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Saab test pilot Stig Holmström was the first one to fly a Gripen aircraft. The flight was made on 9 December 1988. The entire maiden flight fom Linköping towards the coast of Nyköping and Malexander​ and back took about 51 minutes.

The new Swedish fighter was set to replace Saab 37 Viggen. Demands were sky high. Gripen had to be fully computerised and easily switch between air combat, attack and reconnaissance. This was an enormous challenge as the computers and systems needed did not yet exist.

Holmström, who had also flown Draken and Viggen before, had been preparing in a Gripen simulator for quite some time before this flight. Throughout the flight, three other planes were closely following the new fighter.   

On May 18, Saab will take the next step in the evolution of the #smartfighter when it will unveil the very first Gripen E test aircraft.​

​The on-the-job training has started for the Brazilian engineers in Linköping. Their families are adapting to a new life in Sweden.This is the second episode of the True Collaboration series that focusses on the lives of five of our Brazilian colleagues. Find out about their arrival at Saab and their impressions about Swedish culture, habits and traditions.

A special treat for all aviation fans out there. In everything we do, we strive to push boundaries. With this recent aerial filming, we captured Gripen at a speed of more that 550 km/h. How did we achieve this? Thanks to Blue Sky - Magic Air, and friends, a gyro stabilizer was built and mounted on the weapon station of our jet trainer SK60. So, enjoy the fastest ever filming of a fighter.​

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Congratulations Jörgen Nilsson, the winner of #Gripenevolution contest. Nilsson, a Sweden based aviation photographer, will get a ticket to the Gripen Evolution event in Linköping on 18 May. 

The event will also be live streamed on www.gripen.com/evolution on May 18.

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Multiple roles, multiple strengths.

With a genuine multi-role, swing-role fighter, you don’t need multiple aircraft types: one can do it all. 

You can download the calendar here​.

 Photo: Sören Nielsen​

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As a part of Saab's industrial cooperation commitment to Brazil, Atech Negocios em Tecnologia has been selected to provide simulators, training systems and ground support systems for Gripen NG. The announcement of the partnership between Saab and Atech was made on 26 April.

This week, seven Atech engineers will undergo initial training at Saab facilities in Linköping as part of the Gripen technology transfer programme.  

“Saab and Atech have entered into a partnership regarding the development simulators, training systems and ground support systems for Gripen NG. We will provide technology transfer within these areas to Atech and we now welcome the first team of Atech engineers for training in developing the Gripen system”, says Mikael Franzén, Programme Director for Gripen Brazil at Saab.

“Atech is proud to participate together with Saab in the Gripen NG programme. Atech has a strong history in supporting the Brazilian Air Force in technology transfer programmes. Our participation represents a consolidation of Atech expertise in areas such as Mission Planning and Simulation Systems. We are ready to join forces with Saab, working as an integrated team, to support the Brazilian Air Force on its long-term needs”, says Edson Carlos Mallaco, President and CEO of Atech.

Read the full story here​.

​Finland is one of Saab's most valued customers. Together, over the last 60 years, Saab has helped strengthen the nation's Armed Forces. With capabilities like high combat readiness, short turnaround time, modular design and an open architecture, the Gripen fighter would be a perfect match for Finland.

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The Next Generation Gripen, or Gripen E, is the successor to today’s proven Gripen C/D, and is an aircraft that is both evolutionary and revolutionary. Evolutionary because the E is based on today’s in-service Gripen, the multi-role fighter ordered by five air forces worldwide. 

With about 250,000 flight hours behind it, Gripen has an indisputable track record for low operational costs and total life cycle costs that feeds directly into Gripen E.

At the same time, Gripen E is a revolutionary fighter because it combines advanced technology and operational effectiveness in an affordable package that no other fighter aircraft can hope to match.

Gripen E takes the tried and tested elements of the Gripen design, and improves on these. The new aircraft has a more powerful General Electric F414G engine with the ability to supercruise. Its redesigned airframe operates at higher weights, allowing more fuel and weapons to be carried. A unique avionics architecture makes weapons and systems integration even easier and quicker. The Gripen E operates with a fully-networked, fully-fused sensor and communications systems that gives it cutting edge capabilities for any mission, from close air support (CAS) to beyond visual range air-to-air combat.

Among the key missions systems that make Gripen E such a formidable future fighter is its all-new ES-05 Raven AESA (active electronically scanned antenna) radar.

The aircraft is equipped with a electronic warfare system that gives the it a unique active and passive electronic attack (EA) capability – which adds the AESA to the vital EA mission. ...

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Ample Strike 2016, a NATO aviation training exercise, will be held between 30 August and 20 September. Czech Gripen and L-159 ALCA fighters will participate from their home base in Caslav.  

Hosted by the Czech Republic, the multinational exercise focuses on honing the skills of Forward Air Controllers (FACs) in coordinating and directing actions of combat aircraft in support of ground operations. The Exercise consists of several pre-planned scenarios which are conducted at different locations. 

The Name Ample Strike is inspired by similar international FAC exercises conducted in Slovenia and Canada under the names "Adriatic Strike" and "Maple Strike", respectively.  

This year, 17 nations including the United States, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, and Germany will participate in the event.

Read the full story here.

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The next generation Gripen is here. Come May 18, the first Gripen NG will be showcased at Saab’s aeronautical HQ in Linköping. The unveiling will be streamed live on gripen.com but here is the more interesting part. You also stand a chance to win a trip to Linköping and witness the exclusive Gripen event in person. Here’s how it works:

All you need to do is enter the competition by tagging your favourite Gripen images clicked by you with #Gripenevolution on Instagram on or before 2May. The winner will be drawn from a pool of entries on 2 May itself. 

Among the big prizes to be won is a return ticket with arranged flight from Stockholm to Saab aeronautical HQ in Linköping on 18 May and a press tour during the event along with exclusive photo opportunities. 

For terms and conditions, click here​.

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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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