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​Trident Juncture 2018 helped NATO allies and member countries test their military capabilities in  Norway, the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea. The two week long exercise had over 50,000 personnel, 250 aircraft, 65 ships, and up to 10,000 vehicles participating.


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Videos: Shape NATO

Photos: Louise Levin

During a two-week training at the Vidsel Air Base, Hungarian Gripen fighters were put through various training exercises to test the new capabilities that come with the MS20 update.

With its huge test and training area, the Vidsel Air Base is an ideal place for the six Hungarian Gripen fighters to train. "Technically, the MS20 capabilities have already been integrated to the fighters. But it is time to train the team to use the new features," says Lennart Zettergren, who is responsible for training at FMV, export division.

As a part of the MS20 update, Hungarian Gripen's engine control system, aircraft control system, and avionics system have gone through a software update. Pilot-machine interface, link functions, and radar functions have been updated as well. 

"So many changes are not easy to incorporate in a short span of time. There are several challenges. But the seamless cooperation between Saab, FMV and Hungary has made the modernisation of the Hungarian Gripen fleet possible despite a tight schedule," says Kristian Saf Pernselius, Project Manager for Gripen, Hungary at FMV.   

Read the full story here.

It is critical that the person in the cockpit has full confidence in the capabilities of the aircraft. So the opinion of the FAB pilots about Gripen is extremely relevant! 

We believe it’s a human right to feel safe. Of course that goes for Gripen pilots too. That’s why we created the CBRN respirator (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense). Providing the pilot the power he or she needs to detect, neutralize and mitigate invisible threats enhances the protection of the individual pilot, the force on the battlefield - and not least - the civilians.

Gripen E has successfully completed the first tests to verify the ability to release and launch external payloads. Watch the video.​

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During a real life complex mission, every second counts. A pilot has to take split-second decisions on aircraft handling, approaching threats, deployment of his own counter-measures and a bunch of information coming in from sensors, radars and data feeds from other aircraft. The decisive difference is made by man-machine interface. A Gripen E  pilot is provided with suggestions ranging from weapon selection to aircraft handling while getting an optimized overview of the battle space along with tactical information presented in a user-friendly manner. The pilot will see only what he needs and nothing else.​

“A good human machine interface is hardly noticed by the user. The interaction between the pilot and the fighter comes naturally," says Karinna Wandt, Technical Manager for HMI at Saab.

“The Human Machine Interface has evolved over the years. Today, a two year old, without any training, can easily interact with a tablet. With technology, we have access to a large amount of data, both user and system generated. By using machine learning techniques, we can cluster and analyse this data and turn it into valuable information.”

According to Karinna, the major challenge is to identify the exact information the user needs from the system and vice versa. "I am sure there are many missions that can be handled by an aircraft without any assistance of a pilot. But we shouldn't underestimate the power of a human mind. A computer is fantastic to calculate and to react and handle large data. A human ...

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“If the Indian Government chooses Gripen, it will also choose Saab's partnering companies for industrial cooperation in the country,” says Swedish Air Force Chief Maj Gen Mats Eric Helgesson.

On being asked if the US made GE F414 afterburning turbofan engine may not come under the transfer of technology promise, Helgesson assures that it will. "Whatever is promised under the Gripen offer, will be delivered," he says.

The Indian Air Force had issued a Request For Information (RFI) in April this year for acquisition of 110 fighters, out of which 85% should be built under the Make in India programme. 

Saab believes that Gripen E will be the perfect fit for the Indian Air Force. The fighter has been designed to provide operational dominance and flexibility with superior mission survivability. It offers an enviable 10-minute operational turnaround time, and is compatible with the latest weapons, sensors and mission systems.

Sweden’s Gripen offer to India includes a true transfer of technology programme that will pave way to solid industrial cooperation between the two countries. Saab proposes to establish the world’s most modern fighter aircraft manufacturing capability in India.  

Read the full story here.

​Gripen performs at the NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days. One of the biggest security shows in Europe, NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days presents the resources and the capabilities of the Czech Republic and its allies in the field of defence and security.

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​“Gripen C/D with MS20 upgrade and Mk4 radar should be the perfect fit for the Philippine Air Force,” says Magnus Hagman, Campaign Director, Gripen and airborne systems, Saab Asia-Pacific.


At the ADAS 2018 exhibition, Saab had a Gripen C, along with select payloads like RBS15 Gungnir, AMRAAM, and Meteor on static display.

Philipinnes' planned acquisition, also known as the Multi-Role Fighter (MRF) programme is yet to be formalised though. No Request For Information (RFI) has been sent yet. Saab has however, had discussion with the Philippines’ technical working group to understand the military requirements of the country.

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