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Brazil will have the Anapolis Air Base (BAAN) as the headquarters of its Third Air Defense Group (3rd GDAAE) this year. BAAN will be the first Brazilian unit to receive Gripen NG fighters, reports Fab.mil.

According to the report, the Third Air Defence Group members inaugurated a KONUS simulator last month. The simulator would allow the members to train for handling the Anti-Aircraft Weapon system IGLA-S. The training includes a live-fire exercise.

“The KONUS will help with courses and internships required for effective operational preparedness. With the help of the simulator, the Third Air Defense Group will be able to provide prompt air defense of the Anapolis Air Base which  currently houses the F-5M aircraft and, in future, will be a base for the Gripen NG,"says Major Flávio Schiatti, Commander of the 3rd GDAAE Center.

Read the full story: Futura base dos caças irá receber grupo de defesa antiaérea

Photo Courtesy: Fab.mil​

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Members of Swedish Military Aviation Safety Inspectorate (FLYGI) met members of Brazil's Institute of Industrial Coordination and Fostering (IFI) recently to make plans for the certification of Gripen NG fighter, reports Fab.mil.br.

Members from both organizations presented their respective rules, regulations and forms of work, in order to allow mutual recognition of activities related to accreditation and quality assurance of aeronautical products.

"It is expected that the agreement will allow mutual recognition of activities and even joint work between Brazil and Sweden, both during certification and production, as in the aircraft operation phase," explained the IFI technical advisor, Lieutenant Colonel José Renato de Araújo Costa.

A discussion on Gripen NG certification between IFI members and Saab officials happened last year in September in São José dos Campos. 

According to Defense Aerospace.com, it was discussed that the certifications of Gripen NG aircraft with respect to airworthiness requirements and fulfillment of the mission will be carried out by Swedish government agencies. The IFI will monitor these processes and, after validating them, will issue a Type Certificate to the Gripen NG aircraft project.

Read the full story: Brasil e Suécia começam a planejar a certificação dos novos caças

5144895_2161652.jpegAt a time when some of the biggest names in the global defence industry have decided to end production of their well known fighter planes, Sweden’s Defense and Security company, Saab, gets going, says The Wall Street Journal.

With little in the way of a global marketing machine, Sweden has had outsize success in winning export orders. That is thanks to Saab AB’s Gripen combat jet, it adds.

WSJ interviews Saab’s Chief Executive Håkan Buskhe who points out, that unlike before, weapon buyers are becoming more cost-conscious now.

“Seven to eight years ago, no one discussed affordability when it comes to arms equipment. There was a paradigm, when I started, that if it is not expensive, it is not good. The cost component—that was not really the big deal in the past—has really caught up with each and every economy around the world. That does not mean you can sell an aircraft that is not good enough. There is no point in sitting in an aircraft that gets shot down and saying ‘at least it’s affordable’. So I think that is the key part of our success, and I believe we have a window going forward,” Buskhe says.

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FAB pilots Gustavo Oliveira Pascotto and Ramon Santos Fórneas have entered the 'land flight without instructors’ phase of their training process, reports Ovale.com.br​.

Pascotto is most impressed by the data integration capacity of the Gripen system.

"Gripen is a platform that will integrate all of our employment doctrine. The key word is integration. Everything has data fusion. It is like they have combined the performance of the Mirage, the F-5 combat systems and the system of recognition of A-1 in a single aircraft. But much better," Pascotto said.

The missions of the new phase began in late January. For these missions, the flights depart from F7 Airbase at Såtenäs in south western Sweden. 

F7 Såtenäs is the prime training center for the Gripen system.  Pilot trainings, including that of foreign operators, are carried out here. This year in July, F 7 will celebrate its 75th anniversary. According to the report, on an average, the Swedish Air Force trains 30 pilots every year.

"The training is intense, but Gripen is easy to use,” says Colonel Michael Cherinet, Commander of the Såtenäs Base.

Read the full story: Pilotos brasileiros iniciam nova fase de treinamento no Gripen​

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Saab has selected AEL Sistemas (AEL) as a new supplier for the Gripen NG in Brazil. AEL will provide the wide area display (WAD) and the head-up display (HUD), which will be integrated in the Gripen NG for Brazil as part of the F-X2 contract. The WAD and HUD development programme commenced in January 2015. Saab and AEL have also signed a contract for transfer of technology.

The new avionics systems programme will run over four years and includes development, integration and production work to be performed in Porto Alegre. System integration work will be undertaken by Saab and Embraer.

The WAD for Brazil’s Gripen NG aircraft is a single intelligent and full-redundant multi-purpose display system, full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in) with continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. It is the primary source of all flight and mission information in the cockpit.

AEL will also develop a new HUD for Brazil’s Gripen NG aircraft. The HUD provides essential flight and mission information to the pilot when looking ‘heads up’ out of the cockpit.​

Read the full story here.

Svd.se​ catches up with the two Brazilian pilots, Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto and Captain Ramon Santos Forneas, who are in Sweden for their Gripen conversion training. The FAB pilots talk about their experience with the weather in Sweden, which is very different from Brazil’s.

The Brazilian pilots had to undergo water survival training for emergency ejection over water. The water survival course becomes difficult in Sweden as the trainees have to practise in freezing cold water.

“Back home, the water is seldom this cold,” says Fórneas, adding that he sees it as an experience.

According to the report, when Gustavo completed his first flight in Gripen, there was sleet in the air and Lake Vänern was freezing cold.

“Although the weather conditions are very different in the two countries, I do not think we need to adapt the Gripen for Brazil. We have talked to pilots from Thailand who are accustomed to flying in hot and humid climate. They have not had any problems with the Gripen,” says Gustavo.

Read the full story: Brasilianska piloter flyger JAS i Sverige

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Last week, South African Air Force Gripen completed the actual launch of an A-Darter missile. The missile successfully reached the target, which was an unmanned aircraft flying at a 600 meters higher altitude, reports Airheadsfly.com.

As a part of this test, the rocket was launched towards a remotely-controlled aircraft in order to test the maneuverability of the missile. The heat-guided weapon is designed to perform while sustaining up to 100Gs, with targets within a 12 miles radius. The A-Darter’s sensor-eye can spot the difference between the target aircraft’s infrared signature and flares the bogey might launch to fool the missile.

Portal Brazil quoted the project manager for Brazil, Colonel Julius Caesar Cardoso Tavares, saying that the main feature of the latest generation of missiles is their ability to perform high-performance maneuvers.

"The guidance sensor detects the target and the missile also calculates the best route," said the Colonel.

A-Darter does not have small wings that are used for maneuvering. Instead, it can direct the thrust of its rocket engine, performing maneuvers while sustaining up to 100Gs. 

The report adds that the A-Darter is now 90 percent ready. South Africa’s Denel Dynamics is the leading company of the project.

Read the full story: Future Brazilian Gripen Missile Successfully Fired In South Africa

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“In 2014, an agreement was reached with Brazil regarding development and production of 36 Gripen NG. This, together with Sweden’s order for 60 Gripen in 2013, makes Saab one of few aircraft manufacturers that are developing a new generation of fighters. This has strengthened Gripen’s position in the global market,” says Saab President and CEO Håkan Buskhe.

 While presenting its Year End Report 2014, Saab maintained that the year 2014 saw challenging market scenarios and there was a strong order backlog.  

“It was a successful and challenging year for Saab,” Buskhe said, adding that 2014 was a year when the company continued to build for the future. Thanks to a long-term strategy and focus on efficiency, the company is well positioned.

Read more about Saab Year End report here.

Watch the webcast of CEO Håkan Buskhe and CFO Magnus Örnberg presenting the results here.

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Time to celebrate and congratulate the two FAB pilots! 

Captains Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas and Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto, who swapped Rio de Janeiro and Anápolis respectively for F7 in Såtenäs in November last year, flew their first solo flight yesterday, reports Fab.mil​.

The two Brazilian pilots have flown Gripen before as well but only in the company of Swedish Air Force flight instructors. Their first training sortie in the rear seat of a Gripen happened on 19 November last year.

The two Brazilian pilots will complete their six months long training in April this year. By the end of April, they will have learnt everything about Gripen and will return to Brazil as newly qualified Gripen instructors.

Read more about the two FAB pilots here​.

Image Courtesy: Fab.mil

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"Sweden is proud to be one of Brazil’s strategic partners and the Gripen deal is a win-win situation for both countries," says Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on his visit to Brazil recently.

As a part of this visit, Löfven went to see the Embraer’s production unit outside Sao Paulo. He also gave a speech at the Swedish-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo where he stressed the advantages of investing in and trading with Sweden.

Last year, Embraer and Saab signed a Memorandum of Understanding,  according to which, the former will perform a leading role in the overall programme 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.

Read the full story: Löfven visits factory due to make Gripen jets

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