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ngdemofin4541.jpgGripen NG Demonstrator will be displayed to the public for the first time outside Sweden. The event will take place in the UK during the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in Fairford 17–18 July and the following week at the Farnborough International Airshow, says a Saab press release.

The fighter will be arriving in Farnborough on Monday, 19 July and will be on static display until Friday 23 July.

Gripen NG Demonstrator is a flying platform for the development of new technologies and features incorporated into the Gripen NG – the next generation fighter with significantly increased combat range and endurance, increased payload and super-cruise capability.

“The extensive flight test programme with Gripen NG Demonstrator aircraft continues successfully and according to plan at the Saab facilities in Linköping, Sweden. This gives us the unique opportunity to bring the aircraft to UK during the Swedish summer holiday break,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Vice President Saab AB and Head of Business Area Aeronautics.

Previously, the Gripen NG Demonstrator has only been outside Sweden once. This was in May this year when it flew from Sweden to India, where evaluation trials were conducted by the Indian Air Force. This demanding evaluation phase included operations at the Indian air base Leh, situated 3300 meters above sea level. During this time, the aircraft also passed its 150th flight and to date it has conducted more than 175 sucessful flights.

The Gripen NG Programme offers a completely new avionics systems structure which will guarantee over ...

tattoo1.jpgThree Gripen fighters, two JAS 39Cs and one JAS 39D, have added to the smorgasbord of aviation delights taking part in this weekend’s Royal International Air Tattoo.

Held annually each July at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, the Royal International Air Tattoo, the world’s largest military airshow, has gained the well-earned reputation as one of the UK’s top outdoor family events.

The Gripen fighters from the Swedish Air Force touched down at RAF Fairford after flying in non-stop from their home base at Satenas in Western Sweden. The aircraft belong to the Skaraborg Wing which is named after an old Swedish county, itself named after a well-known fortress just outside the city of Skara.

The Gripen will be shown off in the skies at the Air Tattoo this weekend.

This year RIAT will celebrate one of the most iconic moments in modern history – the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Air Tattoo will salute the multi-national World War II pilots, referred to by Winston Churchill as ‘the few’, who fought off the aerial invasion of Britain in 1940, against all odds.riat.JPG

Dogfights, a stirring international flypast and a moving ‘missing man’ formation of aircraft are among a string of memorable set pieces being planned by organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Royal Air Force, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in July.A wide range of historic aircraft, including Hurricanes, Spitfires and Messerschmitts, will join many of their modern-day equivalents for a ...

Saab has launched a newGripen IN webspacewithin its site specially for those looking up Gripen’s India proposition in the MMRCA contest of the Indian Air Force.

The aircraft proposition is simply put as being ahead of the pack in technology. As the site says, “Gripen IN will be the only aircraft that will be state-of-the art in technology and superior to other aircraft at the beginning delivery, and the only one that will be modern at the end of delivery.”

The aircraft is positioned in the context of India’s long borders and huge coastline that requires a very high degree of aircraft availability. Says the website, “India’s large airspace boundaries and its potential threats demands an air defence and air combat fleet that will offer operational dominance along its borders with five countries and a 7,500 plus kilometre coastline over the next four decades. The aircraft it requires should be able to deliver not only air power and air combat superiority but also logistical, multi-role and versatility in weapons and systems integration.”

Scroll through the sections that specifically puts together the India pitch for Saab and the focus is strongly on not merely the aircraft but enabling India into being a frontline fighter aircraft exporter by 2020.

To quote the site, “Gripen’s programme for IAF, Indian defence and industrial establishment will make India completely independent of the need to purchase combat aircraft from other countries and make it an exporter of aircraft like Sweden by 2020… Saab is ...

southafricaoffset1.jpgSaab, which has the Gripen NG as a contender in the Indian Air Force MMRCA program, has said that it could be better for India if the government looked at industrial cooperation rather than concentrate on the offset clause, reports the Hindu Businessline.  . Saab has is also said it is willing to transfer technology to Indian companies although the transfer will not be counted for calculating the offset commitment.

“We will meet the offset clause. But if Indian industry is to develop, then the industrial cooperation route is much better. This will help Indian industry be a partner with Saab say in developing the next generation of fighters,” the Country head, Mr Inderjit Sial said.

The Swedish fighter aircraft manufacturer, Saab will henceforth bid for Indian contracts only with a local partner, senior company officials have told the Hindu Businessline.

“From now on we will bid for Indian contracts only with a local partner either by forming a joint venture or through a teaming agreement. We will share technology and localise production. India will be a future home for us,” the Senior Vice President and General Manager Industrial Cooperation, Mr Andreas von der Heide, told Business Line.


The Thai Cabinet has agreed that the Defense Ministry sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation among countries using Gripen 39 fighter aircraft. The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force is authorized to sign the MoU, reports the National News Bureau of Thailand.

The objective of the MoU is to tighten cooperation in battles and techniques among Gripen 39 users which are the Defense Ministries of countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, Sweden and Thailand.

DanielLaven.jpgThe Gripen Demonstrator, the development vehicle for the Gripen NG, has by now been flown by a number of airforces, including the India Air Force during its extensive trials in Sweden and India. Among the people who have flown the the Gripen Demo are Swedish test pilots who have had a close involvement with the program.

When asked about his impressions of the aircraft, Major Daniel Lavén, an operational test pilot from the Swedish Air Force Gripen Operational Test and Evaluation Unit, said, “This new version of Gripen will certainly not disappoint any user in any air force. The increased thrust, fuel, payload together with new sensor and weapon suites form an interesting package.”

Major Lavén  recently carried out his first sortie on Gripen Demonstrator as a part of the program partnership with end users. Major Daniel Lavén is one of Swedish Air Force’s most experienced Gripen pilots and has more than twenty years of flying frontline fighter squadrons, with the last ten years on Gripen.

With his background as a fighter pilot specialising in Air-to-Air combat, his natural enthusiasm for the new Gripen is self-evident.He believes that the Gripen’s true calling as an air superiority fighter stays uncontested even while being born to the the multi-role stable.

Says Laven, “I know the Air-to-Air arena and I know Gripen. I’ve been to two Red Flag exercises in USA with Gripen and I would say that there was not much in the sky that could challenge us in proper air ...


During a recent official visit to the Czech Republic, the Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force Major-General Konstantin Popov flew the multirole Gripen fighter, according to a Saab report.

Major-General Popov was invited by Brigadier General Jiri Verner, who is Commander of the Czech Air Force. During the visit they discussed the possibilities for bilateral cooperation and the use of modern equipment by the Air Force. Brigadier General Verner acquainted his colleague with the Czech experience of operating Gripen. They also visited the training centre in Pardubice where the Czech Air Force training programmes take place.

According to the report, “Saab is committed to the process of modernising the Bulgarian Air Force and hopes for a transparent tender for the acquisition of fighters expected in 2012.”

four.jpgThe decision to go ahead with the Gripen Next Generation (NG) fighter has already been made by the Swedish government, reports Aviation Week.

If Saab wins one or more of the upcoming fighter competitions — with Brazil and Switzerland among those closest to a decision date — it will affect the timing of Sweden’s own deployment of the Gripen NG, already identified by the Swedish military as the JAS 39E/F. But the decision to acquire the fighter is a done deal, according to the head of Gripen marketing and campaigns, Hans Rosen.

“Sweden has committed itself to using the Gripen beyond 2040,” Rosen said at Malmen Air Base June 12. “The question is when to acquire the Gripen NG, and how many.” The basic program calls for the new variant to enter service in 2017-18, but Sweden has told export customers that it will adjust its schedule so that Sweden deploys the JAS 39E/F before they do, reports Aviation Week.


The Gripen Demo is reaching a degree of maturity that is evident in the speak of people closely associated with the development program. The team got a big boost from the successful flight and in country evaluation in India that took the aircraft all the way to the heat of Jamnagar and thence to cold and thin air of high altitude Leh.

MattiasBergstrom.JPGAccording to Gripen Demo Programme Manager, Mattias Bergström, who controls all schedules, development and integration challenges as well as all key program partners, “The Gripen Demo is creating new frontiers of technology. The programme is indeed demanding but at the same time extremely interesting. We have flown over 135  sorties. Passing the hundred sorties mark wasn’t a goal itself but it proved the programme’s success. After completing phase 1 last year with its focus on engine, aerodynamics and performance, we are now working with sensor and communication packages.”

According to Begstrom, speaking late last month, “Right now the tests are focusing on the new AESA radar, Missile Approach Warners, Satellite Communication and new digital fast data links. Thereafter, we will continue the test programme with focus on avionics.”

If on the ground Mattias is happy with the progress, in air, Saab test pilot Magnus Ljungdahl is no less delighted while talking about a recent flight when he flew the Gripen Demonstrator aircraft in supercruise. The supercruise flight was part of the ongoing high speed supersonic testing that will include supersonic flights, with different load alternatives.

MagnusLjungdahl.JPG“The flight ...

eight.jpgPeter Nilsson, Vice President, Operational Capabilities at Gripen Marketing is very pleased with the new Gripen programme. He calls the Gripen NG as the ‘big stick’ fighter in a tight suit. In a Q&A for India, Peter talks about the Gripen IN and its promise.

Could you tell us something of the background of the new bigger version Gripen?

With more than 130,000 flying hours in five air forces we are now taking  the next step in the Gripen story. We are  keeping its unique capabilities such as short T/O and landing capabilities, extreme agility, digital cockpit, operational data links, minimized logistics and easy maintenance concept, and repackaging them into a brand new fighter.

What do you mean by saying “a ‘big stick’ fighter in a tight suit”?

We are putting in a new stronger engine in a newly designed structure. We are fitting the fighter with the latest technologies in terms of computer and avionics to support the next generation of sensors and weapons.

peter.JPGWhat does the Gripen IN offer?

For a large nation’s air forces, air operations demand longer range, endurance and payloads. The Gripen IN will certainly not disappoint them. With operational ranges and radius of action longer than our bigger competitors with equal number of weapon stations, it makes the new Gripen a ‘big stick’ fighter in a tight suit.

Why will the new Gripen be a success in the future battle arena?

With a balanced design, strategic reach, enhanced awareness and increased firepower, the ...

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