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Gripen pilot3.jpgIt's not just that today's fighter pilots are more skilled and can do more tasks, it takes more knowledge, says Carl-Fredrik Edström, division manager at the 212th fighter division at F 21, in a Forsvarsmakten report. 

In the 1990s, it was completely different times. While one pilot was a fighter pilot, another was attack or reconnaissance pilot. Today it is more complex. A Gripen pilot must be capable of undertaking all the roles - fighter, attack and reconnaissance - both in a national and in an international context.

Today's advanced and efficient Gripen systems requires a pilot to have a wider range of skills and be well prepared for the tasks to be performed. For example, to manage all systems and sensors, pilots must have a wider range of skills in all roles, explains Edström.

Edström who has flown Viggen in the 90s, says that the way pilots fly a fighter aircraft now is different from before. “In the 90s, I used to sit in the plane and fly, getting information continuously during the mission. I can fly in the same fashion today, but then, I would not be extracting the maximum capability out of the Gripen system,” he says.

Today, a pilot sits with a thick block on his knees that is filled with information to carry out the mission. Even the smallest detail is co-ordinated. Today, the threat is higher and the excercises are more complex. The pilots also need to interact with air, naval and ground ...

Gripen4.jpgGripen E represents that rarest of capability improvements, one that does not come with a correspondingly hefty price tag, says Angad Singh in an exclusive report on the fighter aircraft which featured as the cover story “The Gripen Forges Ahead In Super Mode“ for the May-June issue of Vayu magazine.​.

Gripen E development, right from the start has been focused on producing an aircraft that combines high performance and low cost. For example, GE F414 engine, with its high performance and reliability was the obvious choice for the new generation aircraft. Also, sensor development for Gripen E focuses on leveraging a mix of innovative solutions and proven technologies which eventually keep the cost down.

Gripen E would have sensors that are enhanced, not just in comparison to its earlier variants, but also to contemporary fighters worldwide. It would also feature GaN-based EW suite that provides tremendous situational awareness and BriteCloud which is an onboard active decoy from Selex.

All this, according to the report, results in an aircraft that looks much the same – and feels much the same – but brings a quantum leap in performance and combat ability to the type.

Saab has not only drawn on its experience from the Gripen A/B to C/D conversion programme, but also on industry best practices acquired from manufacturing work done for Airbus and Boeing commercial products.

More emphasis on pre-production design work has led to reduced parts count for the new airframe, and shorter component manufacturing times, making each aircraft less ...

become-pilot-large-x2.pngGripen pilots operate in some of the most dangerous parts of the world – and they have to be the best. For every flight they need to wear specialised clothing and carry equipment that protects them and helps them to complete their mission.

Saab is offering you the chance to find out what it takes to enter the cockpit by dressing your own pilot – you’ll even get the chance to see what you look like as a Gripen fighter pilot and share the image with your friends.

To start, click here.​

_SKA9604 copy.jpgThe joint Parliament and the Swedish Government Committee on Defence Policy's chairman Cecilia Widegren announced at a press conference that the number of Gripen Sweden intends to order has increased from 60 to 70 as per a new proposal, reports Expressen.

According to Widegren, besides the number of Gripen, the number of submarines has also been increased to five in the new proposal. 

The Defence also wants the Swedish combat units to be more accessible and the Swedish Navy to be more active in the Baltic Sea. The new proposal aims to increase the cooperation with other countries and organizations like UN and NATO.

The proposal will be submitted to the government soon.

Read full story: Beredningen vill ha tio nya Gripenplan​

"Everything is designed and tested in the computer. This helps us know what to do and how to do. It gives us the confidence that we work with the right things and we know we are on track without any surprises," says Matti Olsson, Head of Strategic & Business Development Production at Saab.​

Info.jpgGripen E’s customer value lies in the system’s unparalleled operational combat capacity, its balanced design and the fact that the aircraft is built for information sharing. 

Information sharing refers to Gripen pilots’ access to information, gathered and analysed within their own group, giving pilots on the ground access to the same information as their airborne colleagues have. 

Information sharing is an element of the ”information war” – determining where the enemy is while avoiding detection yourself. An increasing number of the world’s air forces have realised that having an information advantage is actually more important than having maximum speed and manoeuvrability. Sweden has a 40-year tradition of developing inter-aircraft information sharing – experience that is gathered in the Gripen E.

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Brazilian firm Embraer will co-develop and co-produce Gripen E fighters, due to be purchased by Brazil, with Saab as per a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two companies recently.

Under this agreement, Embraer will perform a leading role in the overall program performance as well as undertake an extensive share of work in the production and delivery of both the single and two-seat versions of the state-of-the-art Gripen NG aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force.

"We are happy to announce this partnership with Embraer. Not only do we share experience in the defense and aeronautical markets, but both organizations have a clear dedication to customer satisfaction. Through this partnership we will secure an excellent result for the Brazilian Air Force and we will establish solid ground for success with future business opportunities and customers," says Hakan Buskhe, Saab's president and CEO.

“The deal is part of a really strong technology transfer package. The plan will see Brazilian firm Embraer handle most of the development on a two seater Gripen F for the Brazilian airforce,” Buskhe said at the Farnborough International Airshow recently.

Embraer is a leading Brazilian aeronautical company based in Sao Paulo that produces commercial, military, executive and agricultural aircraft. The 40 year old company has been involved with design, development, manufacturing, sales and technical support for commercial, agricultural and executive aviation.

Read the full story: Embraer to partner with Saab In Joint Program Management For Brazil's FX2 Project

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Recently, there has been an increasing interest in Gripen across the globe. South East Asia, for example, represents an important market with huge partnership potential for Saab, Gripen’s parent company.

The interest in the Gripen fighter system has been triggered by an array of factors.  Kaj Rosander, Marketing Manager, Saab elaborates some of these factors in Spirit, a defence and security magazine.

According to Rosander, performance alone is not sufficient. There is an increasing cost consciousness and hence Gripen, with the perfect combination of performance and life cycle cost, holds an advantage.

Asian countries like Philippines and Malaysia currently own aircraft that are about tobecome obsolete, giving way to a large potential market.  Also, as a part of their currentpackages, these countries have obtained the aircraft and not the technology. Saab’s strategy includes true technology transfer. This helps the operators with efficient maintenance of the system as well as with building self sufficiency.

Among the South East Asian countries, Thailand is a proud owner of a complete air defence package provided by Saab. With the delivery of the first of a dozen Gripen C/D in 2011, Thailand took its first step towards building its defense system with technology that is modern, inter connected and information driven, writes Michael Miller of Spirit magazine.

As a part of the Gripen package, Thailand also received two Saab Erieye Airborne early Warning and Control (AEW&C) systems, based on the Saab 340  airframe. A number of interlinked ground stations around the country can receive ...

​Farnborough International Airshow has just taken place and Saab was of course there. 

This year, Saab’s presence was all about breaking the thought barrier- demonstrating Saab’s unique way of thinking, one that pushes the boundaries of innovation and anticipates tomorrow. As part of this, Saab has demonstrated its capabilities for air defence, with Gripen in the forefront.

During Farnborough, Saab has for the first time ever, unveiled a full scale replica of Gripen NG.​

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During the exhibition, Executive Vice President Lennart Sindahl held a Gripen press briefing. You can watch the press briefing here

In the video below, Gripen Test Pilot Richard Ljungberg, standing beside the full-scale replica of Gripen NG, talks about the MBDA Meteor missile which he says is a gamechanger for a fighter. Meteor will be in Swedish Air Force service next year.

Read more about Saab at Farnborough 2014 here​.

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UK’s Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) has extended its contract with Saab to continue its use of a Gripen trainer for another four years.

“The original agreement has been in place since 1999 and, under the terms of the new framework, Saab will support ETPS from 2015 until 2018,” Saab says.

More than 70 test pilots have flown the type since the service with ETPS began, adds Saab, which cites a “100% on-time delivery”. More than 800 flying hours have been provided so far, from its Linköping site in Sweden.

For the last 15 years, ETPS has operated Gripen as its advanced fast jet platform for test pilots throughout the world. With the inclusion of Gripen in their test pilot training courses, ETPS students get an opportunity to know about advanced cockpit technology and learn systems integration more effectively and on the latest platforms.

ETPS is run as a partnership between the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and defence contractor QinetiQ, Europe’s largest science and technology solutions company. The School provides the UK MoD with fully qualified military test pilots and it also trains flight test engineers for QinetiQ, along with test pilots and engineers from Commonwealth and other friendly nations.

Read the full story:Saab And ETPS Sign New Multi-Year Agreement For Continued Gripen Training​

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