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​Gripen test pilots say they have the best job in the world. Watch the video to know why. 


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In a recent seminar, officials from Sweden and Brazil discussed about the industrial cooperation between the two countries under the Gripen programme.

The seminar called "Close Security Cooperation from Far Away", mostly focused on topics related to the development of bilateral security relations between the two countries.

Lena Bartholdsson, Head of the Security Strategy and Policy Department at the Ministry of Defence in Sweden, and Ambassador Alessandro Candeas, Director of the Department of Defence and Security Affairs at Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, addressed common interests related to security and industrial cooperation, the benefits and challenges of partnership between the countries.

Both Bartholdsson and Candeas stressed on the relevance of the Gripen programme and talked about the technology transfer and industrial cooperation.

"Saab has been working directly with its partners in local Brazilian industry developing the project for the fighter and its systems. We see that Gripen has great potential to benefit other areas of the Brazilian economy," Bartholdsson said.

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​Lion Effort 2018 exercise is currently being held at the Kecskemét airbase, Hungary. The Hungarian, Czech and Swedish airforces have sent their Gripen fighters for participation. Thailand and Brazil have sent representatives who are participating as observers, and NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (NAEW&C) force is supporting the exercise with one of its E-3s. The main goal of Lion Effort is to enhance the operational capabilities of the participating forces and learn from each other's experiences.

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Image courtesy:  Viktoria Hamori, Zord Gábor László and TopiDoc​

​When Brazilian engineers visit Sweden, they do not just learn about Gripen, but also experience a culture entirely different from their own. It is this experience that plays a very important role in understanding each other and forming a great partnership.

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Denel Dynamics' fifth generation air-to-air missile A-Darter has cleared guided missile qualification tests now. The missile system, which has previously been integrated with the South African Air Force Gripen, offers features like lock-on after launch, and memory tracking with the latest processing capabilities.

The test had four firings that were conducted in various scenarios to understand different capabilities of the missile system. The first test was to check the lock-on after launch capability. For the second firing, the missile was released at a closed range to the target. This tested the high off-boresight capability. The last two tests checked the missile's electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM).  

The first A-Darter air-to-air missile system was successfully launched in 2015. The missile is 2980 mm long, with a diameter of 166 mm, and weighs about 93 kgs. A-Darter boasts of a higher range than traditional SRAAMs. At the same time, it has an agility to handle to closest of close combats. It also features advanced digital processing capability, and a highly sensitive two-colour thermal imaging seeker.

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“My manager called me into the room, shook my hand and said, ‘Congratulations, you’re going to Sweden,’” says António da Fontoura, a hardware and software engineer at AEL. 

“We spent a whole week inside the simulators in order to understand how Gripen’s system works, and we could also feel how these systems - such as the helmet - operate. It has a display that keeps information on the pilot’s visor. If you have a designated target, when looking to the side, the helmet points to its location,” he adds.

Since 2015, several engineers like António have been extensively working to develop various parts of the Gripen fighter along with their Swedish colleagues. More than a 100 Brazilian professionals have been trained so far with a majority of them already working at Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN).

According to General Márcio Bruno Bonotto, "So far, all our expectations have been met. Everything is going as per schedule. 50% of the technology transfer initiatives have been completed. This demonstrates the confidence that FAB and Saab have in each other."

In 2016, Saab and Embraer inaugurated GDDN in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo. GDDN is responsible for providing the development environment and simulators required to undertake the fighter development work.

This year in May, Saab unveiled a 5,000-square-meter facility for its future Gripen fighter jet aerostructures plant: Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM). SAM will be responsible for the development of aerostructures for the Brazilian ...

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When Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto flew Gripen for the first time in 2015, he was very impressed with the way Gripen managed the pilot work load. "What I liked the most was the highly advanced human-machine interface," he said.

Pascotto was one of the first few Brazilian pilots who left Anápolis for F7 in Såtenäs to learn all about the future fighter of their Air Force and pass on this knowledge to his colleagues and newly qualified Gripen instructors.

Fast forward to today, and more than 140 professionals have been trained in Sweden till date. They have already returned to Brazil, and most of them are working at the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN).

Today, there is an excitement amongst everyone at the Brazilian Air Force about the arrival of new fighters with people eagerly waiting for Gripen to become operational in Brazil.

“There is a desire and a thrill that has not been seen for a long time. Today we have a group dedicated to studying this aircraft, which asks us a lot of questions. The pilots know they will have the opportunity to operate a modern machine that will enable them to complete their missions successfully. FAB is restructuring and training the squadron to operate Gripen,” says Lieutenant Colonel Renato Leal Leite.

Those who have flown it never forget it. “Flying Gripen was challenging, rewarding and an operational crowning experience,” says Major Gustavo Pascotto.

Teams are working diligently on ...

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Saab has appointed former Gripen test pilot and Head of Saab Malaysia, Ola Rignell, as the new Chairman & Managing Director of Saab India Technology Pvt. Ltd. 

Before handling operations in Malaysia, he was the director of Business Development, Aviation Training at Support & Services, Saab AB. He is also member of the Board at Saab Airport AB. 

Ola is a highly experienced pilot who has logged in more than 2,500 flight hours in different Swedish fighters including Saab’s Draken, Viggen and Gripen. He has also flown other fighter aircraft such as the F-16, Tornado, Hawk and Harrier. Apart from fighters, he has logged in more than 1,500 flight hours on civilian flight operations. 

As a former pilot, Ola has been extensively involved in Sweden’s Gripen programme where he was responsible for testing weapons, avionics, engine performance and human-machine interface. 

“Ola has the experience and the expertise which will enable Saab to further strengthen our work in the country and take forward our unbroken relationship of over 40 years. We are committed to building next-generation defence and security capabilities in India. Together with Indian government and industry, we would like to develop new ways to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” says Dean Rosenfield, Head of Saab Market Area Asia Pacific.

At a time when Saab is deeply involved in multiple activities in the Indian market, Ola’s appointment only reinforces the company’s commitment to the country. 

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Saab and the Brazilian Air Force’s purchasing organisation (COPAC) have decided to go for new amendments to the Gripen Brazil offset agreement, reports Cavok.com

The latest updates will result in changes to 13 projects under Transfer of Technology and Industrial Cooperation agreement. The changes have been proposed to meet the latest requirements in the fields of armament integration, assembly of structure components of Gripen fuselage etc.

The document approving the changes was signed by Göran Almquist, deputy programme manager for Gripen in Brazil and Brigadier General Márcio Bruno Bonotto, the president of COPAC.

"So far, all our expectations have been met. Everything is going as per schedule. 50% of the technology transfer initiatives have been completed. This demonstrates the confidence that FAB and Saab have in each other," says General Márcio Bruno Bonotto.

The offset agreement, which is a part of the Gripen contract, was signed by Saab and the Brazilian government in 2014.

One of the major milestones of this offset program was the establishment of the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in 2016. More than a 100 engineers, out of which 90 are local, are currently working at GDDN. The next big step would be the he setting up of an aerostructure plant in São Bernardo do Campo, in Greater São Paulo by 2020.  

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