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On May 18 Saab will unveil the first of the next generation Gripen aircraft at its aeronautical headquarters in Linköping, Sweden. It’s a key milestone in the evolution of The Smart Fighter.

Gripen is a unique fighter concept, bringing a perfect balance between excellent operational performance, high-tech solutions, cost-efficiency and industrial partnership into one, smart fighter system. That’s why we call it “The smart fighter”.​

Image Courtesy: : Peter Karlsson, Svarteld form & foto​

Hakan Buskhe.jpg"The interest in Gripen is greater than ever," says Saab CEO Hakan Buskhe. A news report in SVD quotes Buskhe saying that Saab is currently in talks with a handful of countries that are interested in Gripen E and F variants.

As per Buskhe, Saab is hopeful about selling Gripen to India and it can agree to develop the new generation aircraft in the country which is in sync with Indian Government’s Make in India Initiative.

"We could, with true ToT (Transfer of Technology), provide Indian Air Force with an Indian-built combat aircraft of the future, with technology of Gripen E," said Buskhe in an interview with Mint, an Indian Daily.

Besides Gripen, Saab, in partnership with Boeing, is also working on the development of a new training aircraft for the US Air Force. It’s an expensive project with over 500 people working on the development, the report says.

Read the full story here.

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Saab has had a terrific 2015 in terms of sales and the Security and Defence Company gives a lot of credit for this to Brazil's Gripen order. Saab’s year-end report indicates strong performance, especially in its fourth quarter.

According to the report, during 2015, sales amounted to MSEK 27,186, an increase of 16 percent. The organic sales growth was 11 percent. The operational cash flow was MSEK -500 for the full year and MSEK 653 for the fourth quarter. While initiating the presentation of the year-end report, Saab CEO Hakan Buskhe said that cash flow was positively impacted by milestone payments related to Gripen for Brazil and the submarine A26 for Sweden.

At year-end, the order backlog amounted to MSEK 113,834, which is more than four times annual sales. Saab maintains that though the defence market remains challenging,  its products continue to interest customers as they offer customised functionality and cost efficiency.

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Matti Vanhanen, Finland's ex prime minister says that Finland should consider Gripen to replace its ageing Hornet fighter jets.

"If the aircraft meet the required performance demands, and the planes can be equipped with necessary weapon systems, then the purchase would have a positive impact on fostering defence co-operation between Finland and Sweden," Vanhanen says.

Finnish Air Force’s F/A-18 C/D Hornet aircraft are scheduled to be retired between 2025 and 2030. A request for quotations for new jets is yet to be sent out by Finland.

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The first group of 50 Brazilian professionals, who reached Sweden a few months back, is now actively participating in the Gripen NG development.

For a Brazilian engineer, snow covered hangars and sunsets at around 3 pm are things that are in stark contrast to life in their home country. Marcelo, one of the 50 professionals from Brazil, is however delighted. Marcelo is an Embraer engineer since 1998. It will be his first chance to work on the development of a supersonic jet.

"One of the differences is that in supersonic flights, the temperature of the vehicle is high (as a result of kinetic heating caused by the friction between the outside air and the surface of the aircraft) which means the cooling capacity of the system is important," he says.

Marcelo is working with Erik Israelsson, systems engineer at Saab, who cannot hide his excitement of working with colleagues from a different country. Erik says that short courses have been created for the Brazilian engineers."I think it will be very useful to work with new people in the 'Saab way."

By 2022, more than 350 Brazilian professionals will work on Gripen NG project in Sweden.

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With its modular based design and continuous upgrades, Gripen will always be a fighter that is up-to-date and ready for the future. To download this image, please visit gripen.com

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Between 16 and 21 February 2016, Saab will be showcasing at the Singapore Airshow, Asia's largest aerospace and defence event with companies from around the world. Gripen will be one of the top products on display.

Singapore Airshow will be held at the purpose-built Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC), Changi. The show will be open to the public on 20 and 21 February 2016.

Besides Gripen, Saab is also showcasing Erieye AEW & C Mission system, Swordfish MPA, Carl Gustaf M4 and Giraffe 1X at the event. To know more about the event and to buy tickets, please visit Singapore Airshow’s official site​

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The 2015 Gripen photo competition had close to 800 entries. Among many great photos Tom Gagner’s entry stood out. Tom Gagner is a photographer from Kalmar, Sweden.

Read on to know more about the photographer who clicked the winning picture.

Congratulations Tom, what was your reaction when you got the message that you had won the Gripen photo competition?

I was very happy of course and delighted that my photo was chosen. 

What were your expectations when you sent the photo, had you seen some of the others entries on Instagram?

Yes, I had looked at the entries on Instagram and thought that this could be a fun challenge.

Where did you shoot your winning photo?

I shot the photo at Flygdagen 2015 (Air Force Day 2015) in Sweden. I waited some time to get the perfect angel that shows Gripen making a sharp turn.

What was your impression of the Airshow?

I liked it a lot. I usually go to Airshows that are not too far from home. I prefer jets and Draken and Gripen are the ones I really want to see.

Did you have a hard time choosing which photo to send in to the competition?

I had a few other photos but this one was my favourite and it also shows the turning ability of Gripen that fascinates me. I also liked the way the clouds came out in the picture.

Read the full interview here.

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Saab and leading Industrial Group from Italy, Finmeccanica have teamed up to provide electronic warfare systems support to Gripen operators, reports Flightglobal.

According to the report, all Gripen NG fighters will have the Raven ES-05 active electronically scanned array radar, Skyward-G infrared search and track passive sensor and identification friend or foe systems, all of which are made by Finmeccanica.

Last year, Finmeccanica – Selex ES had signed a contract with Saab to deliver 60 Skyward-G IRST (infra-red search and track) systems for Gripen NG fighters. Saab is also offering Finmeccanica’s BriteCloud expendable active decoy as an option for the Gripen.

“BriteCloud is being offered by Saab as the off-board jamming solution for platform protection,” says Mark Hewer, vice-president of EWOS for the company's Airborne and Space Systems division. 

“With the success of the Gripen variants internationally, we are seeing real interest and are in discussions with a number of potential customers."

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Saab has offered joint development of Sea Gripen to India, reports The Economic Times​.

Talking about the Sea Gripen and the ongoing project of the DRDO to develop the naval version of the LCA Tejas, Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab's aeronautics division said, "We have a great opportunity for technology transfer." 

As per the report, Saab has already conducted a feasibility study and knows about the modifications that are needed to create a naval version of Gripen.

Featuring all the capabilities of the next generation Gripen, Sea Gripen will be the world’s most technologically advanced carrier-based fighter. It will have high agility, extended reach, carefree maneuvering, supercruise and full net-centric capabilities. An advanced data link and extensive electronic warfare self-protection suite can be readily adapted to meet specific user requirements.

Saab is also in talks with the Brazilian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy for a possible development of the Sea Gripen.

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