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At Paris Air Show 2013, Saab announced that it is working on an unmanned version of Gripen to keep the program viable for another 30 years, reports  Bloomberg.

"The concept would follow the development of the Gripen E, an upgraded model of the jet Saab is developing for the Swedish and Swiss air forces," Saab CEO Hakan Buskhe said.

The Bloomberg report says that the emergence of increasingly sophisticated air defenses is driving military planners around the world to explore greater use of unmanned planes to mitigate risk to personnel. Describing the concept, Hakan Buskhe, in his presentation at the Paris Air Show 2013 said that customers can acquire a fleet of aircraft that can operate both manned and unmanned as per the need; the dull and dangerous tasks can be remotely piloted. It would be an optionally manned version and hence a more cost effective solution. 

In an interview with  Ny Teknik, Eddy De La Motte, Head of Gripen Export says, “There was a huge amount of interest and we got a lot of questions about the new concept.” 

Read the full story:  

Saab Working on Unmanned Gripen to Keep Combat Jet Competitive

"Valfritt flyga Gripen med - eller utan pilot"​

You can watch the webcast of the Gripen briefing by Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab at the Paris Air Show 2013:  Breaking The Thought Barrier​

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There was a great deal of interest in the "optionally manned" Gripen concept presented by Saab at the Paris Air Show on Wednesday. You can watch the webcast of Gripen briefing from Paris Air Show - 'Gripen The Crown of Swedish Aviation Industry' by Mr. Lennart Sindahl, Senior Vice President and Head of business area Aeronautics  here​.

​Gripen Chief Test Pilot Richard Ljungberg is at the Paris air Show where he talks about the main advantages of flying the Gripen.

“The main advantage of flying the Gripen for the pilot is the displays and situational awareness that he gets when he is in the air. I have good control over what is around me. Also, the ease of operating a Gripen is there. It is a pilot friendly aircraft,” Richard Ljungberg says.

Paris Air Show1.jpgSweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt at Saab pavilion​

During Paris Air Show, many people took the opportunity to visit the companies that exhibit their products and systems. On Monday, Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt visited Saab's pavilion where many thought provoking products are on display. Carl Bildt was shown the tactical UAV system Skeldar, the Gripen simulator and the Remote Tower concept.

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The interest for buying Gripen has increased since the governments of Sweden and Switzerland have decided to buy the new version of the plane.

”We have about 15 countries who are interested in Gripen”, Saab´s CEO Håkan Buskhe told Svenska Dagbladet ​at the air show in Paris.

Read the full story: Stort intresse för Gripen i Paris​​

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