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Saab has confirmed that it will showcase a full scale model of Gripen NG at the FIDAE 2016 International Air & Space Fair, reports Aeroin Brazil​.

FIDAE is one of the major aerospace events of Latin America. The first FIDAE (it was called FIDA then) was held in March 1980 by the Chilean Air Force to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Since then, the event has proved to be an important platform in the US for the aerospace and defence and security industry to showcase their latest products and interact with each other.  

Besides Gripen, Saab will also exhibit Saab 2000 Erieye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) and other training and simulation systems at the event. Visitors can meet Saab at stand E47 and the full scale model of the new generation Gripen can be seen at the external chalet A6.

Read the full story here​.

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Meet Emelie and Johannes, two of Saab's new engineers who will work in the Product Unit Gripen. The Unit is responsible for winning new Gripen contracts and executing the existing ones.

In their future roles, Emelie will work with Contract Management and Johannes will work within Business Management. Their roles involve a lot of interaction with customers and other departments at Saab. Understanding the business and matters around Gripen will hence be very important for these two graduates.

Read the full story here

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Gripen NG fighters will be integrated with a new Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, reports Flightglobal​.

The new IFF systems will be provided by Italian company Finmeccanica. As per the contract signed between Saab and Finmeccanica, the latter will provide 96 IFF systems plus spare parts by the year 2022. Each IFF system will have a transponder, an interrogator and a crypto that will be customized as per operator’s requirements. 

Operating independently from Gripen's radar and other sensors, the IFF system allows the pilot to identify targets. The separate antennas give it a wide, more-than 180 degree field of regard, providing operational benefits.

Besides the IFF system, Finmeccanica  is also responsible for providing two other main sensors for Gripen NG, the Raven ES05 AESA (E-Scan) radar and the Skyward-G IRST (Infrared Search & Track) passive sensor.

Read the full story here.

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On May 18 Saab will unveil the first of the next generation Gripen aircraft at its aeronautical headquarters in Linköping, Sweden. It’s a key milestone in the evolution of The Smart Fighter.

Gripen is a unique fighter concept, bringing a perfect balance between excellent operational performance, high-tech solutions, cost-efficiency and industrial partnership into one, smart fighter system. That’s why we call it “The smart fighter”.​

Image Courtesy: : Peter Karlsson, Svarteld form & foto​

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It is a dream of many to become a fighter pilot. But some people go a step ahead. They become a test pilot. In the Swedish news paper Svenska Dagbladet, one of our test pilots tells the story about how to push Gripen to its limits and how he became a test pilot.

Watch the video here.

Hakan Buskhe.jpg"The interest in Gripen is greater than ever," says Saab CEO Hakan Buskhe. A news report in SVD quotes Buskhe saying that Saab is currently in talks with a handful of countries that are interested in Gripen E and F variants.

As per Buskhe, Saab is hopeful about selling Gripen to India and it can agree to develop the new generation aircraft in the country which is in sync with Indian Government’s Make in India Initiative.

"We could, with true ToT (Transfer of Technology), provide Indian Air Force with an Indian-built combat aircraft of the future, with technology of Gripen E," said Buskhe in an interview with Mint, an Indian Daily.

Besides Gripen, Saab, in partnership with Boeing, is also working on the development of a new training aircraft for the US Air Force. It’s an expensive project with over 500 people working on the development, the report says.

Read the full story here.

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Saab has had a terrific 2015 in terms of sales and the Security and Defence Company gives a lot of credit for this to Brazil's Gripen order. Saab’s year-end report indicates strong performance, especially in its fourth quarter.

According to the report, during 2015, sales amounted to MSEK 27,186, an increase of 16 percent. The organic sales growth was 11 percent. The operational cash flow was MSEK -500 for the full year and MSEK 653 for the fourth quarter. While initiating the presentation of the year-end report, Saab CEO Hakan Buskhe said that cash flow was positively impacted by milestone payments related to Gripen for Brazil and the submarine A26 for Sweden.

At year-end, the order backlog amounted to MSEK 113,834, which is more than four times annual sales. Saab maintains that though the defence market remains challenging,  its products continue to interest customers as they offer customised functionality and cost efficiency.

Read the full story here.

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Matti Vanhanen, Finland's ex prime minister says that Finland should consider Gripen to replace its ageing Hornet fighter jets.

"If the aircraft meet the required performance demands, and the planes can be equipped with necessary weapon systems, then the purchase would have a positive impact on fostering defence co-operation between Finland and Sweden," Vanhanen says.

Finnish Air Force’s F/A-18 C/D Hornet aircraft are scheduled to be retired between 2025 and 2030. A request for quotations for new jets is yet to be sent out by Finland.

Read the full story here.

​Royal Thai Air Force Chief Treetos Sonjaeng recently paid a visit to the Wing 7 Air Base and had lunch with the Gripen technicians and support staff.

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​For the last few weeks, Gripen pilots at Kecskemét have been busy with night flying missions and testing the night vision devices.

The pilots were given a theoretical training by their Swedish colleagues before their first night flying missions.

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The MH59​ report says that the purchase of night vision devices and these trainings will enhance the combat readiness of the Air Force. It will also increase the participation of Hungarian Gripen fighters in international exercises.

Read the full story here.

Photo: Istvan “TopiDoc” Toperczer​ 

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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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