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Saab´s  local South African company, Saab Grintek Defence (Pty) Ltd. has been chosen to develop and manufacture parts for the Electronic Warfare (EW) System for Gripen E for Sweden. Development work, including prototype manufacturing, for  antennas and micro wave modules is on-going at the Saab Grintek Defence facility in Centurion, Gauteng.

Saab has signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for next generation Gripen E fighters. Sweden’s requirement is for 60 Gripen Es that now are in development.

“This is important assignments for Saab Grintek Defence and a testimony to the local capabilities and exceptional local knowledge within electronic warfare in South Africa .The work will further strengthen our capabilities and secure and protect jobs at SGD for a long time   and we hope for further orders for the Gripen E going forward” says Magnus Lewis-Olsson, CEO Saab Grintek Defence

Recently, Saab Grintek Defence has also agreed to a contract with Rheinmetall Waffe Munition in Germany to provide Naval Laser Warning Systems as sensors to Rheinmetall's MASS Softkill System in a frigate upgrade programme in Asia Pacific.

Saab Grintek Technologies (SGT) is a telecommunications company offering a comprehensive range of end-to-end Services and Solutions to Operators, OEM’s, Enterprise and Government. Various defence forces across the globe are using South African electronic warfare and avionics technology being designed and produced at the company’s facilities in South Africa.

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The Czech Air Force has decided to send five Gripen and a total of 80 aircrew and ground personnel to Iceland to protect its airspace during the last quarter of 2014, reports NATO’s website.

The main body of the Czech contingent departed from 21st Tactical Air Force Base, Čáslav today and five Czech Air Force’s Gripen aircraft will leave for Iceland on Thursday, 9 October.

According to the report, on their way up north, the Czech Gripen aircraft will be supported by an Italian KC-767 tanker aircraft which will provide both transport capacity for the personnel and material for the Czech contingent. It will also conduct air-to-air refueling for the Gripen fighters.

Besides providing airborne surveillance and interception capabilities, the Czech Air Force will also conduct air defence flying training missions and provide the necessary degree of training of NATO and Icelandic support personnel.

The extension of Czech Republic’s autumn mission was announced earlier this year. In May, Czech Defense ministry's spokesman Jan Pejsek told the Czech media that though Czech Republic has not received any official request from the NATO headquarters yet, it is ready to comply with NATO’s request for extending Gripen’s air policing period.

Read the full story: CZECH JAS-39 GRIPEN DEPLOY TO ICELAND ON NATO MISSION

​In a rare display of its kind, three generations of Saab's fighter aircraft - Gripen, Viggen and Draken - came together to perform a flypast at the recently held NATO Days in Ostrava & Air Force Days at Mošnov airport.

Four Czech pilots - Michal Danek, Ervin Um, Merta and Martin Pelda were awarded at the event for flying a thousand hours in Gripen.

To see the three aircraft together, one usually needs to travel to Sweden. Hence, it was a unique opportunity for more than 200, 000 visitors at the NATO Days in Ostrava & Air Force Days to witness the three Saab fighter aircraft in a flypast.

It was a demonstration that celebrated the past and the present.

Draken takes us to the days of a new beginning; the jet era had already started. Sweden wanted to develop an aircraft that could undertake a combat role unique to the country. It was important for the aircraft to be able to operate from reinforced public roads used as part of wartime airbases and to be refueled and rearmed as quickly as possible. Manufactured between 1955 and 1974, the Draken was first built to replace the Saab J29 Tunnan. The one of its kind aircraft entered service with the Swedish Air Force in 1960 and was successfully exported to Austria, Denmark and Finland as well.

More than a decade later, Viggen was conceptualized with an aim to replace the Saab 32 Lansen in the attack role and later the Saab 35 ...

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Last month, several Swedish Gripen fighter aircraft were sent from Ronneby airbase to intercept two Russian Su-24 Fencer combat planes that violated Sweden’s airspace, reports Expressen.

According to the report, on 17 September, the two Russian combat planes skirted the Polish coast before heading north at low altitude towards the island Öland, in the Baltic Sea. The planes flew a couple of kilometers on the wrong side of the border and quickly turned eastward when a Swedish Gripen intercepted.

The Swedish Armed Forces have refused to comment on the incident before a proper analysis of the situation. According to Expressen’s sources, however, this incident was aimed at testing Sweden’s air defense readiness.

As early as August this year, the Swedish Armed Forces had announced that it had increased intelligence gathering and had called in extra staff to its headquarters over the crisis in Ukraine.

The developments in Ukraine have led to increased training activity in the Baltic Sea. In August, the Swedish Air Force deployed two Gripen fighter aircraft in Gotland where the jets would be in a better position to react quickly to the situation in the Baltic.

Read the full story: Svenskt luftrum kränkt av ryska attackplan

​Gripen's aerial display was the main attraction at AAD 2014 which was held at AFB Waterkloof, Centurion in the City of Tshwane, South Africa between 17 and 21 September.

Besides Gripen, flying programme at the event included performances by Silver Falcons, Cheetah and Hawks.

South Africa was Gripen’s first export customer. Its fleet consists of 9 two-seat and 17 single seat versions of Gripen. The fleet is flown and maintained by the crews and personnel of 2 Squadron, stationed at AFB Makhado in Limpopo Province.

South Africa was also the first Gripen customer to order the state-of-the-art ”Cobra” HMD ( Helmet Mounted Display).

An HMD displays data directly onto the helmet visor, allowing the Gripen pilot to stay ‘heads up’ at crucial points in the mission. The Cobra is a binocular system that displays both air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons symbology, as well as basic flight data.

At AAD 2014, South African manufacturing company Denel Dynamics officials revealed that its imaging infrared-guided A-Darter has completed integration tests for SAAF’s Gripen C/D multi-role fighter, and trials are ongoing for the Hawk advanced trainer. 

Denel is preparing to begin pre-integration flight trials of the missile on the Gripen NG in November.

Launched in 1975, AAD is held every two years in different parts of South Africa. The next AAD is expected to be held in 2016.

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Denel is all set to go ahead with the pre-qualification flight testing of its most prestigious product, A-Darter air-to-air missile on the Saab Gripen NG, in anticipation of orders from the Brazilian Air Force, reports Flightglobal.

It took 20 years of development before Denel fully cleared the flight envelope of the infrared-guided, short-range missile on Gripen.

According to another report in Defence Web, production of A-Darter is expected to begin next year and the first missiles should be in service by 2016.

The report quoted Deon Olivier, Business Development Executive at Denel Dynamics saying that Brazil will initially buy a hundred missiles for its Gripens as part of an initial production run of around 250 missiles.

A-Darter, also known as V3E Agile Darter, is a fifth-generation short range, air-to-air missile (SRAAM) that offers countermeasures resistance with a 180-degree look angle and 120-degrees per second track rate. 

The first successful A-darter missile firings with SAAF Gripen were carried out in 2010.

Flightglobal notes that Brazil has not yet announced plans to operate the A-Darter on the Gripen NG, but Denel is moving forward on integration testing using a loaded Swedish air force aircraft.

Read the full story: Denel readies A-Darter for Gripen NG qualification

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Saab and Embraer officials visited Brazilian Navy Carrier São Paulo (A-12) to exchange ideas and discuss technical details and necessary modifications to adapt Gripen for a naval role, reports Defesanet.

The officials were received by Brazilian Navy Aeronautical Director, Rear-Admiral Carlos Frederico Carneiro Primo on 5 September.

The technical details collected during the visit will be analyzed and applied to Gripen so that Saab, in near future, can offer its findings and conclusions to the Brazilian Navy confirming if a naval version of the aircraft can operate safely at São Paulo.

A Saab delegation had visited São Paulo last month as well to take a tour of the ship and attend a seminar with the theme ‘The Brazilian Naval Aviation – Current Situation and future prospects’.

According to Rear-Admiral Carlos Frederico Carneiro Primo, the development of Sea Gripen will be an important project. 

“The development of a naval version of Gripen would be the landmark in the process of Technology Transfer, confirming the skills of National Defense Industry,” he says.

Read the full story: SEA GRIPEN - SAAB E A EMBRAER VISITA PORTA-AVIÕES A-12 SÃO PAULO

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​The video shows Czech Air Force Gripen's slow flypast and landing at the recently concluded Slovak International Air Fest.

The Czech Republic Air Force was represented by Gripen along with the subsonic combat aircraft Aero L-159 ALCA and the combat chopper Mi-24 at the SAIF 2014.

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Just a day before the official opening of AAD 2014, South African Air Force (SAAF) impressed foreign military dignitaries with its spectacular display of firepower and synchronized maneuvering at a biannual Capability Display event, reports Defence We​b.

The demonstration event was held during evening in order to demonstrate the Air Force’s ability to operate at any time of the day or night.

The event showcased various simulated exercises like a Hawk fitted with a Vinten reconnaissance pod and escorted by a Gripen, obtaining tactical information over the battlefield. A low-level supply drop by a C-130 Hercules was followed by two Gripen and a Hawk performing a 2v1 dogfight.

At the end of the demonstration, participants performed a flypast with flares being fired from the Hercules, Gripen and Oryx.

Senior foreign military dignitaries commented that they were impressed with the coordination, command & control and professionalism of the SAAF, says the report.

According to SAAF Chief Lt. Gen. Fabian Msimang, the Air Capability Demonstration provided the various international air force chiefs visiting AAD with an “intimate gathering” at which to showcase the flexible military capabilities of the SAAF. 

Read the full story: Air Force air capability demo impresses

​It all started in 1965 when Sweden invited some British journalists to visit its Air Force and the Saab facilities. The journalists found the visit to be very fruitful and informative and they suggested that the Swedish Air Force should have its own fan club of international and Swedish journalists who would annually receive information about developments in the Air Force and the aerospace industry.

The Air Force and press officers liked the idea and starting 1966, a meeting of journalists is held every year either in London or at Le Bourget, near the northeastern suburbs of Paris.

This year, in July, about 150 journalists from all over the world gathered in London to attend this Swedish Air Force Fan Club Annual Meet, reports Forsvarsmakten.se.

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Brigadier General Albert Safar, Head of the Hungarian Air Force, addressing the journalists

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Swedish Air Force chief Micael Bydén was the host of the Fan Club Meeting

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Hungarian Air Force Chief, Brigadier General Albert Safar, Mats Gyllander, Chairman SAFF and Micael Bydén, Swedish Air Force Chief

Swedishairforcefanclub4.jpgSwedish Armed Forces Communications Director Erik Lagersten talks to a few foreign journalists​

Guest speaker at the meeting, Brigadier General Albert Safar, head of the Hungarian Air Force, gave the journalists an overview of Hungary's experiences in establishing the Gripen aircraft in its air defenses. 

Swedish Air Force chief, Major General Micael Bydén gave an introduction of the MS 20 upgrade of Gripen C/D aircraft followed by the latest updates on it. Bydén also talked about Gripen E and the Swedish Air ...

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