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​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.​

Since October 2015, approximately 50 engineers and technicians have come to Sweden with their families, to receive theoretical and practical training at Saab’s facilities based in Linköping. 

All Brazilian engineers and technicians will receive specific training according to their roles in the programme. Over time, more than 350 Brazilians will participate in the technology transfer programme, which covers approximately 60 major projects. 

To show the co-operation between Saab and Brazilian industrial partners in the Gripen NG programme, Saab presents the web series "True Collaboration​" (Colaboração Real, in Portuguese). The series will follow five Brazilian engineers and their families, who are in Sweden to take part in this exciting journey. 

In addition to presenting the expectations of each one of participants, the chapters of the series will address their arrival in Sweden, the theoretical and practical training, and how the knowledge acquired will be shared amongst their colleagues upon their return to Brazil.

The videos will be available on www.gripen.com/br and in the social channels of Saab do Brasil (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google +), and of Saab AB (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram). 


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When Brazil and Sweden signed the contract for 36 Gripen aircraft in 2015, technology transfer was one of the most important factors taken into account. More than 60 per cent of the development of the two-seat Gripen NG will take place in Brazil, as will the production. As much as 80 per cent of flight testing will take place in Brazil.

In October 2015, the first batch of 48 Brazilian engineers arrived in Sweden. The process of training Brazilian engineers, pilots and technicians will take place in different phases. The first phase includes the training of systems engineers and software developers. Pilots, flight test engineers, production engineers, and so on will be arriving a bit further down the line. Over time, almost 350 professionals will receive ‘on-the-job training’ in Sweden.

“We have made a commitment on technology for fighter aircraft that includes development, production and maintenance. The main aim is to train 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,” says Göran Almquist, Deputy Program Manager for Gripen in Brazil.

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​“The latest version of Gripen has an upgraded air-frame and avionics systems. It is an agile and maneuverable fighter. It is integrated with meteor missile system that gives the aircraft unprecedented capabilities,” said Saab test pilot Hans Einerth during a recent visit to Colombia. He and his colleague Marcus Wandt were in Colombia to take a Gripen seminar for pilots of the Colombian Air Force.

During the seminar, both Saab test pilots talked about the capabilities of the new generation Gripen aircraft. They also talked about what it is like to fly a Gripen. 

For Saab, Latin America is one of the most important market post the Gripen Brazil deal. Saab has had a presence in Colombia’s civil aviation sector since the 1950s.

"We are pushing two generations ahead. Gripen has a strong market position, and development of the new 'E' variant is progressing in line with time and budget estimates," says Ulf Nilsson, Saab's head of aeronautics at Saab's annual Gripen seminar. For Sweden's order of 60 planes, a first test aircraft will soon be ready. Saab's incremental platform development methods result in shorter lead times to customers, he says.

As per the latest update at the Seminar, the Brazil programme is at full speed ahead. 50 Brazilian engineers who have arrived in Linkoping are now an integrated part of the Gripen program.

Ulf also talked about why Saab believes in true technology transfer. “Why do we want to share our technology? While our competitors see technology sharing as a risk, we see it as an opportunity. This is the way to grow forward and gain new partners. To achieve sustainability in the transfer of technology program, we have to build technology around the program. It’s a strategic decision for Saab and Sweden,” he says.

Unveiled during the Gripen Annual Seminar, this video shows some behind-the-scene highlights from the first next generation Gripen test aircraft in production. Next stop: roll out on May 18.

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If you have been waiting for the latest update on the status of the Gripen programme, we have good news for you. The annual Gripen seminar will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 17 March 2016. Saab is pleased to invite media, financial analysts and investors to the seminar. 

Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab business area Aeronautics and Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing and sales will be the main speakers. You can also join live streamed Gripen seminar on http://saab-seminar.creo.se/160317

To register or to know more about the seminar, please click here.

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Saab has awarded a subcontract to German automotive parts supplier Rheinmetall to provide automatic cannons for the Swedish and Brazilian Gripen NGs.

Rheinmetall's Mauser BK-27 automatic revolver cannon will feature a newly developed linkless ammunition feeding system. A highly effective weapon for close air combat and against ground and unprotected naval targets, Mauser BK 27 was first developed in the late 1960s for an MRCA (Multi Role Combat Aircraft) program.

Rheinmetall will also provide service support and spare parts along with associated ammunition for the weapon system.

As per the contract, the automatic cannons will be delivered during 2017 and 2025.

Read the full story here.

​In a few months, the first Gripen NG will be unveiled in Sweden. Here are some pictures from the final assembly of the smart fighter.

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