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Sweden, the only NATO Partnership for Peace member to have sent an operational fighter squadron to Red Flag, is being hailed for the Gripen’s evolution, reportsFlightglobal.

The report quoted US Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski saying, "The Swedish air force was not invited to Red Flag as a casual courtesy. Instead, the Swedish air force and its pilots earned their seat at the Red Flag table."

"By performing ably in operations like Unified Protector over Libya, where the Swedish air force performed their reconnaissance role brilliantly, the Swedes have shown their capacity and ability to produce results," Mark adds.

Read the full story:Sweden hails Gripen's evolution at Red Flag

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LIMA’13, Malaysia’s biggest air show, kickstarts today at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre, Langkawi, Malaysia. 

First held in 1991, Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) brings together the latest technology and products from the aerospace and defense industries.

The air show attracts more than a hundred thousand visitors, hundreds of exhibitors from the international aerospace industry and numerous government, military, scientific and trade delegations. 

Saab will be presenting its range of cutting-edge technologies at Stand A75. RTAF’s Gripens will perform displays at the event. 

The latest Gripen simulator will be at the show as well.

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RTAF Gripen makes an air display at Don Muang airport on Saturday 23 March

The Royal Thai Air Force sends one RTAF Gripen to participate at the LIMA´13 air show at the Malaysian island Langkawi. The aircraft will perform aerobatics for the visitors. The air show begins today and will run until 30 March.

Photo: Dennis Thern​

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“Sales of the current models of Gripen and the next generation model may exceed 300 units in the next two decades.” says Eddy de La Motte, head of Gripen Exports.

According to a Bloomberg news report, Saab is hopeful about Gripen’s export prospects as F-35 buyers are considering other option now due to budget constraints.

Eddy De La Motte said in an interview that a lease of fighters to Malaysia, a new sale to Finland and a follow-on deal with Thailand are possible in future.

The report further says that Saab has secured Gripen’s future with an agreement from its home country, Sweden, and Switzerland to jointly develop the new version to be delivered from 2018.

“We can now offer a fixed price, fixed performance and fixed timetable,” Eddy said. “The outlook is better than anything I have seen.”

Read the full story:Saab Says Gripen Export Chances Rise as F-35 Buyers Review Plans

Image: Peter Liander

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A report inDenikgives an overview of the detection system (mobile security system) used by the Czech Air Force and describes how the Czech Army is totally satisfied with the SMD module deployed to the Czech Gripen aircraft.

Sensor system is needed to guard the space around an aircraft. Detector modules are spaced around the circumference of the machine at a maximum distance of 150 m (depending on the terrain). This creates a narrow curtain around the supersonic aircraft. If someone or something gets too close, the sensing cable immediately triggers an alarm.

The monitoring workstation is located at a distance of hundreds of meters from Gripen.  Once an alarm is triggered, it appears on the computer screens in the control room and then the military police immediately takes action against intruders.

The report says that the Czech Army is satisfied with the detection system. "We are using Mobile Detection System from Sieza companies for several years and we are happy. For a military cooperation, there has been no serious incident, "says Colonel Petr Lanka, Caslav base commander, who was also the commander of Task Organization for Baltic Air Policing 2013.

The SMD module has also proved itself in Iraq. The system is able to operate in the most difficult weather conditions and at the same time is well protected against damage during transport and handling. Built-in batteries allow operation of the system without a power source.

Read the full story: Fighters on earth today CzechPolice special technique

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The joint procurement by Sweden and Switzerland means risk reduction for the rest of the world, says Saab’s Vice President of Exports, Eddy  de la Motte. “This risk reduction will be reflected in new contracts in different parts of the world, and certainly Brazil is the key for Latin America," he added. With a "task force" composed of Brazilian and international industrial partners, SAAB has aggressively presented to major press groups, associations industry and government officials the benefits arising from joint manufacturing with Brazil of the Gripen aircraft, reports Vianney Jr., Aerospace Analyst, in the  Defesanet​.

Eddy was joined by Cesar Silva, CEO Akaer, Bob Manson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at SELEX ES and Alberto Frauenberg, Director of Business Development of GE Latin America to talk about the current development of the Gripen NG and the participation of Brazilian industry in the process. The group made presentations on issues relating to economic and financial compensation (offsets), technology transfer and participation in exports.

Eddy emphasized the benefits of real transfer of technology and consequent generation of more specialized jobs, pointing out the considerable weightage given to Brazilian participation in developing the new generation of the fighter. Cesar Silva, CEO Akaer, pointed out that parts of the fighters to be sold to Sweden and Switzerland would be constructed in Brazil. 

Bob Manson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, SELEX, said that the performance of the Raven ES-05 AESA during the testing phase was extremely satisfactory. 

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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​.

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