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The new Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Marshal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, has given a go ahead for the replacement of the country’s existing fighters, reports Netral News​.

He said that transparency will be prioritized in the purchase of weapons and military equipment to ensure safety in operation. "The initial step is to have a transparent purchasing program for weapons and other military equipment. I believe that this can ensure safety and help to avoid accidents," Tjahjanto said. 

The Indonesian air fleet currently uses F-5E/F Tiger II jet fighter which would be upgraded by 2024, in lieu of them being obsolete. They were acquired in 1990’s and will be replaced when they are grounded for at least a year.

The current replacement options for the replacement of the F-5E/F Tiger II, include Gripen (Sweden), Sukhoi Su-35 (Russia), F-16 Block 60 Viper (US), and Eurofighter Typhoon (Airbus-Europe). Right from the beginning, Saab has offered an open and transparent detailed transfer of technology and acquisition scheme to Indonesia.   

Saab's offer to Indonesia includes Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) for maritime surveillance and control, tactical data link for sharing data across platforms and ground based command and control.

Read the full story here.

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The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has recently placed an order with the Defense Material Administration (FMV) for support of their Gripen aircraft which they acquired from FMV in 2008. The order contract is for a span of three years (2017-2019) and it includes maintenance and spare supply along with technical support and more.   

“It feels very good that we have managed to achieve a longer contract with RTAF. Previously, we had a one-year order and a further order gives FMV better opportunities for planning,” said Martin Mann, FMV's Project Manager for Gripen Thailand. “The new support order marks a successful transition from the delivery phase to the operational phase in Thailand” he said.

The FMV, besides Gripen, also provides support for combat control of two Saab 340 AEW airborne reconnaissance radar, and a transport aircraft Saab 340B to the RTAF. 

The first batch of 12 Gripens were ordered in 2008 and 2011 by the RTAF and delivered in 2011 and 2013 respectively. 

Read the full story here.

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Czech Republic’s Ministry of Defense recently announced that it is in the process of procuring Gripen fighter terminals that will allow them to ensure classified data communication. 

Petr Medek, Defense Ministry spokesman, stated that using these terminals in the avionics of the existing Gripen aircrafts will help increase the operational capabilities in the area of classified communication. The technology is also needed for the aircraft to be full-fledged participants in Joint Alliance operations.

Czech Republic will be acquiring 15 terminals, of which 14 will be incorporated into the existing 14 aircraft and 1 will be a spare. 

The Czech army currently has a total of 14 Gripen aircraft on lease. The terminals purchased, however, will be completely owned and operated by the Czech army. 

Read the full storyhere​.

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According to a new cooperation plan signed by the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two countries will jointly protect their airspace, reports Boston Herald.

The Czech Defence Ministry said that the protection that both the countries receive as NATO members is effective only for military threats. The cooperation plan, however, would cover non-military threats such as a terror attack committed with a civilian passenger jet, as well.

The pact has been approved by the Slovak government but still requires parliamentary and presidential approvals before coming in to effect.

Czech Republic uses Gripen C/D fighter jets for which Slovakia is in negotiation with Sweden to acquire. The Slovakian military uses Russian MiG-29 jets which were acquired in 2004.

Read the full story here.

Photo: Jorgen Nilsson

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Global supplier of wing, fuselage and engine structures, GKN Aerospace has been given a contract extension to continue to provide Gripen's engine support program, reports UPI.

The contract extension encompasses the company's RM12 engines on fighters which is flown by the Air Force of Sweden as well as by countries like Hungary, the Czech Republic and Thailand.

GKN will continue providing technical support as well as provide maintenance and parts required for the engines that power the Gripen aircrafts. GKN also stated that the RM12 engines had clocked in an approximate 250,000 flight hours without any engine related issues arising.   

"GKN Aerospace is proud of our long-term support for Swedish fighter aircraft and we appreciate that the FMV has extended the RM12 PBL-contract," said Mike McCann, CEO of GKN Aerospace Engine Systems. "GKN is looking forward to continuing to work together with the Swedish Armed Forces and the FMV and to further develop our relationship.  We recognize and appreciate the continued confidence that the FMV has demonstrated in our team in placing this contract extension with us."

Currently, the technical support, maintenance and parts supply division by GKN is conducted from its facility in Trollhattan, Sweden.      

Read the full story here.

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Slovakia is looking to replace its aging Russian MiG-29 fighters and Gripen is one of the main contenders, reports Reuters.

The Slovakian government has been in talks with suppliers since September in order to negotiate the best prices. According to Sweden's, Defence Minister Peter Gajdos, it would take months for the government to decide on a supplier.

The Slovakian government, with Czech Republic, signed a “Joint Sky” agreement last December which would ensure protection of each other’s airspace besides the standard air defense cooperation between the two NATO members. Czech Republic currently has 14 leased Saab Gripens which it signed in 2004. If Slovakia were to pick Gripen as its primary fleet then the two countries could also, possibly, share maintenance costs and pilot training.

Read the full story here.

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Between 14 and 18 February 2017, we will showcase our cutting edge technology at the 11th edition of Aero India airshow.

Besides Gripen, we will also be exhibiting our world-leading capabilities in air power, aircraft, ground-based air defence and surveillance systems, as well as naval technology.

We are offering the next generation Gripen to India under the 'Make In India' initiative with transfer of technology.

The first Aero India was held in 1996. It is one of Asia's most important airshows that has a participation of exhibitors from almost 33 countries with 600+ companies. 

Aero India 2017 will be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, India.

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In an interview with the Defence Aviation Post, Saab India’s Country Head and Chairman Jan Widerström throws some light on Saab's ready-to-roll Make in India plan that is based on true technology transfer.

"We do not attach strings to our technology. Saab is committed to India and will deliver the best industrial cooperation and technology transfer over the life of the programme — providing what India’s armed forces and industry wants and needs," Jan  says.

When asked about the unique capabilities of Gripen that Saab would leverage to gain substantial mileage over its competitors, Jan said that Gripen E is equipped with the latest technology when it comes to radar, sensors and electronic warfare systems along with customisable aircrafts that that can quite easily integrate existing and new weapon and missile systems.

“Gripen can perform a wide range of missions such as Offensive Counter Air, Defensive Counter Air, Air Policing, Cruise Missile Defense, Close Air Support, Air Interdiction, Suppression/Destruction of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD/DEAD), Maritime Strike, Strategic Attack, Sea Surveillance, Tactical Air Reconnaissance and Non-Traditional ISR. These missions can be performed around the clock in all types of weather,” Jan said.

About Saab’s aerospace facility offer, Jan said that the company intended to make the facility fully self-sufficient with 100% technology transfer, full system control and full software control. Saab will transfer design, development and manufacturing capabilities. Saab believes everything can be done in India including production planning, creation of an independent supply chain and research and development for the future. ...

Flight data, track data and night vision.

The Swedish Air Force have ordered  the advanced helmet mounted display system, Targo for their Gripen E fighter aircraft. Pilots equipped with Targo will be able to better locate, track and identify targets, both day and night.

Read more about the Helmet Mounted Display system here​.​
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