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Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces to provide support and maintenance services for Gripen C/D in 2018. The order exercises a contractual option within the framework of a previously signed agreement pertaining to performance-based support and maintenance.

The order includes support and maintenance services essential to aviation operations with Gripen. The order encompasses, for example, technical system support and maintenance, publications, spare parts, repairs, ground support equipment and pilot equipment.

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​What is it like to fly faster than  sound? Listen to one of our test pilots as he describes breaking the sound barrier in Gripen E.​

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A Brazilian delegation headed by Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) recently paid a visit to the Gripen plant in Linköping to see the first Gripen E.

MDIC executive secretary, Marcos Jorge de Lima met Saab officials and talked about the aero structure plant, Saab Aeronautica Montagens (SAM), which will start operations in São Bernardo do Campo, in Greater São Paulo.

"We need to remember that technology is one of the great engines of industrial development and projects of this nature help develop the aeronautics sector as a whole. Even smaller companies can participate in the global supply chain of components," Marcos said.

SAM's operations should start in 2019 post the selection of property preparations for infrastructure. The facility will not just manage supply chains but also produce subassemblies for both the production line in Sweden and in Brazil, such as the wings, and front and rear fuselage of Gripen.

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Image Courtesy: Brazil MDIC

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Technology leads the way.

Operating in challenging conditions, we are proud that the Royal Thai Air Force, has chosen Gripen to defend their nation and satisfy their high technical demands.

Photo: Katsuhiko Takanaga

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The Gripen India Partnership Summit 2017 being hosted by Saab and Adani in New Delhi from 31 Oct to 01 Nov 2017 will bring Gripen’s global partners to India to connect with top level Indian industry and create lasting partnerships.

The Gripen India Partnership Summit is the perfect occasion to meet up and connect with key players in the global and Indian aerospace and defence industry and form technological and industrial partnerships. Together, the focus will be on creating an industrial ecosystem to develop and produce Gripen in India. The summit brings together international partners and suppliers for Gripen and selected Indian suppliers that Saab & Adani believe can add value to the offering for India. This is done in order to start shaping an eco-system for Gripen in India in preparation for the single engine fighter selection process. 

Among the international partners there are several European as well as American companies such as GE (US), Honeywell (US), Leonardo (UK), UTC (US), Harris (US/UK), Heroux Devtek (Canada/UK), Cobham (UK) all of which represent a big portion of the systems for Gripen. Over 100 Indian companies have been invited representing a wide range of competencies within aerospace.

"The aim of the whole event is to create the arena that will bring the existing international partners for Gripen to the table for discussions with the potential Indian suppliers to shape the eco-system and prepare for an outstanding make in India solution for Gripen in India," says Mats Palmberg, ...

​Czech Gripen participated in NATO's annual Steadfast Noon exercise earlier this month. The exercise was held at two locations - Kleine Brogel Air Base in Belgium and Buchel Air Base in Germany.​

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It has been two decades since the Gripen fighters entered operational service with the Swedish Air Force. In the last 20 years, SwAF Gripen has undertaken a variety of mission roles including that of air defence, ground attack and reconnaissance.

According to a report in Defesaaereanaval.com, Gripen C/D was developed with interoperability in mind so that the Swedish Air Force could fully participate in joint UN and NATO operations and integrate air forces from other countries. Gripen was also developed to be able to have short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities. The fighter doesn't always need a runway to land and take-off. It can land and take-off on short, actual roads as well.

Gripen's substantial contribution (which included 650 missions, almost 2,000 flight hours and more than 150,000 reconnaissance photos) to the Libyan mission in 2011 was noted by NATO. Gripen, being compatible with various international equipment, was successfully integrated into all systems during the missions. Recently, in a joint exercise named Ruska, the participating SwAF Gripen were successfully integrated with the air defense system of Finland.  

The first Gripen entered service with the Swedish Air Force in June 1996. In autumn 1997, the first squadron became operational at F7 Såtenäs. Today, SwAF has 72 Gripen C/D fighters in service and has placed 60 Gripen E variants on order.

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Gripen E development reached another milestone last week with the fighter flying supersonic for the first time. The test flight took place in Linköping and everything went according to plan. 

Gripen E made its maiden flight in June. Since then, the fighter has logged several test flights. 

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Saab has appointed Marcelo Lima as the General Director for Saab Aeronautics Assemblies (SAM), the Brazilian plant which will provide the aerostructure components for Gripen E/F.

SAM will be located in São Bernardo do Campo, the metropolitan region of São Paulo. Gripen parts like aerodynamic brakes, wings, front fuselage (both single-seat and double-seat versions) and rear fuselage will be produced at this plant.

"Marcelo Lima is a very experienced professional with deep knowledge of projects similar to SAM. He will add local and international knowledge into this project, which is fundamental to the Gripen program, "says Mikael Franzén, head of Business Unit, Gripen Brazil.

Most of the SAM staff will be sent to the Saab facility in Linköping, Sweden for training, post which they will start working on their projects in Brazil. All this comes under the transfer of technology aspect of the Gripen Brazil programme.

The transfer of technology process started in 2015 with 46 employees from Embraer and two from AEL Sistemas landing in Sweden for training. A year later, the Gripen Project Development Center (GDDN), was inaugurated in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo.

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