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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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21151199_1480166175371968_9152644462323412624_n.jpgThe flying display by Gripenfighters

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Gripen on static display

The (main) Flight Day of Swedish Armed Forces is over. According to Carl-Johan Edström, Wing Commander of F 21, it was a very successful event. "I am impressed with the way my staff has been able to conduct their regular military exercises to increase the military capability along with preparing such an event for the public," he says.

One of the main goals of the event was to present a good mix of fighter aircraft for the visitors - which included many high school students - to see. One of the visitors, named Max Nilsson from Stockholm, experienced the Flight Day for the first time. "I think it's really cool and fun to be here and see the planes. The best part of the day was to see Gripen and Viggen. 

Image Courtesy: Försvarsmakten

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Saab and Indian infrastructure conglomerate Adani Group have announced a collaboration plan within aerospace and defence in India, aligned with the Government of India’s Make in India initiative. The intended collaboration would encompass design, development and production of Gripen for India and other high-tech products of national importance for India and also the creation of joint ventures in India in line with and in support of the Make In India policy.

Saab, in partnership with Adani Group, will discuss possibilities to offer solutions to bring required design and manufacturing capabilities in defence and aerospace to India. A collaboration between Saab and Adani will combine the technical and product excellence of Saab, along with the industrial engineering, system integration and mega project execution capabilities of Adani with the intention to manufacture defence systems locally in India.

With India’s focus on creating future-proof and home-grown capabilities across all industries, Saab and Adani will explore how to cooperate to develop a wider aerospace and defence ecosystem in India. A critical part of a joint roadmap would be to encourage the development of small and medium sized enterprises along with a robust national supply chain.

“We are committed to the India-Sweden relationship and in bringing the latest technology and skills to India,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab AB. “The Adani Group is one of India’s largest global conglomerates. Adani Group has a long history of entrepreneurship, spanning through decades of dynamic growth.”

“Our plans in India are ...

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Gripen accommodates future technology to reflect new combat challenges. The latest development – operational with the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile – is evidence of this commitment.

Photo: Stefan Kalm

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This year Biggin Hill Festival of Flight celebrated the centenary of the airport. Here is a video of a Czech Gripen's aerial performance at the event. 

The Festival of Flight Airshow was held on 19 and 20 August. Besides Gripen, aircraft like Belgian F-16 and RAF Typhoon also performed aerial displays at the event.

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As India focusses on acquiring single-engine fighters now, Saab sees a huge window of opportunity, reports Gulf News.

The report says that within the next two years, the Indian Government will be placing an order for single-engine, medium-range fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Saab’s offer to India includes setting up of a full manufacturing facility; transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an aerospace eco-system in the country, and employment of a well-trained Indian workforce. 

“Saab has been ‘making in India’ on a variety of programmes for more than 40 years now. With a project the size of ‘Gripen in India’, we expect to build long-term partnerships with Indian companies,” says Robert Hewson, Vice-President and Head of Communications for Saab Asia Pacific.

Besides technology transfer, Saab is also banking on Gripen’s capabilities to meet the demands of future.

“Air Forces need, and must have, a future-proof aircraft. Gripen E is the future of fighter capability. Saab’s design philosophy focuses on continuous development, which means that future capabilities can be added to India’s aircraft by Indian engineers and we are looking at systems and design capabilities that will be in demand 30 years and more from now,” Hewson explained.​

Read the full story here.

​What makes Saab the best possible option to be the wingman for India's defence industry? CNBC-TV18 in its special series ‘Make in India: A New Deal for Defence’ explores Saab and Sweden’s plans in India.

gripen_siaf2017.jpegCzech Air Force airmen and their Gripen aircraft attended NATO Tiger Meet 2017 in Landivisiau, France. They were placed second in the concours d’Elegance for the best camouflage with Gripen in the “Tiger design.​

Visitors to the Slovak International Air Festival (SIAF) on August 26-27 in Slovakia can expect an exciting program. The highlight of the show will be a flight demonstration of the Gripen supersonic jet fighter by the top Czech Air Force display pilot, Captain Ivo Kardoš.

Captain Kardoš recently won one of the most prestigious international display awards. He beat an international competition at one of the world's largest air shows, the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Britain. Kardoš beat more than 60 pilots – which is quite an achievement given that he became a display pilot only at the beginning of this year. He also demonstrated his excellent flying skills at another air show - RNAS Yeovilton, Britain, where he won an award for his performance again.

We asked a few questions to Captain Ivo Kardoš.

What is the main role of a display pilot?

The main role of a display pilot is to represent the Air Force and to demonstrate his flying skills as well as the capabilities of the aircraft.

Can any Gripen pilot become a display pilot? Or does he need to fulfill certain criteria and undergo special training?

The display pilot is selected from the Gripen squadron pilots. ...

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