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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.

Read the full story here.

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and series production of countermeasures dispensers for the Gripen fighter. The order value amounts to SEK223 million.

The order supports development and series production of countermeasures dispensers for chaff and flares for Gripen E and C/D. This will enhance the defensive capabilities of the aircraft.

Work will begin in 2016 and will be completed in 2020. The order involves Saab’s business areas Aeronautics, Electronic Defence Systems and Support and Services.


What makes the Gripen NG development unique and cost effective is a combination of a model based design and reduced parts count. Both ensure that the Gripen E development is on time and in sync with the latest technologically advanced processes.

The model based development ensures that design errors are detected early and not late in the development process. The system allows verifications to be conducted in simulators and as a result, fewer test flights are needed. So, while almost 4,000 sorties were required to prepare the C/D model, the new test platforms should fly only a combined 1,200 times.

According to Lars Ydreskog, Saab’s head of aerospace operations, a model-based design technique is generating huge benefits for the Gripen E project.

“You can show the operator how they will do something in 2023, before you’ve done anything in the development,” he notes.

At the Dubai Air Show 2015, Head of Saab’s aeronautics business area Ulf Nilsson said that Saab has dramatically reduced the number of parts in Gripen development through modular design. 

For example, for Gripen NG, currently one machine part is being used to manufacture a radar frame, but the number of machine parts was more than 20 for the same in Gripen C. This not only delivers cost efficiency, but also means that every new aircraft will be less complex and quicker to put together.

A lot of these efficiency measures come from Saab's experience in the Gripen’s conversion from the A/B to C/D. With every new ...

At the Dubai Air Show 2015, Ulf Nilsson, Head of Saab’s aeronautics business area, revealed that the New Generation Gripen has reached its final assembly stage. These are some of the images from the production process.







According to Ulf Nilsson, model based designing fits extremely well within the Gripen program.

“We had less [production line] feedback on the first aircraft than we have on the running production of the [Gripen] C/D,” he says in an interview with the Flightglobal​.​


The first group of our Brazilian colleagues landed in Sweden last year. In this first round, 46 employees from Embraer and two from AEL Sistemas have made their way to Linköping. By February this year, the next group of 4 people will arrive. Around 30 people in total will arrive during the spring, with another 40 people due in the autumn of 2016.

Over time, around 350 Brazilian engineers will journey to Sweden to take part in courses and on-the-job-training within the framework of the Gripen to Brazil programme. Their arrival will coincide with new phases in the programme. This first phase will include many systems engineers and software developers. Pilots, flight test engineers, production engineers, and so on will be arriving a bit further down the line.

Read the full story here​.


Saab and Boeing are working in collaboration to develop a trainer aircraft for the USAF. Saab has been working on this project for a couple of years with a team both in St Louis and in Linköping and Saab CEO, Håkan Buskhe has complete confidence in their entry into the T-X competition. 

Along with the T-X trainer, Saab is working on the development of the new generation of Gripen fighters and there will also be a two-seater variant of the Gripen NG. 

"We really have not been doing so many aircraft types since the 50s," Buskhe says.

On being asked about new markets for Gripen, Buskhe says that there are many possibilities but he cannot say much. Swedish Air Force had earlier announced that it cannot lend any more Gripen C/D. Buskhe says that Saab can still export Gripen C/D variant adding that it is possible to supply new C/D fighters in 18 months. 

Read the full story here.​

Gripen-NG_[Photo-creditFAB_Paulo_Rezende][].jpgThis is a step closer to the Brazilian skies. This year, the Brazilian Gripen NG partnership entered into its next phase as the contact became effective. ​

On 27 October 2014 Saab announced the conclusion of a contract with the Brazilian Federal Government for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG aircraft. The contract has now come into effect as all required conditions have been fulfilled. On 10 September this year, the order value of approximately SEK39.3 billion was booked by Saab as order intake. Gripen NG deliveries to the Brazilian Air Force will be undertaken from 2019 to 2024

The associated industrial co-operation contract (including technology transfer to Brazilian industries), which was signed in October 2014, also comes into effect today.

“Through the Gripen NG programme, we continue to build on the industrial relations between Brazil and Sweden. I am confident that this important programme will serve as a platform for new business and contribute to the growth of both the Brazilian and Swedish industry,” says Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of Saab’s Board of Directors.

“This important milestone marks the formal start to the Brazilian Gripen NG programme. We will now work full speed ahead to ensure timely deliveries of Gripen NG to Brazil. Our partnership with Brazilian industry strengthens Saab’s position in Latin America and supports our strategy for growth through industrial co-operation,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

Read more here.

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At a interaction with the media, Håkan Buskhe, President & CEO, Saab AB, Saab offered to manufacture the fighter under the ‘Make in India’ program.  Saab says that making the Gripen in India would involve true aerospace capabilities and complete transfer of technology. 

Saab is not only offering Gripen but is also offering to help in the development of aerospace capabilities for the next 100 years, Country Head and Chairman Jan Widerstrom said. Ulf Nilsson, Head of Saab’s Aeronautics division, further emphasized on the point that the transfer of technology would be real as it offers full system control and full software control to India. 

Saab India Technology Centre in Hyderabad is an example of Saab’s engagement with the society as it trains Indian engineers for the defence industry and focuses on R&D in the defence, aerospace and civil security sectors.​

Saab now can deliver technician training for both the Gripen fighter and SK60 trainer. The training is now underway at Ljungbyhed and Linköping in Sweden.

Saab has extensive experience in training technicians for civilian aircraft in accordance with civilian aviation regulations. These operations are now being expanded to include military technician training, which was previously conducted only by the Swedish armed forces (in Halmstad, Sweden). Saab has become a certified training organisation according to the Sweden’s Rules for Military Aviation (RML), and has established a dedicated training organisation within its business area Support and Services. The training of technicians for the Gripen and SK60 will be available for both Swedish and export market needs.

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Finland is all set to issue a request for information (RFI)​ to five aircraft manufacturers, including Saab for a replacement for its ageing F-18 Hornets, reports SvD.

Finnish Air Force Commander Kim Jäämeri confirms that Gripen is being considered as a potential aircraft but the decision process may take up to six years. According to the report, Finland plans to have the new fighters in use by the year 2030.

Earlier this year, Jerker Ahlqvist, Saab's vice president for business area aeronautics also confirmed that Gripen has got a good chance in Finland.

"Finland is a very interesting country for us. They have a long process, we know that, but it's also quite encouraging, and we know what we can expect. We're looking to receive a request for information early next year, a request for proposal in 2018 and a contract somewhere around 2020," he said.

Read the full story here.

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