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Saab might hire 1,000 people over the next 20 years in the Swedish city of Linköping to manage the deliveries of the new Gripen E, reports Svenska Dagbladet.

According to the report, currently Saab has about 700 industrial workers who work with the Gripen. To meet the expected production increase, the company needs to double this number in the next two decades.

“Although a lot of development and manufacturing work would be done in the countries that we operate with, we still need more employees in Linköping.  It is really not usual that a company can create these many new manufacturing jobs in Sweden,” said Lars Ydreskog, Saab’s head of aerospace operations.

Read the full story: Saab anställer 1 000 personer​

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For an untrainded eye, Gripen E might look similar to Gripen C externally, but a closer look at its detailed design says that it will have many enhanced capabilities and will beat the development and operational cost performance of the latter, says Flightglobal.

According to the report, Gripen E will not retain any of Gripen C/D’s airframe but will reuse parts of its fuel and air systems, plus its ejection seat, windshield, canopy and outer wing elevons.

Gripen E will have five through-fuselage, aluminium-lithium frames at the heart of its structure, which will support its airframe through to its inner-wing weapons pylons. Its tail section has been redesigned to accommodate the General Electric F414G-39E turbofan engine, and a new intake has been added at the base of the tail for a second environmental control system, which is needed to cool its Selex ES Raven ES-05 active electronically scanned array radar and electronic warfare equipment.

The Gripen’s air intake design has also been enlarged, and new landing gear installed. The latter includes a larger, single nose wheel and main gear which retracts into the wing, freeing fuselage space and enabling a 40% increase in internal fuel capacity. Two additional weapon stations have also been introduced beneath the fuselage.

Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics at Saab vouches for the Gripen E’s sensor configuration which includes the Selex Skyward-G infrared search and track (IRST) turret and an advanced interrogation friend-or-foe suite. 

“It will be ...

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Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics is optimistic about Gripen's sale in various countries including Denmark, reports Svd.se.

“We are in discussions with Malaysia now and would soon submit a tender once Denmark requests for information,” Sindahl said.

“There is a huge replacement market out there. Besides the Lockheed Martin F-35, we are the only ones that have come up with a really new combat aircraft. This means that we have great export potential during 2014-2040,” he adds.

Read the full story: Stridsflygplanet Gripen siktar in sig på Danmark​

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The yearly Gripen seminar will be held tomorrow in Stockholm. Saab has invited media, financial analysts and investors to attend the seminar.

Sweden has ordered a modification of 60 Gripen C to Gripen E with initial deliveries in 2018. Switzerland will hold a referendum 18th of May 2014 about procuring newly produced Gripen E. Brazil has chosen Saab with Gripen as preferred bidder in the FX-2 program.

The yearly Gripen seminar 2014 gives an update on the status of the program.

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International aerospace and defence technology company RUAG has been selected by Saab to develop and produce payload mountings for the Gripen E military jet, reports UPI.

According to the report, the order from Saab consists of four work packages, which include the design of the mountings, their development up to series production and the creation of prototypes for three Gripen E test aircraft.

 “This is another step to build long term business relations with Swiss industry in the Gripen programme” says Lennart Sindahl Deputy CEO of Saab. “We are in the process to contract even more parts of Gripen E in Switzerland in order to strengthen the collaboration between the countries in the programme.”

Read the full story: RUAG making payload mountings for Gripen fighters

Saab Awards Major Gripen Contract to Switzerland

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Saab will participate in the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA 2014​) which will be held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between 14 and 17 April. Gripen will be one of the main Saab products to be showcased there.

The event is being hosted, supported and co-organised by the Malaysian Government and is being held after two years. 26,980 trade visitors from 58 countries were a part of DSA 2012.

Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference is one of the top 5 defence shows in the world.

To know more about Saab’s participation at the event, click here.

​Gripen is very user friendly. The pilot gets to see the information that he wants to see during the course of flight. It is easy to fly and the technology it has is futuristic,” Sudhir Varma, Vice President, Air Systems, Saab India says.

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"The government decided to follow the technical advice of the Brazilian Air Force," said FAB commander Lieutenant Brigadier Juniti Saito, describing the factors that led to Gripen’s selection by Brazil.

In an interview with IHS Jane’s, Brig Saito mentioned that there was a team of aviators, engineers, area maintenance personnel, and project management specialists working on the project for years, examining all the options and came to the conclusion that the Gripen was the best technical aircraft for the FAB. 

He added that technology transfer played a vital role in the decision.

"We were also influenced by Saab's willingness to include us in the development of the Gripen project. Overall we took into account performance, effective transfer of technology and cost; not just the acquisition costs but maintenance costs as well. The choice was based on the best balance of these three factors," Brig Saito said.

"The advantage is the Gripen is a work in progress," Brig Saito said. "The plan is that Brazil will develop 40% of the aircraft's components. The FAB will play a key role in co-ordinating the transfer of essential skills between Saab and the Brazilian companies that participate in the project. We will be responsible for verifying that technology is shared and ensuring domestic industries are able to absorb and meet the requirements laid down in the contracts.

Read the full story here.

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Recently, aviation magazine AFM took a closer look at the history of Gripen and the factors that keep it ready to meet the future challenges. AFM paid a visit to the Saab development facility in Linköping and talked to Björn Johansson, the chief engineer on the Gripen E/F project about the technology that goes into the development of the new generation aircraft.

According to Björn, when the SwAF looked at potential future threats, it came up with a list of requirements for a new aircraft, including the need for extended range; increased weapons payload and more hardpoints; a MIL-STD 1760E Class 2 weapon pylon interface and further adaptation to modern standards; an upgraded sensor suite with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar; improved communication and fighter link including satellite communications (SATCOM); an improved EW capability; a quick software-update capability; and a low life-cycle cost.

“The first thing we did was to find an engine that could do the job. It had to be powerful enough, cost effective, and reliable and fit in our existing airframe with reasonable modifications. We basically had two choices – the GE F414-400 or a modified RM 12. The choice fell on the F414, an existing and well proven engine (2.5 million-plus hours) with many of the safety features that were required on the RM 12 already implemented in the basic design. It has more thrust and approximately the same built-in centre of gravity [CoG] as the RM 12 in a similarly sized package. Some initial modifications were made to adapt it ...

Buskhe300.jpgThis interview was written by Mario Sabino and published on Veja Magazine (Yellow Pages), February 2014.

Hakan Buskhe, CEO of Saab, the company that sold the Gripen jets to Brazil, explains how education and the need to do more with less are key to the success of his company and his country.

Anyone arriving at Saab's offices in Stockholm, located on one floor of a small building without doormen, is shocked by the frugal atmosphere at what is one of the most cutting-edge companies in the armaments industry with almost 15,000 employees and which beat the Americans and the French to win a contract to supply Brazil with 36 fighter Jets – the Gripen NG, for Next Generation – at a cost of $4.5 billion. However, according to the 50-year-old company CEO Hakan Buskhe, it is this philosophy of simplicity which is behind Sweden's success. Before another trip to Brazil last week to meet with the commander of the Air Force and the minister of Science, Technology and Information, he granted us the following interview.

In 2009, when former President Lula announced that the government had chosen French jets to rebuild the Brazilian Air Force, what was the reaction like at Saab? 

I hadn't joined the company yet, I arrived in 2010, but I heard that Saab executives and employees felt that the announcement by Brazil's former president came like a bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky. It was totally unexpected, given their strong relationship with ...

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