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DSC00330_web.JPGSaab 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.​​

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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​

​Group Captain Manat Chuanprayoon, Commander Wing 7, presided over a ceremony at the air base on 7 February 2013 when four RTAF Gripen pilots comprising batch III were given their diplomas and declared combat ready, following training in Sweden and Thailand. Besides diplomas, some mandatory fun as Thai tradition demands.

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batch3drenched3.jpgPilots getting drenched in water as a part of the celebrations.
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batch3thanked.jpgPilots​ being given their diplomas.
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Batch III pilots with their bosses. 

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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​

jacob_wallenberg.jpgIn a recent article in NZZ, Swedish industrialist Jacob Wallenberg talks about his long term goals and how the family stays in the game.

“When I 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.

Through 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.

He informed 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.   

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“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 ...

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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

Eddy de la Motte (2) (427x640).jpgSpeaking on the agreement for the Next Generation Fighter Aircraft Gripen E and the development order, ​Eddy De La Motte, Head of Gripen export says, "The contract shows the commitment of the Swedish Government and Armed Forces to the Gripen as the backbone of the Swedish air defence beyond 2040 and is a clear signal that Gripen will stay at the absolute leading edge of technology and remain ahead of the competition. It solidifies Gripen as the most capable and most modern fighter system available on the market. Gripen is the only European fighter with a firm development programme, which gives us a unique competitive advantage not only in Sweden but on the world export market."

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Defence and security company Saab has signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for Gripen E. The agreement includes development and modification of Gripen E for Sweden during the period 2013-2026 and a possible order for new production of Gripen E from Switzerland. FMV has today placed an initial development order of SEK 2.5 billion for operations during 2013-2014. Remaining orders from Sweden are expected in 2013-2014. The total value of possible orders under the agreement amounts to a total of SEK 47.2 billion.

The Swedish Parliament, has with a broad majority, decided that Sweden will acquire Gripen E. The agreement signed leads to an initial delivery of Gripen E to Sweden in 2018.

The agreement with FMV includes several parts. The first part, ordered today, relates to development of Gripen E in 2013-2014 and is worth SEK 2.5 billion. The remaining parts of the agreement include orders as follows:

  *   Remaining development work for Gripen E to Sweden of SEK 10.6 billion - expected in the first quarter 2013.

  *   Modification of 60 Gripen C to Gripen E with first deliveries to Sweden in 2018 - expected in the fourth quarter 2013 at the latest.

  *   Mission-specific equipment and support and maintenance for Gripen E to Sweden with initial deliveries in 2018 - expected in the fourth quarter 2014 at the latest.

  *   In Switzerland, a possible acquisition of 22 Gripen E is to be processed in the parliament. The agreement therefore includes provisions of delivery of 22 brand new Gripen E, and related equipment to Switzerland, if ...

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