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A full- scale replica of Gripen E adorns the entrance of the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo. Inside, Brazilian and Swedish engineers work together on various 'work projects' under the Gripen NG development programme.

"The idea is that the Brazilian version of Gripen will eventually be manufactured here," says Jonas Petzén, Site and Development manager at GDDN. “Meanwhile Saab and Embraer will together oversee the development of a two-seater version of Gripen."

The work has already begun on various 'work packages'. These cover the design of the cockpit, including new displays, rigs and simulators, pneumatic systems and ejection systems, overall design and avionics - all of which form the basic infrastructure for other work packages.

"The working climate is extremely creative and is a clear example of a situation where one plus one makes more than two," Petzén says.

According to Petzén, over the next few years, the focus of Saab's cooperation with Embraer and other partners in Brazil will be on development. "The simulator for the air force pilots will come online in 2017, and a manufacturing facility will gradually be built," he says.

One of the Swedish engineers, Johan Beckman who has moved to Brazil to work at GDDN, says things have got off to a great start. “It’s going really well and this is mainly due to the fact that our Brazilian colleagues spent a year in Linkoping. They know how Saab works and how we manage projects.”

Beckman ...

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A Gripen Full Scale Replica (FSR) is on display at the Village Shopping Mall in the Barra Da Tijuca region of Rio de Janeiro, reports Vejario.abril.com.

Along with the Gripen FSR display, visitors are also being shown a presentation on the Brazilian Armed Forces. Fighter pilots are there to answer visitors' queries.

The display is ongoing (between 11:30 am and 9:30 pm) and will end on 23 April. 

Read the full story here.


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In an interview with Defesaaereanaval.com, Bengt Janér, Director of the Gripen Brazil project at Saab, talks about the latest update on the Gripen programme, technology transfer and the role of Brazilian companies in the fighter development.

About the technology transfer process, Bengt says that it started in October 2015. About 150 Brazilian engineers are currently participating in the training program at the Gripen plant in Sweden. In total, there will be over 60 projects under the technology transfer programme, lasting up to 24 months.

Bengt adds that Brazilian company Akaer plays a very important role in the fighter’s development. Akaer’s involvement in the Gripen programme started in 2009. During the first phase, it did a preliminary study of the rear fuselage and parts of central fuselage, wings and main landing gear door. Starting 2012, Akaer was responsible for the complete development of the rear fuselage. After 2014, the company started working on optimization and detailing of the gun unit and central fuselage of the fighter.

Brazilian engineers who were in Sweden for training, are now working at the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo, and at AEL and Akaer, companies that Saab has industrial cooperation agreement with.

On being asked about the status of the development process of various Gripen versions, Bengt added that Gripen E’s first test flight would take place in the second quarter of 2017 as planned and Saab is looking forward to talk about the development ...

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Swedish Defense Material Administration (FMV) recently awarded a contract to Saab to develop and produce a new generation anti-ship missile system for Gripen E fighters and Sweden's Visby-class corvettes, reports FlightGlobal. For this, Saab is partnering with German brand Diehl Defence, which will be supplying subsystems and performing final assembly and integration of the missile system. 

“The deal will deliver weapons with greatly improved capabilities to engage any target, in all [weather] conditions,” says Saab chief executive and President Håkan Buskhe.

According to Saab, RBS15F ER will weigh around 600kg (1,320lb), including a 200kg warhead. The new system is being developed for both air-launched and ship-launched missiles and hence can be integrated to Gripen E fighters and Sweden's Visby-class corvettes. 

While speaking about the new missile system and how it varies from the previous missiles in the RBS 15 family, Görgen Johannsen, head of Saab's Dynamic Business Area told Jane's​, "We of course build on our history, but the capabilities of this missile differ significantly from the earlier RBS15 variants in terms of range and seeker capability...yes it is a development from what we have done earlier, but it is a new missile. We have been asked to improve the all-weather capability and develop a significant range enhancement. When you see the missile you will observe similarities to what we have done before, but the customer has drawn up a totally different requirement, which makes this a completely different missile."

RBS15F ER anti-ship missile system is scheduled ...

Several of Saab’s larger deals include long-term industrial cooperations with customer countries. The goal is to create good value for both parties.

Many countries around the world have formal requirements and regulations in place which relate to industrial cooperation. 

“Even countries that don’t have such formal requirements often want Saab to contribute to their industrial development,” says Anders Edlund, Director at Saab Industrial Cooperation. “In some cases it involves increasing exports, in others it is purely a matter of security – they want to be able to maintain and upgrade the system they have purchased from us.” 

The most recent major business deal is Brazil’s purchase of 36 Gripen aircraft. The contract stipulates a number of requirements for industrial cooperation, including the training of Brazilian engineers and workshop personnel. By the end of 2024, more than 350 individuals from the Brazilian Air Force and Saab’s business partners will have taken part in training courses in Linköping, Sweden. 

The contract also includes a new hub for technology development and flight tests, which was inaugurated at the end of 2016. A local production facility will be built, and the assembly process at the site is set to begin in the early 2020s. In addition, various research projects are being conducted jointly with the Brazilian Air Force. 

Analysis before agreement

When making such an extensive commitment, Saab undertakes a comprehensive analysis of the country concerned before considering entering into an agreement.

“You have to understand the country and its conditions, its driving ...

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Today is the last day of LAAD 2017. Saab is exhibiting Gripen Full Scale Replica (FSR), Gripen Simulator and Gripen Maritime as well. If you are at the event, do visit Saab at Stand O20 (internal area) and Space J.OUT.70 (external area).​​

​Gripen Full Scale Replica (FSR), getting ready for LAAD 2017

At the LAAD 2017, the leading Latin American Defence exhibition, Saab will be exhibiting a range of products for land, sea and air domains, including the Gripen fighter.

Saab solutions will be on display at two areas: Stand O20 (internal area) and Space J.OUT.70 (external area). Visitors at the event can check out the Gripen simulator and Gripen FSR at the Saab stand. Gripen Maritime will also be on display.

For Saab, LAAD is an important event to present its solutions and meet potential partners. "Latin America is a strategic region for Saab. Apart from the important partnerships already established in the region, we are very interested in supporting local companies with the development of solutions that will meet customers’ needs and requests,” points out Bo Torrestedt, president of Saab in Latin America.

Besides Saab, AEL Sistemas S.A., a Brazilian-based defense electronics company, will also exhibit Gripen features like Wide Angle Display (WAD) cockpit, Head Up Display (HUD) and Helmet Mounted Display (HMD).

The event will be held between 4 and 7 April.

Read more about Saab’s participation at LAAD here.

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Gripen E's first test flight will be conducted during the second quarter of this year," says Jerker Ahlqvist head of Gripen programme.

During the annual Gripen seminar yesterday, Jerker explained that Saab’s new work methods with model-based-design is proving to be very successful. 

“As we prepare for Gripen E’s first test flight, we see that any software corrections can be easily implemented now. We can quickly make a change and introduce a new software load to the aircraft within days. This is something that previously took weeks or even months to undergo. It gives us the confidence that we are on the right track and the programme will run as per the schedule,” he said.

Saab is building two more test aircraft which are at various stages of production. Aircraft 39-8 is currently in ground test. The second test aircraft has entered the stage of final assembly.

About Gripen M, Jerker said that it is at a conceptual stage. “We are working with Brazilian engineers on a concept study of Gripen M. We are also in the process of responding to an RFI from India. We believe that Gripen M has good potential and can hopefully turn into a full development programme at a later stage.”

Jerker presented the Gripen seminar along with Richard Smith, Head of Marketing, Gripen, who gave an overview of the position of Gripen in the market today.

"The market looks optimistic for Gripen right now, and it comes down to getting ink on paper," Richard ...

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Saab has acquired another 10 per cent of shares, reaching 25 per cent of stakes, in Akaer, one of the largest companies within development of aeronautical projects in Brazil and also one of the partners of Gripen development for Brazil. 

Saab and Akaer’s partnership began in 2008 when Saab contracted Akaer to develop parts to the fuselage of the Gripen NG fighter. In May 2012, Saab invested in Akaer by making a convertible loan in shares which was a contribution of resources equivalent to 15 per cent of Akaer. Saab’s stake in the company has since been expanded to 25 percent. Since 2012, Saab has also been a part of Akaer's Advisory Board.

Saab has collaborated with Akaer in Gripen development since 2009. Akaer is one of the main companies that have an active role in the technology transfer programme under the Brazilian Gripen contract.

“Our partnership with Akaer is long-term and by exchanging knowledge, we want to expand our co-operation. The partnership brings mutual benefits and allows us to take another step in the technology transfer programme and in the development of the Brazilian defence industry. We have come to Brazil to stay and this also means to support our partners”, Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab Business Area Aeronautics.

Read the full story here.

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FAB Gripen pilots Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto and Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas, trained with pilots of four different nations to develop new techniques at a recently held Gripen User Group Simulation event.  

During a virtual fight, the two pilots led seven other pilots to fight against 40 enemy aircraft in a series of attack and counter-attack missions. At the end of this fight, the group took down the enemy from a distance of 80 kms.

"The highlight of the training was the fact that it was very realistic. The pilots felt like they were actually flying," Fórneas said.

"Since the training involved complex scenarios, and pilots of different nationalities and experiences participated, it was an excellent opportunity to assess our level of training of beyond visual range air-to-air combat, and find the best ways to use Gripen,” Captain Pascotto said.

Captain Pascotto and Captain Fórneas were the first FAB pilots who were sent to Sweden to learn to fly Gripen. They fulfilled their first Gripen training mission in November 2014. 

Read the full story here.

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