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The first group of 50 Brazilian professionals, who reached Sweden a few months back, is now actively participating in the Gripen NG development.

For a Brazilian engineer, snow covered hangars and sunsets at around 3 pm are things that are in stark contrast to life in their home country. Marcelo, one of the 50 professionals from Brazil, is however delighted. Marcelo is an Embraer engineer since 1998. It will be his first chance to work on the development of a supersonic jet.

"One of the differences is that in supersonic flights, the temperature of the vehicle is high (as a result of kinetic heating caused by the friction between the outside air and the surface of the aircraft) which means the cooling capacity of the system is important," he says.

Marcelo is working with Erik Israelsson, systems engineer at Saab, who cannot hide his excitement of working with colleagues from a different country. Erik says that short courses have been created for the Brazilian engineers."I think it will be very useful to work with new people in the 'Saab way."

By 2022, more than 350 Brazilian professionals will work on Gripen NG project in Sweden.

Read the full story here.

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Saab and leading Industrial Group from Italy, Finmeccanica have teamed up to provide electronic warfare systems support to Gripen operators, reports Flightglobal.

According to the report, all Gripen NG fighters will have the Raven ES-05 active electronically scanned array radar, Skyward-G infrared search and track passive sensor and identification friend or foe systems, all of which are made by Finmeccanica.

Last year, Finmeccanica – Selex ES had signed a contract with Saab to deliver 60 Skyward-G IRST (infra-red search and track) systems for Gripen NG fighters. Saab is also offering Finmeccanica’s BriteCloud expendable active decoy as an option for the Gripen.

“BriteCloud is being offered by Saab as the off-board jamming solution for platform protection,” says Mark Hewer, vice-president of EWOS for the company's Airborne and Space Systems division. 

“With the success of the Gripen variants internationally, we are seeing real interest and are in discussions with a number of potential customers."

Read the full story here.

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What makes the Gripen NG development unique and cost effective is a combination of a model based design and reduced parts count. Both ensure that the Gripen E development is on time and in sync with the latest technologically advanced processes.

The model based development ensures that design errors are detected early and not late in the development process. The system allows verifications to be conducted in simulators and as a result, fewer test flights are needed. So, while almost 4,000 sorties were required to prepare the C/D model, the new test platforms should fly only a combined 1,200 times.

According to Lars Ydreskog, Saab’s head of aerospace operations, a model-based design technique is generating huge benefits for the Gripen E project.

“You can show the operator how they will do something in 2023, before you’ve done anything in the development,” he notes.

At the Dubai Air Show 2015, Head of Saab’s aeronautics business area Ulf Nilsson said that Saab has dramatically reduced the number of parts in Gripen development through modular design. 

For example, for Gripen NG, currently one machine part is being used to manufacture a radar frame, but the number of machine parts was more than 20 for the same in Gripen C. This not only delivers cost efficiency, but also means that every new aircraft will be less complex and quicker to put together.

A lot of these efficiency measures come from Saab's experience in the Gripen’s conversion from the A/B to C/D. With every new ...

At the Dubai Air Show 2015, Ulf Nilsson, Head of Saab’s aeronautics business area, revealed that the New Generation Gripen has reached its final assembly stage. These are some of the images from the production process.

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According to Ulf Nilsson, model based designing fits extremely well within the Gripen program.

“We had less [production line] feedback on the first aircraft than we have on the running production of the [Gripen] C/D,” he says in an interview with the Flightglobal​.​

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On 27 October 2014 Saab announced the conclusion of a contract with the Brazilian Federal Government for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG aircraft. The contract has now come into effect as all required conditions have been fulfilled. On 10 September this year, the order value of approximately SEK39.3 billion was booked by Saab as order intake. Gripen NG deliveries to the Brazilian Air Force will be undertaken from 2019 to 2024

The associated industrial co-operation contract (including technology transfer to Brazilian industries), which was signed in October 2014, also comes into effect today.

“Through the Gripen NG programme, we continue to build on the industrial relations between Brazil and Sweden. I am confident that this important programme will serve as a platform for new business and contribute to the growth of both the Brazilian and Swedish industry,” says Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of Saab’s Board of Directors.

“This important milestone marks the formal start to the Brazilian Gripen NG programme. We will now work full speed ahead to ensure timely deliveries of Gripen NG to Brazil. Our partnership with Brazilian industry strengthens Saab’s position in Latin America and supports our strategy for growth through industrial co-operation,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

Read more here.

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Swiss technology company RUAG has announced that it has signed a contract for the series production of payload mountings for the Gripen E/F fighter aircraft, reports Bilan.ch​.

As a part of this contract, RUAG will work on the production of 33 prototypes and 546 series parts.

According to the report, the serial production in which subcontractors will be hired from all over Switzerland, is expected to continue till 2026. The contract is worth more than CHF 80 million in total.

Lennart Sindahl, Deputy CEO at Saab, says, "Gripen's success is built on partnership with world class companies as our single source suppliers on the global market. Following the design phase it is obvious that RUAG is the right partner for this product. Therefore we are very happy to establish this broad and long-term relationship making RUAG a major supplier in the Gripen programme, initially for the Swedish and Brazilian airforces. At the same time, it is a clear signal that Switzerland will be a key market for Saab also in the future."

The first prototypes are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2016.

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Denel Dynamics has started the production of A-Darter imaging infrared (IIR) short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) for the South African Air Force, reports IHS Jane's. The missiles are being produced to arm the SAAF Gripen and the Hawks.

Denel Dynamics won the five-year contract for the production of the A-Darter air-to-air missile in March this year. The missiles have been developed under SAAF’s Project Kamas which commenced in 2011.

The A-Darter is a fifth-generation short-range air-to-air missile to be used during aerial combat with the new generation of fighter aircraft. It features extended range and targeting and countermeasures resistance with a 180° field of view. SRAAM’s solid fuel rocket motor has a low launch signature which makes it difficult to be detected.

According to IHS Jane’s​, Denel Dynamics intends to deliver the first training missiles to the SAAF by September 2016. The operational missiles will be delivered during the year 2017.

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Gripen NG’s AESA radar will be placed on a “repositioner,” a rotating mount. According to a news report in Foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com, the repositioner is very resourceful as it gives the radar a ±100-degrees field of view around the nose.

The report adds that the ability to take a beyond-visual-range missile shot, then turn 90 degrees, while still providing mid-course updates for the missile fired and keep situational awareness at its peak, opens up many tactical advantages for Gripen NG crew.

For example, when the enemy fighter is above you, and trying to lock you up in the look-down-shoot down scenario, the repositioner can rotate the radar to gain an extra azimuth to continue scanning the area over 90 degrees off its nose, enabling the pilot to not lose situational awareness even for a moment and take actions at the right time. 

Read the full story here.

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What makes the Gripen NG development unique and cost effective is a combination of a model based design and reduced parts count. Both ensure that the Gripen E development is on time and in sync with the latest technologically advanced processes.

The model based development ensures that design errors are detected early and not late in the development process. The system allows verifications to be conducted in simulators and as a result, fewer test flights are needed. So, while almost 4,000 sorties were required to prepare the C/D model, the new test platforms should fly only a combined 1,200 times.

According to Lars Ydreskog, Saab’s head of aerospace operations, a model-based design technique is generating huge benefits for the Gripen E project.

“You can show the operator how they will do something in 2023, before you’ve done anything in the development,” he notes.

At the Dubai Air Show 2015, Head of Saab’s aeronautics business area Ulf Nilsson said that Saab has dramatically reduced the number of parts in Gripen development through modular design. 

For example, for Gripen NG, currently one machine part is being used to manufacture a radar frame, but the number of machine parts was more than 20 for the same in Gripen C. This not only delivers cost efficiency, but also means that every new aircraft will be less complex and quicker to put together.

A lot of these efficiency measures come from Saab's experience in the Gripen’s conversion from the A/B to C/D. With every new ...

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As per a SVD.se news report, the next generation Gripen is garnering a lot of interest and Saab is very optimistic about a new deal.

With the successful implementation of the Brazilian Gripen deal, Saab is looking forward to offer its star fighter to more potential customers. Ulf Nilsson, Head of Saab’s Aviation operations, expressed that Gripen attracted the attention of buyers at the recently concluded Dubai Air Show. 

“We received a lot of enquiries about our agreement with Brazil and on the development process of Gripen,” he says.

Nilsson did not mention any particular country but said that Saab is in conversation with several potential customers and a new Gripen deal may happen as early as the next year.

Saab has also received an order for the new ERIEYE radar system worth SEK 11 billion. The UAE purchased the new system and plans to mount it on Canadian made Bombardier aircraft. The ERIEYE system is capable of detecting activity in air, on land and at sea. 

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