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Saab has offered a ‘one platform’ approach with Gripen to meet the RMAF’s (Royal Malaysia Air Force) LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) and MRCA (Mult-Role Combat Aircraft) capability requirements, reports Jane’s. This is in response to the RMAF’s request for information (RFI) issued in February for the procurement of LCAs.

Saab’s offer to the Royal Malaysian Force consists of 12 Gripen aircraft- 10 Gripen C single seaters, and 2 Gripen D twin seaters.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force had previously planned on an MRCA replacement programme, according to the request of proposals issued back in 2011. The revised requirement, however, is to procure LCAs, for which Saab has offered the ‘one platform’ approach that will meet both the original and the revised requirement of the RMAF.

This requirement is in line with the RMAF’s future force structure program called “CAPP 55” (Capability 55), according to which, the RMAF’s jet fleet is planned to be equipped with two types of aircraft (LCA and MRCA) divided into five squadrons by the year 2055.

Read the full story here.​

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Did you know?

During certain aircraft manoeuvres, the engine drains some fuel. In this event, the fuel can still be ignited, thanks to the afterburner heat.

Photo: Peter Brauns​

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The Air Force Exercise 2019 started on March 22 from air bases in the northern part of Sweden and Finland where a lot of snow, wind, and cold weather have been in attendance.

At the Rovaniemi air base in Finland, Swedish Gripens and Finnish F-18 Hornets, supported by jamming aircraft from Saab, are carrying out attacks against northern Sweden. But what is interesting is that another squadron of F-18 Hornet, based temporarily at the Kallax Air Base, has been deployed to support the Swedish air defence.  

The Swedish and the Finnish Air Forces have conducted multiple joint exercises in the past. The first time Finland participated in the Air Force Exercise was in 2016 where they acted as qualified opponents. This year, Sweden is playing most of the aggressors’ roles. The goal of such exercises is to develop interoperability and cooperation between the two countries. 

Colonel Lars Helmrich, Head of Skaraborg's aircraft fleet, and the Swedish contingent in Finland, stresses on the importance of careful planning during bilateral exercises like these. “When we get an order to attack, we know it must be carefully planned, so that we train amidst the right attack effect, and can carry out the missions in a safe manner,” he says.

“The Swedish and the Finnish aircraft have different capabilities. Whether we are attacking or defending, it is important that we utilize each other's strengths in the best possible way. Also, when multiple fighters and jamming aircraft are ...

The future is always uncertain. With software development, adding functionalities to existing products can be made possible. Gripen E has been designed using this principle.

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On 27th March 2019, Saab will host its annual Gripen Seminar in Stockholm, Sweden, and is pleased to invite media, financial analysts, and investors to the event.

The annual Gripen Seminar 2019 will provide an update on the Gripen programme, market outlook from Saab’s perspective, and also how Saab works to keep pace with evolution of technology to stay relevant.

Jonas Hjelm, Head of Saab business area Aeronautics, will be the host of the event as well as one of the speakers. Other speakers will include- Eddy De La Motte, head of business unit Gripen E/F, Aeronautics, and Lisa Åbom, Chief Technology Officer, Aeronautics.

Catch the seminar at the venue or live-stream it here from 08:30-10:00 CET on 27th March.

Click here for more information.

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"An air battle is all about getting inside your enemy's OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) loop," says Stefan Engstrom, former Gripen Pilot and Director, Sales & Marketing, Gripen, Business Area Aeronautics.

During the Gripen seminar held on 14th Feb, 2019, New Delhi, India, Stefan explains how Gripen’s combat capability supports the OODA loop concept. The OODA loop is a cycle that was developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel, John Boyd.

Observe

 “Gripen is packed with the latest technologies. With AESA radar, IRST and new EW sensors, a Gripen pilot will most likely be the first to detect an enemy. But you don’t work alone, you work together with other Gripens or other units. This allows you to form a network, leading to effective combat synergies. With all these systems together, you can see the unseen. After all, everything has a signature. Advanced sensors from air, ground, navy, and other systems can all be collaborated, making physical stealth irrelevant,” says Stefan.

Orient

Once the pilot has all the information, the next step is to be able to understand and use that information to win the battle. “All the accumulated information is of no use to me if I can't understand it. While operating a legacy aircraft, you will find that the information you have received, is all over the place. It's very difficult for the pilot to assimilate so much information in one single picture. But with Gripen’s smart HMI, ...

Gripen pilot Musa Mbhokota (a.k.a. Midnite), takes us through an extensive walk-through of Gripen E, explaining in detail its features, especially its weapon systems, at Aero India 2019.

Gripen E has a wide weapon carrying capacity- up to nine missiles and 16 bombs can be carried- making it a fighter that is always ready for operating in a network-centric scenario. Partly due to flexible avionics structure, a wide array of weapons- from guided glide bombs for precision engagement with low collateral damage, to long-range and agile air-to-air missiles and heavy anti-ship armaments- can be integrated to Gripen E. 

“What makes Gripen a really powerful fighter system is the Meteor. Meteor is one the best BVRAAMs (Beyond-Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile) available today. With Gripen, Sweden became the first country to integrate the Meteor missile and make it operational on a fighter plane. Meteor has been integrated to Gripen using two way data-link system, which enables you to monitor the mid-course status of missiles,” Musa says. 

Musa then elaborates on weapons like Rafael SPICE (Smart, Precise Impact, Cost-Effective) 250 which is a precision-guided stand-off glide munition, GBU 10 laser-guided bomb, and Tauras 350 long-range missiles.

"Taurus 350 does look like a very large weapon. But we can easily carry it on Gripen. It is an INS and GPs guided missile system. It is used for targets that are difficult to penetrate (dense air-defences on the ground) with small diameter ammunitions," he says.

Besides the weapon systems, ...

The key to operational effect is to get fighters airborne when needed. That’s why Gripen is designed to make sure that availability is maximized at all times. For instance, Gripen can operate from a road strip of only 16 x 800 metres. In this film, you will get more information on what makes Gripen always combat ready.

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We oftentimes talk about the pace of technology that renders defence products less capable, if not obsolete, after every few years. But how does it actually work? Is there a fixed time after which upgrades become mandatory? How do research and development affect the potentiality of a system, especially a fighter system? 

During a Gripen seminar held on 14th Feb in New Delhi, India, Johan Segertoft, Project Manager, Gripen E Avionics, talks about the challenges that are faced by modern aircraft, and how Gripen’s avionics system is going to revolutionize the avionics industry.

Prof. Dr. Jan Bosch, a Dutch computer scientist and a professor of software engineering at the University of Groningen and at Chalmers University of Technology, had said that complexity of embedded systems grows approximately ten times every seven years. This means that complexity is growing at an exponential rate, and that is one of the major reasons why it takes a long time to develop modern aircrafts.

“It took us seven years to figure out how to develop a revolutionary avionics platform. We had to change software tool three times, because the tools we used became obsolete. So complexity puts an enormous pressure on engineers to learn and re-learn,” says Johan Segertoft.

And how does Saab tackle this problem? By building an avionics system that is less complicated and allows for easy modifications. Gripen avionics system separates 10% of core flight critical management codebase from 90% of tactical management code. This ...

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