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Jan-Ola Nordh, a Gripen Instructor at second division F7, beat a Swedish gliding record on May 4, reports forsvarsmakten.

Jan-Ola flew across a predetermined path with three break points, covering a distance of over 100 miles.

Besides making a gliding record, Jan-Ola also flew 38 hours, covering a distance of 350 miles. The first weekend in May offered suitable weather conditions with ample sunshine and cold wind.

Jan-Ola has previously flown AJS37 Viggen at F6 Karlsborg and F10 Ängelholm and will, along with others, represent Sweden at the World Championships in Finland.

Read the full story: Gripenpilot slog svenskt segelflygrekord

Image Courtesy: Pamela Persson

Further to the decisions by the Swiss Parliament in 2013 to procure 22 Gripen E, a national referendum was held yesterday in Switzerland on the funding law for Gripen. The result was ‘no’ which means that the Gripen E procurement process in Switzerland stops. For Saab, the Gripen E programme continues according to plan, with development and production of 60 Gripen E for Sweden ongoing and deliveries scheduled for 2018.

Read the full story: Result In Swiss Referendum Announced​

The defence and security company Saab welcomes the signing of a new Gripen lease agreement between the governments of the Czech Republic and Sweden. According to the contract, signed on Friday, the Czech Republic will continue to operate 14 Gripen C/D another 12 years, until at least 2027. The partnership is a contract between two governments, where Saab acts as a sub-contractor to FMV, who provides the aircraft. No order is placed on Saab yet.

“With this agreement, the Czech Republic is taking a long-term strategic decision to continue operating Gripen and ensuring the continued development of its national capability. This is further proof of the confidence in Gripen, and its defence capacity,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Saab's business area Aeronautics.

Read the full story here.

​With its balanced design, Gripen has an equally great a capacity to perform fighter, attack and reconnaissance missions. Fighter actions are against airborne targets such as aircraft, helicopters and drones. Attack missions are against land and sea targets. Reconnaissance missions gather information on specific geographic areas.

Low radar detectability is important, for instance, for combat aircraft developed with only attack capabilities - which most often means that customers pay in the form of lower acceleration power and manoeuvrability. Gripen is a true multi-role fighter aircraft in the sense that the pilot can switch between fighter, attack and reconnaissance when the plane is in the air. This can be compared with early multi-role fighters, when pilots had to determine the type of mission the plane would be performing before taking off.​

​​"Everything is designed and tested in the computer. This helps us know what to do and how to do. It gives us the confidence that we work with the right things and we know we are on track without any surprises," says Matti Olsson, Head of Strategic & Business Development Production at Saab.

Having a large amount of information in the aircraft computer is of no use if it is too hard for the pilot to understand. In Gripen, a great deal of effort is focused on presenting the situation clearly and understandably, ensuring that the Gripen pilot always has superior situational awareness. 

The information is presented in an advanced fully digital cockpit layout with three large colour, Multi-Functional Displays (MFD) and in the head-up display (HUD). The information from all sensors are displayed in order to get the pilot an easy to understand overview of all available information to help him to take the right decisions. 

This combine with a Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) command, giving direct access to all needed functions (fly command and system command), the pilot can perform his work with a superior combat advantage.

Sensor Fusion and presentation summing up:

  •  Information from all systems and sensors are melted together into one single picture
  •  An easy to understand picture is presented to the pilot through
  •  Colour displays
  •  Helmet mounted displays
  •  Clear and unambiguous symbolic

​Last month, a Brazilian delegation flew to Sweden to meet Swedish leaders and Saab and to have a look at the Gripen factory in Linköping. Here are a few snapshots from the visit.

Image Courtesy: Ministry of Defence / Jorge Cardoso​

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"With employees from virtually every part of Saab involved in the Gripen E project, the production of the new aircraft is fully underway, reports Defence Talk.

More than 30 major development suppliers have signed agreements with Saab to collaborate on the Gripen E development process.

“When it comes to the suppliers we work with, we expect them to believe in the project and so they must be prepared to make their own investments,” says Lars-Erik Svedlund, Programme Manager for Gripen E, adding that he is pleasantly surprised by the response. 

“It is great to know that only a few countries and companies in the world are capable of doing what we are doing right now,” says Svedlund.

Read the full story: Gripen E Production Is Fully Under Way​

Gripen E’s customer value lies in the system’s unparalleled operational combat capacity, its balanced design and the fact that the aircraft is built for information sharing. 

Information sharing refers to Gripen pilots’ access to information, gathered and analysed within their own group, giving pilots on the ground access to the same information as their airborne colleagues have. 

Information sharing is an element of the ”information war” – determining where the enemy is while avoiding detection yourself. An increasing number of the world’s air forces have realised that having an information advantage is actually more important than having maximum speed and manoeuvrability. Sweden has a 40-year tradition of developing inter-aircraft information sharing – experience that is gathered in the Gripen E.

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Gripen E has a highly advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) system. The EW system can function as a passive sensor, working like a Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) indicating if a radar is looking at you or MAWS (Missile Approach Warning System) indicating the approach of an missile. In an active mode the EW system can also actively jam the enemy radars, making the fighter disappear from radar screens or appearing in another location.

Coupled to the countermeasure such as chaff and flares the EW system can enhance the survivability.

Electronic warfare summing up

  •   Highly advanced integrated EW suite
  •   360 degrees coverage
  •   Can be passive or active
  •   Can be used for electronic attacks, jamming other radars
  •   Warning for incoming missiles
  •   Warning for radar looking at you

Read more: Gripen E Features At A Glance ​​

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