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​After announcing the selection of Gripen NG on 18 December 2013, the Brazilian Air Force also began evaluating its fighter pilots to identify which of them would make the best instructors. The selection process settled on captains Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas and Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto.

The two FAB pilots are currently participating in a six month training in Sweden where they will learn everything there is to know about Gripen. At the end of April, they will return to Brazil where they will pass on this knowledge to their colleagues as newly qualified Gripen instructors.

"We are prepared for hard work since there is so much we not only have to learn but also take on board fully so that we can pass it on to others. The course seems very thorough and everything has been well planned so I am sure everything will be fine," says Gustavo.

On 19 November it was time for the first training sortie in the rear seat of a Gripen D. The 50-minute exercise was an experience, even for two seasoned pilots. "We flew in formation and performed several advanced manoeuvres, which was an amazing experience," says Ramon.

​​Read the full story here​.

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Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas with his Swedish instructor​

Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto and Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas became the first Brazilian Air Force pilots to complete a training mission on a Gripen aircraft last week, reports Brazilian government website.

The two Brazilian Captains, accompanied by Swedish Air Force pilots, flew a Gripen D aircraft for 50 minutes in Sweden and near the Baltic Sea. 

Noting the aerodynamic advantage provided by the canards as one of the best features of Gripen, Captain Fórneas praised Gripen for being an obedient aircraft. 

"It was better than I expected," he said.

Unlike the other Brazilian pilots who have flown the Gripen aircraft before, these two pilots will have the responsibility for the aircraft and are training to master the Gripen system.

The two pilots went for another training session in a Gripen simulator after this mission.

Read the full story: Pilotos da FAB voam pela primeira vez em caça Gripen

Image Courtesy: Brazilian Air Force

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Brazil’s Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto and Captain Ramon Santos Forneas expect to start flying Gripen in three weeks, reports Defesaaereanaval.com.

Currently, the two pilots are attending lectures and are training on simulators at the Skaraborg air base in the western part of Sweden, known as F7 wing which specializes in pilot training. Their training starts at 7:30 every morning and stretches till 5 in the evening.

"We first went through physical examination, and electrocardiogram and treadmill tests after which we were allowed to train on simulators and the centrifugal (a device at f7 that simulates the pressure of gravity in flight)," says Forneas. 

Equipment management is different in Sweden as compared to Brazil. There are different air bases in Sweden and they do not have exclusivity on the aircraft. The fighters are moved from one base to another as per the requirement and availability.

"We are attending lectures on equipment management," Forneas adds.

Brazil announced its decision to buy 36 next generation Gripen aircraft on 27 October. As a part of the deal, 28 single-seat Gripen E and eight twin-seat Gripen F aircraft will be delivered to Brazil over the next decade. Saab and Brazil also signed a 10-year agreement for industrial co-operation projects, including technology transfer to Brazilian industry.

"I always wanted to become a pilot and what motivates me is the desire to guard and defend my country. All peaceful national need forces to defend its borders, "says Pascotto.

Both pilots will be in Sweden for ...

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"Brazil’s acquisition of 36 Gripen NG gives greater visibility to the Swedish fighter in the world market," said the Defense Minister of Sweden, Peter Hultqvist.

According to the report, the first phase of Gripen NG development will involve about 200 engineers in Sweden. In the second phase, these engineers will transfer their knowledge to the teams in Brazil.

"We are very motivated to work with the Brazilian engineers. Our people are very excited," said Hans Häggrot, production director at Saab.

As per the Swedish Defence Minister, Gripen NG’s joint development with Brazil will allow Sweden to reduce investment costs of the project, besides establishing a promising partnership with Embraer, one of the most important aerospace companies in the world.

"Gripen is more than the sale of a fighter. It is closely related to generation of new jobs, resources and technologies transfer," Mr. Hultqvist said.

Read the full story: COMPRA DO BRASIL DEU VISIBILIDADE AOS CAÇAS GRIPEN, DIZ MINISTRO SUECO

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Recently signed contract for the supply of 36 Gripen NG between Brazil and Sweden gives way to a potential development of the naval version of the aircraft for Brazilian Navy, reports Defesaaereanaval.com​.

According to the report, volume 7 (Industrial, Commercial and Technology and Industrial Cooperation Offset Proposal) of the signed contract contains the proposition for additional projects which includes the preliminary feasibility study of the naval version of Gripen NG (Sea Gripen).

Saab has long considered the potential for its Gripen fighter to be adapted for maritime use from STOBAR and CATOBAR aircraft carriers. Saab revealed the concept of Sea Gripen for the first time in 2010 featuring enhancements that include a strengthened undercarriage, bigger brakes, and a beefed-up tail hook.

Read the full story: Sea Gripen – O futuro caça da Marinha do Brasil

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Two Brazilian Air Force pilots, who were appointed to participate in the conversion training to the Gripen aircraft, have reached Sweden, reports ZH News.

Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascatto, São Bernardo do Campo (SC), and Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas Lincoln, Ipatinga (MG), both 32, arrived at F 7 Såtenäs on Monday last week.

Before arriving in Sweden, Pascatto was in Group 1 Air Defense Anapolis (GO), and Fórneas was a part of the first group of fighter aviation in Rio de Janeiro. Both pilots have the experience of flying modernized F-5, a fourth generation aircraft, currently in use by Brazil. 

As per a report in Dgabc.com​, the two pilots were chosen from about 330 Brazilian fighter pilots - there are 11 squadrons with about 30 professionals each – to learn to fly Gripen and pass on the experience to other pilots. 

“Our expectation is to transfer the knowledge to all the units back home,” Fórneas said, very formally, to a group of Brazilian journalists.

According to the report, there is still no formal agreement between the Brazilian and the Swedish air forces about the continuity of training. This is a temporary arrangement which will evolve once both countries reach an agreement over the training process.

Read the full story: Pilotos brasileiros já treinam na Suécia para pilotar novos caças Gripen NG

Photo Courtesy: Marta Sfredo​

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“It felt like I was in one of the world’s most modern fighters, perhaps the most modern. I have absolutely no doubt that Brazil has made the right choice. It is impressive how much information the pilot has at his fingertips. It feels like you are at the spearhead, fully equipped to defend your country”, said FAB pilot Major Renato Leal Leite who flew the Swedish fighter aircraft earlier this year.

For a successful mission, having the right information and situation awareness is very important. It is also important that the pilot has the information filtered as per his or her requirement. A Gripen cockpit is an unrivalled mix of simplicity and sophistication.  Its layout has three large colour, Multi-Functional Displays (MFD) and Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) that give the pilot a superior combat advantage: ‘don’t need, don’t show’.

Gripen pilots can acquire, retrieve, process, share and display tactical information, such as positional data for hostile and friendly units, missile engagement zones, and information from radar warning receivers.

Gripen is fitted with the Tactical Information Data Link System (TIDLS) which enables the pilot to obtain qualitative data from other Gripen, increasing group information and situation awareness and eventually enhancing the capability of force interaction.

Read more about Gripen’s features here.​

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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. 

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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 ...

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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

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