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thaigripen1.jpgThe first Gripen fighter for Thailand completed its maiden flight in Linköping, Sweden. The flight took off at 14:50 local time and lasted for 80 minutes with Saab test pilot Mats Thorbiörnsson at the controls.

In 2008, Thailand ordered a complete aircraft and command and control system from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) in a Government to Government deal. The order includes a first batch of six Gripen C/D with associated equipment and service, one Saab 340 aircraft equipped with Erieye radar (AEW), a Saab 340 for transport and training plus an integrated command and control system with data links.

The Royal Thai Air Force will start their training on Gripen in Sweden next year and the fighters will be delivered to Thailand in 2011.
Watch the video here.

saab1.jpgAn interesting write up on the genesis of Saab:

When Saab, Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, was founded in 1937, its primary aim was to meet the need for a domestic military aircraft industry in Sweden. With the deliveries of its first aircraft, the light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft B17, Saab became the dominant supplier to the Swedish Air Force. Saab and the Swedish Air Force have progressed together through various generations of military jet aircraft, introducing world-leading technology every step of the way.

In the late 1940’s Saab introduced the J29 Tunnan fighter, which was followed in the 1950’s by Lansen and later by Draken (1960) and Viggen (1971). The first deliveries of Gripen, the first of the fourth generation fighter aircraft to enter service, began in 1993. In 1999 South Africa signed the first export order for Gripen. Since then the Czech Republic and Hungary have also signed contracts.

Military aircraft production led not only to commercial aircraft production but also a number of other businesses and products. In the 1940’s automobile manufacture began. In the 1960’s Saab helped to create Sweden’s computer, missile and space industries. In 1969 Saab and Scania merged to form Saab-Scania, a company combining aircraft and defence systems with the manufacture of automobiles, trucks and buses. In 1990 the passenger car division became an independent company, Saab Automobile. Since 2000 Saab Automobile is wholly owned by General Motors. In 1995 Saab-Scania was demerged into two companies when business and truck manufacturer Scania was separated ...

gripen-demo-supercruise1.jpgDuring a test flight in January, the Gripen Demo aircraft proved its ability to “Supercruise”, the ability to fly supersonic without the use of afterburner which results in fuel savings and an increase in range.

During Autumn 2008, the Gripen Demo performed 40 sorties as part of the development programme that focuses on opening up the flight envelope regarding speed, altitude, angle-of-attack and loads. The  supercruise flight was part of the ongoing high speed supersonic testing that includes supersonic flights, with different load alternatives.

Saab test pilot Magnus Ljungdahl flew the Gripen Demonstrator aircraft in supercruise.
“The flight was conducted over the Baltic Sea, my altitude was 28, 000 feet and the speed achieved was above Mach 1.2. Without using afterburner I maintained the same speed until I ran out of test area and had to head back to the Saab Test Flight Centre in Linköping.”

The Gripen Demo aircraft is a flying test platform for the next generation of Gripen and for the further development of the present Gripen C/D aircraft. Together with a ground-based test rig, the Gripen Demonstrator will develop and prove the essential systems and capabilities for the future, including its more powerful General Electric F414G engine, an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, advanced communications and electronic warfare systems.

​The Gripen Blog is for all those who want to keep a track of the world’s most exciting and happening aircraft right now: the Gripen and its next generation avataar, the NG, which is changing the way the world perceives fighters.  Track the news on Gripen around the world.  

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The Gripen blog is a labour of love from the various participants in the Gripen endeavors around the world: Programme and Campaign managers, Air Force pilots, Engineers and technicians and of course the development teams working on the Gripen NG. 

The Gripen blog brings together not only the experiences of people involved with the Gripen programmes and campaigns but also commentaries in media, discussions in social media and opinions of independent experts. 

In turn, the blog seeks your informed comments, views and analyses of the aircraft and technologies. This blog is meant for the fans of Gripen to find a common watering hole.

The editors and writers for the blog and roving Gripen team members from around the world and they will write in under their names in the blog. 

So get to know the magnificent aircraft and the dedicated men and women who work with this fascinating aircraft.


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Welcome to the official Gripen blog by Saab. This site features information and commentary about the Gripen fighter jet. 

The Gripen Blog shares stories and discussions on the Gripen aircraft. The Blog does not vouch for the authenticity of the reports from other publications that have been quoted. 

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