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When Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto flew Gripen for the first time in 2015, he was very impressed with the way Gripen managed pilot work load. "What I liked the most was the highly advanced human-machine interface," he said.

Pascotto was one of the first few Brazilian pilots who left Anápolis for F7 in Såtenäs to learn all about the future fighter of their Air Force and pass on this knowledge to their colleagues and newly qualified Gripen instructors.

Fast forward to today, and more than 140 professionals have been trained in Sweden till date. They have already returned to Brazil, and most of them are working at the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN).

Today, there is an excitement amongst everyone at the Brazilian Air Force about the arrival of new fighters with people eagerly waiting for Gripen to become operational in Brazil.

“There is a desire and a thrill that has not been seen for a long time. Today we have a group dedicated to studying this aircraft, which asks us a lot of questions. The pilots know they will have the opportunity to operate a modern machine that will enable them to complete their missions successfully. FAB is restructuring and training the squadron to operate Gripen,” says Lieutenant Colonel Renato Leal Leite.

Those who have flown it never forget it. “Flying Gripen was challenging, rewarding and an operational crowning experience,” says Major Gustavo Pascotto.

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Saab and the Brazilian Air Force’s purchasing organisation (COPAC) have decided to go for new amendments to the Gripen Brazil offset agreement, reports Cavok.com

The latest updates will result in changes to 13 projects under Transfer of Technology and Industrial Cooperation agreement. The changes have been proposed to meet the latest requirements in the fields of armament integration, assembly of structure components of Gripen fuselage etc.

The document approving the changes was signed by Göran Almquist, deputy programme manager for Gripen in Brazil and Brigadier General Márcio Bruno Bonotto, the president of COPAC.

"So far, all our expectations have been met. Everything is going as per schedule. 50% of the technology transfer initiatives have been completed. This demonstrates the confidence that FAB and Saab have in each other," says General Márcio Bruno Bonotto.

The offset agreement, which is a part of the Gripen contract, was signed by Saab and the Brazilian government in 2014.

One of the major milestones of this offset program was the establishment of the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in 2016. More than a 100 engineers, out of which 90 are local, are currently working at GDDN. The next big step would be the he setting up of an aerostructure plant in São Bernardo do Campo, in Greater São Paulo by 2020.  

Read the full story here.

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Brazil's Anápolis Air Base, which will be the first Air Base in the country to receive Gripen E, is undergoing several changes ahead of the fighter's arrival.

"We are working on the enlargement of the yard, construction of hangars, and renovation of facilities. There are several other processes as well," says Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Commander Colonel Antônio Marcos Mioni.

Brazil announced the selection of 36 Gripen fighters for its Air Force on 27 October 2014. The contract covered not just the delivery of these aircraft, but a technology transfer agreement as well that aimed at the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil.

As per the report, 32 out of the total 36 Gripen fighters will be based at Ala 2 Anápolis Air Base. The Air Base will also house two KC-390 freighter units.

Read the full story here.

​As the Brazilian Air Force goes through an extensive restructuring process, the Gripen E programme is all set to deliver significant operational leaps.

Located in the city of São Bernardo do Campo in São Paulo, SAM will be one of the main future production plants under the Brazil gripen programme. So what will be its exact role? Watch the video to find out.

​For someone like Julia who always wanted to build something, a career as an assembly operator at Saab has been a great learning experience. 

Drilling machines in different shapes and sizes is the most common tool used at the stations. Julia has always been careful and precise. And these qualities come in handy while using these machines while building the central fuselage, the biggest part of Gripen E. 

What is the role of GAC-Saab in the Brazilian Gripen Program? Created in October 2015, the GAC-Saab is indispensable to monitor and control the contracts relating to the acquisition of 36 fighters.

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Magnus Lewis-Olsson, President at Saab Market Area Europe, chatted at length with Vago Muradian of Defense & Aerospace Report about Gripen E flight tests, weapon integration and technology sharing at the recently held Farnborough International Airshow.

Lewis-Olsson revealed that flight testing for Gripen E is on schedule, and Saab is pushing hard to meet its timelines. Prototype aircraft JAS 39-9 and 39-10 are expected to see the light of day early next year, and with every test the aircraft is getting closer to the operational aircraft. The focus during testing in near future will be on avionics and cockpit.

One of the key elements of the Gripen E is the open architecture of the aircraft – which allows Saab to compartmentalize the flight safety control systems in a bid to increase efficiency. This process is helpful not only because it increases mission safety, but it also extends more control to the users of the aircraft, helping them ‘own’ it as per their requirements. 

Talking about weapon integration, Magnus Lewis-Olsson also outlined the huge impact that the missile Meteor has had on the functionality and prowess of Gripen. The RBS-15 – ‘Gungnir’ was yet another projectile weapon on display, a pioneer of the anti-ship missile contingent. The Gripen on display was loaded to full capacity, with different weapons, to showcase the fighter’s excellent weapons integration capability.

Watch the full interview here​.

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Saab is developing the RBS15 Mk4, the next generation, air-launched variant of RBS15 anti-ship missile for Gripen. Dubbed as RBS15 Gungnir, the developmental missile system was unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show 2018 recently.

The RBS15 Gungnir will also be integrated into Swedish Navy’s Visby-class corvettes, but Gripen E is the priority.

“Everything is driven by the Gripen program,” said Michael Höglund, Vice President and Head of Marketing and Sales for missiles systems at Saab Dynamics.

Currently, Sweden is operating RBS15F, a 1980s version of this weapon which will soon become obsolete owing to a discontinuation of its maintenance support. Hence the development of RBS15 Gungnir is a priority for Saab.

The name Gungnir is from Scandinavian mythology and refers to the Norse god Odin’s spear which never missed its target. With the new configurations, this version of RBS15 will have an extended range and anti-jam capabilities. Not just that, it will be able to travel just above sea level and therefore avoid detection.

“RBS15 Gungnir is offered in both air-launched and surface-launched configurations that offer greatly improved capabilities, compared to other missile systems on the market. With an improved range to more than 300 km and highly advanced target seeker, it gives the capability to engage any target, in all conditions,” says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab Business Area Dynamics.

Saab was contracted by FMV in 2017 to deliver RBS15 Gungnir. Saab aims to deliver the missile by ...

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With every passing year, the signal environment for Electronic Warfare (EW) systems is becoming more and more complex. There are more signals out there, both military and civilian. Hence it becomes imperative to have a smart EW systems which can quickly differentiate a threat signal from other signals.

All around us, there is an Electromagnetic (EM) spectrum which covers all energy radiated by means of electromagnetic waves including radio communication and radar transmission. According to Inga Bergstrom, Sales Director of Gripen EW, Electronic Warfare is the combat for control of the EM spectrum.

“EW may not be the primary function of a fighter, but it is an enabler to conduct a successful mission,” Inga says.

Some of the tactics used by pilots of fighter aircraft to avoid detection include silent flight by reducing emissions, or by flying at low heights. Even then, detection by enemy devices is a possibility, and in the event that Gripen E’s location has been compromised, EW system provides countermeasure techniques, such as Dispensing – in which decoys are released into the air, creating a false target to fool the enemy.

Elaborating on the features of Gripen’s EW system, Inga says that it is all about listening, detecting, identifying, and if you are detected first, about deterring, defending and defeating. 

EW has been an important part of Gripen from the beginning. Today, Saab has a small, compact system that does a number of things while also reducing drag and increasing ...

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