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The latest issues of Indian Defence journalVayureporting on the keynote address of Dr V K Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Indian Defence Minister and Director General DRDO at theAerospace Forum Sweden 2012​on May 31 highlighted his invitation to collaborate and partner with India’s aerospace programmes.

In the report “Linking up in Linkoping”, Aerospace and Defence magazineVayuquotes Dr Saraswat saying, “While India has made significant progress in various programmes, it has set itself an ambitious programme for both manufacturing and developing advanced systems including UAVs and AEW&C aircraft. And these goals will be achieved only through sharing and collaboration.”

Saraswat, in his presentation ‘Vision for India’s Future Aerospace and Defence’ talked about India’s aerospace plans for the next two decades. “IT enabled development of resources to provide the skill base is our vision. I invite all of you to participate in India’s major aerospace programmes,” he said. 

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In a recent presentation at Farnborough, Saab outlined its approach to proving and evaluating the suggested concept for the new avionics core.

The new avionics core is based on a few, very powerful core computers where the information from the various subsystems is processed. It provides the pilot with the optimum mix of data for situation awareness, tactical decisions, weapon aim and delivery. The core computers also manage system function monitoring and BIT. 

One of the most important benefits with the new avionics is to divide (partitioning) the functionality in flight critical and mission critical. This will allow us to significantly shorten the verification time/costs when including new mission related functionality.

New development methods and tools such as modeling of all new functions and automatic s/w coding has been used.

A major factor in the design of the Avionics System has been the need to facilitate safe expansion as well as further development of the system after initial delivery.

Consequently, it will be easy to add and integrate new functions, software, processes, new weapons and sensors etc., in close cooperation with the customer and the customer country industry.

The design is based on COTS which reduces the cost and obsolescence problems. 

The RIG Demonstration phase showed that all today available functionality in the Gripen core avionics could be ran on 10% of the new processor capacity.

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The Royal Thai Air Force Gripens based at Wing 7 in Surat Thani have flown 1000 flight hours, writesRTAFon its website. This achievement was highlighted by RTAF Commander ACM Itthaporn Subhawong when he paid Wing 7 a visit on 20th August.

The 1000th flight hour was clocked in June this year. Gripen was officially announced operational by RTAF in July 2011. RTAF currently operates six Gripen C/Ds and a second batch of another six aircraft on order will be delivered in 2013. All Gripen aircraft are based at Wing 7.

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A first batch of 18 Czech technical and logistic personnel from a 64-member Czech military team have proceeded to Lithuania with a mission to protect the airspace of the three Baltic EU countries for the next four months.On 30 Aug, four Czech Gripen fighters will be following.

The Czechs will take over the mission from Poland on 1 September. This is the second time the Czech Air Force has been commissioned for this air policing task, the first time being in 2009. Since 2004, the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania has been protected by other NATO members, including the Czech Republic. This is the second time the Czech air force takes up this task.

The Czech Republic entered the NATO Baltic Air Policing in 2009 deploying the 1st ACR Contingent with four JAS-39 Gripen aircraft which served at the Lithuanian Siauliai Air Base from 1 May to 31 August 2009, reportsdefpro.

​Switzerland will press ahead with an order for 22 Saab AB Gripen E/F fighter jets, signing the firm contract as early as 2013 and making a first payment a year later, Defense Minister Ueli Maurer said, reportsBloomberg.

According to the report, Sweden’s government will guarantee Switzerland a 3.1 billion Swiss franc ($3.2 billion) fixed price, the delivery time frame and the technical performance of the aircraft as part of the deal, Maurer said at a presentation in Thun, Switzerland.

The Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) has signed a framework agreement with the Swedish government for the acquisition of 22 Gripen, reportsDefproquoting from a translation of a statement issues in German by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sports (DDPS).

The partnership between Switzerland and Sweden, officially concluded at Meiringen on June 29, 2012 by Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enström and Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, by the signature of a statement of intent, will now be supplemented by a framework agreement.

This framework agreement between Switzerland, represented by armasuisse and Sweden, represented by FXM, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, will set out the details of the acquisition project.

In the case that Switzerland will finally decide to acquire the Gripen fighter, all issues related to technical specifications, delivery times, total price of the equipment, as well as the ground infrastructure and the commitment to training have now been resolved.

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Its busy times for the Gripen as the aircraft makes its presence felt across a number of air shows around the world. Visitors queued in the rain to sit in the cockpit of a Gripen fighter jet replica during the Birrfeld airport 75th anniversary celebrations, in Lupfig August 24, 2012. On the occasion ofPistenfest Birrfeld 2012 taking place between 24-26 August, Saab joined the celebrations of the 75th Anniversary of Birrfeld Airport and presented a full-scale replica of the Gripen fighter on static display. All Pistenfest visitors were invited to take a seat in the Gripen to get a feel for the world of real Gripen fighter pilots.

Next off the block is theSlovak International Air Fest 2012which is being held on September 1-2 at the Sliač Air Force Base, Slovakia where Saab is a main partner. Saab is inviting visitors to SIAFU 2012 to its stall to meet with team members and learn more about the company and the Gripen fighters. The Saab stand this time around will have the Gripen cockpit simulator and people have been invited to test their flight skills on the Gripen  simulator.

The Air Force of the Czech Republic will be flying the JAS-39D Gripen at the show.

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The Swedish government is looking to buying 40-60 next generation Gripen E/F, and is therefore increasing the Swedish Armed Forces’ budget. Sweden has signed a partnership with Switzerland on the acquisition of the next generation Gripen. Sweden will place an order for about 40-60 new aircraft. Armed Forces appropriations consequently will be increased by 300 million kronor in the autumn budget. The leaders of Sweden's four governing parties and ministers in government have written in an opinion piece in theSvenska Dagbladetnewspaper (SvD) that the decision is necessary for Sweden's defense capability and the importance of jobs.
 
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Minister for Education and Deputy Prime Minister Education Minister Jan Björklund, Minister of Economy Annie Lööf  and Minister of Social Affairs Göran Hägglund said in their opinion piece that "Sweden has now agreed with Switzerland on the acquisition of next generation JAS Gripen. Our two countries share the requirements for high performance in relation to reasonable cost and we see good opportunities for synergies. The partnership with Switzerland means that together we can acquire and operate an advanced combat aircraft systems at a lower cost than we would have had to pay if Sweden instead purchased alone. It includes, for example, training of pilots and technicians, maintenance costs and future upgrades."
 
They go on to say, “The decision is necessary for our defense capability, and is also positive for Swedish jobs, Swedish exports and Swedish research and development. The defense industry, including contractors, employs also now up ...

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Sweden has now agreed with Switzerland on the acquisition of the next generation JAS Gripen, according to a Swedish GovernmentPress Release. The Swedish Government will propose in Budget 2013 that the Armed Forces budget would increase by 300 million kronor in 2013 and 2014 and then 200 million kronor annually. In total, it provides an increase in the Armed Forces budget by over 2 billion kronor over ten years.

"The partnership with Switzerland means that together we can acquire and operate an advanced combat aircraft systems at a lower cost than we would have had to pay if Sweden had instead purchased the fighters by itself. Hereby we find a sustainable solution for the Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish industry," said Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enstrom.

The development of the Gripen system was initiated by the Parliament's decision in 1982 to raise the JAS 39 A / B and has subsequently taken place in several stages. The fleets consist mainly of about 100 pc JAS 39 C / D. The system also includes fighter armament, basic systems, management systems, and resources for training and maintenance. According to the Armed Forces, the system is relevant - purely operational and to meet the requirements - until 2020-2030, says the Press Release. The Armed Forces have reported that the next generation JAS Gripen fighter is the system that, at least till 2040, would best meet the needs of the Armed Forces.

Saab has welcomed the Swedish government’s announcement that it has reached an agreement with Switzerland about the procurement of the next generation Gripen and its plan to acquire 40-60 planes of the next generation Gripen. 

According to a Saabpress release, this is an important step in the development of the future Swedish defence. “Gripen is a modern fighter jet system, which, through the use of the latest technology, can operate in advanced combat and recon missions. Gripen is designed to meet demands from existing and future threats as well as to keep low operational costs compared to its competitors”, says the Saab release.

According to Saab’s official statement, “The announcement by the Swedish government today is a preview of what the budget proposition, presented on 20 September, will contain. Later this year, the proposal will be negotiated in the Swedish parliament. Saab has presented the government with a tender for the next generation Gripen. There is not yet an agreement but Saab looks forward to the discussions, which will lead to a deal and an order for Gripen.” 

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The Nordic Air Meet 2012 kicks off on Monday with 65 combat aircraft from six different countries along with associated tanker aircraft taking part. The two-week exercise is being held for the fourth time and will extend from 27th August to 7th September. The second largest air exercise in Europe, NOAM will see 54 fighters taking to the skies at the same time, including 20 Swedish JAS 39 Gripen.

The goal of NOAM is for pilots from different nations to get familiar with different aircraft types in a large composite air forces and practice tactics and procedures. The exercise will also include practicing air to air refueling.

According to the Swedish Armed Forces website,Forsvarsmakten, the exercise will be conducted from four different bases; F21 in Luleå, Vidsel outside Älvsbyn and Rovaniemi and Halli, Finland. Two flight sessions a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon is planned in the unique practice area from Lycksele in the south to Kiruna in the north.

The participating countries and fighter jets include the Swedish JAS 39 Gripen, the Finnish F-18 Hornet, the Swiss F-18 Hornet, USAFE F-16, UK GR4 Tornado and Denmark's F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Besides fighters, other aircraft include the ASC 890, the C-130/T, and two KC-135 tanker aircraft.

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