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The decision to choose Gripen NG for Brazil was made after analyzing all the facts, says Brazil's Defense Minister Celso Amorim.

"The choice as we all know was made after much study and careful consideration, and we took into account performance, effective transfer of technology and cost; not only the acquisition cost, but maintenance cost as well. The choice was based on the best balance of these three factors," says Amorim.

According to a news report in​, the Defence Minister also informed that the next step will be the contract negotiation which would take another 10 to 12 months and the transfer of resources to the Swedish company will only be made after that.

The fighter aircraft procurement program to replace the existing fleet for the Brazilian Air Force Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) has faced a series of delays and has taken more than a decade. The program started in 2001 and was suspended in 2003. In May 2008, FAB announced that it has restarted the program shortlisting three aircraft: Rafale, F-18 Super Hornet and Gripen NG. These candidates then submitted their proposals to the government of Brazil and on 18 December 2013, Brazil's Defense Minister Celso Amorim announced that Gripen will replace the fleet of Mirage 2000.

Read the full story: Governo anuncia compra de 36 caças suecos Gripen por US$ 4,5 bilhões

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Saab has, within the framework of a previously signed agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for Gripen E, received a serial production order amounting to SEK16, 4 billion for operations during 2013-2026. The order includes modification of 60 Gripen C to Gripen E for Sweden with initial deliveries in 2018.

FMV has today placed an order for modification of 60 Gripen C to Gripen E with initial deliveries in 2018. This is the third order under the agreement with FMV for Gripen E that was made public on 15 February 2013. Other orders within the agreement are as follows:

  • Development of Gripen E to Sweden during 2013-2023 – orders received on 15 February and on 22 March 2013.
  • Mission-specific equipment and support and maintenance for Gripen E to Sweden, and;
  • ​Delivery of 22 new Gripen E, and related equipment to Switzerland, if Switzerland decides to acquire Gripen E. During August and September 2013 both chambers of the Swiss Parliament voted yes to the procurement of Gripen E and a referendum on the procurement is expected in 2014.

Read the full story: Saab Receives Serial Production Order For Gripen E To Sweden​

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The Brazilian government today announced the selection of Gripen NG. The announcement today will be followed by negotiations with the Brazilian Air Force aiming at a procurement of 36 Gripen NG, says a Saab Press Release​

​The offer presented to the Brazilian Government by Saab includes Gripen NG, sub-systems for Gripen NG, an extensive technology transfer package, a financing package as well as long term bi-lateral collaboration between the Brazilian and Swedish Governments.

The announcement today will be followed by negotiations with the Brazilian Air Force aiming at a procurement of 36 Gripen NG. After finalized negotiations an agreement can be reached between Saab and Brazil and an order for Gripen NG placed.

”I am extremely proud of the confidence that the Brazilian government has placed in Gripen NG. Saab regards the announcement today as a strong commitment of the Brazilian Government and we are looking forward to provide the Brazilian Air Force with the world-leading and most affordable fighter. Furthermore, this announcement is very significant for the collaboration between Brazil and Sweden. We stand prepared to start the industrial collaboration as planned, with its positive effects for Brazilian industry”, says Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe.

If Brazil procures the Gripen system it will be joining the countries operating the Gripen System today: Sweden, South Africa, Hungary, Czech Republic, Thailand and the UK Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS). Switzerland has also selected Gripen as a future fighter jet. During August and September 2013 both chambers of the Swiss Parliament ...

​Elisra, Elbit’s wholly-owned subsidiary has been selected by Saab for the integration and delivery of its Passive Airborne Warning System (PAWS-2) onboard the Gripen fighter, reports ASD News.

According to the Elbit Systems subsidiary, PAWS-2 was selected after a comprehensive in-depth evaluation and testing of the system (including a comparative live fire test) in various scenarios.

PAWS-2 is an IR based combat-proven Missile Warning Systems designed to strengthen tactical aircraft safety and survivability. It provides warning to aircrew in the presence of hostile missiles and automatically activates onboard countermeasures such as flares, DIRCM, etc.

Read the full story: Elbit to Provide EW Systems for Gripen Fighter System

Sindahl2.jpg"If you go back to 1950s, what was important was how fast you could fly an aircraft and how well you could control a combat situation. But that is not enough for today,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics, at a Saab presentation on Innovation on the occasion of Nobel Week in New Delhi, India.

Sindahl, in his speech explained how aircraft designing and manufacturing process have undergone a change in the last few decades.

“Situational awareness is extremely important in a combat situation now. You need to have a very good view of the environment around you. So consequently the sensors have become very important.”

“We have been working since the early 1980s on the Gripen system. And we are now contracted by the Swedish government to develop the third generation of Gripen. We started working in the 1980s, building a very Swedish Gripen. Then we saw an opportunity to export the fighter aircraft, and we knew we needed to develop a new version of Gripen. Technology was going forward, customer’s needs were going forward and that is why we started working on Gripen C/D,” Sindahl says.

Sindahl adds that when a system is designed, it should be designed for many years and hence one needs to be very flexible with weapon integration, surveillance system etc.

“In the 1950s when you designed an aircraft, you could say that five per cent of the design would be useless soon as technology was growing very quickly. ...

According to Saab, a focus on realistic requirements has helped the Swedish industry and government teams integrate weapons on the Gripen faster and at lower cost than similar efforts elsewhere.

In an Aviation Week report, Bill Sweetman talks about the weapons from outside that have been successfully integrated with Gripen so far in a cost effective way.

The list includes the Raytheon GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II laser-plus-GPS bomb and Diehl Iris-T infrared air-to-air missile (AAM), which were integrated in 2006-09 and the flight testing of Thales Digital Joint Reconnaissance Pod for South Africa's Gripens in 2011.

According to Gideon Singer, technical director for Gripen exports and Lisa Abom, head of the Saab project office for engineering and weapons, Saab devotes 14% of integration costs to planning and coordination.

“One lesson is to reach early agreement,” they said. This means defining and clearly interpreting requirements, limitations and the approach to testing. 

This year in June, Saab conducted its first test firing of the version of the Meteor radar-controlled air-to-air missile, developed for mass production.  The test firing demonstrated the separation from the aircraft and the link function between the aircraft and missile, as well as the missile's ability to lock in on the target. The test firing was also used to verify the command support that has been developed for the pilot.

Sweden will be the first air force to field the new missile, with the Gripen MS 20 package in 2015. That upgrade will also include the GBU-39 Small ...

Marcus Wallenberg.jpg"Gripen meets the Swiss requirements. It is at the forefront of technology and is also the most effective solution in terms of costs," says Saab Chairman Marcus Wallenberg in an interview with

Wallenberg says that while the Gripen was developed to deal with the threats of the cold war, the Gripen E has taken a technological leap over the previous versions in controlling costs.

“Saab's approach is to provide high value products at reasonable prices. However, technology is advancing. The landscape is not the same as it was ten years ago. Each manufacturer shall, to remain competitive, not only maintain a cutting edge technology but also be very attentive to the issue of costs,” Wallenberg says.

Talking about the division of the offset transactions between various parts of Switzerland, Wallenberg says, “Saab is committed to follow the directions of Armasuisse which is accountable for the distribution of the offset transaction. All cases must be concluded on a commercial basis.”

Read the full story:  Marcus Wallenberg: «Un "non" au Gripen ne mettrait pas Saab en péril»

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Defence & Security Company Saab has launched a new website dedicated to Gripen for Denmark.

Saab is a long-term partner to the Danish Armed Forces and has delivered several products and systems to the country including Draken Fighter Jets, Arthur Weapon Locating Systems and Double Eagle ROV – MCM.

Earlier this year, Denmark had announced that it had reopened the type selection process for a new fighter aircraft and Gripen was one of the options it was looking at. Last month, a Danish delegation led by the Minister of Defence Nicolai Wammen met officials at FXM to see the production process of the Gripen.

Saab plans to deliver offset transactions valued at 100 percent of the Gripen contract value, creating huge business opportunities for the Danish industry.

​To know more about Saab’s industrial cooperation package for Denmark, and about Gripen E, please visit Gripen For Denmark​

The site is launched in both English and Danish language.

How do you build a super computer in a biscuit box? That about sums up the challenge of creating super small, super tough and super sensitive radar systems such as the ES-05 Raven radar for the Gripen E being produced by Selex ES.

“The great challenge of a radar system is that it combines the mechanical challenges, electrical challenges, software challenges and physical challenges of all types, all in a very small volume, in a very demanding environment. And you have to basically build a super computer in a biscuit box,” Mark Smith, VP of technology at Selex ESW says.


Gripen is one of the several options that Colombia is looking at in order to replace its existing fleet of fighter aircraft, reports

Brigadier General Carlos Bueno, Air Operations Commander, FAC, says that the fighter selection process will take almost 3-4 years and the options include Lockheed Martin, Russian Sukhoi Su-30, Dassault, Rafale, Mirage 2000 and Gripen.

According to IHS Jane’s​, Colombia is already working on replacing its aging Cessna A-37 Dragonfly and Rockwell OV-10 Bronco ground attack platforms. 

Read the full story:Colombia intresserat av Gripen

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