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The offer made by Saab for the Make in India programme includes transfer of technology, something which has been proven very effective and beneficial for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) as well. Besides, acquiring aircraft with multi-role capabilities and superior weapon systems, the technology transfer offer will allow the overall growth of India’s defence industry.

“We’re talking about transferring the knowledge and the skills and the know-how, so that Indian engineers will be able to design, develop, deliver aircraft; and then modify them, maintain them, operate them, sustain them, and keep them cutting-edge for India for the next 50 years. That’s what India needs” says Head of Communications of Saab India, Robert Hewson, during an interview at Aero India 2019. “And only Saab is prepared to transfer that level of independent technology to India,” he adds.

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Saab has taken another important step forward to expand its footprint and aerospace ecosystem in India by signing new Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with three of the country’s leading aerospace manufacturers; Dynamatic Technologies Limited, CIM Tools Private Limited and Sansera Engineering Limited.

The MoU with Dynamatic is a starting point to explore future joint opportunities in commercial and defence-related aerostructures work, including Gripen.

“The MoU with Dynamatic adds the capabilities of complex airframe assembly to Saab’s ‘Make in India’ offer for Gripen,”says Mats Palmberg, VP Industrial Partnerships and Head of Gripen for India. 

“Saab’s Aerostructures business unit has had a successful relationship with CIM Tools and Sansera for several years. Based on that experience, we see these two companies can add great value to our Gripen ‘Make in India’ offer,” Mats adds.

The new MoUs announced will enable Saab to work with these Indian companies to establish an indigenous, efficient, tailor-made manufacturing system that will develop, deliver, and support state-of-the-art Gripen fighters in India for the Indian Air Force.

Read the full story here​.

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Last year was a productive one for the Brazilian Gripen Programme, with several important milestones. Among other achievements, we can highlight the first Brazilian aircraft in final production in Linköping and the important results of the joint development of Gripen E and F in Linköping and at the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN), in São Paulo State, Brazil.

Since the beginning of the Transfer of Technology Programme in October 2015, more than 120 Brazilian engineers have participated in theoretical and practical ‘on-the-job’ training in Sweden in several technical disciplines related to the development, production and maintenance of the aircraft. These engineers have returned to Brazil and most of them are currently working at the GDDN.

In total, more than 350 Brazilian specialists (engineers, technicians and assembly operators) will be trained in Sweden until the end of the Transfer of Technology Programme, which involves more than 60 offset projects. From now on, the ‘on-the-job training’ in Sweden will be focusing on flight test, verification and production.

Today, 115 Brazilian engineers and 18 expatriates from Sweden work at the GDDN. They are involved in Gripen E/F development work in areas such as vehicle systems, aeronautical engineering, airframe design, systems installation, system integration, avionics, human-machine interface and communications.

"The Gripen programme continues to progress according to schedule, and expectations are high since the first Brazilian aircraft will begin the flight test campaign in Linköping this year," says Mikael Franzén, head of business unit Gripen Brazil and vice ...

Busy days in the Gripen factory. Another four Gripen E are soon ready to take to the skies!​

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“As a mechanical engineer, I have taken countless courses about materials, production processes, logistics, industrial economics – and the list goes on. Pretty much everything I have read about at university can be related to the design and production of an aircraft,” writes Johanna from Linköping who talks about her 3-week eye-opening experience working on Gripen fighters at the Saab Aeronautics production unit in Linköping.

Johanna, along with her other graduate colleagues, were part of the Saab Graduate Leadership Programme which is an extended and in-depth introduction to the company for future ‘Saabers.’ Saab's Graduate leadership programme offers thesis work placement wherein students get to solve different kinds of fascinating problems. These students also get to visit Saab sites and develop an extensive understanding of the company.

“What really struck me is how we are taking major steps for the future within production right now. One is how we have successfully implemented full Model-Based Definition (MBD), which is essentially design and production without drawings. Even those who have been working in production for decades, being used to conventional drawings, were happy to show us how they work with their new 3D tools,” she writes.

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On 30th January 2019, Saab submitted its proposal for the Finnish HX fighter procurement to the Finnish defence procurement agency. The proposal, which comprises of 64 Gripen aircraft, is a response to the Request For Quotation (RFQ) sent by the Finnish Defence Forces’ Logistics Command on 27th April 2018. The proposal includes both one-seater Gripen E and two-seater Gripen F.

In addition to the Gripen fighters, the proposal also includes a substantial weapon and sensor package and the necessary equipment and services needed for operating the system. This includes an industrial co-operation programme which aims to build extensive national capabilities in Finland for Security of Supply.

The proposal also includes transfer of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities to the local industry. Saab has also offered an establishment of a Gripen sustainment and development centre in Finland.

“The outstanding capabilities of Gripen are an excellent match for the Finnish needs and requirements. With Gripen, Finland can renew its fighter fleet without compromising on the number of fighters owing to a truly competitive life-cycle cost,” says Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

The HX Fighter Programme was launched in 2015 and was set up to replace the Finnish Air Force’s current fleet with new fighters.

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As a response to the Request For Proposal (RFP) issued by armasuisse (the Swiss defence procurement agency), on 6th July 2018, Saab has submitted its proposal for the Swiss New Fighter Aircraft procurement to replace their fighter fleet of F/A-18 Hornet and F-5 E/F Tiger aircraft.

The proposal consists of options for 30 and 40 new build Gripen E fighter aircraft including industrial participation programme for Swiss industry which will be worth 100 percent of the contract value.

 “The proposed Gripen E solution features the latest available technology with low acquisition, operation, and support costs that will give Switzerland an optimal fleet size,” says Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

The co-operation with Swiss industry that would include manufacturing, maintenance, and technology will improve competence and capabilities aimed at the sustainment and further development of the Gripen E system in Switzerland.

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The AESA radar is a huge advancement from earlier mechanical radars which were more prone to “jamming” and other mechanical errors and failures. Emphasizing on the difference in the principle of operation between the two radars, Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (Retd.), Additional Director General, Centre for Air Power Studies, says in an interview that one of the biggest advantages of the AESA radar is that it uses an array of TRMs (Transmitter-Receiver Modules) allowing more range and adding more speed.

AESA stands for Active Electronically Scanned Array and means that, in contrast to older generation radars, it has not only one antenna but a full array of small antennas, called elements. This means that the radar can simultaneously and independently track different targets, and also track targets independently of search volumes.

Development of today’s Electronic Warfare (EW), radar, and communications functionality are done keeping air-superiority in mind. What makes Gripen E an air-to-air superior fighter is the integration of the latest generation precision weapons, targeting sensors, and an AESA radar that ensures superiority in situational awareness as well. The AESA radar was integrated to Gripen for the first time during a flight test program in 2009 which was focused on the tactical systems of the multi-role aircraft.

With AESA, Gripen E also features a repositioner which allows the AESA radar to gain another 40 degrees of scanning ability to either side of the aircraft’s nose.

In the words of Major General Ravi ...

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Ever since Saab put together its first Gripen offer to India, it has maintained that the partnership will be on the lines of the "Make in India" concept. Defining its proposal a little more, the Swedish defence and security company has now announced that it will manufacture 96 Gripen E/F fighters in India.  

In April last year, India had issued an RFI according to which 85% of the 110 fighters required have to be built in the country under the "Make in India" program. 

“Except the first 18 aircraft, we intend to manufacture everything in India. Saab will look to build an ecosystem of defense manufacturing inside the country,” said Ola Rignell, Chairman and Managing Director of Saab India.

Saab is no stranger to technology transfer. With its Brazilian gripen programme, Saab has already delivered on about 50% of the technology transfer projects. It is successfully collaborating with Brazilian companies like Embraer and Akaer to co-develop various Gripen E/F parts.   

Saab's Make in India program also includes setting up of a full manufacturing facility and an Aerospace eco-system in India, creation of a local supplier base of ancillary systems, and employment of a well-trained Indian workforce.

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What happens when a multi-role fighter aircraft like Gripen and a state-of-the-art Air-to-Air missile like MBDA’s Meteor come together? They make for one of the strongest and the most lethal combinations in air-warfare. 

During modern warfare, the ability to strike with pinpoint precision from beyond the horizon is very crucial. Let’s take a look at how Meteor, which is considered to be the best Beyond-Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) available today, does exactly that. 

With an operational range of over 100 km, a BVRAAM Meteor missile can travel at a speed of over Mach 4, which is over four times the speed of sound. The missile can accelerate mid-way, leaving very little chances of the target to escape. In fact, it has a no-escape zone of over 60 km which is known to be the largest among air-to-air missiles. 

Meteor is capable of engaging targets ranging from agile jets and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to cruise missiles, simultaneously and autonomously in any given weather. 

More features that make Meteor capable include its two-way data link ability, active radar seeker, and the solid-fueled Ramjet motor. The two-way data link allows the pilot to target and re-target the missile even after it has been launched. The active radar seeker enhances the missile’s tracking ability, and the ramjet propulsion system gives Meteor its high-speed performance and the energy to defeat fast, moving targets at long range.

Meteor is an “all-up-around” weapon and is not only lethal, fast, and ...

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