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The Gripen NG Demonstrator flight test programme continues at the Saab facilities in Linköping. with the 117 th flight of the demo aircraft on Friday last.

A Saab press release says that tactical systems such as the AESA radar and the new communications system are being tested out.

Mattias Bergström, the Gripen NG Demonstrator project manager, was quoted as saying that “the test programme is very extensive, and the unusually harsh cold and snowy winter here in Sweden has challenged the programme schedule but we are now quickly catching up.”

 The Demonstrator project team has affirmed that they have finished, and successfully verified,the flight tests of the electro-optical Missile Approach Warning System (MAW) and the new fuel system with larger internal fuel tanks. The NG with its extended range is crucially different from the JAS 39 C/D in this particular area.

 The Gripen NG is the next generation of the Gripen fighter, which is in service with the air forces of Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa. It is also ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force and is flown by the Empire Test Pilots School, ETPS, in the UK.

The Gripen NG is the contender for the Brazilian and Indian Air Force programs and its progress is being keenly watched by airforces around the world that believe that the NG will be ahead of its single engine class on its induction and will have a lifetime in service extending to 204.

With the Swedish Airforce now ...

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Defence and security company Saab has received an order from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) concerning development of the existing Gripen fleet. The order value amounts to SEK 2 billion for Saab, split over a period of four years.

The capability of the Swedish Air Force’s Gripen C/D aircraft is continuously subject to adjustment and upgrading in order that it can operate and remain effective and advanced also in the future. The order includes further adjustments for increased operational effect, like for instance upgraded countermeasure and communication systems. The order also includes other measures to further reduce the operating costs, based on experience gathered from more than 130,000 flight hours.

Also included is integration of new weapons, and the existing radar is gaining an increased range along with new functions. Improvements are also being introduced to reduce the noise and emissions from test runs during engine maintenance.

Work will mainly take place at Saab’s plants in Linköping, Gothenburg, Järfälla, Kista and Arboga.

The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on 10 March at 08.10.

​Two Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen-Ds arrived in Bangalore on Monday for the field evaluation trials (FET) under the Indian Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition. The Gripens begin their trials at the Aircraft Systems & Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bangalore this week. The Gripen-Ds are being flown by Saab test pilots and Swedish air force pilots.

The IAF test pilots have already undergone intensive training on the aircraft and the aircraft have already undergone the first stage of trials in Linkoping last November. The IAF evaluation has included flight performance, logistics capability, weapons systems, advanced sensors and weapons firing.

The participation of the Gripen Demo aircraft – on which the Gripen IN is based- in the FET is, however, not taking place just yet. The Demo is a development vehicle to which the IAF will have complete access. Gripen NG capabilities have been demonstrated during the evaluation trials in November 2009 when the Indian evaluation team was in Sweden.

“We plan to further engage the IAF on satisfying all its requirements and are looking forward to the remaining time of the trials,” says Eddy de la Motte, Director India, Gripen Marketing, Saab AB

The Gripen Demo, according to reports, is undergoing improvements as per the requirements of the Swedish Air Force.

India’s Business Standard on Monday quoted Gripen International’s Director India, Eddy de la Motte as saying that, “The Gripen NG prototype cannot come just yet to India as it is required in Sweden for testing and evaluation by ...


The Geo Political Scene

The end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union created a uni-polar world with the USA playing the role of the world’s policeman in the Yugoslav and Kosovo conflicts in the mid 1990’s. The situation changed with the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the USA and the commencement of the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. These wars, which have drained the US exchequer, and the economic crisis of September  2008 have greatly limited the ability of the USA to police the world. India now has the economic muscle to increase its military power and protect its vital interests especially those relating to energy security. The Indian Armed Forces now have to have the capability to operate well beyond national borders to protect sea lanes of communication from the Straits of Hormuz in Iran to the Malacca Straits in Malaysia. Protection of its island territories in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea also require attention. Continuing its long tradition of not getting involved in ‘power block ‘ politics India has to maintain its strategic independence .

What the IAF Needs

Having decided to induct the Sukhoi 30 in large numbers what the IAF needs is a state of the art multi role fighter in the 15-20 ton class. The debate over two engines vs one engine has never been satisfactorily resolved but what is certain is that the life cycle cost of ownership of a twin ...

fourteen.jpgA contender for the MMRCA deal, the Gripen’s multi-role fighter capability, operational dominance and its air-to-air superiority has been getting attention from the Indian media. Indian Aerospace and Defence review magazine Vayu’s Managing Editor Vikramjit S. Chopra was in Linkoping, Sweden during mid-January 2010 for a full briefing on the aircraft and its development program.

During the several briefings that Vikramjit Chopra attended, he says that the theme of independent choice was repeated, indeed emphasized during the visit. Chopra says that the Saab team was of the view that with the Industrial Cooperation programme, Gripen’s programme for the IAF, Indian defence and industrial establishments will make India completely independent of the need to purchase combat aircraft from other countries and in fact become an exporter of aircraft, like Sweden.

 “There will be smooth transition into operational services with the IAF. If selected, initial deliveries will be time phased in accordance with operational requirements, i.e. deliveries from 2013. The Gripen is a perfect match with the Su-30MKI and a true force multiplier using Tactical Data Link”, Eddy de la Motte, Director India, Gripen International, told the visiting journalist.

Jonas Harma, Deputy Director, has said that “Saab is willing and able to provide ToT that exceeds the requirements of the Indian Government. The level of ToT will enable India to manage all aspects of the life cycle including design. We are giving access to all levels of technology and Saab is willing to enter a joint venture with Indian aerospace industry ...

akesvensson_saab1-300x199.jpgSaab is gradually moving away from its reliance on the Swedish market and expanding its international business. Saab is increasingly active in areas such as UAVs, where it is developing sense-and-avoid technology, and underwater maritime systems, in which the European Defence Agency (EDA) has expressed an interest.

Saab President and CEO  Ake Svennson discussing about Saab and its future plans for the global market in an interview published​pointed out thatSaab has gradually increased its international export business, with around 5 percent annual growth every year for the last 10 years. Currently, about two-thirds of its business is made up of exports, and the rest in Sweden.

On the question whether Saab will be knocked out of the fighter market if it doesn’t win contracts for its Gripen from Brazil and India,he said the Swedish Air Force and government made it very clear last year that they see the Gripen as a core component of the long-term future of the Swedish defense forces.

SeaGripen_032_landb copy.jpgA story filed in theStratpostby Saurabh Joshi reports that Gripen has made presentations of its Sea Gripen fighter aircraft to the Indian Navy last week. India and Brazil have both shown interest in a naval variant of the Gripen.

Earlier reports said Saab AB had received a Request For Information (RFI) from the Indian Navy for the supply of carrier-borne fighter aircraft. The company, which received the RFI earlier this month, is pitching a naval variant of its Gripen NG fighter, called the Sea Gripen. India’s RfI was released to bidders over recent weeks and seeks detailed information on a common aircraft design for conventional aircraft carrier operations and short take-off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) operations, says Jane’s

According to Stratpost, Tony Ogilvy, Vice President, International Marketing for Gripen informed StratPost that his company had made presentations to the navy last week and said the response was ‘very good’.

Ogilvy said the ‘inherent design characteristics’ of the Gripen aircraft make it ‘very similar to a deck based aircraft’.

He said that in the two-hour presentation, which took place last Friday, Sea Gripen’s salt water protection characteristics and maritime operational engine and its ability to operate off both CATOBAR and STOBAR carriers were some of the features highlighted.

According to Ogilvy, the Sea Gripen is being especially pitched to nations which are looking for compact carriers and are not necessarily interested in global force projection capabilities. The aircraft is said to have a very small footprint and is very ...

​The first pair of the Gripen JAS 39 C, 3910 and 3110 for delivery to SAAF arrived by sea at the Table Harbour on February 10. According to a story on the the unofficial SAAF, the first two Gripen C single-seat fighters destined for the SAAF were towed to AFB Ysterplaat.

The first Gripen C was initially due for delivery in late October/early November last year, but was delayed by South Africa so that the two aircraft could be shipped together.

Gripen India had earlier reported that  the SAAF has received nine Gripen D dual seater aircraft and the SAAF is preparing for the imminent arrival of the first single-seat Gripen C. The SAAF has 26 Gripens on order, comprising 17 single-seaters and nine two-seaters. The first Gripen D was accepted by the SAAF in April 2008, with deliveries continuing at regular intervals until the final Gripen C is delivered in 2012.

Says the SAAF forum, once serviceable, the two aircraft will be flown to the SAAF’s Test Flight Development Centre (TFDC) in the Southern Cape. They will remain there for approximately two weeks before flying to AFB Makhado near the town of Louis Trichardt, were they will join 2 Squadron.

It was announced in November 1998 that as part of the new defence equipment package, the SAAF would acquire the Saab-BAE Systems supplied Gripen new generation fighter aircraft, customised to meet specific South African requirements, to fulfil the role of an Advanced Light Fighter Aircraft.The original order ...

​Saab has selected the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system SKYWARD-G to equip Saab’s Gripen Next Generation (NG) fighter, according to an announcement bySELEX Galileo​.

IRST provides similar functionality to a radar without giving out electromagnetic radiation and can therefore provide full operational search and track functionality with a stealth capability. IRST can operate in highly cluttered environments to track single and multiple targets, and can also operate in slaved acquisition mode.

SKYWARD-G is a product of SELEX Galileo’s extensive experience in the field of infrared search and track airborne and naval systems and is the latest addition to the Company’s proven record in delivering innovative technology to customers. The selection of the SKYWARD-G system follows the agreement signed in March 2009 between Saab and SELEX Galileo for the development of the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar Raven ES-05 for the Gripen Next Generation.

SELEX Galileo is a key provider of leading edge sensors for the most advanced fighters. With the Raven ES-05 and with the IRST, the Company will be guaranteeing the full mission effectiveness of the next generation aircraft Gripen NG.

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