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"If you go backs to 1950s, what was important was how fast you could fly an aircraft and how well you could control a combat situation. But that is not enough for today,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics, at a Saab presentation on Innovation on the occasion of Nobel Week in New Delhi, India.
Sindahl, in his speech explained how aircraft designing and manufacturing process has undergone a change in the last few decades.
“Situational awareness is extremely important in a combat situation now. You need to have a very good view of the environment around you. So consequently the sensors have become very important.”
“We have been working since the early 1980s on the Gripen system. And we are now contracted by the Swedish government to develop the third generation of Gripen. We started working in the 1980s, building a very Swedish Gripen. Then we saw an opportunity to export the fighter aircraft, and we knew we needed to develop a new version of Gripen. Technology was going forward, customer’s needs were going forward and that is why we started working on Gripen C/D,” Sindahl says.
Sindahl adds that when a system is designed, it should be designed for many years and hence one needs to be very flexible with weapon integration, surveillance system etc.
“In the 1950s when you designed an aircraft, you could say that five per cent of the design would be useless soon as technology was growing ...
According to Saab, a focus on realistic requirements has helped the Swedish industry and government teams integrate weapons on the Gripen faster and at lower cost than similar efforts elsewhere.
In an Aviation Week report, Bill Sweetman talks about the weapons from outside that have been successfully integrated with Gripen so far in a cost effective way.
The list includes the Raytheon GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II laser-plus-GPS bomb and Diehl Iris-T infrared air-to-air missile (AAM), which were integrated in 2006-09 and the flight testing of Thales Digital Joint Reconnaissance Pod for South Africa's Gripens in 2011.
According to Gideon Singer, technical director for Gripen exports and Lisa Abom, head of the Saab project office for engineering and weapons, Saab devotes 14% of integration costs to planning and coordination.
“One lesson is to reach early agreement,” they said. This means defining and clearly interpreting requirements, limitations and the approach to testing.
This year in June, Saab conducted its first test firing of the version of the Meteor radar-controlled air-to-air missile, developed for mass production. The test firing demonstrated the separation from the aircraft and the link function between the aircraft and missile, as well as the missile's ability to lock in on the target. The test firing was also used to verify the command support that has been developed for the pilot.
Sweden will be the first air force to field the new missile, with the Gripen MS 20 package in 2015. That upgrade will also include the GBU-39 Small ...
Defence & Security Company Saab has launched a new website dedicated to Gripen for Denmark.
Saab is a long-term partner to the Danish Armed Forces and has delivered several products and systems to the country including Draken Fighter Jets, Arthur Weapon Locating Systems and Double Eagle ROV – MCM.
Earlier this year, Denmark had announced that it had reopened the type selection process for a new fighter aircraft and Gripen was one of the options it was looking at. Last month, a Danish delegation led by the Minister of Defence Nicolai Wammen met officials at FXM to see the production process of the Gripen.
Saab plans to deliver offset transactions valued at 100 percent of the Gripen contract value, creating huge business opportunities for the Danish industry.
To know more about Saab’s industrial cooperation package for Denmark, and about Gripen E, please visit Gripen For Denmark.
The site is launched in both English and Danish language.
How do you build a super computer in a biscuit box? That about sums up the challenge of creating super small, super tough and super sensitive radar systems such as the ES-05 Raven radar for the Gripen E being produced by Selex ES.
“The great challenge of a radar system is that it combines the mechanical challenges, electrical challenges, software challenges and physical challenges of all types, all in a very small volume, in a very demanding environment. And you have to basically build a super computer in a biscuit box,” Mark Smith, VP of technology at Selex ESW says.
Fabio Antognini, "Fanta" for short, is one of the few Swiss military pilots to have already flown the Gripen. The 51 year-old tells us about his experiences with the fighter jet.
Mr. Antognini, you have been able to fly the Gripen again over the last few days from the military airfield in Payerne. What missions have you flown?
Last Friday and Monday we did training flights for the Axalp flight demo we are doing this Wednesday and Thursday. We took off from Payerne military airfield and did a dry run on the first flight i.e. we flew the approach several times exactly as we would in a real mission in order to get used to the challenging geography and the plane. Then for the hot run we used the aircraft guns to shoot at the targets on the slope. This isn't a test but a demonstration of the Gripen's ability to deploy the guns in our difficult terrain. The Axalp demo is a perfect opportunity to do this.
You have flown the jet a lot. Do you now know it inside out?
I know the Gripen well technically, and I've had solid flight experience with the fighter jet. I had the opportunity to do training in Sweden this September, including an introduction to using the guns. This included theory, simulator practice and two-seater flights. And then I did about 10 flight missions in Sweden as solo pilot of the Gripen C.
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"It is awesome to know that there is so much technology behind Gripen’s simplicity," says Johannes, winner of Saab's 'Did You Know' contest.
Johannes who got an opportunity to visit Saab's plant in Linköping and to fly the Gripen Simulator as a prize for winning the contest, was impressed with the technology behind Gripen.
“First and foremost, it is so easy to fly the Gripen, although the aircraft is so tactically organized. It is awesome to know that there is so much technology behind this simplicity. As a pilot I also get a lot of information on the displays that are automatically generated by a sophisticated computer system – very impressive”, Johannes says.
Even before the contest, Johannes was closely following Saab online.
“I had a good knowledge of Saab and I knew quite a lot about it before the competition. I follow Saab on twitter and I also share the news spread there. Aviation and technology are a major area of interest for me and I have always seen Saab as a leading company in the aerospace, defense, and technology sector,” he says.
Talking more about Gripen, Johannes says, “Gripen symbolizes everything good with Sweden. It symbolizes innovation, independence and engineering excellence, and it proves that Sweden is not only capable, but is also leading the way.”
Read the full story:Gripen-symboliserar-allt-bra-med-Sverige
"The Gripen C/D is less expensive to develop and to operate than the Gripen A/B which was cheaper than the Viggen. Also the Gripen E/F will be cheaper to develop and produce and operate as compared to the C/D,” said Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab at the Paris Air Show earlier this year.
So what makes the latest version of Gripen less expensive?
Matti Olsson, Head of Strategic & Business Development Production at Saab explains the design philosophy and the approach that leads to the production of a better Gripen in a cost effective manner over time.
“At the end of the Cold War, it was clear that the future defence budgets would be less generous. Hence Saab intensified its efforts to create a smart aircraft to distinguish itself from competitors in the big producer nations,” Olsson says.
Through the entire production process, purchasing and operational costs have been kept lower than for twin-engine fighters. According to Olsson, Gripen E’s flight and mission-critical software systems are kept completely separate from each other. This allows easier upgrades as any change in one component does not affect the other components.
“To keep the production process efficient, the assembly team is trained to be independent, to perform quality checks themselves, without outside supervision,” Olsson adds.
Read the full story here.
Image Courtesy: Stefan Kalm
Saab will be the first partner to offer the new BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy (EAD) as an optional electronic warfare enhancement for both Gripen C/D and the new generation version, reports Selex’s website.
A fast combat aircraft usually faces complex and advanced airborne and surface-based RF threat, Mobile SAMs being one of them. BriteCloud is a self-contained Digital RF Memory (DRFM) jammer for fast jet aircraft. Its DRFM-based technology has been developed to provide both Doppler and range obscuration to threat. It creates a false yet convincing target that renders technologies designed to spot decoys as ineffective.
According to the report, BriteCloud’s technology has already been tested and will now be a part of various qualification missions and flight trials to guarantee full operational capacity.
“Having assessed its capability, BriteCloud will increase the survivability of Gripen, further enhancing the fighter’s attractiveness to customers.” said Pete Forrest, VP marketing and sales for electronic warfare at Selex ES.
“We are working with Saab towards flight tests of the BriteCloud on Gripen which are expected to take place in 2014,” Forrest adds.
BritCloud was launched by Selex ES on 6 November.
Read the full story: NEW SELEX ES EXPENDABLE ACTIVE DECOY ‘BRITECLOUD' SELECTED BY SAAB FOR GRIPEN FIGHTER
Solothurn companies see a lot of potential for offsetting transactions in connection with the Swiss Gripen fighter deal, says a news report in grenchnertagblatt.
"The chances of Solothurn industry are undoubtedly very good," says Josef Hart, president of the Industrial Association of Solothurn and associated region.
According to the report, Joseph Hart believes that the business opportunities for the local industry would be big as the offset transactions are not limited to just aircraft components.
"The offset transactions often also refer to additional equipment, production equipment, automation technologies and even projects in the area of research and development," Hart explains.
Joseph Hart is looking forward to good job opportunities in the manufacturing of metal and plastic components as well as in the delivery of manufacturing and automation technologies and precision instruments, the report says.
Read the full story:Der Gripen könnte die Solothurner Industrie beflügeln
The Gripen E currently being developed by Saab is only about half Swedish, reports Svenska Dagbladet.
Companies based in countries like United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Switzerland manufacture many important components of the aircraft. One of the most important contributions outside Sweden comes from US’ General Electric that provides Gripen E's engine.
But the basic elements of the entire system development, design, a large portion of the sensors, avionics and composition of the aircraft is made in Sweden, reports svd.se.
According to the report, about 1,500 people in total are working on the Gripen E, mostly in Linköping and also in other Swedish cities like Jönköping, Göteborg, Arboga and Trollhättan.
Read the full story: Drygt hälften svenskt när nya Gripen byggs
Image: Stefan Kalm
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