The South African Air Force’s 93rd Birthday was marked by the customary Air Force day parade, an address by Maj Gen Malinga, an appearance by 28 Sqd and an amazing display of maneuvering a high speed Gripen.
The celebration that started with Maj Gen Malinga accepting an award from “Lead-SA”, ended with a beautiful fly over by Gripen which can be seen at the end of a video here.
According to a report in Pilot’s Post, Mark Gentles treated the spectators to a magnificent display of skill in a solo sequence in a PC7 Astra and Col “Blokkies” Joubert in a breathtaking display of high speed maneuvering in the J-39 Gripen.
Read the full story: South African Air Force Celebrates their 93rd Birthday
Saab's Gripen Swiss website is now updated with all Swiss language versions and the latest developments. Saab is launching a major web update on the Gripen E programme and Switzerland. Visit Saab's Gripen Swiss website www.gripen.ch to get yourself updated on the past, the present and the future of the next generation Gripen
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Saab participated in the recently held "Danish Defence & Aerospace Conference 2013". Defence's top business leaders and foreign companies were
gathered at the conference to discuss the challenges that Danish defense and
security industry would face in future.
The challenges include tight defense budgets. There is
also a demand (from both Danish and foreign side) for flexibility, high
technological levels and standardization of
defense solutions in the future.
"It is very important for Saab to participate in these
kinds of events in order to understand the local conditions and how we can
contribute in different Industrial Cooperation projects,"says Peter Ringh
- Head of Campaign for Gripen Denmark.
"Being a supplier of the world's most advanced fighters
is simply not enough. Not only state-of-the-art capabilities and an extremely
competitive life-cycle cost are included in the Gripen package, we must also
show our well-known ability to create and support programs for Industrial
Cooperation," he adds.
In a recent Nellis Air Force Base video, Swedish Airforce experience from Red Flag 13-2, Nevada, USA is summarized by the Gripen Commanders. The complexity and realistic, operational verification was highly appreciated. Swedish Chief of Air Force hopes this will increase international cooperation in the future.
Watch the video here: Swedish Air Force Participates In Red Flag 13-2
Gripen is an extremely versatile multi-role fighter of the latest generation. It can be used effectively in all battle situations and it meets Switzerland's security requirements in full.
With over 160,000 flight hours under its belt, Gripen has proven its worth in Sweden, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Thailand and South Africa. The single engine fighter has significant advantages over its twin-engine competitors in terms of costs, future technical developments, environmental impact and suitability for a military force:
- The procurement cost for Gripen is 40% lower than the competition.
- Gripen's operating costs are a quarter of the competitor’s.
- Due to high reliability and quick repair times, Gripen gives the air force more time in the air.
- The Swedish government guarantees continued future developments.
- Gripen has a significantly lower environmental impact than its competitors.
- Saab is creating jobs and long-term business in Switzerland and guarantees industrial participation with Swiss industry to a value greater than 100% of the purchase price.
- Sweden is offering Switzerland a comprehensive defence cooperation package and use of training facilities in Sweden.
- Saab is a successful and broadly diversified defence technology group that operates worldwide.
Image: Peter Liander
In a recent
article in NZZ, Swedish industrialist Jacob Wallenberg talks about his long
term goals and how the family stays in the game.
wake up in the morning my first concern is to get everything going! I need to
make sure the businesses are working properly. They have to make profits so
they can pay dividends. Only then can they feed our foundations, which put the
money into schools, education, research,” Wallenberg says.
Investor and their foundations, the Wallenbergs are the largest shareholders
in, for example,
ABB (7.8%) and Saab (47.6%). Talking about Gripen, Jacob Wallenberg explains
that Switzerland is not taking any risks by buying the new generation aircraft.
“The government and parliament in Sweden have decided to support the
development of the next generation of Gripen,” Wallenberg assures.
that since February 2003, the value of Investor shares has increased more than
five times. “We are long term shareholders, and when I say long term, I mean
more than 50 years. The family sees itself as an active shareholder which is
why we sit on the board of every company in which we have a stake. We believe
in continuously moving companies forward,” he said.
“I can still feel the excitement and the happiness of getting into my life’s first flight and that too in a Gripen! I couldn’t have asked for more,” tells Shashank HR, winner of Gripen Top Guns 2011 at the Gripen Top Gun lunch organized during Aero India 2013.
The Gripen Top Gun lunch was attended by Shashank HR, Joanna Sjolander, Marketing Director, Saab India and Ola Rignell, Flight Test Director, Saab. The lunch was a good time to catch up on the two years since Shashank won the coveted Gripen Top Guns contest and took his seat on the magnificent machine with Joanna as the contest organizer and Ola as head of the jury.
Shashank described his entire Gripen Top Gun experience from winning the Ace Level game of the online contest and then going on to win the Simulator round and the final flight. He recounted all the experiences and said, “It is all so clear in my head as if it just happened yesterday. The only difference is that during 2011, I was so spellbound after the flight that I could not talk. Today, I can express vividly. The stardom that the contest gave me is unparalleled. I would like to thank the Gripen team for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Joanna said, “It feels good to see where the Gripen Top Gun contest started from and the stature where it has reached today. It is so overwhelming.”
Ola recounted his experience of Gripen Top ...
Besides Brazil, Peru, another South American country Peru is
showing interest to buy Gripen, says a news report in Corren.
Peru is planning to buy a new fighter aircraft to replace
its current fleet of Mirage 2000 and MiG-29. It has turned to various aircraft manufacturers
asking for information requests.
Read the full story:Peru Shows Interest in Gripen
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