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The new generation Gripen will be equipped with sensors that can detect low-radar-cross-section (RCS) targets, and will provide the pilots in a Gripen formation with a new level of situational awareness, says Bob Mason, Selex-ES marketing director for advanced sensors.

According to a report in the Aviation Week, Gripen E will have three Selex-ES sensors and a new identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system with three electronically steerable antenna arrays, which matches the radar's range and field of view.

Mason describes that the IRST is capable of detecting low-RCS targets at distances compatible with a beyond-visual-range missile launch.  Confirming that the Selex IRSTs have tracked low-RCS targets, he says, “We have seen them.” 

The report adds that Selex IRSTs have undergone a lot of changes, the most important one is the development of algorithms, based on operational experience and the analysis of real-world imagery, that look at IR signatures in detail, including variations of color and brightness within the target, in order to filter out false alarms caused by everything from birds to barbecue grills.

“The IRST can give the radar a very accurate azimuth and elevation to the target, which allows it to focus its energy and increase the probability of achieving detection and track on a low-RCS target,” Mason says.

Read the full story: Gripen Sensors Claim Counter-Stealth Performance

Read more about the AESA Radar here.

Gripen seems to be the talk of the town lately. There is a surge in interest in the new fighter aircraft from media as well as from potential customers around the world. Have you got the whole picture of how Gripen E is different from its earlier variants? If not, this is a good opportunity to get to know Gripen E.

Aviation Week wrote about the enhanced capabilities of the new generation Gripen as compared to Gripen C/D. Read the full report here.

Find out more interesting details about the all new Gripen E- The Fighter.

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Saab might hire 1,000 people over the next 20 years in the Swedish city of Linköping to manage the deliveries of the new Gripen E, reports Svenska Dagbladet.

According to the report, currently Saab has about 700 industrial workers who work with the Gripen. To meet the expected production increase, the company needs to double this number in the next two decades.

“Although a lot of development and manufacturing work would be done in the countries that we operate with, we still need more employees in Linköping.  It is really not usual that a company can create these many new manufacturing jobs in Sweden,” said Lars Ydreskog, Saab’s head of aerospace operations.

Read the full story: Saab anställer 1 000 personer​

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Csaba Hende, Defence Minister, Hungary announced last week that Croatia has asked Hungary to protect its airspace, reports

Csaba Hende said that this request is exceptional, and in the long term, will define the relationship between the two countries adding that the request has been made because Hungary has capable, fourth generation fighter aircraft. 

The Minister also informed that in 2015, the Hungarian air force Gripen will monitor airspaces of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for four months.

Read the full story:  Magyar Gripenek fogják védeni Horvátország légterét​

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For an untrainded eye, Gripen E might look similar to Gripen C externally, but a closer look at its detailed design says that it will have many enhanced capabilities and will beat the development and operational cost performance of the latter, says Flightglobal.

According to the report, Gripen E will not retain any of Gripen C/D’s airframe but will reuse parts of its fuel and air systems, plus its ejection seat, windshield, canopy and outer wing elevons.

Gripen E will have five through-fuselage, aluminium-lithium frames at the heart of its structure, which will support its airframe through to its inner-wing weapons pylons. Its tail section has been redesigned to accommodate the General Electric F414G-39E turbofan engine, and a new intake has been added at the base of the tail for a second environmental control system, which is needed to cool its Selex ES Raven ES-05 active electronically scanned array radar and electronic warfare equipment.

The Gripen’s air intake design has also been enlarged, and new landing gear installed. The latter includes a larger, single nose wheel and main gear which retracts into the wing, freeing fuselage space and enabling a 40% increase in internal fuel capacity. Two additional weapon stations have also been introduced beneath the fuselage.

Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics at Saab vouches for the Gripen E’s sensor configuration which includes the Selex Skyward-G infrared search and track (IRST) turret and an advanced interrogation friend-or-foe suite. 

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Gripen made a fly-by over Falun as an introduction to the men's 30 km skiathlon of the FIS World Cup Svenska Skidspelen on Sunday. Saab was the proud sponsor of FIS World Cup this year.

Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics is optimistic about Gripen's sale in various countries including Denmark, reports

“We are in discussions with Malaysia now and would soon submit a tender once Denmark requests for information,” Sindahl said.

“There is a huge replacement market out there. Besides the Lockheed Martin F-35, we are the only ones that have come up with a really new combat aircraft. This means that we have great export potential during 2014-2040,” he adds.

Read the full story: Stridsflygplanet Gripen siktar in sig på Danmark​

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Czech Republic has approved an agreement to lease 14 Gripen fighter aircraft until 2026, with an option of two years. For Saab, the approval also opens doors for potential new maintenance contracts.

A report in quotes Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister, Czech Republic saying,” Yes, the government has approved a contract amendment that extends the lease for another twelve-year period with an option for additional two years."

Sobotka also says that the new contract will have some amendments, part of which will be to increase Gripens' efficiency in attacking ground targets.

According to Martin Stropnicky, Defence Minister, Czech Republic, the aircraft will be modernized and the new contract will embed more services for the Czech Republic.

"The Czech Republic will keep its supersonic fighters. Its combat readiness will not decrease, but considerably increase," he adds.

Read the full story:Gripeny pohlídají české nebe dalších 14 let. Každý rok za 1,7 miliardy

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Saab plans to continue developing new systems to offer the existing Gripen operators options to enhance Gripen C/D's capabilities, reports IHS Jane's.  

"We will continue to develop systems, such as the PS-05/A radar, to improve capability and to satisfy future customer needs. The current international Gripen users will be operating the C/D long after Sweden has moved on to the Gripen E and we need to look after them," says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics at Saab.

According to the IHS Jane’s report, the Swedish Air Force will soon be upgrading its JAS 39 Gripen C/D fleet with the MS 20 block upgrade, which will be the last before the Gripen E begins to enter service from 2018. The upgradation process includes integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb; improved radar modes; a digital close air support capability; increased Link 16 connectivity; civil navigation enhancements; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection for the pilot; night-capable operations using the SPK 39 Modular Reconnaissance Pod II; and a ground collision avoidance system (GCAS).

Sindahl said that MS 20 was last planned for the Gripen C/D and the new Gripen E will be of MS 21 standard. Therefore, the additional Gripen C/D upgrades in future may be classified as MS 20++ or something like that.

Read the full report:  Saab to offer Gripen C/D upgrades, pushes exports​

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The yearly Gripen seminar will be held tomorrow in Stockholm. Saab has invited media, financial analysts and investors to attend the seminar.

Sweden has ordered a modification of 60 Gripen C to Gripen E with initial deliveries in 2018. Switzerland will hold a referendum 18th of May 2014 about procuring newly produced Gripen E. Brazil has chosen Saab with Gripen as preferred bidder in the FX-2 program.

The yearly Gripen seminar 2014 gives an update on the status of the program.

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