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Czech mate.

Users since 2005, the Czech Air Force will receive the latest capability enhancement during 2018.

Photo: Jörgen Nilsson

​​​Flying a Gripen C requires minimal pilot workload. Hear one of our test pilots as he describes how natural the interaction is between a pilot and a Gripen.​​

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A Brazilian pilot takes a training in the Gripen simulator and flies the Gripen fighter in Linköping.

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Swedish Ambassador to India, Klas Molin believes that Gripen E is the best option for India’s single engine fighter jet requirements.

"If you want older technology, then there are alternatives. Gripen is a more modern aircraft. The fighter is also part of a system where aerial defence and surveillance are part of state-of-the-art links and communication. I think sometimes this is overlooked in the discussion,” he says.

In an interview with Business Line, Molin said that it is up to India to decide which fighter to choose. “Saab is ready when India is ready.”

"Saab knows that it has a concept that will work very well in India, and it is already cooperating with several partners in the country. So the ecosystem already exists for making and developing the new Gripen in India," he said.

Saab's comprehensive Make in India program includes setting up of a full manufacturing facility; transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an Aerospace eco-system in India; creation of a local supplier base of ancillary systems; employment of a well-trained Indian workforce.

Read the full story here.

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Saab will exhibit Gripen and a comprehensive range of Gripen support products and services at the upcoming Singapore Air Show.

Visitors can also take a look at the Arexis self-protection concept for Gripen at the Saab stand D11.

Besides Gripen, Saab will showcase its other products like GlobalEye, Swordfish, RBS 70NG, and Giraffe 1X as well.

Gripen fighters from the Royal Thai Air Force have been scheduled for both static and flying display during the show.

The Singapore Airshow will be held between 6 and 11 February. The airshow will be open to the public on 10 and 11 February.

Know more about Saab’s participation at the Singapore Airshow 2018 here.

​Popular RTAF Display Pilot 'NEON' performs at the Children's Day ceremony. The ceremony was held at Wing 6 of Don Mueang Air Force base in Bangkok on 13 January.

​In order to develop smart fighters like Gripen we need smart engineers. Did you know that we support a technical high school? The young students just might be our future colleagues.


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Saab and Armscor have been contracted to deliver support for the South African Air Force's Gripen weapon system.

“Signing this contract further reinforces the good relationship between Saab, Armscor, and the South African Air Force. This order is vital to support the effective operation and availability of Gripen C and D in South Africa over the coming years,” says Ellen Molin, Head of business area Support and Services within Saab.

Armscor, the Armaments Corporation of South Africa, is the arms procurement agency of the South African Department of Defence. As a part of the recently signed contract, the support related services would include airworthiness management, engineering support, maintenance, repair and overhaul, spares replenishment and updates of technical publications.

The order has a total value of SEK 206 million (ZAR 314 million).

Read the full story here.

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Hungary will spend 30% of its defence budget on procurement and modernisation, complying with NATO requirements. A part of this spend will go into strengtheing the weapon system of the country's Gripen fleet, reports Jane’s.

According to Hungarian Defence Minister István Simicskó, the plan includes the procurement of two A319 Airbus aircraft and a small training aircraft and modernization of the Gripen fighter's weapons system.

Hungarian Air Force has been operating Gripen for about 11 years now. The lease-purchase agreement between the Swedish and Hungarian governments was signed in 2001 which included 12 Gripen C and two Gripen D fighters. With Gripen's arrival, the Hungarian Air Force became more prepared for missions within the NATO framework.

Last year, the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) updated an agreement to give Hungary 400 extra flight hours per year, increasing from 1,600 to 2,000 hours. As per the terms, the Hungarian fighters will fly until 2026.

Read the full story here.

On Sunday, the Royal Air Force celebrated the National Children's Day with parades, static displays and aerial displays of various aircraft including Gripen.

Once the show was over, the children met and posed with pilots for pictures. There were games and Q&As for the children at the Saab booth as well.

rtaf_childrensday_one18.jpg A young girl greets the Royal Thai Air Force and all the visitors to Children´s Day 2018 ceremony with a speech.

rtaf_childrensday_two18.jpgA student presents Royal Thai Air Force Commander ACM Jom Rungsawang with a traditional Thai garland during the opening ceremony.

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A lucky winner at the Saab stall poses for a picture with ACM Jom, his wife and the Saab team.

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Members of Sweden´s Support team at Wing 7, Surat Thani between the two RTAF Gripen demonstration flights.
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School kids, ACM Jom and his wife pose for pictures with an RTAF Gripen in the background.

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RTAF Gripen's aerial display at the ceremony.

Image courtesy: Dennis Thern

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