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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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Saab and Embraer officials visited Brazilian Navy Carrier São Paulo (A-12) to exchange ideas and discuss technical details and necessary modifications to adapt Gripen for a naval role, reports Defesanet.

The officials were received by Brazilian Navy Aeronautical Director, Rear-Admiral Carlos Frederico Carneiro Primo on 5 September.

The technical details collected during the visit will be analyzed and applied to Gripen so that Saab, in near future, can offer its findings and conclusions to the Brazilian Navy confirming if a naval version of the aircraft can operate safely at São Paulo.

A Saab delegation had visited São Paulo last month as well to take a tour of the ship and attend a seminar with the theme ‘The Brazilian Naval Aviation – Current Situation and future prospects’.

According to Rear-Admiral Carlos Frederico Carneiro Primo, the development of Sea Gripen will be an important project. 

“The development of a naval version of Gripen would be the landmark in the process of Technology Transfer, confirming the skills of National Defense Industry,” he says.

Read the full story: SEA GRIPEN - SAAB E A EMBRAER VISITA PORTA-AVIÕES A-12 SÃO PAULO

Image Courtesy: DAerM​

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In an important step to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, Defence Ministry of Brazil and Sweden have signed a technical Memorandum of Understanding on partnership in the field of military aeronautics, reports Defesanet.

The MoU has been designed to build enhanced cooperation on access and use of fields and test facilities, support in the Gripen aircraft user group, training and expertise of pilots and technicians and assistance for certification and quality assurance.

The agreement was signed by the Chief of Joint Staff of the Armed Forces (EMCFA), General Jose Carlos De Nardi, and Deputy Minister of Defence of Sweden, Carl von der Esch.

“This is a big step in the cooperation between our countries. The agreement was eagerly awaited by Brazilians, especially Brazilians in the Air Force," said General Nardi.

Read the full story: BRASIL E SUÉCIA ASSINAM MEMORANDO DE COOPERAÇÃO EM AERONÁUTICA MILITAR

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A delegation from the Ministry of Defence of Sweden visited the aircraft carrier São Paulo in Brazil as a part of a recent trip, reports Defesanet.

The delegation was in Brazil to meet members of the Ministry of Defense to discuss comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in the area of defense.

The group, led by Commander, Captain-de-Mar-e-Guerra Rabello Alexandre de Faria, took a tour of the ship following which it attended a seminar with the theme ‘The Brazilian Naval Aviation – Current Situation and future prospects’.

As per the report, it was also discussed in the meeting that if Saab develops a naval version of the Gripen aircraft, it would be providing a good option for Brazil which is looking to replace its AF-1 aircraft.

Read the full story:  SEA GRIPEN - SUECOS VISITAM O A-12 SÃO PAULO

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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”, says FAB pilot Major Renato Leal Leite who recently flew the Swedish fighter aircraft.

According to a news report in Globo.com, Major Leite is the first Brazilian pilot to fly the Gripen since Brazil’s announcement that Saab was chosen to provide fighter aircraft to meet the FX2 requirement. Major Leite took the test flight in June this year when a FAB delegation visited the Makhado air base in South Africa.

“Gripen comes with a range of sensors and radar and infrared equipment, which serve as the pilot’s eyes. I can easily see what is going on outside, and identify things. The old planes did not have this capability. The pilot had to make an effort to understand what was going on outside”, he says.

Major Leite was also impressed with the electronic display suite in the cockpit and the air-to-air data link which allows real-time exchange of tactical data within and between cooperating air units.

“Gripen provides clear data in real time. It tells me if there is a friendly or enemy aircraft out there. If I make a mistake, it understands my intention and corrects the error. When you are in a fighter, ...

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Brazilian firm Embraer will co-develop and co-produce Gripen E fighters, due to be purchased by Brazil, with Saab as per a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two companies recently.

Under this agreement, Embraer will perform a leading role in the overall program performance as well as undertake an extensive share of work in the production and delivery of both the single and two-seat versions of the state-of-the-art Gripen NG aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force.

"We are happy to announce this partnership with Embraer. Not only do we share experience in the defense and aeronautical markets, but both organizations have a clear dedication to customer satisfaction. Through this partnership we will secure an excellent result for the Brazilian Air Force and we will establish solid ground for success with future business opportunities and customers," says Hakan Buskhe, Saab's president and CEO.

“The deal is part of a really strong technology transfer package. The plan will see Brazilian firm Embraer handle most of the development on a two seater Gripen F for the Brazilian airforce,” Buskhe said at the Farnborough International Airshow recently.

Embraer is a leading Brazilian aeronautical company based in Sao Paulo that produces commercial, military, executive and agricultural aircraft. The 40 year old company has been involved with design, development, manufacturing, sales and technical support for commercial, agricultural and executive aviation.

Read the full story: Embraer to partner with Saab In Joint Program Management For Brazil's FX2 Project

Buskhe300.jpgThis interview was written by Mario Sabino and published on Veja Magazine (Yellow Pages), February 2014.

Hakan Buskhe, CEO of Saab, the company that sold the Gripen jets to Brazil, explains how education and the need to do more with less are key to the success of his company and his country.

Anyone arriving at Saab's offices in Stockholm, located on one floor of a small building without doormen, is shocked by the frugal atmosphere at what is one of the most cutting-edge companies in the armaments industry with almost 15,000 employees and which beat the Americans and the French to win a contract to supply Brazil with 36 fighter Jets – the Gripen NG, for Next Generation – at a cost of $4.5 billion. However, according to the 50-year-old company CEO Hakan Buskhe, it is this philosophy of simplicity which is behind Sweden's success. Before another trip to Brazil last week to meet with the commander of the Air Force and the minister of Science, Technology and Information, he granted us the following interview.

In 2009, when former President Lula announced that the government had chosen French jets to rebuild the Brazilian Air Force, what was the reaction like at Saab? 

I hadn't joined the company yet, I arrived in 2010, but I heard that Saab executives and employees felt that the announcement by Brazil's former president came like a bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky. It was totally unexpected, given their strong relationship with ...

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"It is an opportunity for Brazil to reduce its dependence on technology in the industry. The choice of Gripen is the basis for the development of a Brazilian supersonic military aircraft," says Professor Abdalla Alvaro Martins, School of Engineering of São Carlos-USP.

In an interview in Noticias, Professor Martins talks about the opportunities that come with the Gripen Brazil contract in terms of sharing technology and co-developing a fighter aircraft with Sweden.

 “More than technology transfer, it is important that Brazil could be a partner in the development of the aircraft. The Gripen NG is not quite ready. We can learn to design, modify and improve a combat aircraft.” Martins says.

Martins adds that depending on the agreement between Embraer and Saab, the partnership may result in benefits not only for military aviation, but also for civil aviation.

Another news report in Dinheiro​ also highlights that FAB’s agreement with Saab can put Brazil among the select group of countries that produce supersonic aircrafts.

The report adds that the Gripen contract is not restricted to just the import of aircraft but is much broader as it includes the development of Swedish - Brazilian military jets, which may even be sold to other countries.

The choice of Saab’s Gripen NG gives an impetus to the revival of the Brazilian defense industry, the report says.

Read the full story: Tecnologia de caça Gripen pode ser usada em jatos comerciais​

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