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Gripen4.jpgGripen E represents that rarest of capability improvements, one that does not come with a correspondingly hefty price tag, says Angad Singh in an exclusive report on the fighter aircraft which featured as the cover story “The Gripen Forges Ahead In Super Mode“ for the May-June issue of Vayu magazine.​.

Gripen E development, right from the start has been focused on producing an aircraft that combines high performance and low cost. For example, GE F414 engine, with its high performance and reliability was the obvious choice for the new generation aircraft. Also, sensor development for Gripen E focuses on leveraging a mix of innovative solutions and proven technologies which eventually keep the cost down.

Gripen E would have sensors that are enhanced, not just in comparison to its earlier variants, but also to contemporary fighters worldwide. It would also feature GaN-based EW suite that provides tremendous situational awareness and BriteCloud which is an onboard active decoy from Selex.

All this, according to the report, results in an aircraft that looks much the same – and feels much the same – but brings a quantum leap in performance and combat ability to the type.

Saab has not only drawn on its experience from the Gripen A/B to C/D conversion programme, but also on industry best practices acquired from manufacturing work done for Airbus and Boeing commercial products.

More emphasis on pre-production design work has led to reduced parts count for the new airframe, and shorter component manufacturing times, making each aircraft less ...

become-pilot-large-x2.pngGripen pilots operate in some of the most dangerous parts of the world – and they have to be the best. For every flight they need to wear specialised clothing and carry equipment that protects them and helps them to complete their mission.

Saab is offering you the chance to find out what it takes to enter the cockpit by dressing your own pilot – you’ll even get the chance to see what you look like as a Gripen fighter pilot and share the image with your friends.

To start, click here.​

_SKA9604 copy.jpgThe joint Parliament and the Swedish Government Committee on Defence Policy's chairman Cecilia Widegren announced at a press conference that the number of Gripen Sweden intends to order has increased from 60 to 70 as per a new proposal, reports Expressen.

According to Widegren, besides the number of Gripen, the number of submarines has also been increased to five in the new proposal. 

The Defence also wants the Swedish combat units to be more accessible and the Swedish Navy to be more active in the Baltic Sea. The new proposal aims to increase the cooperation with other countries and organizations like UN and NATO.

The proposal will be submitted to the government soon.

Read full story: Beredningen vill ha tio nya Gripenplan​

"Everything is designed and tested in the computer. This helps us know what to do and how to do. It gives us the confidence that we work with the right things and we know we are on track without any surprises," says Matti Olsson, Head of Strategic & Business Development Production at Saab.​

Info.jpgGripen E’s customer value lies in the system’s unparalleled operational combat capacity, its balanced design and the fact that the aircraft is built for information sharing. 

Information sharing refers to Gripen pilots’ access to information, gathered and analysed within their own group, giving pilots on the ground access to the same information as their airborne colleagues have. 

Information sharing is an element of the ”information war” – determining where the enemy is while avoiding detection yourself. An increasing number of the world’s air forces have realised that having an information advantage is actually more important than having maximum speed and manoeuvrability. Sweden has a 40-year tradition of developing inter-aircraft information sharing – experience that is gathered in the Gripen E.

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Brazilian firm Embraer will co-develop and co-produce Gripen E fighters, due to be purchased by Brazil, with Saab as per a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two companies recently.

Under this agreement, Embraer will perform a leading role in the overall program performance as well as undertake an extensive share of work in the production and delivery of both the single and two-seat versions of the state-of-the-art Gripen NG aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force.

"We are happy to announce this partnership with Embraer. Not only do we share experience in the defense and aeronautical markets, but both organizations have a clear dedication to customer satisfaction. Through this partnership we will secure an excellent result for the Brazilian Air Force and we will establish solid ground for success with future business opportunities and customers," says Hakan Buskhe, Saab's president and CEO.

“The deal is part of a really strong technology transfer package. The plan will see Brazilian firm Embraer handle most of the development on a two seater Gripen F for the Brazilian airforce,” Buskhe said at the Farnborough International Airshow recently.

Embraer is a leading Brazilian aeronautical company based in Sao Paulo that produces commercial, military, executive and agricultural aircraft. The 40 year old company has been involved with design, development, manufacturing, sales and technical support for commercial, agricultural and executive aviation.

Read the full story: Embraer to partner with Saab In Joint Program Management For Brazil's FX2 Project

​Farnborough International Airshow has just taken place and Saab was of course there. 

This year, Saab’s presence was all about breaking the thought barrier- demonstrating Saab’s unique way of thinking, one that pushes the boundaries of innovation and anticipates tomorrow. As part of this, Saab has demonstrated its capabilities for air defence, with Gripen in the forefront.

During Farnborough, Saab has for the first time ever, unveiled a full scale replica of Gripen NG.​

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During the exhibition, Executive Vice President Lennart Sindahl held a Gripen press briefing. You can watch the press briefing here

In the video below, Gripen Test Pilot Richard Ljungberg, standing beside the full-scale replica of Gripen NG, talks about the MBDA Meteor missile which he says is a gamechanger for a fighter. Meteor will be in Swedish Air Force service next year.

Read more about Saab at Farnborough 2014 here​.

Gripen NG31.jpgFor an untrainded eye, Gripen E might look similar to Gripen C externally, but a closer look at its detailed design says that it will have many enhanced capabilities and will beat the development and operational cost performance of the latter, says Flightglobal.

According to the report, Gripen E will not retain any of Gripen C/D’s airframe but will reuse parts of its fuel and air systems, plus its ejection seat, windshield, canopy and outer wing elevons.

Gripen E will have five through-fuselage, aluminium-lithium frames at the heart of its structure, which will support its airframe through to its inner-wing weapons pylons. Its tail section has been redesigned to accommodate the General Electric F414G-39E turbofan engine, and a new intake has been added at the base of the tail for a second environmental control system, which is needed to cool its Selex ES Raven ES-05 active electronically scanned array radar and electronic warfare equipment.

The Gripen’s air intake design has also been enlarged, and new landing gear installed. The latter includes a larger, single nose wheel and main gear which retracts into the wing, freeing fuselage space and enabling a 40% increase in internal fuel capacity. Two additional weapon stations have also been introduced beneath the fuselage.

Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics at Saab vouches for the Gripen E’s sensor configuration which includes the Selex Skyward-G infrared search and track (IRST) turret and an advanced interrogation friend-or-foe suite. 

“It will be ...

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Selex.jpgThe new generation Gripen will be equipped with sensors that can detect low-radar-cross-section (RCS) targets, and will provide the pilots in a Gripen formation with a new level of situational awareness, says Bob Mason, Selex-ES marketing director for advanced sensors.

According to a report in the Aviation Week, Gripen E will have three Selex-ES sensors and a new identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system with three electronically steerable antenna arrays, which matches the radar's range and field of view.

Mason describes that the IRST is capable of detecting low-RCS targets at distances compatible with a beyond-visual-range missile launch.  Confirming that the Selex IRSTs have tracked low-RCS targets, he says, “We have seen them.” 

The report adds that Selex IRSTs have undergone a lot of changes, the most important one is the development of algorithms, based on operational experience and the analysis of real-world imagery, that look at IR signatures in detail, including variations of color and brightness within the target, in order to filter out false alarms caused by everything from birds to barbecue grills.

“The IRST can give the radar a very accurate azimuth and elevation to the target, which allows it to focus its energy and increase the probability of achieving detection and track on a low-RCS target,” Mason says.

Read the full story: Gripen Sensors Claim Counter-Stealth Performance

Read more about the AESA Radar here.

Production of the new Gripen is done primarily in Linköping and work is already in full swing. Test flights, where critical subsystems and their interoperability are tested to minimise risk, are already well underway. First delivery is planned for 2018. As previously reported, development is proceeding according to plan and contracts have been signed with all major subcontractors.

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