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Saab and Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer inaugurated the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo yesterday.

The GDDN, located at Embraer premises in Gavião Peixoto - where the Gripen Flight Test Center and the Gripen Final Assembly will also be based - will be the hub for technology transfer and fighter development in the country. Partnering Saab and Embraer would be AEL Sistemas, Atech, Akaer and the Brazilian Air Force through its research department DCTA.

A Brazilian Government report quoted Colonel Julio Cesar Cardoso Tavares saying, "This project will allow Brazil to have autonomy to build fighter aircraft in future. It is a facility to back the country's efforts to develop high performance fighters."

The GDDN includes the development environment and simulators required to undertake the fighter development work. In addition, the GDDN is connected to Saab in Sweden and the industrial partners in Brazil, securing both technology transfer and efficient development.

“We have a long-term commitment to Brazil. The launch of the GDDN is a key milestone in the Brazilian Gripen programme as it will be the basis for the technology transfer and fighter development in the country,” said Håkan Buskhe, CEO and president of Saab.

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Flight data, track data and night vision.

The Swedish Air Force have ordered  the advanced helmet mounted display system, Targo for their Gripen E fighter aircraft. Pilots equipped with Targo will be able to better locate, track and identify targets, both day and nighttime.

Read more about the Helmet Mounted Display systemhere​.
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Upon approval of the first work plan detailing technology transfer in the Gripen project, representatives from Brazil and Sweden announced that the partnership between the two countries may extend to civil aviation, reports a Brazilian News portal​.

"The idea is that we develop not only military aircraft, but also civilian aircraft in future,” said Fernando Furlan, the executive secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services.

Furlan added that Sweden is satisfied with the project so far and it is already certain that the two countries will co-develop the two seater version of Gripen NG fighter. "In the future, we will be able to produce a fifth-generation fighter," he concluded.

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The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is exhibiting a full scale Gripen NG replica at Ribeirao Preto shopping centre, in São Paulo between 4 and 15 October. The organisers expect a large number of daily visitors to the shopping center.

Visitors can sit in the cockpit to get an experience of the future fighter of their nation.  

In an unique effort, visitors wanting to try out the Gripen simulator would have to donate for a charity.

According to the exhibition curators, this display should encourage children to learn about their country's armed forces and join the the military in future. 

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The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) showcased the Gripen NG at the 4th Mostra IDB Brazil, the Brazilian Defence Industrial exhibition where over 80 organizations participated. The FAB booth displayed a full-size replica of the Gripen NG which is being developed by Saab with the participation of six Brazilian companies, reports Cavok. Currently, 90 Brazilian engineers are in Sweden under the technology transfer program. Of the 36 aircraft ordered by the Air Force, 15 would be made in Brazil. In addition to the Gripen model, visitors could view information on touchscreens and 3D displays.

According to Major Marco Antonio Aidar Riberio, “The armed forces are working for Brazil to stop being a mere buyer and to become a developer of technology, leveraging (the strengths of) the domestic industry. This technology is not restricted to defence products, but spills over to other sectors. It is committed to the development of the country.”

According to Colonel Julio Cesar Cardoso Tavares, F-X2 project manager, the importance of participation in the IDB Brazil is to show the Brazilian society how public resources are being invested. Also, says the report, he sees the projects under development at FAB as being a two-way street, on the one hand promoting the equipping of the Air Force and, on the other, enabling transfer of knowledge. “The technology transfer under the Gripen NG project will enable Brazil, in the future, to develop its own supersonic fighter,” says Colonel Tavares.

Read full story here.​ 

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The development of the two-seater version of Gripen NG is important not only for the absorption of technology by Brazil's domestic defence industry, but also because it means obtaining new capabilities and building the future of the Brazilian Air Force, says Defesanet.

Under the terms of the Gripen NG contract, Saab will deliver 28 single-seater and eight two-seater fighters to Brazil. The contract also offered true transfer of technology to Brazil under which Brazil and Sweden will co-produce the aircraft. The first phase of the technology transfer has already begun; a number of Brazilian professionals are working side by side with Saab professionals in Sweden. Short courses, based on their roles in the project, have been designed for the Brazilian engineers.

According to the report, the most unique feature of Brazilian Gripen, both E and F, will be that of the Wide Area Display (WAD), a multi-purpose display system with full-colour, large-screen that gives continuous image presentation and a state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability.

The report adds that Brazilian Air force will use Gripen F not just as a training fighter, but also in live missions. The eight two seaters can be used for more complex missions. 

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“The reason for Gripen E's success is relatively simple - it has been developed as a robust and cost-sensitive plane. The fighter builds on the successful design of earlier versions and is not completely redesigned,” a report in Stern says about why the Gripen fighter system became the choice of a number of air forces.

Gripen was developed keeping in mind the Cold War philosophy. The idea was to have a cost-efficient multi-role fighter which could take-off and land on short landing strips. Once developed, Gripen was not just used for the Swedish Air Force, but also exported to countries like Thailand, South Africa, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The latest big order from Brazil has made Gripen the most talked about fighter of the recent times.

The all new Gripen E is super flexible, has an enviable 10-minute operational turnaround time, and boasts of split avionics and a modular system. The split avionics also means that new upgrades and products can be easily added to Gripen at any point in future, without much hassle.

The report also talks about Gripen F, the two seater version of Gripen E that Sweden will produce jointly with Brazil. Gripen F will not just be used as a training aircraft, but also as a fighter for complex missions. After Brazil, India has also shown great interest in the Gripen fighter system. Saab has offered Gripen NG to India under the 'Make In India' initiative with transfer of technology.

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​For the Brazilian engineers in Sweden, working on an aircraft that is not produced in Brazil is a huge step. Working in a new country, adapting to a new culture and acquiring knowledge make the collaboration an unforgettable experience for them.

​Last month, a full scale replica of Gripen E was on display at a mall in North Lake, Brasilia. The video captures the process of putting it all together.

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Aviation enthusiasts in Brazil were in for a pleasant surprise when they spotted a full scale Gripen model at a mall in North Lake, Brasilia recently.

FAB personnel at the mall briefed visitors on the aircraft.  Visitors were able to check out the cockpit while Project Manager for FX2, Colonel Julius Caesar Cardoso Tavares, answered their queries. 

"The interesting thing about this full scale replica is that it has the exact Wide Area Display that will be in the aircraft. This gives a real sense of what the pilot will see on the display while flying the aircraft. That apart, one can see the weapons, including A-Darter missile that will be integrated with Gripen NG,” Colonel Cardoso Tavares says. 

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