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Sweden and Saab recently offered to co-develop its Gallium Nitride AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar with India if it selected Gripen fighters. According to Lars Tossman, Head of Saab’s Airborne Surveillance business unit, GaN AESA radars are 70 percent more effective than existing AESA radar technology.

Saab has been actively researching, and working with GaN for a number of years with Chalmers University of Technology and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). GaN technology is already included in the new members of Saab’s extended surface radar family, which were launched in 2014. Because of its high power efficiency, GaN allows an extended range through higher output and higher reliability.

So far, Saab is far ahead of its competitors in terms of GaN development. Deemed as the next big thing since silicon, GaN has gained a lot of attention in military and civilian defence development over the last few years.

GaN is a semi-conductive material currently under intensive development. Areas of use include LED-lights and Blu-ray components, and now it is also being incorporated into microwave applications in the military industry. GaN transistors have the ability to boost the amplification of microwave signals. Since it can carry higher voltage as compared to silicon, GaN allows a system to operate on less power.

Last year, Saab won the prestigious Aviation Week Laureate Award for bringing GaN electronics to military radar and electronic-warfare systems, introducing the technology into products for delivery in 2016.

​Last weekend, the Swedish Air Force had sent three Gripen fighters to participate in Finland's major aviation event, Tour de Sky – Kuopio International Airshow. Here are some images from the event.

turdesky2016_1.jpgPilot Stefan Charles, who began his career in 2001, has completed over 2100 flight hours on Gripen. He performed an aerial display on Sunday for the visitors.
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An MS 20 upgraded Gripen was also exhibited at the Saab pavillion.

​Earlier this week, approximately 2,500 students visited the Kecskemét Air Base, Hungary to get a hang of the fighters and others systems.

The series of programs at the Air Base were targeted at students of primary and secondary schools and colleges. The senior students were the most interested in aviation.

Here are some images from the event.

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Image Courtesy: Airbase Blog

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During a press seminar recently, Saab outlined the Gripen NG concept for India. Last month, Saab unveiled in Linkoping Gripen E, its first test aircraft of the next generation Gripen, and has comprehensive plans to further design, develop, manufacture and maintain the aircraft in India through transfer of technology. Gripen E is the variant of Gripen NG that has been selected by Sweden.

Gripen NG is the most advanced multi-role fighter in the world. Gripen is, by design, a true multi-role fighter aircraft, capable of performing an extensive range of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions under all conditions in any environment.

Using the latest technology, sensors and weapon systems, it is designed to meet the demands of existing and future threats, while simultaneously balancing strict requirements for mission success, reliability, training efficiency and low operating costs.

Saab has also set out a comprehensive plan within India’s Make in India initiative, which will include transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an aerospace eco-system in India, including a manufacturing facility; creation of a local supplier base; employment of a well-trained Indian workforce in engineering and manufacturing.

“Our concept of technology transfer is real as we are willing to give India comprehensive system and software control. In short, Saab is not only looking at setting up a base here, but also helping in the development of aerospace capability for many years to come,” says Jan Widerström, Chairman, Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd.

Read the full storyhere.

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Three Swedish Air Force Gripen will participate in the Tour de Sky – Kuopio International Airshow, the biggest aviation event in Finland.

One of the participating Gripen aircraft will be on static display and one will perform aerial display for the visitors of the event.

Tour de Sky is an annual airshow, and this year it will be held on 18 and 19 June.

The video shows a Czech Gripen with a colourful tiger scheme on its tail at the NATO Tiger Meet Spotters Day this year.

Spotters Day was held during the middle weekend of the NATO Tiger Meet. About 1600 spotters were registered for the event.

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During the last few weeks, SwAF Gripen pilots were busy at the Tactics, Techniques and Procedures Exercise (TTP16). TTP is a recurrent exercise, but this time it was different as the participating Gripen fighters were upgraded with the MS20.

The MS20 upgraded Gripen are integrated with the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb, improved radar modes and a new laser designation pod (LDP) among other things.

TTP is also known as pilot's own exercise because there are no order chains; the pilots have to make their own decisions. The exercise focuses on developing skills to fight in a war, giving pilots an opportunity to work on small details that can make big differences in real life scenarios.

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Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten

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Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha got a feel of Gripen D last week when he flew the fighter with Swedish Wing Commander Michael Lundquist. 

Raha was on a five day tour of Sweden to discuss potential cooperation in aerospace and defence between India and Sweden. These bilateral conversations were initiated earlier this year between Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Make in India summit in February.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Captain John Lidman, Såtenäs, F7

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​Defence blogger and Gripen pilot Carl Bergqvist was in 2010 tasked with flying a US general in the backseat of a Gripen D and was asked by the general what he thought of the Gripen.

Bergqvist says that he has never lost a dogfight against a US-build fighter jet.

When asked if it is too bold a statement to make, Bergqvist says “Yes! But it is also very true.”

Bergqvist says he has practised against all of the American fighters except F-22.

He adds that a dogfight is perhaps no longer the most modern way to fight with an aircraft, but for pilots, it is still the classic way to measure how good a fighter is.

According to Bergqvist, Gripen is a fantastic aircraft to fly as it flies without requiring too much attention from the pilot. The pilot can instead focus on the mission. One session in the Gripen simulator is all a person needs in order to land a Gripen.​​

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​Two new Royal Thai Air Force pilots completed their solo flight last week. Here are some images from the ceremony that followed.

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