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AEL Sistemas has launched the first panoramic panel of the Gripen fighter, reports Airway.com​.

"We are proud to deliver the prototype panel on schedule, helping Saab engineers to move forward with the integration work on the aircraft," says Sérgio Horta, president of AEL.

Saab selected AEL Sistemas (AEL) as a supplier in Brazil two years back for providing wide area display (WAD) and the head-up display (HUD). Both the WAD and HUD development programmes started in January 2015.

The WAD for Brazil’s Gripen NG aircraft is a single intelligent and full-redundant multi-purpose display system, full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in) with continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. It is the primary source of all flight and mission information in the cockpit.

Saab and AEl Sistemas have also signed a contract for transfer of technology that focuses on developing human-machine interface (HMI) and workshops for avionics maintenance.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: AEL Sistemas

Aurora 17, one of the main Swedish military exercises, is underway. About 19,000 personnel are participating in the exercise.

One of the main tasks during the exercise was that of dispersed operations in which Gripen pilots practised take-offs and landings from normal roads.

The exercise is aimed at building a stronger defence and increasing the overall capability of the Air Force to face an attack on Sweden. Military units from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Lithuania, Norway and the USA are also participating in the exercise.

​Richard Smith, Head of Marketing & Sales, Aeronautics, Saab, explains what a Gripen Aggressor can do.​

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To be able to dominate your opponent, one needs to train with the best adversary. Training with world class opponents ensures the squad is ready to take on the most unexpected scenarios during a mission.

Realising the growth of adversary air combat training market, Saab has now launched the Gripen aggressor - the latest derivative of Gripen C. Gripen Aggressor provides an exceptional, dissimilar opponent aircraft system against which pilots will sharpen and refine their combat skills so as to fight and win against an advanced enemy threat.

“There is a major difference in the capabilities provided by the aggressors on the market today and what the need is for the coming years. In order to train as you fight, you need to fly advanced combat tactics against peer and near peer opponents like the Gripen Aggressor. Essentially world-class pilots need to train against world class opponents and that is the Gripen Aggressor”, says Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing & sales at Saab.

The full-scale replica of Gripen Aggressor was unveiled at the DSEI exhibition in London last week. Saab is pitching Gripen Aggressor for RAF’s ASDOT (Air Support to Defence Operational Training) programme. One and two-seater Gripen fighters are already being used for the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School training. 

Besides ASDOT, Gripen Aggressor is also Saab's proposed solution for the United States Air Force’s Adversary Air (ADAIR).

Read the full story here.

Visitor at the Slovak International Air Festival (SIAF) watched the performance of  the top Czech Air Force display pilot, Captain Ivo Kardoš this year.​ The aerial display was the highlight of the festival. 

The Swedish Air Force Gripen pilots are working on honing some old skills by practicing Gripen take-offs and landings from normal roads. The skill helps to spread the fighters on multiple locations in the event of an attack.

Gripen is a fighter which was developed keeping in mind the Cold War philosophy, which means it doesn't always need a runway to land and take-off. It can land and take-off on short, actual roads as well. Sweden has military bases that use normal roads that have been strengthened for practicing such exercises.  

According to Flight Attorney General, Brigadier General Gabor Nagy, such exercises are very important. "If a potential opponent attacks our regular flight bases and limits our take-off and landing opportunities, we should be ready with our strategy. So we have developed a concept to increase the areas of operations beyond the regular air bases. What has begun here today is an extension of this strategy, where we will measure road sections so that we can land fighter aircraft with relatively simple means," he says.

Read the full story here.

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"Gripen is the best choice for the Czech Republic," says Czech display pilot Captain Ivo Kardoše. In an interview with a local publication, he talks about his experience of flying at a recent airshow in Hradec Kralove.

Kardoše says that if one has to compare the cost and performance, Gripen is the best aircraft. It is not expensive to operate and does the same job as other advanced fighters.

About his performance at the Hradec air show, he says that the kind of demonstration a display pilot chooses for an airshow depends a lot on the weather. In Hradec, weather posed a few challenges but vertical maneuvers were still possible, so he chose a longer set. Also, a display pilot tries to demonstrate a combination of the aircraft features. The lowest altitude at which a non-maneuvering flight can be conducted is about 2km above ground. “For safety reasons, we cannot demonstrate the maximum capabilities of an aircraft at airshows," he says.  

On being asked what he likes more, performing at airshows or participating in foreign missions, Kardoše says both are great experiences. 

“It's hard to compare, everybody has their own preferences though. It was nice in Iceland, but the air shows have their magic too. A pilot just wants to fly,” he says.

Read the full story here.

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“Gripen is designed today to meet the requirements of the future,” says Håkan Buskhe, President, and CEO, Saab, at the recent press conference to announce the partnership between Saab and Indian infrastructure conglomerate Adani Group. 

Buskhe stressed that Saab has made more than 5000 fighters in the last 80 years and is the only one in the western world building a new fighter with a new technology.

“We fully utilize digitalization in design, engineering and production. So today, you don't build test aircraft anymore. You build serial aircraft for testing. There is a huge difference. We also have a unique system in which we have divided the flight critical with the non-flight critical system which enables an operator to make changes to the aircraft easily,” he said.

Buskhe said that with Gripen, an operator doesn’t have to go for a big, mid-life upgrade. “We don't wait for 50 years to make an upgrade. We do it continuously which means we will be in pace with need of the air force.”

Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab, said that the company wants to make the entire aircraft in India. It plans to create a new defence eco-system that would involve many partners, vendors, and suppliers.

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NATO aviation training exercise, Ample Strike 2017, that started last week, ends today.

The annual multinational exercise offers the perfect platform for air and ground forces to work together and be better prepared for joint missions when required. It focused on advanced air and land integration training, as well as improving interoperability between NATO allies and partner nations.

"It goes without saying that the host country has to make the most of the exercise. Almost half of all flights were conducted by Czech pilots of L-39 Albatros, L-159 ALCA, Mi-24/35, Mi-171Š helicopters, and Gripen," says Czech Colonel Zdeněk Bauer.

The exercises also included air-to-air refueling of Gripen with the US tank KC-13.

Besides the Czech Republic, participating air forces included that of Denmark, Croatia, the USA, Hungary, and Finland.

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