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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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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.

Read the full story here.

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Saab looks forward to a full swing Gripen test flight programme this year, with more Gripen test aircraft and production aircraft near completion, says Eddy De La Motte, head of Saab’s Gripen E/F business unit, during Saab’s annual Gripen Seminar held in Stockholm on March 27.

Several test aircraft will be ready for their test flights before mid-year. Saab will also get the “Gripen Demo” (Gripen E/F demonstrator 39-7) airframe up and running again. 

According to Eddy, the Gripen Demo, which now has the avionics of gripen E, will be used as a “flying simulator rig.” This will improve the pace of Gripen E testing programme.

Eddy says that Saab is very happy with the way Gripen E production programme has progressed. “We are on track with Gripen E production. Once the new production system is fully established, we will be able to complete up to 24 aircraft per year,” he added.  

The first four production Gripen Es are currently in final assembly at Saab's Linkoping site. More tests will be conducted before the aircraft are delivered to the Swedish and the Brazilian Air Force towards the end of 2019, scaling up the programme further.

During the Gripen seminar, other speakers also gave an update on the Gripen testing programme.  Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab’s aeronautics business area, for example, talked about the various tests that were conducted last year under the Gripen E programme.

“We have concentrated a lot on the flight envelope with the first ...


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.

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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, ...

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