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Saab’s success has been due to its ability to remain competitive by designing combat aircraft which meet market requirements in terms of high performance, price and delivery, reports The Conversation.

According to the report, there are many factors responsible for Saab, a relatively small firm from Sweden, managing to find success in a highly competitive, multinational market with huge development costs.

Exports of Gripen are also dependent on a variety of factors other than the combination of high performance and low-cycle cost that makes Gripen unique. . Examples include generous technology transfer and financing packages, favorable offsets as well as offers of bilateral collaboration between governments, the report says.

Read the full story: Defence minnow Saab humbling multinational aerospace Goliaths​

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Mirco Knecht´s winning photo makes its entry into Gripen Calendar 2014.

In an interview with Saab, Mirco says that he was always fascinated by aircraft and when he got his first camera he found a second passion i.e. photography.

Read Mirco's interview here.

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“The interest in Gripen in the international market has increased a lot recently,” says Magnus Örnberg, Saab's Chief Financial Officer.

According to a report in the Swiss daily Affarsvarlden, Magnus Örnberg, at a recent Copenhagen seminar, said that large orders in 2013 and 2014 have made the Saab management team confident about achieving its long-term growth target.

Read the full story:Intresset för Gripen har ökat​

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“Brazil’s decision to choose Gripen was the most important step in recent years towards the consolidation of defense industrial policy,” says Luis Nassif in a GGN article.

As per Saab’s proposal, the flight test program will be conducted by Embraer and other Brazilian companies enabling the country to participate directly in the development and testing of the aircraft.

The possibility of technological partnerships was a huge factor behind the air force’s inclination towards the Gripen right from the beginning, the report says .​

Read the full story: Os caças Gripen representam um salto na indústria de defesa

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"It is an opportunity for Brazil to reduce its dependence on technology in the industry. The choice of Gripen is the basis for the development of a Brazilian supersonic military aircraft," says Professor Abdalla Alvaro Martins, School of Engineering of São Carlos-USP.

In an interview in Noticias, Professor Martins talks about the opportunities that come with the Gripen Brazil contract in terms of sharing technology and co-developing a fighter aircraft with Sweden.

 “More than technology transfer, it is important that Brazil could be a partner in the development of the aircraft. The Gripen NG is not quite ready. We can learn to design, modify and improve a combat aircraft.” Martins says.

Martins adds that depending on the agreement between Embraer and Saab, the partnership may result in benefits not only for military aviation, but also for civil aviation.

Another news report in Dinheiro​ also highlights that FAB’s agreement with Saab can put Brazil among the select group of countries that produce supersonic aircrafts.

The report adds that the Gripen contract is not restricted to just the import of aircraft but is much broader as it includes the development of Swedish - Brazilian military jets, which may even be sold to other countries.

The choice of Saab’s Gripen NG gives an impetus to the revival of the Brazilian defense industry, the report says.

Read the full story: Tecnologia de caça Gripen pode ser usada em jatos comerciais

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Brazil might become the primary production base for future Gripen E sales to South America and Africa, reports Defence News.

"Brazil has excellent relations with its neighbors in South America and with other developing countries. This is something we want to exploit. We see this as just the beginning of what promises to be a very fruitful industrial cooperation between Sweden and Brazil," says Lennart Sindahl, Head of Aeronautics Business Segment, Saab.

According to the report, the Ministry of Trade (MoT) in Sweden is already working on a proposal that would link large-sized industrial investments by some of Sweden’s biggest technology systems manufacturing companies to the sale contract.

"The industrial segment of the Gripen Offer to Brazil can be strengthened — and we will look at all ways to do this," says trade minister Ewa Björling.

Read the full story: Swedish Government Looks to Add Value to Gripen-E Sale Talks​

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Gripen has the world's most advanced military technology, says Muni Perez, a former Brazilian Air Force pilot in a report in canaltech.com.

Perez first talks about Gripen’s fly-by-wire system which enables everything to be controlled by a computer. For example, if the pilot gives a command to turn an aircraft, it goes through a computer first which analyzes if the aircraft can move safely at that time without damaging its structure.

A Gripen cockpit boasts of various advanced features including HUD, HMDS, multifunction displays and HOTAS. An HUD (Heads Up Display) helps a pilot to concentrate on flying the aircraft without having to look down for information. An HMDS (Helmet Mounted Display System), on the other hand enables the pilot to get all the information on the helmet itself, making it easier to focus on the mission even while looking outside the cabin.

The report adds that Gripen is made to be network connected i.e. it is in constant contact with other aircraft, stations and units on land and ships, sending and receiving data from sensors, radar and imaging through the DataLink system.

“Technology is constantly evolving. Saab provides an access to the source code of the system which makes it possible to upgrade the aircraft according to Brazil’s needs, and at a cost much lower than competitors,” the report says.

Read the full story: Computador voador: conheça o Gripen, novo caça comprado pelo Brasil​

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Technology transfer was an important criterion in the FX2 so that the new fighter aircraft could be assembled in Brazil itself giving a push to the local defense industry.

According to a report in G1 News, Defence Minister Celso Amorim says,"There is an effective arrangement for technology transfer."

Wall Street Journal quoted Lennart Sindahl, head of Saab's aeronautics business segment saying, "The plane will roll out from a Brazilian factory."

"There will be a supply chain in Brazil," he adds.

G1 News also quoted former trade unionist, now mayor, José Pimentel saying, “It is a great new window of opportunity for the Brazilian industry because when you talk about fighter aircraft production, it involves the entire supply chain that can be involved, including a set of companies in the automotive sector, which may turn out to be defense industry suppliers.”

Read the full story: CEO da Saab diz que empresa está preparada para colaboração industrial

New Gripen Fighter to Be Built at Brazil-Based Plant, Saab Executive Says

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Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, FMV to integrate MBDA's Meteor missile system on Gripen E fighter aircraft, reports UPI.

"The additional order secures the implementation of integration of the weapon system Meteor for Gripen E," said Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab's Gripen product unit. "It also confirms Gripen's position as the leading fighter system with a flexible design that offers great possibilities to integrate new capabilities."

The Meteor programme sees the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden joining together to provide access to technology and expertise across Europe. MBDA is the Prime Contractor.

The order is worth almost $29.3 million.

Read the full story: Saab to integrate Meteor missiles onto Gripen E fighters

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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 globo.com​, 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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