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The joint Gripen exercise is taking wing with reports now that the South African Air Force (SAAF) plans to host the multinational Gripen user exercise Lion Effort in 2018.

The next exercise in the Czech Republic in three years time will also have South Africa n observers, reportsdefenceweb.

Brigadier General MarthieVisser, Director Corporate Staff Services, SAAF HQ told Defenceweb that, after discussions with some of the generals involved in planning, the SAAF will host Lion Effort in 2018, if funding permits it.

Lion Effort is a tactical exercise intended to enhance interoperability between Gripen user countries. The first exercise was held in 2009 in Hungary, while the second was held in Sweden and saw the South African Air Force participate for the first time. It also marked the first time the SAAF has deployed overseas in the last 60 years since its involvement in the Korean War (1950-1953).

Read the story “South Africa aiming to host Lion Effort 2018

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The Gripen programmes and campaigns were at the centrestage of the discussions with media at the Aerospace Forum seminars and programmes held at the Malmen Air Base near Linkoping Sweden between May 30 and June 3. Of special interest to the visiting global journalists was the schedule for the Gripen E/F to fly its first prototype as well as the market prospects for the Gripen. Apart from the current campaigns in Brazil and Switzerland, the company is also looking at prospects in other parts of the world, including the Latin Americas, Central Europe and South East Asia.

While the Gripen campaign in Brazil believes that a decision is around the corner, a win here, feels the Gripen team, would bolster prospects in other South American countries, reports Robert Wall ofAviation Weekfrom the Aerospace Forum in Sweden. The Gripen market in South America is likely to open up in the event of a Brazilian win, says Frederik Gustafson, regional director for Gripen exports in the Americas, as a number of countries in the South America would be looking at strengthening their air forces over the next half a decade, reports Wall. 

But that is not the only region where Gripen is looking at to attain its goal of selling 300 aircraft. As per the report, de la Motte identified South East Asia as a potential market following the success in Thailand. The company hopes for additional deals in Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and, “in a couple of years,” ...

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In a wide ranging article on the Gripen platform, Keith Campbell writing inEngineering News(Pilot training key to consolidating techno advantages of SA’s new Gripens), reports on interesting dimensions of Gripen's deployment in the South African Air Force, starting from its very inception.

“The [SAAF] wanted one platform to fulfil all their [fighter] roles,” he quotes Saab Gripen export business head Eddy de la Motte. “This would save a lot of money. They also wanted a new technology base and to support high-technology industrial development, yet have a low-risk approach."

The result was the advanced light fighter aircraft, or Alfa, programme, which was won by the Gripen.

Campbell points out that in 1997, the SAAF operated 49 Denel Cheetahs, 70 Dassault Mirage F1s. 251 Impala Mk I and Mk II (Aermacchi MB326M and MB326K respectively) aircraft for training and light attack -- all of which were replaced by 26 Gripens and 24 BAE Systems Hawk fighter-trainers in a single $2.2-billion deal.

He quotes de la Motte saying, “SAAF front-line fighters were reduced by some 80%, yet the SAAF retained all the capabilities that previously had required several aircraft. The Gripen is a multi- and swing-role fighter. It’s a very flexible solution, it can generate lots of missions, it’s Nato compatible and can use an unrivalled mix of weapons, sensors and other payloads.”

Campbell writes about Saab's Defence Industrial Participation (DIP) and National Industrial Participation (NIP) programmes having included the manufacture in South Africa of Gripen main ...

“Brazil is usually called the country of the future. DefesaNet seeks to fly the future. Maybe the future could be called Gripen”. 

With those words, the DefesaNet flight on the Gripen by Vianney Gonçalves gets rolling in a special coverage. 

​The website carries a special coverage of the test flight in SwedenbyDefesaNet

Check out the video and images from the flight:

Missão GRIPEN - DefesaNettesta o SAAB Gripen​

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Saab’s Gripen Czech Offset Program annual performance report announced delivery of cumulative value of 25.6 billion CZK as of December 2011, according to aSaab release.

Approved by the Czech Ministry of Defence, the report documents the annual fulfilment of the Program of Industrial Cooperation accompanying the lease of 14 Gripen fighter aircraft to the Czech Republic by the Swedish Government. 

The 2011 highlights include:

Cumulative value of 25.6 billion CZK delivered as of December 2011
100 % of value of total offset obligation to the Czech Republic delivered ahead of schedule
Indirect offset obligation fullfilled
Defence and aerospace related direct offset obligation on target for delivery by 2014
2011 offset transactions valued at 1.87 billion CZK
New direct offset implemented in 2011 – Saab’s acquisistion of assets of E - COM
49 registered Gripen offset transactions as of December 2011

“We are very pleased to announce ahead of schedule delivery of our total offset value under the Gripen Offset Program. A particular highlight of the Gripen Offset Program in 2011 was Saab’s acquisition of the assets of E - COM, Slavkov-based maker of virtual  training simulators. Saab is very pleased to expand its business in the Czech Republic to simulator production as well,” says BengtLittke, Gripen Program Director – Czech Republic.

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Under a blue sky all six Gripen nations meet in the air during the Aerospace Forum event that took place in Linköping, Sweden last week. A historical moment that once again marks the success that Gripen has made in the international market. Photo: Jamie Hunter.

With acquisition of a 15% stake in Akaer, Saab has clearly reinforced its engagement with the Brazilian aerospace industry while creating a base for production of Gripen NG. Saab’s stated approach to industrial co-operation in Brazil has focused not only on the product but also on investment, job creation, technology transfer, manufacturing, technical support, training and scientific co-operation. The acquisition creates a platform for Saab to funnel technologies to the Brazilian industry in the event of an award of the F-X2 contract but, importantly, does not limit itself to that situation.

In an exclusive interview to Virgínia Silveira of Brazil’sValor Econômico​ newspaper, Akaer’s President Cesar Augusto Silva, said that the goal is to transform Akaer into a company that is capable of integrating air structures and become more competitive at a global level to meet the needs of companies like Embraer and the entire airspace and defense industry around the world.

Saab’s strategy Vice President, Dan Jangblad, is also quoted as saying that 80 per of the Gripen NG’s airstructure will be built by Akaer which will also be responsible for the “structural  project of the 22 Gripen NG fighters sold to the Swiss Air Force and the 80 fighters ordered by the Swedish Air Force”.

The report goes on to say that the Akaer agreement will also act as a bridge for transfer of technologies to Brazilian companies in the event of the selection of the Gripen NG. In such an eventuality, Jangblad believes that about 40 ...

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History and the future will come together once again at the end of May when   the J 29 Tunnan “The Barrel”, the J 32 Lansen, J 34 Hawker Hunter, the J 35  Draken, AJ 37 Viggen and the JAS 39 Gripen take to the air in a continuing celebration of over a 100 years of Swedish Aviation history. On display will be more than Swedish history. A fair share of the world’s aviation history is expected to be on display with the Mustang / Spitfire, Pilatus glider, Pitts S2A Aerobatic, SK 11 Tiger Moth and the TP 84 Hercules, among others getting airborne between 31 May to 3 June, 2012 at the Second Aerospace Forum Sweden.

Set rolling in 2010, the Aerospace Forum Sweden (AFS) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Swedish Aviation, it is the largest air show in Northern Europe. “Four days with flight in focus” is a manifestation of a long-established tradition in Sweden, a tradition where investments in education, research, technology and innovation, together with unique collaboration between operators, constructors and authorities, have produced excellent results. Being held at Sweden’s Aviation Capital, Linköping, this year’s AFS will focus on present and future challenges and is expected to get around 100,000 visitors.

Apart from the flying aircraft, on static display are expected to be the Mirage 2000D, the Gripen Thai, Gripen ETPS, Gripen SAAF, Gripen Swe, Tp84 (842 tanker), Alouette lll, B412, Helikopter rundflyg, Saab Skeldar, Saab 2000, J 28 Vampire,J 34 Hawker Hunter, among ...

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By Guilherme Queiroz

Courtesy:Hunting Opportunities ​

FAB’s 36-jet acquisition is expected to trigger a new business cycle and technology progress in the national aviation industry.

The highlight of the September 7 parade is demonstrating the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) power. Over the past years this exhibition has been incumbent on the veteran F-5 jets with four decades of services to FAB to perform. Technologically outdated and uneconomical, the old fighters have their retirement already decreed.

Their replacement is expected to be known in June when finally a conclusion for the F-X2 project is expected. The F-X2 provides for renewing the fleet to ensure national air supremacy. Both FAB and the national defense industry are equally waiting for the decision on the acquisition of 36 modern aircraft. Over the next ten years it is expected that the Brazilian defense industry will become a part of the production line of the winning bidder of the contention among French Dassault, American Boeing and Swedish Saab.

Since November 2008 when the three shortlisted companies were announced, more than 50 Brazilian companies have made supply and joint-development agreements – targeting not just a share of the contract worth between BRL 6 billion and BRL 10 billion but also the opportunity to take part in what may be a broader growth and technology-innovation cycle in the defense industry. 

The F-X2 rules set out that Brazilian industry participation is to be paramount. In addition of receiving fighter sensitive technologies the defense industry is expected to ...
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The Lion Effort, the largest Gripen Exercise of all time, got over on April 4. For nearly two weeks the five countries flying Gripens operated together. The Lion Effort exercise held at F17 air base in Ronneby, Sweden has been a major success.

“We are very satisfied with the preparation,” says Brigadier General Albert Sáfár from the Hungarian air force. 

South African Major General Tsoku Khumalos seemed to agree, “We’re doing our own flying, we’re having fun flying the Gripen. You can see the smiles on the pilots’ faces.”

After two days of familiarisation flying and a rest day, the exercise had moved into the Livex phase. During this phase large numbers of Gripens, plus the Czech ALCA aircraft operated in national and multi-national formations.

In the Livex phase over four days two waves per day were launched. “The main focus of these sorties is to perform combined air operations,” explained Major Anders Wendel, exercise director from F 17. “We will have one Blue side and one Red side and the nations will shift around their tasks. Depending on the mission we will have different combinations [of forces].”

The exercise were staged mostly over the Baltic Sea in an area roughly 200 x 150 km in size. Blue force operated from the southwest and Red force from the northeast. One of the forces defended an area, while the other performed air interdiction towards this area.

To this basic scenario is added the Swedish airborne warning and control ...

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