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Saab and the Brazilian Ministry of Defence, through the Aeronautics Command (COMAER), have signed a contract for Gripen NG weapon acquisition. The total order value is approximately USD 245 million. The order is expected to be booked by Saab during the second half of 2015. 

The weapon acquisition contract includes weapon deliveries by Saab and suppliers which have been selected by the customer, for the Brazilian Gripen aircraft. The weapon deliveries will be made in relation to deliveries of the Gripen NG aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force.

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Saab’s South African facilities, Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), has emerged as a global EW player according to a report in Defence Web.

Saab SGD’s orders include delivery of microwave components for the antennas and electronic warfare components of the Gripen fighter jet for the international market, says the report. These parts are currently being assembled for Gripen fighters at SGD’s facilities in Centurion outside Pretoria.

SGD, the largest Saab subsidiary outside of Sweden, was built in the 1990s. Saab invested in SGD as a part of the offset requirements which were integral to the Gripen South Africa contract.

As per Chris Skinner, head of marketing and sales at SGD, Saab backing has helped position the company for increased international export sales tremendously and the company today has turnover in excess of a billion rand a year and employs 700-800 people. 80-90% of this revenue is from foreign orders.

Read the full story: Saab Grintek Defence growing as global EW player

​The Air Base Blog recently presented a series of pictures of the actual technical maintenance of the Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighters, most of which takes place indoors.

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The staff prepares for the maintenance of the engine and the nose gear

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The sign on the side of the aircraft reminds the team about the work in progress and signals them not to let the aircraft down as the work on the hydraulic system is not complete yet

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The new nose gear waiting to be installed by the engineers

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That interesting moment when the aircraft's wheels are pulled in, while the plane is standing in the hangar. This happens only when Gripen is lifted with special equipment.

Image Courtesy: Air Base Blog

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Selex ES has bagged a Skyward-G Infrared Search and Track (IRST) production contract and a BriteCloud milestone for Gripen E combat aircraft, reports IHS Jane's​.

As a part of this contract, Selex will deliver 60 Skyward-G infrared search-and-track (IRST) systems for Swedish Air Force’s Gripen E combat fighters.

IRST’s sensor sits on top of the nose, just in front of the canopy, and looks forward in a wide sector registering heat emissions from other aircraft, helicopters and from objects on the ground and sea surface. 

Selex ES also announced that it has conducted deployment trials of its BriteCloud expendable active decoy from the Gripen. 

Selex ES will provide 30% of the Gripen E's electronics, with other systems besides the Skyward-G IRST and BriteCloud EAD comprising the ES Raven ES-05 AESA radar, and Mode 5 identification friend-or-foe system, the report says.​

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"We are looking forward to welcoming Brazilian engineers to Sweden," says Lennart Sindahl, Deputy CEO, Saab at the recently held LAAD 2015. 

The Brazil Gripen deal includes extensive industrial cooperation, particularly when it comes to technology transfer, and autumn 2015 marks the beginning of this cooperation when approximately 350 Brazilians will be coming to Saab’s facility in Linköping, Sweden for an on-the-job training.

The training includes practical experience in Gripen development, training and production, and will continue for a number of years, after which the Brazilian experts will return to their homeland gradually. During this phase, Saab employees will accompany them to build up operations in Brazil.

Throwing some light on the technology transfer commitment, Göran Almquist, deputy programme manager for Gripen in Brazil says that it includes development, production and maintenance.

“The main aim is to train up 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,” Almquist says.

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​Saab had a busy week at LAAD 2015, held at the Riocentro exhibition centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last week.

A full scale model of Gripen NG, which was presented to the Brazilian public for the first time, grabbed everyone's attention at the event.

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The Saab stand at LAAD 2015
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Swedish Gripen pilots meet Brazilian Air Force pilots

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Officials of Brazilian Aeronautics with the Gripen NG full scale model

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Brazilian Navy officials at Saab stand

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Brazilian cadet Corps of Aeronautics

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Following the Memorandum of Understanding announced on 11 July 2014, Saab and Embraer recently signed an agreement that establishes a partnership for joint management of the F-X2 Project for the Brazilian Air Force. 

The partnership agreement is part of Saab’s commitment to deliver industrial co-operation in relation to the F-X2 project. Under this agreement, Embraer will have a leading role in the overall programme performance of the programme. Embraer will also undertake an extensive share of work in the production and delivery of both the single- and two-seat versions of the Gripen NG, Brazil’s next-generation fighter jet.

Embraer will be responsible for extensive work packages in systems development, integration, flight test, final assembly and aircraft deliveries. Embraer will also participate in the coordination of all development and production activities in Brazil. Furthermore, Embraer and Saab will be jointly responsible for the complete development of the two-seat version of the Gripen NG.

Beginning in the second half of 2015, a team of Embraer engineers and technicians will be based in Sweden to conduct initial training in the maintenance and development work for the Gripen NG. This skill and competence will subsequently be transferred to Brazil.

Embraer and Saab will build an Engineering Centre at Embraer's industrial plant in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo, to support operations of the Gripen NG fighters with the Brazilian Air Force.

“With this agreement, Embraer and Saab establish a long-term partnership on a strategic project for Brazil and for the Brazilian Air Force,” ...

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It is so easy to fly a Saab Gripen that even someone with no training can fly it with the aid of an instructor," says reporter Arman Ahmed of the New Straits Times.

Ahmed, who recently got an opportunity to fly a Gripen, had a bit of apprehension in the beginning, but after a minimal coaching by Gripen chief test pilot Richard Ljungberg, he was confident to get advanced fighter airborne. After 15 minutes of flight time, Ahmed was instructed by Ljungberg to locate three enemy aircraft and shoot them down.

Ahmed notes that Gripen’s ability to trim and stabilize itself was apparent as it was easy to lock on the enemy aircraft and squeeze the trigger. All three targets were dispatched in the first burst of gunfire. 

“We made Gripen easy to fly so that the pilot can focus on different threat scenarios. The pilot is a decision maker. The plane can basically fly itself without requiring too much attention from the pilot,” says Richard Ljungberg.

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Two South African Air Force Gripen performed at an SA naval exercise called Ex Good Hope VI last month, reports Navy.mil.za.

In one of the multi-threat exercises aimed at building defence against air and subsurface threats, a Gripen bomber aircraft and a Lear Jet played a crucial role. The warfare department used sensors to detect the aircraft miles away and once the target was locked on, it was decided what type of weapon would be used. In this scenario, an FSG HESSEN and an SAS SPIOENKOP were hit by a missile from the Gripen fighter aircraft, prompting the ships to conduct blanket searches and damage control. 

The objective of Ex Good Hope VI included training and promoting naval skills and maintaining full operational readiness of the SA Navy. 

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy:SA Navy​

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The last Swedish military experts who have been providing Gripen conversion training to Czech pilots for ten years now, will leave the Caslav Air Base soon, reports Prague Daily Monitor​.

The Czech government signed a contract on a 10-year lease of 14 new Gripen aircraft in 2004. With the delivery of Gripen in August 2005, all personnel at the air base in Caslav had to go through a Gripen conversion training.

As a part of the contract, 10 Swedish military experts (pilots and ground personnel) were sent to the Caslav Air Base to train the pilots to fly the Gripen aircraft and technical staff to repair them. Over the years, the number of the Swedish experts at the Czech Air Base has decreased to three. 

The three Swedish military experts will leave the Czech Air Base in the beginning of September.

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