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"The joint testing with FMV is one of the best ways to accelerate the Gripen test program," says Eddy De la Motte, Head of Saab’s Gripen E/F business unit, during the Gripen Seminar held in Stockholm, Sweden.

The main objective of conducting joint tests or joint verification and validation is to eliminate similar tests in order to save resources. Joint testing allows collaboration with the customers at an early stage of development which reduces the risk of late and expensive reworking. Conducting a consolidated programme like joint testing ensures optimal and efficient usage of the combined resources available.  

Updating on the testing programme, Eddy says that Saab is testing tactical systems and sensors like IRST and AESA radars. “We have conducted a test flight with meteor already, and dropped external tanks. We will now start testing the EW system,” he says.

For Saab, joint testing is not really a new thing. Saab and FMV have coordinated testing programmes before as well. For Gripen E, ten ITTs have been established so far, in the areas of radar, IRST, decision support, aerial refueling, Mission Support System (MSS), pilot equipment/emergency systems, Electronic Warfare (EW), weapons, and operation and maintenance. 

“Instead of us and our customers flying very similar sorties at different times to get information out of the aircraft, we fly the same sortie together to get the different information we need. This way of working together with complexed developments is very important for us and it helps us ...

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According to head of Saab's Gripen Brazil business unit, Mikael Franzén, four Gripen Es have entered final assembly, out of which one is for Brazil and three are for Sweden, reports Jane's. 

"The first test aircraft for Brazil will fly later this year while the other three aircraft will serve as validation and verification aircraft for Sweden's Gripen E programme," Franzén says.

Recently, Eddy De La Motte, Head of Gripen E Programme, also gave an update on the Gripen E production at the Gripen Seminar held in Sweden on 27th March 2019. “The production programme is coming along according to the customer’s expectations. This year, we’re going to deliver the first production aircraft to Sweden and to Brazil. We will also go through the verification and validation programme in Sweden, Linkoping,” Eddy said.

Two other test aircrafts- a reworked Gripen Demo (39-7) and the latest 39-10- will also be ready for tests by mid-year this year. 

Brazil had signed a contract for the procurement of 36 Gripen aircraft in October 2014. The last Gripen fighter will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) by 2024.

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In order for Gripen to stay relevant, Saab does not stay confined within the limits of aeronautical technology, but also draws inspiration from the outside world- the automotive industry, artificial intelligence in general, and the gaming industry, to name a few, according to Saab’s Chief Technology Officer Lisa Åbom.

“By looking into the future and analyzing the kind of technology that will be in use or in trend, we make sure that we have the ability to implement those technologies in our existing platforms or new platforms,” says Lisa Åbom during the Gripen seminar 2019, held in Stockholm.

She also highlights three key technology areas that are important while developing Gripen, a fighter that will stay modern in the years to come:

Compact and efficient platform

This simply means an optimum usage of all the space that is available inside the aircraft, for functions, equipment, and fuel. Also, it’s important to be ready to handle the energy part as well. “Every new sensor that is added, it needs to be powered and cooled. Energy management is crucial,” she says.

Autonomous Systems

The battle space will be much more rapid in the future and a lot of information will have to be handled much quicker. We need to find ways to help the pilot make right decisions. Autonomous systems will be able to sort out, simplify the data that is presented to the pilot, and even make some of the decisions for the pilot during the ...

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Saab presented the latest developments as well as insights of upcoming milestones in the Gripen E Programme for Brazil at a press briefing during the LAAD International Defence & Security Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

The Brazilian Gripen E programme saw a number of achievements in 2018. “Among other things, we installed both the Wide Area Display (WAD) and the engine on the first Gripen E for Brazil. This year, the first aircraft to Brazil will be delivered to start the flight test campaign in Linköping, Sweden,” says Mikael Franzén, head of business unit Gripen Brazil, within Saab business area Aeronautics.

The Swedish Air Force also decided to equip their fighters with the WAD, the Head-Up Display (HUD), and the Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) last year.

“The Swedish and the Brazilian Gripen fighters will have the same configuration for the displays, harmonizing the programmes. This means great savings in aircraft maintenance as well as in future software development. This is a good example of the successful collaboration between Saab and the Brazilian defence industry,” adds Mikael Franzén.

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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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Last month, Saab successfully completed a test flight by a Gripen E aircraft with the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) for the first time.  

The flight included two Meteor missiles and the Gripen E aircraft (designated 39-8) was operated from Saab’s airfield at Linköping, Sweden.

“The aircraft continues to perform as smoothly as we have seen throughout the whole flight test phase flying with external stores. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming steps in the flight test programme, taking us closer and closer to completing weapon integration. Meteor makes Gripen E extremely capable in the air dominance role”, says Robin Nordlander, Gripen experimental test pilot, Saab.

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​In early 2016, SwAF upgraded their Gripen C/D fleet to the MS20 configuration. Here are some photos of their upgraded Gripen aircraft armed with both Meteor missiles and Advanced Medium-Range Air-To-Air Missile (AMRAAM).

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A group of 16 fighter pilots, 4 flight controllers and other personnel from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) recently undertook a week-long course with Gripen simulators at the Swedish Air Force Combat Simulation Centre (FLSC) in Stockholm, Sweden.

The objective of this course, which included theoretical studies in Brazil, was to familiarize pilots with controls in the Gripen cockpit and understand the fighter system before it arrives in the country. During the week-long course, participants had the opportunity to train in complex scenarios and learn basic combat techniques, tactical datalinks and situational awareness using Gripen simulators.

Each pilot attending the course had flown at least 500 hours in a fighter aircraft. During the course, they went from theory to practice almost immediately and the degree of difficulty in the scenarios increased rapidly, ending in a very complex Beyond-Visual-Range (BVR) combat scenario.

“The pilots are able to fly Gripen in the simulators after only an hour here at the course. The advantages of Gripen is not only in its radars, sensors, weapons and other capabilities, but also the outstanding Human Machine Interface (HMI) that makes Gripen easy for the pilot to use and maneuver. This is something that we can see in the simulators as well,” says Colonel Ricardo Rezende, Leader of the Fox team responsible for the operational issues regarding implementation and developing operational concepts of Gripen in Brazil.

Four out of the 16 pilots who attended the course will be chosen as Gripen pilots ...

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