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Saab’s South African facilities, Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), has emerged as a global EW player according to a report in Defence Web.

Saab SGD’s orders include delivery of microwave components for the antennas and electronic warfare components of the Gripen fighter jet for the international market, says the report. These parts are currently being assembled for Gripen fighters at SGD’s facilities in Centurion outside Pretoria.

SGD, the largest Saab subsidiary outside of Sweden, was built in the 1990s. Saab invested in SGD as a part of the offset requirements which were integral to the Gripen South Africa contract.

As per Chris Skinner, head of marketing and sales at SGD, Saab backing has helped position the company for increased international export sales tremendously and the company today has turnover in excess of a billion rand a year and employs 700-800 people. 80-90% of this revenue is from foreign orders.

Read the full story: Saab Grintek Defence growing as global EW player

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"We are looking forward to welcoming Brazilian engineers to Sweden," says Lennart Sindahl, Deputy CEO, Saab at the recently held LAAD 2015. 

The Brazil Gripen deal includes extensive industrial cooperation, particularly when it comes to technology transfer, and autumn 2015 marks the beginning of this cooperation when approximately 350 Brazilians will be coming to Saab’s facility in Linköping, Sweden for an on-the-job training.

The training includes practical experience in Gripen development, training and production, and will continue for a number of years, after which the Brazilian experts will return to their homeland gradually. During this phase, Saab employees will accompany them to build up operations in Brazil.

Throwing some light on the technology transfer commitment, Göran Almquist, deputy programme manager for Gripen in Brazil says that it includes development, production and maintenance.

“The main aim is to train up Brazil’s own industry so that it will eventually be able to maintain its own fleet of Gripen aircraft and also develop its own future technology,” Almquist says.

Read the full story here.

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Following the Memorandum of Understanding announced on 11 July 2014, Saab and Embraer recently signed an agreement that establishes a partnership for joint management of the F-X2 Project for the Brazilian Air Force. 

The partnership agreement is part of Saab’s commitment to deliver industrial co-operation in relation to the F-X2 project. Under this agreement, Embraer will have a leading role in the overall programme performance of the programme. Embraer will also undertake an extensive share of work in the production and delivery of both the single- and two-seat versions of the Gripen NG, Brazil’s next-generation fighter jet.

Embraer will be responsible for extensive work packages in systems development, integration, flight test, final assembly and aircraft deliveries. Embraer will also participate in the coordination of all development and production activities in Brazil. Furthermore, Embraer and Saab will be jointly responsible for the complete development of the two-seat version of the Gripen NG.

Beginning in the second half of 2015, a team of Embraer engineers and technicians will be based in Sweden to conduct initial training in the maintenance and development work for the Gripen NG. This skill and competence will subsequently be transferred to Brazil.

Embraer and Saab will build an Engineering Centre at Embraer's industrial plant in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo, to support operations of the Gripen NG fighters with the Brazilian Air Force.

“With this agreement, Embraer and Saab establish a long-term partnership on a strategic project for Brazil and for the Brazilian Air Force,” ...

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For the first time in Brazil, Saab will display, at LAAD 2015, a full scale model of Gripen NG, representing the aircraft that will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force.

A Gripen NG cockpit simulator will also be on the stand. Saab will highlight its Sea Gripen concept for a new multi-role shipborne fighter as well.

Besides Gripen NG and Sea Gripen, Saab would have products like AviCom communications management system, with simulator, Erieye airborne surveillance system and Ground combat weapon systems on display at the event.

LAAD International Defense and Security Exhibition is being held at Riocentro - Exhibition & Convention Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from April 14 to 17. Meet Saab at the main stand Q20 or Saab outdoor arena L125.

Read more about Saab’s participation at the event here.

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A Saab team recently presented the Initial Technical Feasibility Study of the Sea Gripen to Brazil's Department of Aeronautics of the Navy (DAerM), reports Defesa Aerea & Naval.

On 24 February, a group of Saab engineers and Brazilian Air Force officials visited DAerM to discuss the study that confirmed that a naval version of Gripen NG can safely operate in future.

During the visit, DAerM’s Director Rear Admiral Carlos Frederico Carneiro Primo stressed on the importance of FX2 for technology transfer and building self sufficiency in terms of developing defence products. He also pointed out that the development of Sea Gripen will not only consolidate this technology transfer process but also add to the capabilities of the Brazilian Navy.

The report adds that according to initial estimates, a similarity of 90-95% is expected between Gripen NG and the Sea Gripen.

Like Gripen NG, Sea Gripen will also have enhanced features like superior sensor fusion abilities, Selex Raven AESA radar and Infra-Red Search and Track.

Read the full story here.

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Brazil will have the Anapolis Air Base (BAAN) as the headquarters of its Third Air Defense Group (3rd GDAAE) this year. BAAN will be the first Brazilian unit to receive Gripen NG fighters, reports Fab.mil.

According to the report, the Third Air Defence Group members inaugurated a KONUS simulator last month. The simulator would allow the members to train for handling the Anti-Aircraft Weapon system IGLA-S. The training includes a live-fire exercise.

“The KONUS will help with courses and internships required for effective operational preparedness. With the help of the simulator, the Third Air Defense Group will be able to provide prompt air defense of the Anapolis Air Base which  currently houses the F-5M aircraft and, in future, will be a base for the Gripen NG,"says Major Flávio Schiatti, Commander of the 3rd GDAAE Center.

Read the full story: Futura base dos caças irá receber grupo de defesa antiaérea

Photo Courtesy: Fab.mil​

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Members of Swedish Military Aviation Safety Inspectorate (FLYGI) met members of Brazil's Institute of Industrial Coordination and Fostering (IFI) recently to make plans for the certification of Gripen NG fighter, reports Fab.mil.br.

Members from both organizations presented their respective rules, regulations and forms of work, in order to allow mutual recognition of activities related to accreditation and quality assurance of aeronautical products.

"It is expected that the agreement will allow mutual recognition of activities and even joint work between Brazil and Sweden, both during certification and production, as in the aircraft operation phase," explained the IFI technical advisor, Lieutenant Colonel José Renato de Araújo Costa.

A discussion on Gripen NG certification between IFI members and Saab officials happened last year in September in São José dos Campos. 

According to Defense Aerospace.com, it was discussed that the certifications of Gripen NG aircraft with respect to airworthiness requirements and fulfillment of the mission will be carried out by Swedish government agencies. The IFI will monitor these processes and, after validating them, will issue a Type Certificate to the Gripen NG aircraft project.

Read the full story: Brasil e Suécia começam a planejar a certificação dos novos caças

5144895_2161652.jpegAt a time when some of the biggest names in the global defence industry have decided to end production of their well known fighter planes, Sweden’s Defense and Security company, Saab, gets going, says The Wall Street Journal.

With little in the way of a global marketing machine, Sweden has had outsize success in winning export orders. That is thanks to Saab AB’s Gripen combat jet, it adds.

WSJ interviews Saab’s Chief Executive Håkan Buskhe who points out, that unlike before, weapon buyers are becoming more cost-conscious now.

“Seven to eight years ago, no one discussed affordability when it comes to arms equipment. There was a paradigm, when I started, that if it is not expensive, it is not good. The cost component—that was not really the big deal in the past—has really caught up with each and every economy around the world. That does not mean you can sell an aircraft that is not good enough. There is no point in sitting in an aircraft that gets shot down and saying ‘at least it’s affordable’. So I think that is the key part of our success, and I believe we have a window going forward,” Buskhe says.

Read the original story here

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FAB pilots Gustavo Oliveira Pascotto and Ramon Santos Fórneas have entered the 'land flight without instructors’ phase of their training process, reports Ovale.com.br​.

Pascotto is most impressed by the data integration capacity of the Gripen system.

"Gripen is a platform that will integrate all of our employment doctrine. The key word is integration. Everything has data fusion. It is like they have combined the performance of the Mirage, the F-5 combat systems and the system of recognition of A-1 in a single aircraft. But much better," Pascotto said.

The missions of the new phase began in late January. For these missions, the flights depart from F7 Airbase at Såtenäs in south western Sweden. 

F7 Såtenäs is the prime training center for the Gripen system.  Pilot trainings, including that of foreign operators, are carried out here. This year in July, F 7 will celebrate its 75th anniversary. According to the report, on an average, the Swedish Air Force trains 30 pilots every year.

"The training is intense, but Gripen is easy to use,” says Colonel Michael Cherinet, Commander of the Såtenäs Base.

Read the full story: Pilotos brasileiros iniciam nova fase de treinamento no Gripen​

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Saab has selected AEL Sistemas (AEL) as a new supplier for the Gripen NG in Brazil. AEL will provide the wide area display (WAD) and the head-up display (HUD), which will be integrated in the Gripen NG for Brazil as part of the F-X2 contract. The WAD and HUD development programme commenced in January 2015. Saab and AEL have also signed a contract for transfer of technology.

The new avionics systems programme will run over four years and includes development, integration and production work to be performed in Porto Alegre. System integration work will be undertaken by Saab and Embraer.

The WAD for Brazil’s Gripen NG aircraft is a single intelligent and full-redundant multi-purpose display system, full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in) with continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. It is the primary source of all flight and mission information in the cockpit.

AEL will also develop a new HUD for Brazil’s Gripen NG aircraft. The HUD provides essential flight and mission information to the pilot when looking ‘heads up’ out of the cockpit.​

Read the full story here.

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