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International aerospace and defence technology company RUAG has been selected by Saab to develop and produce payload mountings for the Gripen E military jet, reports UPI.

According to the report, the order from Saab consists of four work packages, which include the design of the mountings, their development up to series production and the creation of prototypes for three Gripen E test aircraft.

 “This is another step to build long term business relations with Swiss industry in the Gripen programme” says Lennart Sindahl Deputy CEO of Saab. “We are in the process to contract even more parts of Gripen E in Switzerland in order to strengthen the collaboration between the countries in the programme.”

Read the full story: RUAG making payload mountings for Gripen fighters

Saab Awards Major Gripen Contract to Switzerland

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Saab will participate in the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA 2014​) which will be held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between 14 and 17 April. Gripen will be one of the main Saab products to be showcased there.

The event is being hosted, supported and co-organised by the Malaysian Government and is being held after two years. 26,980 trade visitors from 58 countries were a part of DSA 2012.

Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference is one of the top 5 defence shows in the world.

To know more about Saab’s participation at the event, click here.

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The Swedish Armed Forces has sent extra air defence to Gotland last week in response to a large-scale Russian training exercise being carried out in the Baltic Sea, reports The Local.

"Due to the increased air operations in the area, and especially as a result of the Russian training exercise going on, we have decided to base parts of our regular incident response team on Gotland," Göran Mårtensson at the Armed Forces (Försvarsmaktens) said in a statement.

"By doing this we are increasing our capacity to monitor the skies, which is completely normal during major training exercises."

Read the full story:  Sweden sends jets after Russian move

​Gripen is very user friendly. The pilot gets to see the information that he wants to see during the course of flight. It is easy to fly and the technology it has is futuristic,” Sudhir Varma, Vice President, Air Systems, Saab India says.

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"The government decided to follow the technical advice of the Brazilian Air Force," said FAB commander Lieutenant Brigadier Juniti Saito, describing the factors that led to Gripen’s selection by Brazil.

In an interview with IHS Jane’s, Brig Saito mentioned that there was a team of aviators, engineers, area maintenance personnel, and project management specialists working on the project for years, examining all the options and came to the conclusion that the Gripen was the best technical aircraft for the FAB. 

He added that technology transfer played a vital role in the decision.

"We were also influenced by Saab's willingness to include us in the development of the Gripen project. Overall we took into account performance, effective transfer of technology and cost; not just the acquisition costs but maintenance costs as well. The choice was based on the best balance of these three factors," Brig Saito said.

"The advantage is the Gripen is a work in progress," Brig Saito said. "The plan is that Brazil will develop 40% of the aircraft's components. The FAB will play a key role in co-ordinating the transfer of essential skills between Saab and the Brazilian companies that participate in the project. We will be responsible for verifying that technology is shared and ensuring domestic industries are able to absorb and meet the requirements laid down in the contracts.

Read the full story here.

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Athletes from Czech Republic were accompanied by Gripen on their way back from Sochi in Russia, reports Lidovky.cz.

"One of the tasks for which pilots have to be trained and prepared within the framework of fair space protection is escorting of aircraft. The JAS-39 Gripen aircraft were fulfilling this task also during the Sunday flight when they joined the military Airbus A-319 aircraft which by coincidence carried Czech Olympians on board," said general staff´s spokesperson Jana Růžičková.

Minister of Defence Martin Stropnický welcomed the sportsmen upon their arrival at Prague Kbely military airport.

Read the full story: České sportovce doprovázely ze Soči gripeny. Cvičilydoprovod letadla​

The Swedish Air Force Gripen were busy during  the  Iceland Air Meet 2014. Here are a few photos of Gripen getting ready for another mission in the sky over Iceland. 

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Colt-21-linedup-685x385.jpgAt runway, all set for take-off

Colt-21-enroute-685x385.jpgHeading for the CAP (Combat Air Patrol) station over the Atlantic

IAM2014-formation-685x385.jpgA 3-ship formation with a Gripen as the leader

Image Courtesy: Swedish Armed Forces, 212 Fighter Squadron

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“We took the lead last year with some of our aircraft passing 1,400 hours of flying time”, says major Jaroslav Tomaňa (38), commander of Czech Republic Air Force 211. taktické letky (tactical squadron) in an interview with AIRheads↑FLY

“We are at the forefront of JAS 39 C/D Gripen operations. In 2015 we will celebrate ten years of flying this aircraft. So far, the Čáslav Gripens have spent 16,840 hours in the air in total.”

As AIRheads↑FLY interviews one of the pilots, it is early morning and just outside the squadron building, preparations for the first sorties of the day have already started. Usually during this time of year, an old, truck with L-29 Delfin engine is used to clear the runway of ice. Now it is used for clearing the apron of Sahara sand.

The 211 squadron consists of 127 professionals, including 17 qualified Gripen pilots. Five Czech Gripen pilots are stationed elsewhere e.g. with the general staff in Prague. 211′s mission is to protect the airspace of the Czech Republic and its NATO allies. 

Read the full story: AHF↑Inside: The Czech Prize Fighter

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Recently, aviation magazine AFM took a closer look at the history of Gripen and the factors that keep it ready to meet the future challenges. AFM paid a visit to the Saab development facility in Linköping and talked to Björn Johansson, the chief engineer on the Gripen E/F project about the technology that goes into the development of the new generation aircraft.

According to Björn, when the SwAF looked at potential future threats, it came up with a list of requirements for a new aircraft, including the need for extended range; increased weapons payload and more hardpoints; a MIL-STD 1760E Class 2 weapon pylon interface and further adaptation to modern standards; an upgraded sensor suite with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar; improved communication and fighter link including satellite communications (SATCOM); an improved EW capability; a quick software-update capability; and a low life-cycle cost.

“The first thing we did was to find an engine that could do the job. It had to be powerful enough, cost effective, and reliable and fit in our existing airframe with reasonable modifications. We basically had two choices – the GE F414-400 or a modified RM 12. The choice fell on the F414, an existing and well proven engine (2.5 million-plus hours) with many of the safety features that were required on the RM 12 already implemented in the basic design. It has more thrust and approximately the same built-in centre of gravity [CoG] as the RM 12 in a similarly sized package. Some initial modifications were made to adapt it ...

Buskhe300.jpgThis interview was written by Mario Sabino and published on Veja Magazine (Yellow Pages), February 2014.

Hakan Buskhe, CEO of Saab, the company that sold the Gripen jets to Brazil, explains how education and the need to do more with less are key to the success of his company and his country.

Anyone arriving at Saab's offices in Stockholm, located on one floor of a small building without doormen, is shocked by the frugal atmosphere at what is one of the most cutting-edge companies in the armaments industry with almost 15,000 employees and which beat the Americans and the French to win a contract to supply Brazil with 36 fighter Jets – the Gripen NG, for Next Generation – at a cost of $4.5 billion. However, according to the 50-year-old company CEO Hakan Buskhe, it is this philosophy of simplicity which is behind Sweden's success. Before another trip to Brazil last week to meet with the commander of the Air Force and the minister of Science, Technology and Information, he granted us the following interview.

In 2009, when former President Lula announced that the government had chosen French jets to rebuild the Brazilian Air Force, what was the reaction like at Saab? 

I hadn't joined the company yet, I arrived in 2010, but I heard that Saab executives and employees felt that the announcement by Brazil's former president came like a bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky. It was totally unexpected, given their strong relationship with ...

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