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Swiss technology company RUAG has announced that it has signed a contract for the series production of payload mountings for the Gripen E/F fighter aircraft, reports Bilan.ch​.

As a part of this contract, RUAG will work on the production of 33 prototypes and 546 series parts.

According to the report, the serial production in which subcontractors will be hired from all over Switzerland, is expected to continue till 2026. The contract is worth more than CHF 80 million in total.

Lennart Sindahl, Deputy CEO at Saab, says, "Gripen's success is built on partnership with world class companies as our single source suppliers on the global market. Following the design phase it is obvious that RUAG is the right partner for this product. Therefore we are very happy to establish this broad and long-term relationship making RUAG a major supplier in the Gripen programme, initially for the Swedish and Brazilian airforces. At the same time, it is a clear signal that Switzerland will be a key market for Saab also in the future."

The first prototypes are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2016.

Read the full story here.

Watch Gripen's breathtaking aerial display at the recently held  Karat Airshow 2015.​

12345490_785373691575048_7622231465958651306_n.jpgToday we salute the first pilot ever to have completed 2000 flight hours on Gripen. Well done and may there be many more Gripen flight hours.​

​Have a look at 211 Squadron's 2016 calendar which has photos of Czech Air Force's Gripen from a decade of service. 

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Image Courtesy: Shop211SQN

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Denel Dynamics has started the production of A-Darter imaging infrared (IIR) short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) for the South African Air Force, reports IHS Jane's. The missiles are being produced to arm the SAAF Gripen and the Hawks.

Denel Dynamics won the five-year contract for the production of the A-Darter air-to-air missile in March this year. The missiles have been developed under SAAF’s Project Kamas which commenced in 2011.

The A-Darter is a fifth-generation short-range air-to-air missile to be used during aerial combat with the new generation of fighter aircraft. It features extended range and targeting and countermeasures resistance with a 180° field of view. SRAAM’s solid fuel rocket motor has a low launch signature which makes it difficult to be detected.

According to IHS Jane’s​, Denel Dynamics intends to deliver the first training missiles to the SAAF by September 2016. The operational missiles will be delivered during the year 2017.

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Gripen has the perfect combination of superior operational performance, advanced high-tech solutions, true cost-efficiency and real industrial partnership – all combined in one, complete fighter system. This balanced combination of capabilities makes Gripen totally unique. 

Photo: Christo Crous and Stefan Kalm

Download the calendar here​.

​A scheduled NATO evaluation of the Swedish Fighter Units took place last week. Here are a few snapshots.

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Sweden has been part of the NATO Rapid Response Force since 2013. According to Forsvarsmakten​, starting 1 January 2016, a unit (consisting of the 211th Fighter Division and the 2nd Airbase Battalion) will be in readiness for the NATO Rapid Response Force.

This kind of evaluation is carried out prior to preparedness to check if the task force and equipment are up to NATO standards. As per the report, a government approval is required for the Swedish task force to become operational.

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Image Courtesy: Norrbottens Flygflottilj F 21

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Last Wednesday, at the Skaraborg Wing, a readiness check exercise was conducted at 4 am, reports Forsvarsmakten. Only a few of the participating staff were informed about the exercise beforehand.

The exercise was planned several months in advance and the preparations were kept a secret from most of the staff at the Wing. As the exercise started, armed Gripen took to the skies and all the participating men and women including the ground personnel knew their assigned tasks.

Such exercises ensure that the Wing's personnel are fully prepared for any urgent mission.​

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Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten

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Gripen NG’s AESA radar will be placed on a “repositioner,” a rotating mount. According to a news report in Foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com, the repositioner is very resourceful as it gives the radar a ±100-degrees field of view around the nose.

The report adds that the ability to take a beyond-visual-range missile shot, then turn 90 degrees, while still providing mid-course updates for the missile fired and keep situational awareness at its peak, opens up many tactical advantages for Gripen NG crew.

For example, when the enemy fighter is above you, and trying to lock you up in the look-down-shoot down scenario, the repositioner can rotate the radar to gain an extra azimuth to continue scanning the area over 90 degrees off its nose, enabling the pilot to not lose situational awareness even for a moment and take actions at the right time. 

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Missiles and missile systems manufacturer MBDA has offered its Meteor BVRAAM (Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile) for the Royal Thai Air Force Gripen fighters.

According to a Thai Military and Asian Region repor​t, the Meteor BRAAM production is underway and should enter service on Gripen aircraft of the Swedish Air Force by the end of this year. The Meteor capability is a part of Saab's latest MS20 (Materiel System 20) combat systems update.

The report says the Meteor has been designed to counter the most sophisticated airborne threats of the 21st century. As per MBDA, the kinematic performance of a Meteor is three to six times higher than that of the current air missiles of its type. The Swedish Gripen fighters will be the first to get this missile, followed by the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Dassault Rafale in the coming years.

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