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Winning a game of chess is about having the perfect situational awareness; sensing the possible moves of the opponent and making the right decisions. At times the strongest of the opponents can be easily defeated. At other times one finds pawns that are well placed enough to be a threat to kings.
In chess, one should be ready for the unexpected.
A fighter mission is a lot like a large scale chess game, albeit the missions can be air-to-air, reconnaissance or air-to-ground. To perform, a fighter aircraft needs information, movements and weapons. The Gripen NG fighter is equipped with the latest available technology in these key areas, making it a truly smart fighter system.
Talking about information, Gripen NG is equipped with ES-05, an AESA radar, which is state of the art for new fighters nowadays and IRST, which is a passive sensor. The tactical advantage of a passive sensor is that it will not give your position away. Opponents will have no indication whatsoever that Gripen NG is using its IRST to monitor their activities.
The performance of the fighter allows the aircraft to have the right movement dependent on the situation provided to him from its own sensors or other sensors from other units (land, sea or air).
In addition to the wide range of weapons and stores already in the arsenal, almost any weapon can be integrated to Gripen giving the aircraft very high weapon flexibility. This is partly due to the flexible avionic architecture.
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Brazilian Federal Government (Ministry of Defense through the Aeronautics Command, COMAER) covering the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force. The total order value is approximately SEK 39.3 billion. Saab and COMAER have also signed an Industrial Co-operation contract to deliver substantial technology transfer from Saab to Brazilian industry.
On 18 December 2013 Brazil selected the Gripen NG to be its next-generation fighter aircraft, through the F-X2 evaluation programme. Since then all parties have negotiated to finalise a contract. Today’s announcement marks the successful conclusion of that process.
Saab and COMAER have signed a contract for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft, plus related systems and equipment. The programme comprises 28 single-seat and eight two-seat Gripen NG. The total order value is approximately SEK 39.3 billion.
Saab and COMAER have also signed a contract for industrial co-operation projects, including technology transfer to Brazilian industry, to be performed over approximately ten years.
“We are proud to stand side-by-side with Brazil in this important programme. There is already a long and successful history of industrial co-operation between our two countries, and this historic agreement takes that partnership to a new level”, says Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of Saab’s Board of Directors.
The contract with COMAER for Gripen NG and the associated Industrial Co-operation contract will come into effect once certain conditions have been fulfilled. These include, among others, the necessary ...
The Gripen will be showcased at the Indo Defence 2014 Exhibition
being held between November 5 and 10 through a scale model, the Gripen Simulator and information on the fighter.
Saab will be participating in Indonesia’s premiere international tri-service defence expo & forum – INDO DEFENCE 2014 at stand D 025& D052 between November 5–8, 2014. The exhibition will be held at Jakarta International Expo (PRJ) Kemayoran.
At Indo Defence, Saab aims to showcase the width of Saab product portfolio, Saab technology transfer and efficiency of Saab products; aimed at strengthening Saab’s commitment towards meeting Indonesia’s all civil and military requirements with good value for money and future partnership.
The Saab stand will display, among others, Gripen Fighter Model, Gripen GCS Simulator, ERIEYE Surveillance Aircraft, 340 MSA Surveillance Aircraft, 9AIR Compact C2, 9AIRBORNE Mission Management System, RBS70 NG Trainer, 9Land C2, Underwater Vehicles Double Eagle, MAPAM, Battleteck and NLAW.
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Saab has received an order for Gripen E role equipment, along with support and maintenance equipment worth approximately SEK 5.8 billion.
On 15 February 2013, Saab signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) covering activity for the Gripen E from 2013 to 2026. Also during 2013 three more orders were received , linked to the development and production of Gripen E.
“Work with Gripen E goes according to schedule and budget. This order represents another important step in Saab's commitment to deliver the next generation of the Gripen system to Sweden,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President of Saab and Head of Saab's business area Aeronautics.
The order announced yesterday is the fourth one under the Gripen E agreement between Saab and FMV announced on 15 February 2013.
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Airforces today are looking for freedom and flexibility with technology. They demand true technology transfer. Keeping this in mind Gripen has been designed to be flexible and hence offer great possibilities to integrate new weapons.
Gripen has been developed to meet a wide range of operational requirements which include a variety of missions. It provides flexibility with several weapon providers, holistic view and a full mission cycle.
The multi-role capability of Gripen and its ability to change roles in the air at the press of a button results in a unique swing-role, multi-mission flexibility.
The flexibility to integrate new weapons also makes the aircraft a favourite among weapons companies as they can quickly and easily use Gripen for development.
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Saab´s local South African company, Saab Grintek Defence (Pty) Ltd. has been chosen to develop and manufacture parts for the Electronic Warfare (EW) System for Gripen E for Sweden. Development work, including prototype manufacturing, for antennas and micro wave modules is on-going at the Saab Grintek Defence facility in Centurion, Gauteng.
Saab has signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for next generation Gripen E fighters. Sweden’s requirement is for 60 Gripen Es that now are in development.
“This is important assignments for Saab Grintek Defence and a testimony to the local capabilities and exceptional local knowledge within electronic warfare in South Africa .The work will further strengthen our capabilities and secure and protect jobs at SGD for a long time and we hope for further orders for the Gripen E going forward” says Magnus Lewis-Olsson, CEO Saab Grintek Defence
Recently, Saab Grintek Defence has also agreed to a contract with Rheinmetall Waffe Munition in Germany to provide Naval Laser Warning Systems as sensors to Rheinmetall's MASS Softkill System in a frigate upgrade programme in Asia Pacific.
Saab Grintek Technologies (SGT) is a telecommunications company offering a comprehensive range of end-to-end Services and Solutions to Operators, OEM’s, Enterprise and Government. Various defence forces across the globe are using South African electronic warfare and avionics technology being designed and produced at the company’s facilities in South Africa.
Denel is all set to go ahead with the pre-qualification flight testing of its most prestigious product, A-Darter air-to-air missile on the Saab Gripen NG, in anticipation of orders from the Brazilian Air Force, reports Flightglobal.
It took 20 years of development before Denel fully cleared the flight envelope of the infrared-guided, short-range missile on Gripen.
According to another report in Defence Web, production of A-Darter is expected to begin next year and the first missiles should be in service by 2016.
The report quoted Deon Olivier, Business Development Executive at Denel Dynamics saying that Brazil will initially buy a hundred missiles for its Gripens as part of an initial production run of around 250 missiles.
A-Darter, also known as V3E Agile Darter, is a fifth-generation short range, air-to-air missile (SRAAM) that offers countermeasures resistance with a 180-degree look angle and 120-degrees per second track rate.
The first successful A-darter missile firings with SAAF Gripen were carried out in 2010.
Flightglobal notes that Brazil has not yet announced plans to operate the A-Darter on the Gripen NG, but Denel is moving forward on integration testing using a loaded Swedish air force aircraft.
Read the full story: Denel readies A-Darter for Gripen NG qualification
In an important step to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, Defence Ministry of Brazil and Sweden have signed a technical Memorandum of Understanding on partnership in the field of military aeronautics, reports Defesanet.
The MoU has been designed to build enhanced cooperation on access and use of fields and test facilities, support in the Gripen aircraft user group, training and expertise of pilots and technicians and assistance for certification and quality assurance.
The agreement was signed by the Chief of Joint Staff of the Armed Forces (EMCFA), General Jose Carlos De Nardi, and Deputy Minister of Defence of Sweden, Carl von der Esch.
“This is a big step in the cooperation between our countries. The agreement was eagerly awaited by Brazilians, especially Brazilians in the Air Force," said General Nardi.
Read the full story: BRASIL E SUÉCIA ASSINAM MEMORANDO DE COOPERAÇÃO EM AERONÁUTICA MILITAR
Gripen NG has an array of advanced and enhanced features, one of which is that it offers extended range and can stay in the air for longer.
Flying for longer missions requires more fuel. Gripen NG’s internal fuel tanks are approximately 40 per cent larger than Gripen C/D’s. With its powerful engine and smart design, this new generation aircraft can fly at supersonic speed without using its afterburner. This is called supercruise, and it means that less fuel is used, allowing the aircraft to remain in the air for longer.
Also, Gripen NG has 10 external hardpoints allowing it to carry more weapons, pods and additional fuel tanks, which means that during a mission, more fuel is available. Most of the increased volume has been made available in the fuselage by moving the landing gear from the fuselage of the aircraft out to the inner wings.
If Gripen NG needs to remain even longer in the air, it can be refueled in the air from a tanker plane as well.
Gripen NG is equipped to conduct air-to-air refueling via the NATO standard probe-and-drogue system. This ability increases its combat radius and/or time on station considerably – in fact, missions of up to eight hours or more can be flown.
Some fast facts on Gripen: The Swedish fighter aircraft was originally designed for flexible deployment with a small logistical footprint. This was due to the Swedish Air Force’s policy during the cold war to operate out of a number of dispersed bases across the country. This made it vital to keep staff resources, support systems and spares to a minimum. As a result of this, Gripen was designed to operate from runways only 800x16 metres in length. This means it can land on a regular highway, which further improves its logistical flexibility.
This capability has been carried over to Gripen NG.
There is more. High availability is vital for small air forces who rely on aircraft that offer a long Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and short Mean Time To Repair (MTTR). Gripen NG has been designed with this in mind. Gripen NG has also been designed for minimal turnaround time. For example, an air-to-air combat set up takes only 10 minutes to perform, including refueling and rearming.
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