The Czech Government is starting off negotiations for extending the lease of the Gripen JAS 39 aircraft.The Czech air force flies 14 Gripens since 2005 after the agreement was signed in 2004. The Czech Air Force obtained the aircraft to replace the Soviet-made MiG-21s and became a role model for fleet transitions from the older MiG-21 aircraft. Over the course of one day, in 2005, the Czechs stood down their veteran MiG-21 interceptor force and brought their brand new Gripen multi-role fighters directly into service. Backed by a fully trained pilot and engineer corps, the Czech Gripens were immediately declared to the NATO air defence system and stood ready on 24-hour quick reaction alert (QRA).
The Czechs began full-scale flight operations with their Gripens about two weeks after the first aircraft were delivered. A cycle of QRA training sorties was initiated that saw the Gripens chalk up around 300 sorties for QRA preparation and qualification alone, over four months. In the middle of that process the aircraft went ‘live’ and never once was a planned sortie abandoned because of an aircraft problem. Validation came on 1 July 2005 when, effectively one year after contract signature, armed Gripens stood on alert at Casláv Air Base in the Czech Republic.
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Switzerland Air force Lieutenant General Markus Gygax recently addressed a group of 800 army officers at an event organized at Dübendorf military airport where he appreciated the Federal Council's decision to select Gripen to replace Switzerland’s ageing F5 fighter fleet.
Markus Gygax also spoke toAviation Newslast month and talked about his service’s plans for the Gripen. “We are in the process of finalizing the configuration. We want the same thing as the Sweden. We do not want an aircraft that is Swiss-unique–it must be exactly the same. And we will use it for all three missions: fighter, recce and air-to-ground. We need [the Gripen] to support the F-18 in the air-to-air role, and to gain the other two missions, which we have lost,” he said.
“We lost our air-to-ground capability with the Hawker Hunter. Today it is easy to rebuild, thanks to the capabilities of the aircraft and simulators. We can send pilots to the Swedish air force so the knowledge will come back very fast,” he added.
Read more at: Gripen, The Swiss Air Force View
The Brazilian Air Force has asked for renewal of offers for its 36 fighter jets. The offers were asked to be renewed till end of the year. In a statement, the Brazilian Air Force said it was a “normal procedure” to extend the offers for the government to study them so long as the winner has not yet been selected.
Earlier, Gripen International said that it believes that Brazil is nearly ready to make a decision in its fighter competition, in which the company’s single-engine fighter is in competition against the Boeing F/A-18E/F and Dassault Rafale. “We get the feeling it is the endgame,” Eddy de La Motte, vice president for marketing for Gripen International, had said. Saab can deliver the first Gripen E/F (also called the NG) fighter four years after contract award.
The Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Tenente-Brigadeiro Saito and his delegation had visited the Gripen NG test aircraft at the static display at Farnborough and were briefed on the development of the aircraft. Air Force Chief Junito Saito inspected the Gripen NG and was impressed by the AESA radar.
Saab wrapped up on Friday a successful show at Farnborough 2012 where it unveiled the SELEX Galileo Raven AESA Radar and the new Saab 340 MSA (Maritime Security Aircraft).
Gripen air displays, flown by Saab test pilot Fredrik Muchler, was a daily highlight at the show apart from the Gripen NG which stamped its authority as the best in class multi-role fighter under development.
Read more here onNews from Farnborough Air Show.
The Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Tenente-Brigadeiro Saito and his delegation visited theGripen NG test aircraft at the static display at Farnborough and was briefed on the development of the aircraft.
Air Force Chief Junito Saito inspected the Gripen NG and was, according to Eddy de la Motte, head of Gripen export, very impressed by the AESA radar. “We displayed the Gripen NG we’re using for testing avionic with the AESA radar. He was very impressed and said it was good that the programme is advancing”.
The new Gripen E/F is expected to be 25 per cent more capable; however the cost of the aircraft would be lesser than the Gripen C/D.
Talking toDefense News
, Hakan Bushke, CEO, Saab said that the new Gripen E/F will get a "double digit" percent price saving against the cost of the aircraft’s predecessor, the Gripen C/D.
Buskhe says that the demands of global competion are at the root of Saab’s pricing policy, adding that only 20 percent of the firm’s order backlog was in Sweden
Read the full story in theDefense News: New Gripen to Cost At Least 10% Less Than Predecessor
Eddy de la Motte, Vice President and Head of Gripen Export presented at the Saab chalet at Farnborough the Gripen goal of supplying more than 300 Gripen fighter aircraft to the
export market within 10 years, representing around 10% of the accessible market.
The roadmap looked at establishing the Gripen NG as the leading single engine multirole fighter on the world market as well as launching Sea Gripen in a Joint Development Programme for selected market segments.
The Gripen confidence comes from the new realities of the fighter aircraft market that few countries can afford to ignore. These include budget constraints that are increasingly driving the focus on acquisition on low life cycle cost, need of low training and currency costs, affordable upgrades which are mandatory to cope with future needs. Further, as more airforces are collaborating, interoperability between countries is becoming important. The presentation also pointed out the need for extended flight hours, New detection systems requiring a more balanced low signature and the Gripen proposition of Independence that provides flexibility with several weapon providers and teal technology transfer.
Read the full presentation:When Logic Is Part of the equation.
The new active SELEX Galileo Raven ES-05 AESA radar on the Gripen NG debuted at the
Farnborough International Air Show. The Gripen NG test aircraft is now flying
with a Raven ES-05 AESA radar installed, following extensive
testing with an earlier AESA prototype.
Speaking at the unveiling of the AESA on the Gripen, Head of Gripen Exports,
Eddy de la Motte said, “We had been flying with the earlier prototype. We are
now starting the flight testing of the pre-production radar Raven ES-05 AESA.
We are happy with the cooperation with Selex. This radar, together with our
data links, our human machine interface, our missiles and other sensors will give the Gripen some very unique
capabilities that no one else will match.”
Bob Mason, Selex Galileo’s senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales for
Radar and Advanced Targeting, said “The great thing was that after quite a
short period of development of two to three years, we delivered the radar to
Saab Aeronautics in Linkoping about three Tuesdays ago and five days later, the
radar was installed, was cleared for flight and flew here.”
inDefenseNewssays between 60 and 80 Gripen NGs are expected to be equipped with
the radar, in addition to 22 aircraft proposed to be sold to Switzerland.
Raven ES-05 is a high performance Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)
fire control radar designed for the Saab Gripen NG multi role fighter that
builds on over 60 years of SELEX Galileo’s fire control radar experience. It
has been designed in close collaboration with Saab and is a vital part of the
The Gripen stands out in being the most operationally cost efficient in a line up of frontline fighter aircraft including the Lockheed Martin F-16, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault’s
Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and the F-35 aircraft. In a study commissioned by Saab, Edward Hunt, Senior Consultant at IHS Jane's Aerospace and Defense Consulting, concluded that the operational cost of the Gripen aircraft is the
lowest,reportsStratpostquoting a IHS Jane's White Paper.
The paper says that in terms of ‘fuel used, pre-flight preparation
and repair, and scheduled airfield-level maintenance together with
associated personnel costs’, “The Saab Gripen is the least expensive of
the aircraft under study in terms of cost per flight hour (CPFH).”
The study stacks up the Gripen at an estimated $4,700 per hour (2012 USD), with its closest competitor being the Block 40 / 50 F-16s at an estimated $7,000 per hour. The figure for the F/A-18 Super Hornet ranged from USD
11000 to USD 24000, depending on degree of operational capability. The
figure for the Rafale was USD 16500 per flying hour and number for the
Eurofighter Typhoon, derived from British Parliamentary figures and
seeming to cover only fuel usage, was USD 8200. But Jane’s estimate of
the actual Cost Per Flying Hour for the Eurofighter, keeping in mind
supplies and scheduled maintenance raised the figure up to USD 18000.
Jane’s cites Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) estimates for the
conventional F-35 A, assuming operational service over 30 years with 200
hours per year for ...
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