The AESA radar is a huge advancement from earlier mechanical radars which were more prone to “jamming” and other mechanical errors and failures. Emphasizing on the difference in the principle of operation between the two radars, Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (Retd.), Additional Director General, Centre for Air Power Studies, says in an interview that one of the biggest advantages of the AESA radar is that it uses an array of TRMs (Transmitter-Receiver Modules) allowing more range and adding more speed.
AESA stands for Active Electronically Scanned Array and means that, in contrast to older generation radars, it has not only one antenna but a full array of small antennas, called elements. This means that the radar can simultaneously and independently track different targets, and also track targets independently of search volumes.
Development of today’s Electronic Warfare (EW), radar, and communications functionality are done keeping air-superiority in mind. What makes Gripen E an air-to-air superior fighter is the integration of the latest generation precision weapons, targeting sensors, and an AESA radar that ensures superiority in situational awareness as well. The AESA radar was integrated to Gripen for the first time during a flight test program in 2009 which was focused on the tactical systems of the multi-role aircraft.
With AESA, Gripen E also features a repositioner which allows the AESA radar to gain another 40 degrees of scanning ability to either side of the aircraft’s nose.
In the words of Major General Ravi ...
14 Hungarian Air Force (HuAF) Gripen fighters are being moved from
Kecskemét Air Base to Pápa Air Base for at least six months, reports Hvg.hu.
According to the report, the Kecskemét Air Base is going
through a transformation after which it will be both a military and a civilian
The report adds that Hungarian Gripen pilots will train in
Lithuania till May first half after which the move will begin.
Read the full story here.
Ever since Saab put together its first Gripen offer to India, it has maintained that the partnership will be on the lines of the "Make in India" concept. Defining its proposal a little more, the Swedish defence and security company has now announced that it will manufacture 96 Gripen E/F fighters in India.
In April last year, India had issued an RFI according to which 85% of the 110 fighters required have to be built in the country under the "Make in India" program.
“Except the first 18 aircraft, we intend to manufacture everything in India. Saab will look to build an ecosystem of defense manufacturing inside the country,” said Ola Rignell, Chairman and Managing Director of Saab India.
Saab is no stranger to technology transfer. With its Brazilian gripen programme, Saab has already delivered on about 50% of the technology transfer projects. It is successfully collaborating with Brazilian companies like Embraer and Akaer to co-develop various Gripen E/F parts.
Saab's Make in India program also includes setting up of a full manufacturing facility and an Aerospace eco-system in India, creation of a local supplier base of ancillary systems, and employment of a well-trained Indian workforce.
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The Brazilian Gripen will allow the pilot to make accurate decisions in a short time. Want to know more? Watch Episode 18 of our True Collaboration web series!
What happens when a multi-role fighter aircraft like Gripen and a state-of-the-art Air-to-Air missile like MBDA’s Meteor come together? They make for one of the strongest and the most lethal combinations in air-warfare.
During modern warfare, the ability to strike with pinpoint precision from beyond the horizon is very crucial. Let’s take a look at how Meteor, which is considered to be the best Beyond-Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) available today, does exactly that.
With an operational range of over 100 km, a BVRAAM Meteor missile can travel at a speed of over Mach 4, which is over four times the speed of sound. The missile can accelerate mid-way, leaving very little chances of the target to escape. In fact, it has a no-escape zone of over 60 km which is known to be the largest among air-to-air missiles.
Meteor is capable of engaging targets ranging from agile jets and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to cruise missiles, simultaneously and autonomously in any given weather.
More features that make Meteor capable include its two-way data link ability, active radar seeker, and the solid-fueled Ramjet motor. The two-way data link allows the pilot to target and re-target the missile even after it has been launched. The active radar seeker enhances the missile’s tracking ability, and the ramjet propulsion system gives Meteor its high-speed performance and the energy to defeat fast, moving targets at long range.
Meteor is an “all-up-around” weapon and is not only lethal, fast, and ...
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Czech Gripen fighters have had some really interesting painted tails in the last ten years. Here are our favorites.
The “Cat Eye”
This great looking Gripen was presented to celebrate 10,000 flight hours of the Czech Gripen fleet in 2010. It featured a special tiger on the tail and cat eyes on the canards.
This brightly coloured tiger scheme was introduced just before NATO Tiger Meet 2013. Due to the rainbow colours, this scheme made Gripen stand out at all the airshows and events it participated.
At the NATO Tiger Meet 2014, the Czech Air Force came up with another special tiger marking, only this time, it had a human skull sketch as well, giving a dramatic effect.
Ranked as one of the best tiger painted aircraft at the NATO Tiger Meet 2017, this one features a partially covered face of supermodel Simona Krainová and a tiger. Grace and power, all in one package!
Marking a century
To commemorate the celebration of a 100 years of the Czechoslovak Air Force, one of the Czech Air Force Gripen fighters got a makeover before the NATO Tiger Meet last year. With a picture of the fleet against the Czech flag colours, and 100 years written on top, this one was a break from the usual tiger motif.
It was ten years ago when the Hungarian Air Force Gripen were first sent notification for a quick reaction alert. A Honvedelem.hu reports explains in detail how the Hungarian Gripens are used to check airspace violations.
NATO Air Policing ensures the integrity of Allies’ airspace and protects Alliance nations by maintaining 24/7 Air Policing. All airspace protection missions are carried out under the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS).
As far as the coordination during air policing is concerned, NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centres (CAOCs) take care of that: the northern part of Europe is managed from Uedem, Germany, and the southern part from Torrejon, Spain.
Detecting airspace violation
The CAOCs have flight plans for every day and they monitor each and every movement in their assigned skies. When they notice a mysterious plane or a familiar plane deviating from its route or failing to make radio connection, they raise an alarm.
Pilots with aircraft and missiles are kept at the ready 24*7. So when the Hungarian Air Force units receive an alert, the Gripen fighters are scrambled at the earliest. They approach the target plane and try to make a connection as per the protocols. Once verified, the target plane is escorted to an airbase or the border.
Alpha or Tango?
There are two kinds of alarms in context to airspace violations. When a real threat is detected, the unit on duty has to work on the 'Alpha command'. ...
This month, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) celebrated Children's Day at Don Muang on 12 January. Gripen's aerial display was the center of attraction for all the young visitors at the Air Base.
Saab is proud to participate in the 12th edition of Aero India in Bengaluru, organized by Indian Ministry of Defence and showcase its world-leading capabilities in air-power, aircraft and surveillance systems, as well as digital air traffic management solutions. And this time, we have quite a few exciting things planned for Gripen E fans in India!
What to expect at the Saab stall at Aero India 2019?
At the Saab stall, there will be a Gripen E simulator that will give a feel of the real Gripen E cockpit, plus there will be a Full Scale Replica (FSR) of Gripen E as well. On display will also be weapon systems that make Gripen the formidable fighter that it is: the MBDA Meteor, the RBS-15 long range ASM and Taurus, the long-range air-to-surface precision cruise missile. Not just that, Saab will also showcase its Gripen Maritime version to share its capabilities and performance.
Win a trip to Sweden, the home of Gripen
Building even more excitement around Aero India 2019, Saab brings the "Gripen Warriors Contest". This contest is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Indian Gripen fans to win a trip to Linkoping, Sweden - the home of Gripen.
The contest is divided in three parts. You need to answer questions on Gripen E at the first two levels, Amateur and Professional. The third and the final level - Ace, will be all about your online gaming skills. You need to submit videos of your flight ...
“Everybody wants to fly a Gripen,” said Wing 7 deputy commander Group Captain Prachya Tippayarat, commenting on the abundance of potential recruits who want to become future Gripen pilots.
How did Gripen become a prized Thai fighter?
From forming a full-fledged fighter fleet to completing 10,000 flying hours, let’s take a look at the many milestones Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Gripen has achieved over a remarkable 10-year journey.
It all started in 2007 when the RTAF decided to introduce Gripen fighter aircraft into their Air Force. It was on February 2011 when the RTAF received their first batch of six Gripen fighters- two Gripen Cs and four Gripen Ds. However, another supplementary contract had already been signed in 2010 for a second batch of six Gripen C fighters which was delivered three years later in 2013.
In June 2011, The RTAF decided to carry out their plan to integrate a Network-Centric Defense Force to enhance interoperability between their military branches. On 11 September 2013, nearing the completion of the Gripen contract signed in 2010 with Sweden, the RTAF announced the Gripen Integrated Air Defense system as a fully operational part of the Air Force at its home base in Surat Thani.
According to 701 Squadron Wing Commander Kritsana Sukdee, the RTAF Gripen unit is “small, but powerful”, as represented by its Tiger Shark emblem. He also points to the importance of regular joint training with other Thai air force squadrons, noting: “There is ...
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