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Brazilian company AEL Sistemas exhibited the Gripen cockpit's Wide Area Display (WAD) at the recently held International Seminar of Defense (SEMINDE) in Brazil.

"Participating in SEMINDE is an opportunity to demonstrate the technological capabilities developed in the defense and technology center of the south of the country," said Sergio Horta, president of AEL Sistemas.

WAD is a multi-purpose display system with full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in) with continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. AEL Sistemas was contracted to develop WAD and the head-up display (HUD) for Gripen in 2015. This year, the Brazilian company launched the first prototype panel of WAD.

Besides WAD, AEL Sistemas also displayed the advanced helmet mounted display (HMD) system, called Targo at the seminar.

Read the full story here.

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The best players of the Gripen Fighter Challenge game, who competed against each other at SIAF 2017, spent one entire day with Czech Gripen pilots at the 21st tactical Air Force Base in Čáslav.

Slovak International Air Festival (SIAF) 2017 took place during the last weekend of August at Sliač airport in Slovakia. One of the biggest attractions of the whole event was the Saab Experience Hangar. Apart from getting to know about a series of products by Saab, the winners could test their abilities in the Gripen Fighter Challenge game as well. 

The reward for the top five players in the game was an excursion to the Air Force Base in Čáslav which happened on Tuesday, 31 October. 

When the winners reached the Air Base, there was a short introduction to welcome them, followed by which they were familiarised with the basic tasks at the Air Base. 

The winners were then taken for a tour of the local museum of aviation history. After that, the excursion continued with a visit to the airport’s biological protection station where the winners, thanks to an interesting lecture, learned about the predators that protect the runways and the airport surroundings from not only birds but wild animals as well. 

After a hearty lunch in the military canteen, the winners were taken to a point next to the runway where they watched the last pre-flight preparations of five Gripen aircraft. After the pilots took off to their regular missions, the winners went to the Gripen hangar, ...

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In the last few years, with about a hundred professionals participating in the Brazil's Gripen programme, Akaer, Saab's Brazilian partner, is about to complete a million work hours in the project.

The Akaer team that works on various Gripen projects, comprises of engineers, human resources and planning personnel, quality management experts, structural designers etc. So far, these professionals have worked on the development of Gripen’s rear and central fuselages and weapon pylons.

One of the participating structures designers, Flavio Teramoto has travelled to Sweden about 10 times so far.  “Being selected to participate on the development of a fighter is alone a huge emotional moment. Signing off on the FX-2 program and being a part of Gripen E’s first flight in Sweden were other special experiences. Now, the big expectation is to see the aircraft in Brazil,” he says.​

Akaer, based out of in São José dos Campos in São Paulo, is the first Brazilian company to partner with Saab. The partnership started in the year 2008 with Akaer being contracted to develop parts of Gripen fuselage. In May 2012, Saab took 15% stake in Akaer, and in January 2017, another 10%.

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Last week, Saab showcased groundbreaking products, services and solutions – including Gripen, at the Defense & Security 2017 in Thailand. Saab's Rob Hewson talked about the complete networked air defence solutions that the company has delivered to Thailand.

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Saab has taken to the sky over Dubai with the Gripen fighter appearing at the Dubai Airshow between 12 and16 November 2017, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Dubai Airshow was first held in 1986. It was called The Arab Air then. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the biggest defence events in the world. The previous airshow in 2015 had a participation of 1,103 exhibitors from 63 countries.

"The Dubai Airshow is one of the last few really, really big international airshows," Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab's aeronautics business, says in an interview with Aviation Week. "The reason we took Gripen this year was that it is a gathering place for many of our existing customers, and also, we hope, for our potential future customers from all around the world.”

About the status of the Gripen E programme, Hjelm says, "So far, everything is as per the plan. We're even a little bit ahead. A couple of weeks ago, we flew supersonic for the first time. We're now getting some very good test data out of the program; we also have two more test aircraft that are now in production."

This year, Gripen will be seen in Dubai after an absence of about 12 years. Saab is exhibiting at Stand 540. Two Gripen fighters are at the airshow: one is on static display outside the exhibition hall and the other one is performing aerial display on all days of the ...

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The Czech Air Force recently had a photo shoot featuring all the aircraft at the Caslav Air Base including Gripen,  L-39 Albatros, and L-159 ALCA.

"It was truly unique," said Tomáš Maruščák, a spokesman for the 21st Tactical Air Force Base in Caslav. "Nothing similar or this big has been conducted in the recent history of the Czech Air Force.

The preparations for the shoot took almost three hours. Besides the fighters, pilots and ground staff were also a part of this shoot.

Caslav Air Base, located in the northeast of the city, has been home to Gripen fighters since 2005 now. This photo shoot was aimed at capturing unique shots of Caslav Air Base track with all the aircraft and machines it houses.​

Image Courtesy: Czech Armed Forces

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Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces to provide support and maintenance services for Gripen C/D in 2018. The order exercises a contractual option within the framework of a previously signed agreement pertaining to performance-based support and maintenance.

The order includes support and maintenance services essential to aviation operations with Gripen. The order encompasses, for example, technical system support and maintenance, publications, spare parts, repairs, ground support equipment and pilot equipment.

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​What is it like to fly faster than  sound? Listen to one of our test pilots as he describes breaking the sound barrier in Gripen E.​

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A Brazilian delegation headed by Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) recently paid a visit to the Gripen plant in Linköping to see the first Gripen E.

MDIC executive secretary, Marcos Jorge de Lima met Saab officials and talked about the aero structure plant, Saab Aeronautica Montagens (SAM), which will start operations in São Bernardo do Campo, in Greater São Paulo.

"We need to remember that technology is one of the great engines of industrial development and projects of this nature help develop the aeronautics sector as a whole. Even smaller companies can participate in the global supply chain of components," Marcos said.

SAM's operations should start in 2019 post the selection of property preparations for infrastructure. The facility will not just manage supply chains but also produce subassemblies for both the production line in Sweden and in Brazil, such as the wings, and front and rear fuselage of Gripen.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Brazil MDIC

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Technology leads the way.

Operating in challenging conditions, we are proud that the Royal Thai Air Force, has chosen Gripen to defend their nation and satisfy their high technical demands.

Photo: Katsuhiko Takanaga

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