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"The government decided to follow the technical advice of the Brazilian Air Force," said FAB commander Lieutenant Brigadier Juniti Saito, describing the factors that led to Gripen’s selection by Brazil.
In an interview with IHS Jane’s, Brig Saito mentioned that there was a team of aviators, engineers, area maintenance personnel, and project management specialists working on the project for years, examining all the options and came to the conclusion that the Gripen was the best technical aircraft for the FAB.
He added that technology transfer played a vital role in the decision.
"We were also influenced by Saab's willingness to include us in the development of the Gripen project. Overall we took into account performance, effective transfer of technology and cost; not just the acquisition costs but maintenance costs as well. The choice was based on the best balance of these three factors," Brig Saito said.
"The advantage is the Gripen is a work in progress," Brig Saito said. "The plan is that Brazil will develop 40% of the aircraft's components. The FAB will play a key role in co-ordinating the transfer of essential skills between Saab and the Brazilian companies that participate in the project. We will be responsible for verifying that technology is shared and ensuring domestic industries are able to absorb and meet the requirements laid down in the contracts.
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Recently, aviation magazine AFM took a closer look at the history of Gripen and the factors that keep it ready to meet the future challenges. AFM paid a visit to the Saab development facility in Linköping and talked to Björn Johansson, the chief engineer on the Gripen E/F project about the technology that goes into the development of the new generation aircraft.
According to Björn, when the SwAF looked at potential future threats, it came up with a list of requirements for a new aircraft, including the need for extended range; increased weapons payload and more hardpoints; a MIL-STD 1760E Class 2 weapon pylon interface and further adaptation to modern standards; an upgraded sensor suite with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar; improved communication and fighter link including satellite communications (SATCOM); an improved EW capability; a quick software-update capability; and a low life-cycle cost.
“The first thing we did was to find an engine that could do the job. It had to be powerful enough, cost effective, and reliable and fit in our existing airframe with reasonable modifications. We basically had two choices – the GE F414-400 or a modified RM 12. The choice fell on the F414, an existing and well proven engine (2.5 million-plus hours) with many of the safety features that were required on the RM 12 already implemented in the basic design. It has more thrust and approximately the same built-in centre of gravity [CoG] as the RM 12 in a similarly sized package. Some initial modifications were made to adapt it ...
This interview was written by Mario Sabino and published on Veja Magazine (Yellow Pages), February 2014.
Hakan Buskhe, CEO of Saab, the company that sold the Gripen jets to Brazil, explains how education and the need to do more with less are key to the success of his company and his country.
Anyone arriving at Saab's offices in Stockholm, located on one floor of a small building without doormen, is shocked by the frugal atmosphere at what is one of the most cutting-edge companies in the armaments industry with almost 15,000 employees and which beat the Americans and the French to win a contract to supply Brazil with 36 fighter Jets – the Gripen NG, for Next Generation – at a cost of $4.5 billion. However, according to the 50-year-old company CEO Hakan Buskhe, it is this philosophy of simplicity which is behind Sweden's success. Before another trip to Brazil last week to meet with the commander of the Air Force and the minister of Science, Technology and Information, he granted us the following interview.
In 2009, when former President Lula announced that the government had chosen French jets to rebuild the Brazilian Air Force, what was the reaction like at Saab?
I hadn't joined the company yet, I arrived in 2010, but I heard that Saab executives and employees felt that the announcement by Brazil's former president came like a bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky. It was totally unexpected, given their strong relationship with ...
Saab has started conversations with Brazil regarding the transfer of technology that allows the country to manufacture and develop Gripen NG jet fighters, reports Prensa Latina.
Marco Antonio Raupp, Brazil’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, met Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab on Tuesday to discuss about initiating technology transfer and co-operation between Brazilian and Swedish defence companies.
The minister talked about a national program called "Science without borders", which will be an important tool to create the new technology for Gripen NG manufacturing process.
"The intention is to combine our interests for strengthening the partnership", said Mr. Raupp.
Read the full story: Brazil-Sweden Talks Step up to Transfer Gripen NG Technology
"With Gripen, I am no longer limited to my own range of vision, but I can see much farther away from me, getting an early awareness of what is happening, says FAB's fighter aircraft pilot Carlos Afonso de Araujo who tested the new generation Gripen and gave approval for its purchase.
Carlos has made a detailed report verifying the capabilities of the new Gripen. In an interview with Mediacon News, he talks about the aircraft’s technical aspects that caught his eye.
Carlos says that Gripen is a very easy aircraft to fly and control, adding that it accelerates very fast and can reach high altitudes with high speed while maintaining its performance.
Gripen can receive information from sensors and radars that are very distant: on the ground, or even from other aircraft. This gives the pilot a situational awareness advantage. This technology has never been used before in Brazil. With the current fighter aircraft in the country, a pilot’s vision is limited to the radar’s detection capabilities.
"Gripen is a new dimension. It is not like exchanging an old car for a new one. It is a radical, complete change. It is a new generation aircraft with new concepts, new tactics, new possibilities ", Carlos says.
Read the full story: Piloto que aprovou Gripen para Brasil diz que alcance de visão é diferencial
"Saab can immediately start working on the Gripen NG fighter development to supply the Brazilian Air Force," said Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, SAAB after meeting with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Davos last week.
“Our offer includes the delivery of the best aircraft and full technology transfer and that is what we will fulfill. We can start soon. That means there would be lots of engineering work and new plants in Brazil,” Buskhe says.
Inside the plant premises, one cannot help but notice the smiles of the engineers. "We have a lot of work now" says Jonas Jakobsson, Gripen test pilot.
A report in Estadao.com describes the simplicity of the location of the Gripen manufacturing plant in Linköping and the spirit of the people involved in the making of the new generation aircraft.
The high-tech fighter jet and the political impact of the Brazilian order contrast with the simplicity of the manufacturing plant’s premises: Gripen is mounted in a modest setting of wooden houses from the '40s and '50s, the report says.
"Sometimes we need to paint the site," said one of the technicians. In the parking lot, hundreds of bicycles dominate the landscape.
Read the full story: Na paisagem fria e modesta, nasce o novo jato de combate
According to the Air Power Blog, Jackson Schneider, president, Embraer Defense and Security, said that the company will discuss the role of Embraer in the chain of production of 36 aircraft with Saab soon.
Schneider told Brazilian media before leaving for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in Switzerland that the role of Embraer in the production of Gripen for the Brazil Air Force is yet to be defined.
"It is still too premature to define precisely Embraer‘s responsibility in the process. However, we will be involved in the project for sure, "said Schneider.
Read the full story:Embraer deve conversar com Saab sobre caças em fevereiro
Brazil's Defense Minister Celso Amorim met Sweden's Secretary of State for Defence Carl von der Esch last week to discuss about the progress on the Gripen deal, reports Defsanet.
“The Brazilian defense industry and I are optimistic about this partnership, " Amorim said.
The Swedish delegation also met with the Secretary General of Ministry of Defence, Ari Matos Cardoso who said that he is creating a Working Group (WG) which will monitor the entire process of purchase of the aircraft. The Working Group should be created and formalized by the end of February.
According to the Swedes, the important thing at this point is for the representatives of both the countries to communicate and stay abreast of the proceedings, the report says.
Read the full report: PROJETO F-X2: BRASIL E SUÉCIA ESTREITAM DIÁLOGO SOBRE COMPRA DOS GRIPEN NG
Image Courtesy: Brazil Ministry of Defence
Saab’s success has been due to its ability to remain competitive by designing combat aircraft which meet market requirements in terms of high performance, price and delivery, reports The Conversation.
According to the report, there are many factors responsible for Saab, a relatively small firm from Sweden, managing to find success in a highly competitive, multinational market with huge development costs.
Exports of Gripen are also dependent on a variety of factors other than the combination of high performance and low-cycle cost that makes Gripen unique. . Examples include generous technology transfer and financing packages, favorable offsets as well as offers of bilateral collaboration between governments, the report says.
Read the full story: Defence minnow Saab humbling multinational aerospace Goliaths
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