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Director General of SAM, Marcelo Lima says that Saab is reaching out to companies that can offer tooling material, general equipment, consumables, general services and handling material among other things.

To begin the process, Saab met with 55 companies, out of which 35 were based out of Brazil, at a workshop recently. 

According to Lima, the shortlisted companies will play various roles in starting SAM's operations. “We are also focusing on companies that already sell to multinationals," he says.

The selection process is intensive. All the companies had to prepare presentation for stage one. "After this presentation, we sent a questionnaire that will help us know more about the company, how was it formed etc. Then we will ask for quotations followed by which we will evaluate each offer before making the final decisions,” he elaborated.

SAM was unveiled earlier this month in the city of São Bernardo do Campo, in São Paulo state, Brazil. Not only will SAM produce aerostructures for the Brazilian Gripen fighter, but also become part of Saab´s global supply chain.

As of now, Saab has selected two service providers and hired nine employees. "Our strategy is to talk to our existing partners in the Brazilian Gripen programme, who are already familiar with the aeronautical sector. We have started visiting a few companies and will hold another workshop to meet more direct suppliers between year-end and beginning of 2019,” Lima says.

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Members of Gripen User Group paid a visit to the Aeronautics Command (COMAER), in Brasília, and discussed Gripen operations, maintenance and logistics. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) hosted the Gripen Users Group (GUG) for the first time ever. The meeting took place between participants from Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, Thailand and Sweden. 

Last year, Brazilian delegates went to Prague to meet the GUG. Air Major Jefson Borges, who is in charge of all communication between the official channels of the Brazilian Defence, stressed on the importance of such gatherings. “GUG meetings take place at different professional levels, from commanders to technicians. We learn a lot from these meetings because we get to know about operating the Gripen system from various operators. This will help us be better prepared and not make the same mistakes they made,” he said.

One of the participating members, Thai Air Force Captain Jackkrit Thammavichai said, “The issues discussed in the Group help both those who are already users of the aircraft, and Brazil, who will soon have access to the latest technology.” 

The entourage headed to Gavião Peixoto from Brasilia to pay a visit to the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) where Santosh Miadaira, Senior Program Manager, Embraer, Gripen programme, told everyone about the importance of GDDN."GDDN marks the beginning of the technology transfer programme between Brazil and Sweden," he said.

The next Gripen Users meeting will be hosted by Hungary.

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AEL Sistemas has now delivered the third prototype of the Wide Area Display (WAD) for Gripen E/F which is being developed for the Brazilian Air Force. 

The Wide Area Display in Gripen E is a panoramic high-resolution screen (19 x 8 in) that allows a redundant and intelligent presentation of information across its entire length, with the capacity to receive inputs from multitask keys, the touchscreen or external interfaces. Using data fusion, it provides the pilot with the information needed, and is the main source of flight and mission information in the cockpit.

"The delivery of Model C prototype represents AEL´s commitment to technology absorption in the development of WAD for the next generation of Brazilian fighters. We deliver the prototype on schedule, enabling Saab engineers to continue their work towards the final integration of the aircraft,” says Sergio Horta, president of AEL Sistemas.

Last year, the Model B prototype was delivered by AEL. This prototype came with the final mechanics and hardware for use in the laboratory, simulator and aircraft (ground testing). After that, further enhancements were made to Model C. The new graphic card ensures an increased processing capacity and better image presentation. With its new mechanics, hardware, and software, Model C will be used in the development and qualification tests of the aircraft during flight mode.  

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​Get to know the inside of the all new Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM). The manufacturing facility will be responsible to produce structural parts like the tail cone, aerodynamic brakes, and wing box for the 36 Gripen fighters that are being developed for  the Brazilian Air Force.

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Saab has achieved another important milestone in its Brazil Gripen programme by unveiling a 5,000-square-meter facility for its future Gripen fighter jet aerostructures plant: Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM) yesterday. The facility is located in the city of São Bernardo do Campo, in São Paulo state, Brazil. 

SAM will be given the responsibility of producing six complex structural parts for Gripen for FAB - the tail cone, aerodynamic brakes, wing box, front fuselage for the single-seat and two-seat versions and the rear fuselage for the single-seat version of the aircraft.

"We are transferring knowledge and production capacity for complex aerostructures to Brazil, in compliance with our offset agreement. The plant is planned to be part of the global Saab supply chain for the civil aviation and defence markets," explains Mikael Franzén, Head of Business Unit Gripen Brazil, Saab Aeronautics.

The operations at SAM are planned to begin in 2020 with about 55 employees. This number will gradually increase to 200. The hiring process has already started and the new employees will soon start their training in Linköping.

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Erica Magnusson and Maritza Erlandsson who are working on the final assembly of Gripen, participated at the WorldSkills Event in Uppsala, Sweden recently. Both these women have graduated from top tier flight schools in Sweden before successfully applying for jobs at Saab.

About working at Saab, Erica believes that it is a company with many opportunities. "If I put in the effort, I know that Saab will back me up and help me sharpen my skills," she said.

Erica, on the other hand, is excited about the fact that she works on Gripen. "It feels great to be working with something that is at the leading edge, like when we work on the Gripen E fighter. When we run into problems we get together and talk it over to come up with a solution instead of trying to work it out alone," she said.

The contest in Uppsala involves young students testing their skills against one another in 40 occupational categories. The event aims at building interest and recruitment for vocational training among young students and professionals.

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If you want to know all about the latest updates in the Gripen programme, you cannot miss this. Be a part of the Saab's annual Gripen seminar on 16th May, 2018. The seminar will be live streamed here

Speakers at the seminar will include Jonas Hjelm, head of business area Aeronautics, Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing and sales, Mikael Olsson, Gripen test pilot and acting Wing Commander Flying, and Inga Bergström, sales director Gripen Electronic Warfare.

You do not need to register for online participation. Just be ready with your questions which you can submit via live-stream or twitter using #smartfighter.

To know more about the seminar, please click here.

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There are many noticeable changes that have been made to Gripen E which include integration of some of the most brilliant military science breakthroughs of the past few years.

Externally, the fighter boasts of a new, more powerful engine, increased range and a larger weapon load. The under-carriage of Gripen E has been moved to the wings, which means more fuel and weapons can be carried.

Internally, the systems software has undergone some major upheavals as well. The new EW system, MFS-EW (Multi Functional System) is based on wideband digital technology and digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) devices, gallium nitride (GaN) solid state active electronically scanned array (AESA) jammer transmitters and interferometric direction finding systems.

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A throw back to one of our popular videos, showing our display pilot André from the inside of the Gripen cockpit as he shows part of his display programme.


20150910-en-1047689-437468.jpgIn a recent interview, Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe said that he believes Saab has a good chance of selling Gripen to India. This statement was made in the context of the recent RFI (Request for Information) document published by Indian authorities regarding the procurement of fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF), as well as the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sweden, where he met Swedish industrialists, including Mr. Håkan Buskhe. 

Mr. Buskhe said that Gripen E has bright prospects. “Gripen E is the world's most modern aircraft. It has enhanced weapons load capability and can fly beyond two-engine airplanes.”  He also added that Saab is fully committed to its "Make in India" offer.

"Brazil is a good example of how we can deliver, on schedule, what we promise in terms of technology transfer," he said.

According to the RFI, India is looking to procure 110 fighter jets for their Air Force, and the deal could amount to $15 billion. 

Saab has offered to build a modern aerospace manufacturing facility in India if the IAF decides to buy Gripen. 

The 70-page document stating the requirements of the IAF have been defined by Mr. Bushke as “well-defined”. 

“It’s good that India has a structured process,” he said.

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