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​Full throttle. Just as the Gripen E programme is going at full speed, the GE F414G engine is doing the same in the test aircraft. Engine on.

Validation and verification activities such as tests in rigs and simulators have been performed and the ground test period is in full swing. The way model based development has been implemented, has been successful. "Power on" and engine starts are just two examples of important milestones that has been accomplished during the last months.

“We are encouraged about the progress in the programme. The aircraft is responding really well to all our test and verification activities. Since the rollout in May, we have performed major milestones such as powering on the aircraft and engine start. What is left before we can take off, is software qualification to formally prove what we already informally know through our extensive testing,” says Lars Ydreskog, Head of Operations at the Aeronautics business area.

In an interview with IHS Jane's, Saab test pilot André Brännström elaborates Gripen features and explains how the fighter maintains the highest level of capability.

"We have a range of capabilities - from air-to-air, to air-to-ground and recce. And Gripen is easy to fly. By just pushing a knob, I can go air-to-ground from an air-to-air mission. We can also do it together. I can do a close air support and an air surveillance at the same time," Brännström says.

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Saab has sent a response to Finland's Request For Information (RFI) on a new fighter, reports IHS Jane's.

"We have responded to Finland's RFI, which actually was more like a request for proposal [RFP], and we will now wait for their response," the head of the Gripen programme, Jerker Ahlqvist, said.

Saab is offering the Gripen E/F model aircraft for this particular requirement.

Last year in October, Finland formally launched the HX project to replace F/A-18C and seven F/A-18D Hornets that have been in service since the mid-1990s.

Finland will analyze the information from the various RFI responses and develop its final requirements for the HX project. A formal RFP will be sent out in 2018 and the announcement of the selection of new fighters is due in 2021. 

Read the full story here.

Since the unveiling of Gripen E in May 2016, the programme has seen great progress. Validation and verification activities such as tests in rigs and simulators have been performed and the ground test period is in full swing. The way model based development has been implemented, has been successful. "Power on" and engine starts are just two examples of important milestones that has been accomplished during the last months.

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With Gripen E, Saab has taken all the knowledge and experience from more than 75 years of building aircraft and put it into a fighter designed to adapt to changing threats and operational requirements, such as bigger areas to defend and new threat scenarios.

Gripen E has a revolutionary avionics system which ensures that the future is built in from the beginning. The avionics system separates flight critical functions from tactical features allowing customers to update the system and so get the latest capabilities faster and at lower risk. Future upgrades, changes and functionalities can be made by adding “apps” without needing to requalify the entire system.

Read the full story here​.

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Saab and Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer inaugurated the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo yesterday.

The GDDN, located at Embraer premises in Gavião Peixoto - where the Gripen Flight Test Center and the Gripen Final Assembly will also be based - will be the hub for technology transfer and fighter development in the country. Partnering Saab and Embraer would be AEL Sistemas, Atech, Akaer and the Brazilian Air Force through its research department DCTA.

A Brazilian Government report quoted Colonel Julio Cesar Cardoso Tavares saying, "This project will allow Brazil to have autonomy to build fighter aircraft in future. It is a facility to back the country's efforts to develop high performance fighters."

The GDDN includes the development environment and simulators required to undertake the fighter development work. In addition, the GDDN is connected to Saab in Sweden and the industrial partners in Brazil, securing both technology transfer and efficient development.

“We have a long-term commitment to Brazil. The launch of the GDDN is a key milestone in the Brazilian Gripen programme as it will be the basis for the technology transfer and fighter development in the country,” said Håkan Buskhe, CEO and president of Saab.

Read the full story here.

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Hakan Buskhe, CEO and President of Saab, says his company is very keen to supply Gripen fighters to the Indian Air Force and is ready to transfer the entire product planning capability to India. 

“I think we have an extremely good offer. We are building our latest aircraft which will be delivered to the Swedish and the Brazilian air forces as well. We started in 2013. It’s the latest technology. The product is totally digital and we have all the new sensors. So, we will be able to offer the best technology to India," Buskhe said.

Saab's offer includes setting up an aircraft industry and true transfer of technology. According to a Hindu news report, Saab also plans to set up a training academy to train pilots in operating the Gripen.

“More than the production, we have shown our keenness to build up the full capacity in India. Everything from research and development to production planning to developing the complete supply chain, can be done here in India. We are good at technology transfer. We are doing the same in other parts of the world as well," he adds.

Read the full story here.

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Mikael Damberg, the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, was in India last week to discuss the Gripen offer, reports DN.se.

Mikael Damberg, Saab's Chairman, Marcus Wallenberg and Saab President and CEO, Håkan Buskhe, along with a delegation of Swedish business leaders called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss long term business and partnership opportunities for Swedish manufacturers.

Saab and a few other fighter aircraft manufacturers had received a Request for Information (RFI) from India three weeks ago. India wants an offer in which the production of the aircraft would take place under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' programme.

“We support Saab's interests because we have good experience of the Gripen fighter system. Saab also has a unique and exciting strategic partnership with Brazil which lets us have a much wider cooperation with the country,” says Mikael Damberg.

“PM Modi called for deeper cooperation with Sweden and Swedish companies and also wanted to see closer defence policy cooperation,” he adds.

Read the full story here.



Flight data, track data and night vision.

The Swedish Air Force have ordered  the advanced helmet mounted display system, Targo for their Gripen E fighter aircraft. Pilots equipped with Targo will be able to better locate, track and identify targets, both day and nighttime.

Read more about the Helmet Mounted Display systemhere​.
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Indo Defence 2016 begins today in Jakarta, Indonesia and Saab will exhibit its range of solutions at Stand D 095.

At the Saab stand, a full-scale Gripen Cockpit Simulator will give visitors a first-hand experience of the fighter’s powerful operational capabilities. Besides Gripen, on display will be Saab products like GlobalEye, Saab’s revolutionary multi-role airborne surveillance system and advanced ground based air defence systems (GBAD).

“Indonesia has great ambitions to develop its national industry; to build new levels of skill and capability in aerospace and defence through enhanced international cooperation. Future partners like Saab must deliver true technology transfer, industrial cooperation and return-on-investment, all with the highest degree of ethics and transparency. At Saab we understand and respect these goals and we are ready to work-hand-in-hand with the Indonesian government, industry and armed forces to achieve their aims for national development,” says Dan Enstedt, president and CEO of Saab Asia Pacific Co. Ltd.

Indo Defence 2016 will be held between 2 and 5 November. On 3 November, Saab’s Jerker Ahlqvist, Head of Gripen, and Lars Tossman, Head of Airborne Surveillance Systems, will brief on the latest news and developments in the Gripen and GlobalEye programmes and discuss why they are the best options for Indonesia.

Know more about Saab’s participation at Indo Defence here.

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Upon approval of the first work plan detailing technology transfer in the Gripen project, representatives from Brazil and Sweden announced that the partnership between the two countries may extend to civil aviation, reports a Brazilian News portal​.

"The idea is that we develop not only military aircraft, but also civilian aircraft in future,” said Fernando Furlan, the executive secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services.

Furlan added that Sweden is satisfied with the project so far and it is already certain that the two countries will co-develop the two seater version of Gripen NG fighter. "In the future, we will be able to produce a fifth-generation fighter," he concluded.

Read the full story here.

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