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Brazil's Air Force Chief, General Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, together with the Swedish Air Force Chief, General Mats Helgesson, recently paid a visit to the Skaraborg Wing (F7) to know more about the Swedish Air Force training and operating system, reports Forsvarsmakten.

The Brazilian Air Force Chief landed at the Air Base in a Saab 340 and was welcomed with an aerial display of F7 Gripen fighters. The aerial display was led by display pilot Peter Fällén.

Colonel Michael Cherinet, Squadron Chief at Skaraborg Wing took General Rossato on a tour of the Wing and gave an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the Squadron. The tour ended with a visit at the Gripen unit where General Rossato got a hang of the pilot training process and also experienced a Gripen simulator .

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten

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South African company Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP) will locally manufacture cannon ammunition for the SAAF Gripen, reports Defence Web​.

Phaladi Petje, CEO of PMP says that the design and development on Gripen ammunition production is being finalized with Armscor and the South African Air Force (SAAF). Petje adds that PMP intends to work closely with Saab and gun manufacturer Mauser on ammunition.

Currently, the ammunition is made in Germany by automotive parts supplier Rheinmetall. According to the Defence Web report, a single 27 mm Mauser BK-27 cannon with 120 rounds of ammunition is added to a single seat Gripen. Ammunition available includes high explosive, armour piercing, armour piercing high explosive, semi armour piercing high explosive, and target practice.

PMP is a Denel Group company that specializes in small- and medium-calibre ammunition, brass products, detonics, power cartridges and mining drill-bits.

Read the full story here.

​Six SwAF Gripen fighters from the F21 Luleå flew to the Beja airbase in Portugal to participate in the Trident Juncture 2015. The journey took six hours and the jets were refueled twice in flight. 

The video shows the Gripen aircraft being refueled using the probe-and-drogue method where the Gripen fighter’s retractable probe meets the trailing drogue on the tanker and fuel is transferred. Once the transfer is complete, Gripen can retract the probe and the tanker can reel back the fuel line and drogue assembly before continuing the flight. 

Trident Juncture 2015, which is currently taking place in Italy, Spain and Portugal, is NATO’s largest exercise since 2012 with the participation of 9 partners, 28 allies, 18 observer nations and 12 international organizations. The exercise is defensive in nature with fictional scenarios and adversaries.

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Flavio Teramoto, lead designer for the rear section of the Gripen E

Akaer will play a vital role in the production of parts of the rear section of Gripen E. Saab has collaborated with Akaer in Gripen development since 2009. The company is presently one of several partner companies involved in the technology transfer in the Brazilian contract for 36 Gripen fighters to Brazil.

Akaer is an engineering consulting firm with special expertise in the Aerospace area. It was founded in 1992. In 2007 when the cooperation between Saab and Akaer started, Akaer employed approximately 70 people, today there are over 300 employees and growing.

“Our collaboration has gone really well. An important job for me as a technical leader and responsible for partner collaboration with Akaer, has been to build and strengthen the team. This means finding functioning ways of collaborating, despite time differences and distances. We also have the cultural dimension and differing views on leadership”, says Erik Jylltorp, Rear Section Technical Leader, Gripen E, Aeronautics.

Read the full story here.

"The program we are setting up right now is of course about delivering the aircraft as soon as possible to the Brazilian Air Force, and also about starting technology transfer to Brazil," says Mikael Franzén, Program Manager for Gripen Brazil.

The technology transfer program was one of the top reasons for the selection of Gripen for the FX2 requirement. The program has been designed to contribute to the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil. 

The technology transfer is divided into approximately 50 Transfer of Technology projects. The first group of Brazilian engineers and technicians (46 employees from Embraer and 2 from AEL) arrived in Sweden this month for on-the-job training. Over time, 350 Brazilian engineers will be coming to Sweden for training programs of 2 weeks to 2 years.

According to Saab, Brazilian industry will be responsible for developing a big part of some of the Gripen systems, including of the two-seat version.

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FXM, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency has responded to a request for information from Croatia concerning the procurement of Gripen aircraft.

Croatia started to look for a replacement for its aging Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 “Fishbed” fighters in 2007. According to the FXM website, the request involved information on 8 to 12 newly built Gripen C/D fighters.

With the answer, FXM wishes to emphasize that Croatia is seen as a possible valuable future Gripen partner in an important region where other countries already are flying the Gripen, the report adds.

Read the full story here.

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven paid a visit to the Saab facility in Linköping, Sweden last week. The visit included a tour of the Gripen production site and a meeting with the first group of Brazilian engineers who will work on the development of Gripen, and they also got to see an impressive flight display. Watch the video from the visit. ​​​


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Head of Saab Indonesia, Peter Carlqvist with Ambassador Johanna Brismar Skoog

Saab presented the Swedish Air Power Package at a press briefing held at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia in Jakarta. This press briefing was attended by a number of journalist from the media and communities. The media was informed of Saab’s offer and were given the opportunity to raise their questions.

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The F21 Gripen squad started night operations on the 15th of this month. Night flying exercises with the Gripen fighters have been conducted for several years now. October marks the beginning of the training season.

The exercises are being conducted every Thursday from the Kallax base. 14 such exercises will be conducted in a span of six months, from October to March.

The beauty of night flying in northern Sweden is that it can be conducted until 18:00, because a large part of the day is dark during the winter months.

Night flying is essential for the air force as it prepares the pilots for missions at all hours and in all weather conditions. 

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten

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The first group of our Brazilian colleagues has landed in Sweden. In this first round, 46 employees from Embraer and two from AEL Sistemas have made their way to Linköping. In January/February 2016, the next group of 4 people will arrive. Around 30 people in total will arrive during the spring, with another 40 people due in the autumn of 2016.

Over time, around 350 Brazilian engineers will journey to Sweden to take part in courses and on-the-job-training within the framework of the Gripen to Brazil programme. Their arrival will coincide with new phases in the programme. This first phase will include many systems engineers and software developers. Pilots, flight test engineers, production engineers, and so on will be arriving a bit further down the line.

Read the full story here​.

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