Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content


The Smart Fighter

Quick Launch

Gripen > Tags

Tags: Aero India 2013

GP2.jpgSaab moves ahead with its campaign in Brazil this week as it presents a new offensive to offer the Gripen to Brazil, says a news report in

Eddy De La Motte, Director-General of the Gripen campaign in Brazil said he was unsure of how President Dilma will decide, but he said he had very strong arguments.

"The relative price of the product, the cost and the operational cooperation for a lasting and beneficial partnership for both sides make our proposal very competitive," he noted. "What we are proposing is the lowest cost, the lowest operating costs and the best industrial cooperation which is a perfect partnership at this time," he emphasized.​

Read the full story:  Saab Launches New Offensive To Offer The Gripen​

​The one billion kronor question is: "If all players involved in the Swedish fighter development need to shorten a full test program with 2 years and simultaneously achieve the results with one billion Swedish kronor less compared to earlier programs, then what do you do?"

Ola Rignell, Flight Test Director, Saab discussed the challenges in the way of carrying out the development and test of a much bigger program like Gripen E/F at a much lower budget, during a session on Flight testing of Gripen E - the Next Generation Gripen, at the Aero India 2013 International seminar.

"One of the key strategies would be to form a joint project organization with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and the Swedish Air Force. There should be one team, they should be co-located, they should participate and have full insight and they should try to run from start," he says.

The video captures Ola's entire presentation at the International seminar.


The Next Generation Gripen program is no longer just a demonstration platform; it is a flying test aircraft. In a few weeks time, the Gripen E/F test aircraft will continue it's test period equipped with Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST). During a press meet on the first day of Aero India 2013 in Bangalore, Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab elaborated on the first delivery of the Next Generation Gripen. 

Speaking at the press meet, Head of Air Domain at Saab AB, Robert Bjorklund said, “The first delivery of the E/F Gripen will happen in 2018 for Sweden and Switzerland. While Sweden has decided to order 60 Next Generation Gripens, Switzerland will procure 22 Gripens.” 

Gripen Next Generation will have a variety of weapons which could include IRST-T, Python 45, Meteor and many more. The E/F Gripen is also more efficiently manufactured than the previous C/D version. 

“As the Next Generation Gripen’s engine is bigger (F414G), the aircraft will be more powerful. We also needed an aircraft which could carry more armaments and Gripen E/F will fulfill that expectation. This Gripen version will have increased capabalities in all aspects, said Mr.  Bjorklund.

The Gripen philosophy includes low life cycle cost, full weapon flexibility, best situational awareness, small logistical foot prints and aircraft design that can be upgraded among others. 

Talking about Saab’s export plans in the near future, Robert Bjorklund said that their vision is to supply more than 300 Gripen fighter aircraft to the export markets within ten ...

Eddy de la Motte.jpg

"It is our turn now," says Eddy De La Motte, Head of Gripen export in an interview recently talking about the prospects of Gripen in global markets. Responding to questions on the eve of Aero India, Eddy says that Saab wants to enable India in its aerospace ambitions and believes that the Gripen technologies should be a part of that equation. Here are the excerpts.

How is the Gripen performing in the international market?​

Saab has had a terrific year. The Swedish Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the next generation Gripen, following on the heels of the agreement with the Swiss Government. The Swedish Government has now announced that Sweden will buy 60 Gripen E fighter jets from Saab and has given the approval to Swedish Armed Forces to place a contract with Saab, and we are expecting it early this year. 

Among other milestones from 2012, the extended Gripen lease from Hungary and the delivery of the final aircraft of the South African order are key.

As we see the various opportunities around the world, Saab’s goal is to export at least 300 Gripens within the next ten years. When this objective is achieved, Saab will have 10 percent of the available market. 

There is a real potential to sell 300 Gripen aircraft. It is not unrealistic. Since our new version is more fuel efficient and can carry more cargo than our twin-engine competitors, it has opened up new markets for us. Gripen's low operating cost is a key advantage.

We see an immense interest for ...


Aero India 2013 at Bangalore was an occasion for Flight Test Director Ola Rignell and Gripen Top Gun Shashank H R to catch up on the progress of the Gripen NG program and talk about the Gripen. It was also good time to catch up on the two years since Shashank won the coveted Gripen Top Guns contest and took his seat on the magnificient machine.


Gripen7.jpgGripen Top Gun Shashank HR interacting with Ola Rignell, Flight Test Director, Saab

Gripen 8.jpgLeft to Right: Jan-Ake Bramby, Gripen Campaigns, Gripen Export, Aeronautics, Joanna Sjolander, Marketing Director, Aeronautics​, Robert Bjorklund, Vice President, Head of Air Domain, Saab, Anna Sverker, Senior Manager, Product Integration, Saab Aerosystem and Ola Rignell, Flight Test Director, Saab​

​Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab said at the Aero India 2013 yesterday, "India is one of the largest market for defence and security. We can offer technology transfer and partnership. I believe we have a good future in India." 


“We need to be very efficient for the development of the next version of the Gripen,” says Flight Test Director, Saab, Ola Rignell, at a session on Flight testing of Gripen E - the Next Generation Gripen, at the Aero India 2013 International seminar.

Ola Rignell gave a presentation on the challenges faced during the testing of Gripen E and about finding the technical solutions to overcome them.

Speaking during the technical session, Mr. Rignell said, “Budget of the Swedish defense forces is limited as Sweden is a fairly large country with a small population of about 9 million people, which means that we have to do things differently. To produce an aircraft like Gripen we need to have a grown technology and a competent arena.”

Within the Swedish flight test community; there are three different players: Saab, FMV (the procurement agency) and the Swedish Air Force operational test unit. All the three agencies have worked very closely throughout the Gripen history, but are now to do even better.

“So far, together, we have managed to produce Gripen A/B and Gripen C/D. The C/D version is operational in five different countries. The Gripen A/B became operational in 1995 and by the year 2003, the C/D version became operational,” said Mr. Rignell.

“In the A/B verification, we started off with the five tests of the basic airframe and then we had to continue with the single seat verification. Simultaneously, we started off with the development of the B version. The development ...

1 - 8