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"Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM) will be part of Saab's global supply chain. So if we see opportunities, we would want to take part in projects for other products that serve not only markets in Latin America but the rest of the world as well," said Jonas Hjelm, the global head of the aeronautics division at Saab. 

According to Mr. Hjelm, there are other prospective clients in South America that the facilities at SAM can potentially cater to, such as Colombia, who have reportedly shown a clear interest.

Located at the city of São Bernardo do Campo, in São Paulo state, Saab SAM will play a major role in the production of the next generation fighter jets in Brazil. However, the final assembly of the aircraft will take place at Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN). SAM targets to have 55 engineers and technicians trained in Linköping, Sweden for the manufacture and assembly of the complex fuselages of Gripen E by 2020.

Logistically, SAM is strategically located near Guarulhos International Airport, major highways and the aeronautical clusters of Sao Jose dos Campos and Gaviao Peixoto, the city where the GDDN is located.

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During last week, Saab participated at the IDEB exhibition in Bratislava, Slovakia where it presented a Gripen Full Scale Replica.

During the exhibition, Saab announced that it will build a Gripen Support Centre in Slovakia if the country selects the NATO-interoperable Gripen multirole supersonic fighter aircraft to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-era MiG29 aircraft.  

According to Jonas Hjelm, Head of Business Area Aeronautics at Saab, the proposed Gripen Support Centre would create and sustain approximately 500 hundred new high-tech jobs. “Slovakia would boost its defence and aerospace industries with the Gripen Support Centre,” he said.

Slovakia currently operates 12 MiG 29s that were upgraded in the year 2005. Its neighbor, the Czech Republic, has been successfully operating a fleet of 14 Gripen fighters for more than a decade now. As per an earlier signed cooperation plan between the two countries, if Slovakia selectd Gripen, it will be able to share the cost of maintenance and pilot training with the Czech Republic.

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Commemorating the 100 years of the Czechoslovak Air Force, one of the Czech Gripen fighters has got a makeover at the ongoing NATO Tiger Meet.

NATO Tiger Meet 2018 is an opportunity for participating aerial squadrons of NATO countries to get together and showcase their talents in some very challenging exercises. However, it’s not all work and no play; there are numerous customs and traditions involved in the Tiger Meet that make it very interesting. Each year, pilots add exciting decals to their fighters, making it look unique.

For the Czech Gripen, this year’s motif was a little different. Usually, it’s an image or a sketch of a tiger.  For example, last year, Czech Gripen was the canvas for the stylish “Wildcat”, which was a partially covered face of model Simona Krainová and a tiger. Similarly, in 2013, one of the participating Gripen had a motif called "Picasso Tiger".

Besides Czech Air Force, the Hungarian Air Force has also sent its Gripen fighters to the exercise.

NATO Tiger Meet will be held till 25 May.

You can take a look at how Czech Gripen fighters have been given a different makeover at various NATO Tiger Meets here.

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Image Courtesy: WeAreNATO

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Director General of Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (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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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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Image Courtesy: AEL Sistemas​

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“Gripen has operational capability that is second to none. When you package that with value for money in terms of acquisition and life cycle cost, and also industrial packages that Saab offers, I believe we have a platform that is perfect for the market segment we are pitching to,” says Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing and sales.

Giving a status update on the sales prospect of Gripen E/F and Gripen C/D, Richard says that both variants are in demand. “We have a unique position in the market as we can offer two very different systems from the same pedigree in the market,” he adds.

About Switzerland, he says Saab is very positive about the outcome. “This is round two. This time the country is not just replacing the F5 fighter but also the F18 Hornet. We are expecting an RFI anytime soon.”

Saab has been present in Finland for a number of years and is currently working on a proposal for the country. In the UK and the US, Saab sees great potential for Gripen Aggressor sales. 

Saab has also been in dialogue with Bulgaria and Slovakia. “I am confident that Gripen would be perfect for these nations. They have two neighbors that operate Gripen C/D, so there is a scope of working together as well,” Richard says.

About India, one of the biggest market Saab is pitching to, Richard says that his team is working on a proposal. “We would submit a proposal ...

​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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The Czech Air Force will, after winning the title of ‘Best Fixed Wing Display’ last year, return at the RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day this year with more Gripen solo displays. This will be the third consecutive appearance at the event for Gripen.

The Czech Air Force will be looking to put up a commanding display at Somerset to an audience of 40,000. At the helm will be Capt. Ivo Kardoše, who is renowned in the circuit for his spectacular displays with Gripen. Besides the five hour flying display of various fighters from around the world, visitors will also get a chance to experience engineering fair and defence exhibition as well.

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day will take place on the 7th of July, 2018.

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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.

To read the full interview, click here.

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