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Over the year, Saab will present eight more episodes of the “True Collaboration” web series. More than 350 Brazilian professionals from partner companies, together with their families, will live and work in Sweden for up to two years to take part in theoretical and on-the-job training, before they return to Brazil to apply and multiply their new knowledge and skills. Each episode will be around a different aspect of the experiences of these Brazilian engineers and their families.

This series tells the story of five of these pioneers.

The first episode talked about the expectations of the engineers moving to Sweden as part of the Gripen NG programme and what it was like leaving their country. The second episode ‘Arriving in Sweden’ which would air on YouTube on May 9, will give a glimpse of the families adapting to a new lifestyle in Sweden and getting accustomed to Swedish culture, habits and traditions.

Episode three, ‘Training and Learning in Saab’, will focus on how the Brazilian engineers are learning the theoretical aspects in the classroom and putting them into practice in the Saab facilities. This episode airs on June 6.

The next two episodes would feature Douglas Costa (Propulsion System) of Embraer and Antonio Fontoura (Hardware and Software) from Ael. Episodes six, seven and eight would feature experiences of Embraer’s Guilherme Lariu (Structural Calculation), Viviam Takase (Aeronautics Systems) and Delmar Bacarin (Electro-Electronics) respectively. These five episodes will be available on YouTube between 4 July 2016 and 10 October 2016. 

The last episode will ...

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From top-of-the-class in the United States to test pilot at Saab: Marcus Wandt is one of the chosen few whose job it is to get Gripen E ready for its maiden flight.

The engineer, fighter pilot and former airborne ranger has been employed full time as a test pilot at Saab for a couple of years. Right now, a lot of the work involves getting Gripen E flight-ready.

“It’s my job to observe and analyse how the aircraft operates,” he says. “There’s a high degree of engineering thinking involved. When a fighter pilot finds that ‘it’s difficult to aim’, it’s the responsibility of the test pilot to go one step further and find out how many degrees the nose is swinging.”

Wandt has, over a period of one and a half years at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), flown a number of different types of aircraft – everything from gliders and 50-year-old taildraggers to seaplanes and modern fighter aircraft.

“It’s incredibly stimulating to go along on that journey,” he says. “I’ve never previously experienced the same subtle communication between a fighter aircraft and pilot. When I sit in the aircraft, I feel enormous respect for the engineers behind the system. Everyone who has toiled on their small part of the project is involved.”

Read the full story here.​

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The Saab team at FIDAE 2016

Saab presented a full scale model of a Gripen NG at the International Air & Space Fair, FIDAE in Chile last week.  A centerpiece at the show, the model generated a lot of buzz, both amongst the public and various Air Forces. A long queue of people was seen waiting for their turn to sit in the full scale replica of the new generation fighter.

The event was held between 29th March and April 3rd 2016. On the 31st, there was a special pilot get-together at the Saab chalet where pilots from different Air Forces got a short brief about Gripen and also talked to Swedish Gripen pilots.


Since October 2015, approximately 50 engineers and technicians have come to Sweden with their families, to receive theoretical and practical training at Saab’s facilities based in Linköping. 

All Brazilian engineers and technicians will receive specific training according to their roles in the programme. Over time, more than 350 Brazilians will participate in the technology transfer programme, which covers approximately 60 major projects. 

To show the co-operation between Saab and Brazilian industrial partners in the Gripen NG programme, Saab presents the web series "True Collaboration​" (Colaboração Real, in Portuguese). The series will follow five Brazilian engineers and their families, who are in Sweden to take part in this exciting journey. 

In addition to presenting the expectations of each one of participants, the chapters of the series will address their arrival in Sweden, the theoretical and practical training, and how the knowledge acquired will be shared amongst their colleagues upon their return to Brazil.

The videos will be available on www.gripen.com/br and in the social channels of Saab do Brasil (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google +), and of Saab AB (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram). 


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While the first Gripen NG will be launched on May 18, visitors at the FIDAE 2016 International Air & Space Fair can get a glimpse of the new generation fighter today itself. The event that kickstarts today at the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago, Chile will have a full scale model of Gripen NG aircraft at its external chalet A6.

Besides Gripen, Air System Early Warning and Control, Giraffe Surface Radar and Land Combat Weapons are among some of the products and features that Saab will display at FIDAE 2016. 

Post the Saab Brazil deal of 36 new generation Gripen Aircraft, the Latin American market has attained significant importance for Saab. According to Frederick Gustafson, head of sales and marketing at Saab for Latin America, “Saab is known throughout Latin America as a reliable partner and a source of security technologies and strategic defense, which is helping to protect societies and nations. We are proud to partner with our customers and we see a huge potential for new businesses. Our intelligent, flexible and affordable solutions enhance resources and resolve threats and real problems throughout the region. There is no other company that has a portfolio of high quality products, tested and approved as ours.”

FIDAE 2016 will be held from 29 March to 3 April 2016 and you can visit the Saab stand at E47.

Read the full story here.

​​​Under the Brazilian Transfer of Technology Program, 350 Brazilian engineers will work alongside Saab in developing Gripen NG. 

About 50 Brazilian professionals and their families have already reached Sweden. For the families, it has been a new experience as Sweden is a different country with different climatic conditions.

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When Brazil and Sweden signed the contract for 36 Gripen aircraft in 2015, technology transfer was one of the most important factors taken into account. More than 60 per cent of the development of the two-seat Gripen NG will take place in Brazil, as will the production. As much as 80 per cent of flight testing will take place in Brazil.

In October 2015, the first batch of 48 Brazilian engineers arrived in Sweden. The process of training Brazilian engineers, pilots and technicians will take place in different phases. The first phase includes the training of systems engineers and software developers. Pilots, flight test engineers, production engineers, and so on will be arriving a bit further down the line. Over time, almost 350 professionals will receive ‘on-the-job training’ in Sweden.

“We have made a commitment on technology for fighter aircraft that includes development, production and maintenance. The main aim is to train Brazil’s own industry so that it will eventually be able to maintain its own fleet of Gripen aircraft and also develop its own future technology,” says Göran Almquist, Deputy Program Manager for Gripen in Brazil.

Read the full story here.

​“The latest version of Gripen has an upgraded air-frame and avionics systems. It is an agile and maneuverable fighter. It is integrated with meteor missile system that gives the aircraft unprecedented capabilities,” said Saab test pilot Hans Einerth during a recent visit to Colombia. He and his colleague Marcus Wandt were in Colombia to take a Gripen seminar for pilots of the Colombian Air Force.

During the seminar, both Saab test pilots talked about the capabilities of the new generation Gripen aircraft. They also talked about what it is like to fly a Gripen. 

For Saab, Latin America is one of the most important market post the Gripen Brazil deal. Saab has had a presence in Colombia’s civil aviation sector since the 1950s.

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Next week, Saab will be showcasing its latest range of cutting-edge technologies across land, air and naval domains at the ninth Defexpo India, to be held at Naqueri Quitol in Quepem Taluka of South Goa, India.

Defexpo India will take place between 28th and 31st March 2016. ​Saab will be present at its stand Stand 3.1.3 in Hall 3. Besides Gripen, Saab will also display products like Carl-Gustaf M4, BAMSE, RBS 70NG, 9LV CMS, RBS 15 MK3 and Double eagle SAROV.​

Know more about Saab's participation at the event here.

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“We do not design Gripen for a specific mission, because if you drive design for one specific mission, you will be stuck in that corner. And that results into some very strong limitations with what can be done with the platform. That is why we have gone for a balanced design for Gripen which allows us to continuously develop the fighter and introduce tailored solutions and new capabilities for our customers to give them what they need in the future,” says Ulf Nilsson, Head of Saab Business Area, Aeronautics at the Saab Annual Gripen Seminar.

On being asked if continued upgrades are cost-effective, Ulf says that they sure can be.

“Continued upgrades and enhancements on Gripen C/D are not expensive. With our new avionics systems, it is like upgrading an app. So, instead of doing it the conservative way, if one has a design solution right from the start, upgrades can be cost effective," he says.

The new avionics system is more of an open architecture system. It gives us a different flexibility. The core of the avionics system is like the operational system in your mobile phone. The tactical systems are more like the apps. So you can integrate a new weapon like an app. This dramatically changes the way an aircraft can be upgraded. 

Watch the seminar online here​.

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