Bushke as “well-defined”. 

“It’s good that India has a structured process,” he said.

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During the DefExpo 2018 last week, Saab, for the first time in India, displayed a Gripen E simulator equipped with a Wide Area Display (WAD). ​

The modern battlespace is complicated and changing everyday owing to technological advancements. Hence situational awareness becomes very important to win.

“The sensor and weapon ranges are getting longer so the modern battlespace covers bigger areas. To be able to cover that area in your tactical display you have to zoom out. It is a challenge to both get an overview of the battlespace and also get the level of detail that you need. WAD gives you that possibility“, says Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

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