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AEL Sistemas, one of Saab's Brazilian partners, is exhibiting Wide Area Display (WAD) at the ongoing aerospace, defence and security exhibition FIDAE in Santiago, Chile. 

"Participating in the 20th edition of FIDAE is an opportunity to demonstrate and strengthen national capacity to develop innovative technologies for defence and security," says Sergio Horta, President, AEL Sistemas.

WAD is a multi-purpose display system with full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in), continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. WAD's advanced software applications have been designed to support pilots in making fast, sound decisions through data fusion, and increase view of the combat arena (ground and air targets).

Saab is also present at the event with a full-scale Gripen model at static outdoor pavilion E. The visitors can sit in the Gripen cockpit and get to know about the capabilities of the fighter. Besides Gripen, Saab is also exhibiting products like GlobalEye, RBS 70 NG, Air Traffic Management, 9 AIR TOCCS, and 9LV naval combat system

FIDAE will be held till 8 April.

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The future of air combat is going to be far more complex and technologically advanced than it is today. So, it is imperative to create air power that is adaptable in the future. It is not enough to integrate the latest technology and the best software that the market can provide today, but the fighters have to be ready for the technology of tomorrow as well. Technology that will enable the fighters to adapt to circumstances and get ahead of the enemy, will be the winner of tomorrow’s air combat. 

Traditionally, aircraft are operated for 10-15 years before being sent for a mid-life upgrade. However, with reconfigurable avionics platforms in Gripen C and E series, new applications can be added without having to requalify them. In fact, the hardware can be upgraded without affecting the overall application layer. This makes both these fighters relevant for a longer period of time and remain updated with the latest technology. 

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What began as a thesis project for Saab has turned out to be a Life Support Rig to minimize the risks of untoward incidents during flight tests. A new basic aircraft rig to test the life support systems in Gripen E was unveiled recently at Saab’s facilities in Linköping.

According to Dan Kärvell, Test Techniques Manager for Life Support Systems, the testing will confirm the safety and comfort of the system even in the most demanding situations, such as flying at high altitudes and performing extreme manoeuvres. 

The initial testing is being done with the help of a test dummy that is connected to a respiratory simulator. This respiratory system is meant to be an alternative to the more complex options available in the market currently. To improve the system further, eventually pilots will be involved in the testing which will add a new perspective through subjective assessments.  

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Gripen calendar image of the month – April

Extreme versatility.

At high and low altitudes, over land and water, day and night, Gripen is at home in all conditions. 


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“Gripen will be a revolution,” says Brazilian Senator Ana Amélia Lemos on her recent visit to the FAB office.

"Even though I was a layman, I was able to recognise a key criteria in the choice of the Swedish plane: technology transfer. People often do not understand the importance of technological development in defence, but we should,” she said.

In October 2014, Saab signed a contract with Brazil to develop 36 Gripen E/F fighters for the Brazilian Air Force. And the most decisive factor for Brazil to go with Saab was its transfer of technology (ToT) offer. The ToT program currently is divided into 50 projects and covers theoretical training, research, and technology programmes. It also includes on-the-job training in Sweden, and production and development work. 

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​The partnership between Saab and Akaer began in the year 2008 when the leading Brazilian aerospace company was contracted by Saab to develop the rear fuselage of the Gripen NG fighters. This was long before Brazil selected the former to deliver 36 Gripen fighters for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). 


Once the Gripen Brazil programme was announced, Akaer's role in it increased. In 2012, a group of five engineers from the company went to Sweden to monitor the production of parts to be developed in Brazil and start planning for the next phase of the central fuselage design of Gripen. They also began working on the central and armament fuselage of Gripen after completion of the rear fuselage.

As of now, more than 100 professionals from Akaer have worked on various projects under the Gripen programme and the company has logged in more than half a million hours in the project.  Saab also holds 25% stakes in Akaer and, since 2012, is a part of the company’s Advisory Board. 

​What is the role of AEL Sistemas in the partnership between Saab and Brazil? As a supplier of important Gripen cockpit equipment, AEL is developing three distinct systems: the Wide Area Display (WAD), the Head up Display (HUD) which allows the pilot to focus on the mission and not look down into the cockpit to read instruments for information, and the Targo helmet (Helmet Mounted Display – HMD) that projects all this information.


Saab selected AEL Sistemas (AEL) as a supplier for the Gripen NG in Brazil in February 2015. The contract was to provide wide area display (WAD) and the head-up display (HUD) for Brazil's newly ordered Gripen fighters.

This was followed by an extensive flight test campaign at the Saab plant in Linköping, Sweden to demonstrate the validity of both WAD and HUD.

Saab and AEL also signed a contract for transfer of technology which covered further development of the human machine interface (HMI), workshops for avionics maintenance and theoretical courses and on-the-job-training.

AEL delivered the first WAD prototype (Model A) and the HUD in September 2015. The Brazilian-based defence electronics company has already exhibited the WAD and HMD systems for FAB's Gripen fighters at various seminars and events like LAAD so far.

In May 2016, AEL successfully delivered the WAD Demo HMI Software, a preliminary version of an application which shows Saab’s concepts for the future WAD Human-Machine Interface (HMI).

Almost a year and a half later, in September 2017, AEL delivered ...

​Saab signed a contract with Brazil to develop 36 Gripen E/F fighters for the Brazilian Air Force in October 2014. One of the major decisive factors behind Brazil's selection of Gripen was Saab's transfer of technology (ToT) offer. The ToT program is divided into 50 projects and covers theoretical training, research & technology programmes, on-the-job training in Sweden, and development and production work.

Since the contract was finalised, many developments have taken place in the transfer of technology program for Brazil. Here are a few milestones.

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The Gripen technology transfer programme started in October 2015 when 50 engineers from Saab’s partner companies (Embraer and AEL Sistemas) in Brazil came to Sweden for training. Each engineer had a different programme schedule according to their roles in the programme.

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Captains Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas and Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto, who left Rio de Janeiro and Anápolis respectively for F7 in Såtenäs in November 2014, flew their first solo flight in Gripen in January 2015.

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Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN), was inaugurated in November 2016 at the Embraer plant in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo. GDDN is the hub for the Gripen technology development in Brazil for Saab and its partners in Brazil. So far, about 140 professionals who have been trained in Sweden, have already returned to Brazil, and most of them are working at GDDN. 

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In January 2017, engineers from AEL Sistemas went to Arboga, Sweden to learn in detail the ...

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This summer, Hungarian Air Force Gripen will take part in a joint training exercise with Royal Air Force's Typhoon fighters in Kecskemét , reports kecskemetilapok.hu.

British Ambassador to Hungary, Ian Lindsay said that the Typhoon fighters will relocate to Romania after the exercise in Hungary. The ambassador also said that in the light of increasing security risks, the European countries and the UK should strive for closer cooperation.

The training will also carry out combat tasks and capture tactics. The British Royal Air Force Hawk aircraft and the Hungarian Gripen participated in a joint exercise last year, in August, where they decided to continue the training this year as well. Joint exercises with other air forces are good from a training perspective as they help pilots train in different environments and understand the capabilities of other aircraft. 

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