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RTAF Gripens are participating in the Cope Tiger 2013 exercise at Wing 1 in Korat, Thailand. The exercise runs between 11 and 21 March. More than 1,900 U.S., Thai and Singapore airmen are participating in the exercise.

Cope Tiger is a multi lateral exercise that not only allows participating Air Forces to practice tactical flight operations but also strengthens ties between the participating nations. Here are some snapshots and a video from the ongoing event.

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RTAF Gripen and two F-16 in the skies over Korat 

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Cope Tiger 2013 Briefing 

 ​​The above video shows the mass launch of fighter aircraft from the participating air forces: RTAF, RSAF and USAF.​​

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The fifth Gripen TTP (Tactics , Technique and Procedures) 2013 exercise that took place last week demonstrated new capabilities at a rapid pace, says Anders Segerby, air exercise leader TTP 2013 in a report in  forsvarsmakten.

The exercise was carried out in three sessions each day. Each session involved around 20-30 aircraft. The planning was done on the basis of a standard model that the Swedish Air Force has been using in the last 10 years. A Mission Commander (MC) normally splits the task in different sequences and assigns attack (AI) or air reconnaissance (TAR) to various air units. The different units then develop a plan under the leadership of the MC to reach their goals e.g. eliminating enemy air defenses. Something that partly complicates coordination is the fact that the pilots are at four geographically distinct locations (Lulea, Vidsel, Rovaniemi and Bodo), in five different buildings.

“The situation right now is that we have weather, personnel and equipment with us. Three Gripen divisions and ASC (Airborne Surveillance and Control) stand at Kallax, the rest at Vidsel. We have so far had a clear blue sky and real cold weather,” Anders Segerby says. 

Describing the exercise, he says that the “War," develops with an increasingly aggressive opponent who does everything he can to prevent the "blue" side from achieving success. Pilots face a very sophisticated opponent in the air and on the ground there are qualified anti-aircraft defense. In the exercise, real radar stations are scanning for ...

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In accordance with the “Agreement on defense 2013-2017” the Danish Ministry of Defence has decided to restart type selection process for new fighter jets. Furthermore, the Ministry of Defence, in cooperation with the Armed Forces has set up an organization to prepare the presentation for type selection.

“Our position to export Gripen to the world market is stronger than ever, particularly after the historical procurement order placed last month by Sweden for 60 Gripens and another possible 22 Gripen fighters for Switzerland,” says Lennart Sindahl, Head of Saab’s business area, Aeronautics.

According to the Danish Ministry of Defence, the reopened procurement involves four alternatives: F-18 Super Hornet from Boeing, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from Lockheed Martin, Gripen Next Generation from Saab and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

“We note a great interest for Gripen worldwide and we follow the decision that has just been announced in Denmark. Now we are looking forward to receiving more information about the process,” explains Lennart Sindahl.

For more information:

The choice of new fighter starts again ​​

The Selection of a New Fighter Starts Again​

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What exactly is Gripen E? How is it going to be different than Gripen's earlier versions? To answers questions like these and more, Saab will hold a seminar on March 19 in Stockholm. Media, financial analysts and investors have been invited.

Participants from Saab would include Eddy de la Motte, Director Gripen Exports, Richard Lacey, Chief test pilot, Björn Johansson, Chief Engineer, Gripen E and Ulf Nilsson, Director Gripen Sweden.

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Details of the seminar can be found  here​.

engines_f414_400.jpgF414-400, which provides 22,000 lbs. of thrust and was produced for the Saab JAS 39 Gripen Demonstrator, is the most advanced turbofan engine in its class. Here is an overview of one of the newest and most advanced technology fighter engine in production.

The production of this engine started in late 1998 after a highly successful Engineering and Manufacturing Development program that was completed on time and on budget. 

The F414-GE-400 turbofan builds upon the excellent reliability, operability and readiness of the F404 engine. The combat-proven F414 has delivered excellent reliability and 35 percent more thrust than the original F404. 

Advanced technology features such as a Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) improve operational characteristics of the engine while the latest materials and cooling techniques allow for higher temperatures and pressures without sacrificing component life.

The F414G provides 22,000 lbs. of thrust and was firstly produced for the Saab JAS 39 Gripen Demonstrator, and was recently selected by Switzerland for the Gripen NG.

Read the complete description: Model F414

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The versatile Gripen C/D

Gripen C/D of today is a fighter aircraft of exceptional capability and versatility. As seen in the picture below, it can perform a wide range of different missions, using all its sensors, data links, reconnaissance pods, air-to-air weapons and air-to-surface weapons. This is the solid ground on which Gripen E is built.​

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Designed to stay modern

The Swedish fighter aircraft industry, together with the Swedish Air Force and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, has a long tradition of working with continuous upgrades. Instead of building an aircraft and then conducting a major and very costly mid-life upgrade, Saab makes smaller critical improvements every two to three years. This development philosophy has several advantages.

Firstly, and most importantly, the fighter aircraft is always modern. Always. Please take one more look at the Gripen C/D slide above. Staying in the forefront of such advanced technology would not have been possible with only one mid-life upgrade. Secondly, the upgrades can be adapted to emerging requirements. If you make only one, big upgrade you must predict the future operational needs for the rest of the aircraft lifetime. Predicting the future like that is virtually impossible, but with Gripen you can adapt and shift focus when desired. Finally, upgrading costs are spread out over a long period, which is an advantage to any budget. It is important to note, however, that further upgrades and adaptations are not mandatory and will always remain a customer choice.Solid_base_continuous_upgrades_illustration_750.jpg
Every upgrade step in this ...

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Saab is one of five companies that have been asked by the Canadian government to provide, within six weeks, an outline of the technical capabilities of their combat aircraft. Canada plans to replace its aging fleet of F-18 jets before 2020. The country originally wanted to buy F-35s but is now looking for more affordable aircraft, says a news report in Bloomberg.

According to the report, Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose said in December that Canada would consider purchasing fighter aircraft other than the F-35 after a report prepared by KPMG LLP showed the 65 planes would cost C$45 billion ($43.8 billion) over 42 years.

The effort is part of a “rigorous examination of available fighter-aircraft options on the market and how they could accomplish the missions outlined in the Canada First Defence Strategy,” the government said.

Read the full story:  Boeing, Lockheed Among 5 Fighter-Jet Makers Queried by Canada​

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On March 5, 2013, one of the chambers (Ständerat) in the Swiss parliament voted on the Gripen procurement.

The voting was as follows:

- The Gripen contract was approved by a vote of 22-20.

- The Gripen Special procurement Fund was approved by 23-15.

To release the "spending brake" to allow an increase in the spending ceiling for the procurement also required a vote. This vote was 23-19 (1 abstention). This needed an absolute majority, or 24 out of the 46 parliamentarians. So it was 1 short. The vote will be taken again after the Nationalrat vote in June.

"This was a positive vote in the Swiss Ständerat. It was the first important step in the political process for the procurement of Gripen. The Ständerat voted with a majority for the procurement of the Gripen and for the Gripen Special Fund Law. The process now moves to the larger chamber, the Nationalrat, where the same points will be discussed firstly by the Security Commission of the Nationalrat and then by the Nationalrat in the summer session,” says Richard Smith, Regional Marketing Director – Europe Gripen Marketing. “We have a great deal of respect for the entire political process that is now on-going and are very optimistic about the opportunity for Gripen in Switzerland."

Image Courtesy: Peter Liander

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ThaiDefense-news recently reported on the Thai Air Force Gripens conducting an air-to-air refueling training at Udon Thani. They practised with a Singapore Air Force tanker.

See more photographs here:  RTAF Gripen- Ground Service Team At UDN​

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GP2.jpgSaab moves ahead with its campaign in Brazil this week as it presents a new offensive to offer the Gripen to Brazil, says a news report in Exame.com.

Eddy De La Motte, Director-General of the Gripen campaign in Brazil said he was unsure of how President Dilma will decide, but he said he had very strong arguments.

"The relative price of the product, the cost and the operational cooperation for a lasting and beneficial partnership for both sides make our proposal very competitive," he noted. "What we are proposing is the lowest cost, the lowest operating costs and the best industrial cooperation which is a perfect partnership at this time," he emphasized.​

Read the full story:  Saab Launches New Offensive To Offer The Gripen​

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