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Production of the new Gripen is done primarily in Linköping and work is already in full swing. Test flights, where critical subsystems and their interoperability are tested to minimise risk, are already well underway. First delivery is planned for 2018. As previously reported, development is proceeding according to plan and contracts have been signed with all major subcontractors.

One of our engineers tells her story.

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The new generation Gripen will be equipped with sensors that can detect low-radar-cross-section (RCS) targets, and will provide the pilots in a Gripen formation with a new level of situational awareness, says Bob Mason, Selex-ES marketing director for advanced sensors.

According to a report in the Aviation Week, Gripen E will have three Selex-ES sensors and a new identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system with three electronically steerable antenna arrays, which matches the radar's range and field of view.

Mason describes that the IRST is capable of detecting low-RCS targets at distances compatible with a beyond-visual-range missile launch.  Confirming that the Selex IRSTs have tracked low-RCS targets, he says, “We have seen them.” 

The report adds that Selex IRSTs have undergone a lot of changes, the most important one is the development of algorithms, based on operational experience and the analysis of real-world imagery, that look at IR signatures in detail, including variations of color and brightness within the target, in order to filter out false alarms caused by everything from birds to barbecue grills.

“The IRST can give the radar a very accurate azimuth and elevation to the target, which allows it to focus its energy and increase the probability of achieving detection and track on a low-RCS target,” Mason says.

Read the full story: Gripen Sensors Claim Counter-Stealth Performance

Read more about the AESA Radar here.

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Gripen seems to be the talk of the town lately. There is a surge in interest in the new fighter aircraft from media as well as from potential customers around the world. Have you got the whole picture of how Gripen E is different from its earlier variants? If not, this is a good opportunity to get to know Gripen E.

Aviation Week wrote about the enhanced capabilities of the new generation Gripen as compared to Gripen C/D. Read the full report here.

Find out more interesting details about the all new Gripen E- The Fighter.


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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. 

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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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