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"Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM) will be part of Saab's global supply chain. So if we see opportunities, we would want to take part in projects for other products that serve not only markets in Latin America but the rest of the world as well," said Jonas Hjelm, the global head of the aeronautics division at Saab. 

According to Mr. Hjelm, there are other prospective clients in South America that the facilities at SAM can potentially cater to, such as Colombia, who have reportedly shown a clear interest.

Located at the city of São Bernardo do Campo, in São Paulo state, Saab SAM will play a major role in the production of the next generation fighter jets in Brazil. However, the final assembly of the aircraft will take place at Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN). SAM targets to have 55 engineers and technicians trained in Linköping, Sweden for the manufacture and assembly of the complex fuselages of Gripen E by 2020.

Logistically, SAM is strategically located near Guarulhos International Airport, major highways and the aeronautical clusters of Sao Jose dos Campos and Gaviao Peixoto, the city where the GDDN is located.

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Director General of Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM), Marcelo Lima says that Saab is reaching out to companies that can offer tooling material, general equipment, consumables, general services and handling material among other things.

To begin the process, Saab met with 55 companies, out of which 35 were based out of Brazil, at a workshop recently. 

According to Lima, the shortlisted companies will play various roles in starting SAM's operations. “We are also focusing on companies that already sell to multinationals," he says.

The selection process is intensive. All the companies had to prepare presentation for stage one. "After this presentation, we sent a questionnaire that will help us know more about the company, how was it formed etc. Then we will ask for quotations followed by which we will evaluate each offer before making the final decisions,” he elaborated.

SAM was unveiled earlier this month in the city of São Bernardo do Campo, in São Paulo state, Brazil. Not only will SAM produce aerostructures for the Brazilian Gripen fighter, but also become part of Saab´s global supply chain.

As of now, Saab has selected two service providers and hired nine employees. "Our strategy is to talk to our existing partners in the Brazilian Gripen programme, who are already familiar with the aeronautical sector. We have started visiting a few companies and will hold another workshop to meet more direct suppliers between year-end and beginning of 2019,” Lima says.

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Members of Gripen User Group paid a visit to the Aeronautics Command (COMAER), in Brasília, and discussed Gripen operations, maintenance and logistics. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) hosted the Gripen Users Group (GUG) for the first time ever. The meeting took place between participants from Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, Thailand and Sweden. 

Last year, Brazilian delegates went to Prague to meet the GUG. Air Major Jefson Borges, who is in charge of all communication between the official channels of the Brazilian Defence, stressed on the importance of such gatherings. “GUG meetings take place at different professional levels, from commanders to technicians. We learn a lot from these meetings because we get to know about operating the Gripen system from various operators. This will help us be better prepared and not make the same mistakes they made,” he said.

One of the participating members, Thai Air Force Captain Jackkrit Thammavichai said, “The issues discussed in the Group help both those who are already users of the aircraft, and Brazil, who will soon have access to the latest technology.” 

The entourage headed to Gavião Peixoto from Brasilia to pay a visit to the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) where Santosh Miadaira, Senior Program Manager, Embraer, Gripen programme, told everyone about the importance of GDDN."GDDN marks the beginning of the technology transfer programme between Brazil and Sweden," he said.

The next Gripen Users meeting will be hosted by Hungary.

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AEL Sistemas has now delivered the third prototype of the Wide Area Display (WAD) for Gripen E/F which is being developed for the Brazilian Air Force. 

The Wide Area Display in Gripen E is a panoramic high-resolution screen (19 x 8 in) that allows a redundant and intelligent presentation of information across its entire length, with the capacity to receive inputs from multitask keys, the touchscreen or external interfaces. Using data fusion, it provides the pilot with the information needed, and is the main source of flight and mission information in the cockpit.

"The delivery of Model C prototype represents AEL´s commitment to technology absorption in the development of WAD for the next generation of Brazilian fighters. We deliver the prototype on schedule, enabling Saab engineers to continue their work towards the final integration of the aircraft,” says Sergio Horta, president of AEL Sistemas.

Last year, the Model B prototype was delivered by AEL. This prototype came with the final mechanics and hardware for use in the laboratory, simulator and aircraft (ground testing). After that, further enhancements were made to Model C. The new graphic card ensures an increased processing capacity and better image presentation. With its new mechanics, hardware, and software, Model C will be used in the development and qualification tests of the aircraft during flight mode.  

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​Get to know the inside of the all new Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM). The manufacturing facility will be responsible to produce structural parts like the tail cone, aerodynamic brakes, and wing box for the 36 Gripen fighters that are being developed for  the Brazilian Air Force.

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There are many noticeable changes that have been made to Gripen E which include integration of some of the most brilliant military science breakthroughs of the past few years.

Externally, the fighter boasts of a new, more powerful engine, increased range and a larger weapon load. The under-carriage of Gripen E has been moved to the wings, which means more fuel and weapons can be carried.

Internally, the systems software has undergone some major upheavals as well. The new EW system, MFS-EW (Multi Functional System) is based on wideband digital technology and digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) devices, gallium nitride (GaN) solid state active electronically scanned array (AESA) jammer transmitters and interferometric direction finding systems.

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How important is the technology transfer that is part of the Brazilian Gripen Programme? Between October 2015 and 2024, more than 350 Brazilian engineers and technicians from Saab’s partner companies, will go to Sweden to participate in courses and on-the-job training.


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Last month, a delegation of engineers and logistics experts from Saab paid a visit to the future Gripen facilities in Ala 2 in Anápolis. The objective of the visit was to check the facilities of the 1st Air Defence Group (1st GDA – Grupo de Defesa Aérea) that will operate Gripen from 2021, and understand how the Brazilian Air Force operates its fighters.

"This time we focused on training pilots and technicians, and checking some maintenance functions. We also checked the facilities as they need to be adapted as per the requirements of the new fighters. We are looking for the best solution to align these requirements with the setup of the facilities. This is the right time to do so as we are at a building and designing phase. We have to make sure all preparations are done before the first fighter arrives,” says the Program Logistics Director, Magnus Hultin.

Visitors also included six fighter pilots, and members from Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Program, Brazil, the body responsible for aircraft acquisition and modernization projects at FAB.

“Gripen is a system, and not just an airplane. We are working to make sure everything is ready for the arrival of Gripen,” says Captain Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas, one of the first two pilots who were sent to Sweden for Gripen conversion training.

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AEL Sistemas, one of Saab's Brazilian partners, is exhibiting Wide Area Display (WAD) at the ongoing aerospace, defence and security exhibition FIDAE in Santiago, Chile. 

"Participating in the 20th edition of FIDAE is an opportunity to demonstrate and strengthen national capacity to develop innovative technologies for defence and security," says Sergio Horta, President, AEL Sistemas.

WAD is a multi-purpose display system with full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in), continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. WAD's advanced software applications have been designed to support pilots in making fast, sound decisions through data fusion, and increase view of the combat arena (ground and air targets).

Saab is also present at the event with a full-scale Gripen model at static outdoor pavilion E. The visitors can sit in the Gripen cockpit and get to know about the capabilities of the fighter. Besides Gripen, Saab is also exhibiting products like GlobalEye, RBS 70 NG, Air Traffic Management, 9 AIR TOCCS, and 9LV naval combat system

FIDAE will be held till 8 April.

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The future of air combat is going to be far more complex and technologically advanced than it is today. So, it is imperative to create air power that is adaptable in the future. It is not enough to integrate the latest technology and the best software that the market can provide today, but the fighters have to be ready for the technology of tomorrow as well. Technology that will enable the fighters to adapt to circumstances and get ahead of the enemy, will be the winner of tomorrow’s air combat. 

Traditionally, aircraft are operated for 10-15 years before being sent for a mid-life upgrade. However, with reconfigurable avionics platforms in Gripen C and E series, new applications can be added without having to requalify them. In fact, the hardware can be upgraded without affecting the overall application layer. This makes both these fighters relevant for a longer period of time and remain updated with the latest technology. 

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