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As part of the Gripen proposal to Switzerland, Saab is committed to providing a Swiss Industrial Participation (SIP) programme that is both extensive and far-reaching. Saab has over the past four years met with hundreds of potential Swiss partners, companies and key persons to jointly identify potential projects for industrial co-operation and offset.

A Saab presentation explains how the Swiss Industrial Participation Programme will ensure long-term sustainable and commercially viable business growth by developing close co-operation and partnerships.

The Saab SIP programme will support the regional distribution of Industrial Participation business that is built on strong commercial foundations. A large portion of the Swiss partners in Saab SIP projects are Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs).

The main objectives of the programme include transfer of new cutting edge technologies and additional know-how and development of new and additional long term opportunities for Swiss industry.

The program also aims to secure and create new employment opportunities throughout Switzerland and open up access to foreign markets.

 “Saab is committed to delivering long term benefits for Switzerland through a comprehensive Swiss Industrial Participation programme. We are convinced that Gripen will prove its value for Switzerland and that our increased industrial co-operation will tie our countries closer together in a mutually beneficial manner” says Hakan Buskhe, president and CEO, Saab AB.

Read the full presentation here.

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Photo: Participants of the Gripen User Seminar

Recently, Gripen User´s Group held a meeting where representatives from different countries who fly the Gripen got together and shared experiences. Saab, too, was given the opportunity to host a Gripen User Seminar to listen to user feedback and share its vision for the Gripen fighter.

The seminar also gave us an opportunity to present planned upgrades and tell the group how the Gripen C/D and E systems can benefit from each other, explains Pauline Olsson, one of Saab´s representative.

Saab also secured valuable insight from the users’ experiences and from questions regarding the development of Gripen C/D.

To us it is very useful to meet the user countries in this forum, says Pauline Olsson. Sweden, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Thailand participated in the Gripen User´s Group meeting. The countries used the opportunity to compare their experiences and discuss their long-term requirements.

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Photo: Local Sami,Pauline Olsson,Campaign Manager - Gripen Export and Robert Björklund, Head of Air Domain

Gripen User´s Group is held twice a year and the location varies from time to time. Swedish Armed Forces was the host for the latest meeting and the event took place in the northern part of Sweden. Beyond interesting discussions on the Gripen fighter, the participants also got to see and experience things not related to the Gripen system. Reindeers for instance - an exotic encounter for anybody, especially if you happened to come from a Gripen country on the other side of the planet.

Facts: Gripen User´s Group has been created to facilitate the exchange of experience ...

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Starting last week of April, Saab teams are visiting ten locations in Switzerland, including three in the French region, and Lugano. The aim is to inform regional manufacturers on opportunities to cooperate and find new business partners. At the same time, experts are visiting Saab selected companies, to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones.

In accordance with armasuisse tender requirements, Saab will deliver a Swiss Industrial Participation Programme (SIP) valued at 100 percent of the Gripen contract value. The Saab SIP shall support the regional distribution of industrial participation business that is built on strong commercial foundations.

The Gripen Industrial Cooperation road show aims explaining SIP and canvassing Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) from all Swiss regions.The SIP programme will be conducted within a time frame of ten years after signature of the Gripen contract. The SIP will develop closer economic, industrial and cultural ties between Switzerland and Sweden. 

The tour made its first stop on the 24th afternoon, the Chamber of Commerce in Zurich. Segndo Henry Johansson, vice president of Swiss Gripen, says that what is sought is "commercial partnerships with viable long-term, sustainable impact. This is a criterion of armasuisse," says a report in Air Power.

Pius Drescher, who represents defense contractors in the industry association Swissmem, confirms the importance of the SIP program: "The generation of business volumes for the Swiss industry should always happen in an effective and sustainable. This counts especially for the defense industry and security. "

Read more here: 

Gripen and Switzerland: ...

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Operations of a fighter division are always exciting and challenging. Five weeks ago, the 212th fighter division participated in the TTP exercise along with other Swedish fighter divisions and visiting units from Finland and Norway. Shortly thereafter the division headed off for the Frisian Flag exercise.

While there are major differences between the task of national defense and international efforts, the operational requirements are not very different: you must be close-knit and well coordinated teams.
Frisian Flag is an excellent exercise for developing team work, says Carl-Fredrik Edström, Head of the 212th fighter division, in a report in flygvapenbloggen.

This is the first time we havehad the opportunity to interact over the L-16 data link with other Nato countries during the exercise. The system has worked very well and it gives both safer and more effective cooperation with other Nations.

The fighter aircraft taking part in the exercise, besides JAS 39, were the F-16, the Eurofighter and the Mirage. In addition to these, there were several types of air-to-air refuelling aircraft, AWACS, transport aircraft, UAV, LV-units, command units and special forces taking part in the exercise. This provided very good opportunity to create both complex as well as realistic training environment for all participants, says Edström.

The exercise maintained a high tempo. After a kick off with slightly less complex air defense scenarios, by day 3 the exercises had escalated to more complex offensive missions with the objective of hitting land targets with tough opposition both in air and on ...

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The time has come in the life of the Gripens at the Kecskemet air base when they have to undergo their first major screening. The first industry-level screening of JAS-39s takes place after they have completed 800 flying hours, reports MH 59

This April the fourth Gripen was flown to Sweden. Til​l now, the screening has been completed on both Delta (two-seat) Gripens and they have returned to the Kecskeme​t air base. The screening is a pre-planned process by which the Air Battalion of Engineers determine a year in advance the flying schedules of aircraft so that they clock in their 800 hours in a particular sequence, says the report. Every aircraft has to follow a plan so that it can reach its 800th hour in a given time frame for its scheduled screening.

The 800 hour screening is carried out at the F7 base in Satenas. The screening here is of the same level of quality as the procedure followed at the ​​Linköping Saab aircraft plant. The airframe, systems, the condition of the load bearing parts, additional installations and alterations are checked thoroughly over the course of ten weeks. Keeping deadlines is necessary as Czech Gripens are also screened here and even one delayed arrival would affect the screening process for others as well.

Read the full story here: Helycserés átvizsgálás svéd módra​

Throttle and Stick caught up with with Lt. Col Fredrik "Kodak" Holmbom of the Swedish air force during the Frisian Flag 2013 exercise at Leeuwarden air base to discuss, among other things, the reason why the Gripen is so capable for multi-role missions. Holmbom has a simple answer to that: The Gripen was designed from the very beginning so that it could easily switch between roles. 

Holmbom talks about the exercise and the effort that the Swedish Air Force puts into each mission. Talking about the lessons learnt from other countries, he points out that the Frisian exercise is a good place to learn from the different methods that each air force develops over time. As Throttle and Stick points out, "The last remark of Lt. Col. Fredrik "Kodak" Holmbom is spot on. Frisian Flag is also about international collaboration and to work as a team, despite being from different countries."

Read more inThrottle And Stick​

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Focusing on the QRA procedure, a short film introduces the every day life and work of Hungarian pilots and the aircraft they fly with.  

The film captures the role that the Gripens play in the defence of Hungary with a medley of interviews with pilots and air displays. The clip draws  attention to the upcoming Kecskemet Air Show.​

The film also showcases the AN-26s as the aircraft mainly used for sending supplies to foreign mission fields.

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A report inmynewsdesk.comtracks the journey of an 88-year-old Swedish sewing company, Germa, that makes flight suits for Gripen pilots.

Based in Kristianstad, Germa, started with manufacturing corsets. When the fad was gone, they started manufacturing medical corsets instead. The company entered into a co-operation with the Swedish Air Force when the "Flying Barrel" J 21 first flew in 1951.                   

Mynewsdesk.com quotes Germa’s CEO Björn Holmqvist saying,”We received a contract to develop a G-suit with FMV, Air Force, and Saab. These suits support the pilots when they are exposed to high G-forces in flight. During flight, the blood is pushed down in the legs which can cause a lack of blood in the head. In the worst case, it may lead to unconsciousness. The G suits are tightened around the legs and torso with sewn air sacs and this helps the pilots to stay alert and fly the plane without any problems.”

According to Holmqvist, the reasons behind the success of the company includes high quality, unique features of the products, design, craftsmanship, product development and a huge market.

“Within two years, we aim to create a business worth Sek 28 million compared to the current 22 million,” he says.

Read the full story: Gripenpiloter flyger i svenska dräkter​​

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DAN.jpgDan Averstad, who has worked as a business director and a negotiation leader at FMV in the past, now leads the big Gripen E project at the organization, reports the Defence Materiel Administration’swebsite.

The report says that with a background as a commercial director and negotiating leader at FMV, Averstad is well prepared to take on the giant project. The fighter aircraft is being called Sweden's largest industry with sales exceeding 47 billion, in effect he leads FMV’s biggest project now.

“In addition to being a project that implements a lot of money, it is also an important project for the Armed Forces based on the operational needs as they see before them. Development of Gripen E is about upgrading the current Gripen system and ensuring their operational usefulness beyond 2040. The project is a prerequisite for Gripen which can continue to be the backbone of the Air Force and the Swedish military,” says Averstad.

Averstad explains that FMV's task is to ensure that the project meets parameters of  time, cost and performance."Since the Gripen E will be in operation nearly 20 years, our focus is also to drive the development of a cost effective solution in what we call the maintenance phase during the long period that the aircraft will be used by the Armed Forces. We look for costs during the life cycle and not just for development and acquisition, because we are working to get the lowest cost for the whole as possible, says Dan Averstad.​

The Gripen E project is not just about the aircraft, but ...

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Saab's chief test pilot Richard Ljungberg and Armasuisse’s chief test pilot Beni Berset conducted the live Gripen automatic gun (cannon) firing at Axalp recently and were very happy with the results, reportsforsvarsmakten.

A total of five flight sessions took place along with two so-called "hot runs", with live firing cannon against targets. The firing was done at a range that was a little outside the Axalp village. Surrounded by mountains, the terrain and environment is a challenge in itself.

The two test pilots evaluated aircraft for shooting in the mountainous environment at the Axalp firing range and were very satisfied with the evaluation, especially with the aircraft's "behavior", the report says.

Read the full story:Evaluation of Gripen At Axalp​

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