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During a real life complex mission, every second counts. A pilot has to take split-second decisions on aircraft handling, approaching threats, deployment of his own counter-measures and a bunch of information coming in from sensors, radars and data feeds from other aircraft. The decisive difference is made by man-machine interface. A Gripen E  pilot is provided with suggestions ranging from weapon selection to aircraft handling while getting an optimized overview of the battle space along with tactical information presented in a user-friendly manner. The pilot will see only what he needs and nothing else.​

“A good human machine interface is hardly noticed by the user. The interaction between the pilot and the fighter comes naturally," says Karinna Wandt, Technical Manager for HMI at Saab.

“The Human Machine Interface has evolved over the years. Today, a two year old, without any training, can easily interact with a tablet. With technology, we have access to a large amount of data, both user and system generated. By using machine learning techniques, we can cluster and analyse this data and turn it into valuable information.”

According to Karinna, the major challenge is to identify the exact information the user needs from the system and vice versa. "I am sure there are many missions that can be handled by an aircraft without any assistance of a pilot. But we shouldn't underestimate the power of a human mind. A computer is fantastic to calculate and to react and handle large data. A human ...

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“If the Indian Government chooses Gripen, it will also choose Saab's partnering companies for industrial cooperation in the country,” says Swedish Air Force Chief Maj Gen Mats Eric Helgesson.

On being asked if the US made GE F414 afterburning turbofan engine may not come under the transfer of technology promise, Helgesson assures that it will. "Whatever is promised under the Gripen offer, will be delivered," he says.

The Indian Air Force had issued a Request For Information (RFI) in April this year for acquisition of 110 fighters, out of which 85% should be built under the Make in India programme. 

Saab believes that Gripen E will be the perfect fit for the Indian Air Force. The fighter has been designed to provide operational dominance and flexibility with superior mission survivability. It offers an enviable 10-minute operational turnaround time, and is compatible with the latest weapons, sensors and mission systems.

Sweden’s Gripen offer to India includes a true transfer of technology programme that will pave way to solid industrial cooperation between the two countries. Saab proposes to establish the world’s most modern fighter aircraft manufacturing capability in India.  

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Developed to counter and defeat advanced future threats, the Gripen E-series is for customers with more pronounced threats or wider territories to secure. Gripen’s intelligent fighter systems rapidly embrace new tactics, upgrades and situations and give the pilot ample time to make the decisive move.

Gripen E/F is designed to deal with more pronounced threats and wider surveillance areas. This is made possible thanks to the aircraft’s more powerful engine, improved ranged capabilities, and higher payload capability. Some other standout features of Gripen E/F are the highly functional AESA radar, InfraRed Searching and Tracking systems, highly efficient communication systems, high situational awareness, and of course, a state of the art Electronic Warfare System.

Deal With Threats on the Go

Modern battlefields are riddled with unannounced threats – coming from any direction at any time. In cluttered air-spaces, pilots need to be aware and highly reactive, and fighter planes need to be equipped with Integrated Air Defence Systems. The Gripen E/F is not only capable of these requirements, but can deploy active and passive measures to disrupt the enemy’s tactics and functionality. These measures can distract the opponent, make it incapable of sticking to its plan, and annihilate it as well. Gripen E/F is compatible with recent developments of artilleries and missiles. 

Sense the Invisible – Remain Undetected

With radar systems as powerful as the one on Gripen E/F, detection of threats is made several notches easier. The Gripen collects a wealth of data ...

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


​Gripen performs at the NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days. One of the biggest security shows in Europe, NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days presents the resources and the capabilities of the Czech Republic and its allies in the field of defence and security.

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​What is the overall length of a Gripen fighter? ​The Gripen Facts series posters will bring you technical specifications of the fighter in a fun way.

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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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In response to Bulgaria's request for proposal, Saab has offered eight Gripen C/D fighters with the MS20 update, reports See News.

According to Saab, the first Gripen can be delivered within two years of signing the contract. All the fighters will have the MS20 capability update which greatly increases their combat and communication capabilities.  

“Gripen is an advanced multirole fighter at the start of its development life time. The Swedish offer meets the requirements of the Bulgarian government regarding budget, delivery schedule and capabilities of the new aircraft,” says Joakim Wallin, Director Export and International Relations, Swedish Defence Material Administration.

Saab has also offered partnerships to Bulgarian companies for potential cooperation in the field of security and supply. “When Bulgaria selects Gripen, Saab and Sweden are ready to co-operate with the Bulgarian defence industry in areas such as aircraft maintenance, transferring important know-how to the country that would help to sustain and create skilled jobs”, says Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and head of Saab business area Aeronautics.​

Earlier this year in June, the Bulgarian parliament had approved $1.9 billion for acquisition of fighter jets and armoured vehicles. In July, Bulgaria sent requests for proposals for supply of up to 16 new or used fighters to seven countries. Besides Sweden, the US and Italy have also responded to Bulgaria's request for proposal, offering F-16/F-18 and Eurofighter respectively.

A complete assessment of the offers will be done this month by a working group, post which ...

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Saab has proposed the South African Air Force (SAAF) to go for the MS20 upgrade for their Gripen fighters, reports the Engineering News.

“Gripen was developed with the concept of continuous upgrades – small upgrades every second or third year," says Mats Lundberg, Senior Marketing Executive, Saab.

In the last four years, the Swedish, Czech, and Hungarian Air Forces have successfully completed the MS20 upgrade to their Gripen fleet. The improvements that were a part of these upgrades ranged from enhanced air-to-ground capabilities to integration of systems like the targeting electro-optical pod Litening III.

"We are proposing that the other operators of the Gripen (South Africa and Thailand) also adopt the same standard," Lundberg said. "It makes it easier for us to support Gripen if all are to the same standard.”

But Lundberg added that the MS20 update can be customised. "A customer does not need to adopt the full range of capabilities offered under MS20, only those that they need," he says.

For South Africa, Saab plans to do a development study before preparing a SAAF-customised MS20 offer. It will be a two-three year programme which will involve the participation of South African defence industry.

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