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​Gripen E was presented to the world on 18 May 2016. This is the first of the three test aircraft which will support the Gripen E programme. Attended by more than 500 guests, the Gripen Evolution event also included an aerial display by a Gripen C and a static display of a SwAF Gripen upgraded to the MS20 configuration.​ Here are some images from the roll out.

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For more images and videos, visit Saab.

​Yesterday, Saab unveiled Gripen E, the next generation fighter. Over previous versions of the Gripen, Gripen E has a significantly improved avionics system. The capability to carry more weapons and the improved range performance is possible by a more powerful engine and the ability to carry more fuel. Gripen E is equipped with a highly sophisticated sensor suite including an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Infra Red Search and Track (IRST), Electronic Warfare (EW) suite, and datalink technology, which, when combined, gives the pilot and co-operating forces, exactly the information needed at all times.

The Gripen Evolution ceremony was attended by more than 500 guests including Sweden’s Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist, Sweden’s Air Force Chief of Staff Mats Helgesson, Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, and representing Saab; Chairman of the Board Marcus Wallenberg, CEO Håkan Buskhe and the Head of business area Aeronautics, Ulf Nilsson.

“We are redefining air power for the 21st century. This will change the way air forces think, fly and fight for decades to come,” says Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

Know more about the event here​.

​Behind-the-scene highlights from the first next generation Gripen in production, shown in 30 seconds. On May 18 we will unveil the first Gripen E to the world both on site in Linköping and online.

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Saab test pilot Stig Holmström was the first one to fly a Gripen aircraft. The flight was made on 9 December 1988. The entire maiden flight fom Linköping towards the coast of Nyköping and Malexander​ and back took about 51 minutes.

The new Swedish fighter was set to replace Saab 37 Viggen. Demands were sky high. Gripen had to be fully computerised and easily switch between air combat, attack and reconnaissance. This was an enormous challenge as the computers and systems needed did not yet exist.

Holmström, who had also flown Draken and Viggen before, had been preparing in a Gripen simulator for quite some time before this flight. Throughout the flight, three other planes were closely following the new fighter.   

On May 18, Saab will take the next step in the evolution of the #smartfighter when it will unveil the very first Gripen E test aircraft.​

​The on-the-job training has started for the Brazilian engineers in Linköping. Their families are adapting to a new life in Sweden.This is the second episode of the True Collaboration series that focusses on the lives of five of our Brazilian colleagues. Find out about their arrival at Saab and their impressions about Swedish culture, habits and traditions.

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Congratulations Jörgen Nilsson, the winner of #Gripenevolution contest. Nilsson, a Sweden based aviation photographer, will get a ticket to the Gripen Evolution event in Linköping on 18 May. 

The event will also be live streamed on www.gripen.com/evolution on May 18.

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As a part of Saab's industrial cooperation commitment to Brazil, Atech Negocios em Tecnologia has been selected to provide simulators, training systems and ground support systems for Gripen NG. The announcement of the partnership between Saab and Atech was made on 26 April.

This week, seven Atech engineers will undergo initial training at Saab facilities in Linköping as part of the Gripen technology transfer programme.  

“Saab and Atech have entered into a partnership regarding the development simulators, training systems and ground support systems for Gripen NG. We will provide technology transfer within these areas to Atech and we now welcome the first team of Atech engineers for training in developing the Gripen system”, says Mikael Franzén, Programme Director for Gripen Brazil at Saab.

“Atech is proud to participate together with Saab in the Gripen NG programme. Atech has a strong history in supporting the Brazilian Air Force in technology transfer programmes. Our participation represents a consolidation of Atech expertise in areas such as Mission Planning and Simulation Systems. We are ready to join forces with Saab, working as an integrated team, to support the Brazilian Air Force on its long-term needs”, says Edson Carlos Mallaco, President and CEO of Atech.

Read the full story here​.

​Swedish Air Force pilot Philip Von Platen shares his experience of flying Gripen against aircraft like the F-16 and F-18.

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Over the year, Saab will present eight more episodes of the “True Collaboration” web series. More than 350 Brazilian professionals from partner companies, together with their families, will live and work in Sweden for up to two years to take part in theoretical and on-the-job training, before they return to Brazil to apply and multiply their new knowledge and skills. Each episode will be around a different aspect of the experiences of these Brazilian engineers and their families.

This series tells the story of five of these pioneers.

The first episode talked about the expectations of the engineers moving to Sweden as part of the Gripen NG programme and what it was like leaving their country. The second episode ‘Arriving in Sweden’ which would air on YouTube on May 9, will give a glimpse of the families adapting to a new lifestyle in Sweden and getting accustomed to Swedish culture, habits and traditions.

Episode three, ‘Training and Learning in Saab’, will focus on how the Brazilian engineers are learning the theoretical aspects in the classroom and putting them into practice in the Saab facilities. This episode airs on June 6.

The next two episodes would feature Douglas Costa (Propulsion System) of Embraer and Antonio Fontoura (Hardware and Software) from Ael. Episodes six, seven and eight would feature experiences of Embraer’s Guilherme Lariu (Structural Calculation), Viviam Takase (Aeronautics Systems) and Delmar Bacarin (Electro-Electronics) respectively. These five episodes will be available on YouTube between 4 July 2016 and 10 October 2016. 

The last episode will ...

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From top-of-the-class in the United States to test pilot at Saab: Marcus Wandt is one of the chosen few whose job it is to get Gripen E ready for its maiden flight.

The engineer, fighter pilot and former airborne ranger has been employed full time as a test pilot at Saab for a couple of years. Right now, a lot of the work involves getting Gripen E flight-ready.

“It’s my job to observe and analyse how the aircraft operates,” he says. “There’s a high degree of engineering thinking involved. When a fighter pilot finds that ‘it’s difficult to aim’, it’s the responsibility of the test pilot to go one step further and find out how many degrees the nose is swinging.”

Wandt has, over a period of one and a half years at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), flown a number of different types of aircraft – everything from gliders and 50-year-old taildraggers to seaplanes and modern fighter aircraft.

“It’s incredibly stimulating to go along on that journey,” he says. “I’ve never previously experienced the same subtle communication between a fighter aircraft and pilot. When I sit in the aircraft, I feel enormous respect for the engineers behind the system. Everyone who has toiled on their small part of the project is involved.”

Read the full story here.​

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