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In order to explain why Gripen is the smart fighter system, let us present what a modern multirole-fighter need to perform. A fighter mission can be compared to large scale chess games, where the fighter allows you to get the right situation awareness in order to communicate the right information to take the adequate decision. The same analogy to chess games applies regardless if the mission to perform is air-to-air, reconnaissance or air-to-ground.  In all the case the fighter needs the following:




Information is obtained by the usage of the sensors and the possibility to communicate with other units, the fighter is integrated in a network of communications.

The performance of the fighter allows the aircraft to have the right movement dependent on the situation provided to him from its own sensors or other sensors from other units (land, sea or air).

In order to participate in an active role in the check game a modern multi role fighter needs to be a balanced design between, performance, sensors, communication, weapons carriage, countermeasure, stealth and cost among other criteria.  Cost has always been a design parameter and Saab’s engineers are asked to maximise performance at a given cost, not just to maximise performance freely.

The Gripen E fighter is equipped with the latest available technics in those keys areas, such as:

Selex ES-05 Raven AESA radar

Selex Skyward G IRST sensor

Electronic warfare system MFS-EW

The Hungarian government has announced it would allocate 2.8 billion forints to prepare the Gripen unit for close air support, reports

The ministry’s ten-year army development concept aims at “developing the operational capability of the armed forces’ most modern arms system,” said a Defence Ministry statement.

“By ensuring the allocation for close air support, the government will considerably improve the armed forces’ defence capabilities within a short period of time, and at the same time demonstrate Hungary’s commitment towards its Visegrad Four partners (Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)," the statement says.

Read the full story: Govt allocates HUF 2.8 billion to prepare Gripen fleet for close air support​

NATO is impressed with Hungarian Air Force Gripen pilots, and has deemed Hungary’s airspace control as “excellent,” reports The BudapestTimes.

According to the Hungarian Defence Ministry, a team of NATO officials conducted an unscheduled inspection of emergency airspace control operations, testing the vigilance of control staff and the entire emergency security system.

The Hungarian Gripen fighters carried out an interception mission in real time and the NATO officials were satisfied with the performance of Hungarian personnel and the quality of tasks performed, noted Defence Ministry.

Read the full story: NATO high praise after spot check of airspace control​

When it comes to surveillance, Gripen really excels. During “Operation Unified Protector” in Libya, a group of Gripen fighters equipped with Saab’s Reconnaissance Pods collected top-class hi-res imagery and real-time information for the operation’s Command, resulting in decision superiority that no other aircraft active in the operation even came close to delivering.

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Czech Republic has offered four Gripen and 300 soldiers to strengthen the defense of the NATO member countries in response to the crisis in Ukraine, reports NSZ Online.

“If NATO requests us, we have four Gripen fighters ready to be sent for the protection of the Baltic airspace or the Polish-Ukrainian border. We also have 300 soldiers for NATO's rapid reaction units, said Martin Stropnický, the Minister of Defence, Czech Republic.

Czech Republic has been on a mission to protect the Baltic airspace in 2009 and 2012 as well. In 2012, a group of over 60 trained personnel were sent for Baltic air policing as a part of which the Czech Gripen pilots did 15 QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) take-offs, so called A-Scrambles within the total of 326 flight hours during 298 flights.

Read the full story: Ukrán válság - Csehország vadászgépeket és katonákat küld

Sometimes we all take the simple things in life, like our Monday morning routine, for granted. But when you think of it, a boring Monday morning could mean everything is as it should be. Normal. Safe.

In today’s complex and turbulent world, Saab is constantly working to anticipate and respond, to keep you and your society safe. All week long. Our way of thinking protects your way of life.

Actor in this movie is Jakob, a Gripen pilot at Saab. In his world, a boring Monday morning means that the world is doing all right, it’s safe. He makes it his job to keep these mornings rituals the way they are, and he just so happens do it at 1000 miles per hour.​

One reason that the development of the Gripen E is proceeding according to plan is the use of ”model-based development”. This methodology was secured through the development of the Neuron unmanned aircraft, among other things, and is now used in all technical areas for the Gripen E project. 

With model-based development (MBD), Saab has expanded its virtual development to enable greater reuse of data models. This translates into shorter lead times. All software and hardware development is done with the help of computerized models, meaning that updates are made extremely quickly. 

Fewer test flights are needed with this type of development, as much verification can be conducted in simulators rather than in the air. Any problems with the models are detected at an early stage and changes can be made to the models rather than at a later stage during test flights. 

Simply put, things are more correct from the start, which improves development efficiency.

Some examples of the benefits of using MBD in hardware development (regarding structure and it’s effects on production): 

• Higher quality of parts (assembly verification done using simulators etc.) 

• Assembly work instruction is more user friendly  

• Reduced lead time for changes

The joy of skiing meets the thrill of flying amidst snow clad mountains.

Skier Torgny Mogren and Gripen indulge in a contest of strength with each other as they head for Falun where the World Ski Championships 2015 will be held.

The Championships will have participation from the best athletes in the world in the Nordic disciplines of cross-country, ski-jumping and Nordic combined.

The event will be held from February 18 to March 1 2015.​

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Saab has offered a competitive and cost-effective Gripen C lease deal to Malaysia, reports Free Malaysia Today.

“The leasing deal between Saab and the Malaysian government will include the transfer of technology, which will be capable of adapting our open technology to integrate with the existing systems,” said Thomas Linden, vice-president and head of Saab Malaysia, at the recently concluded DSA exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

According to an IHS Jane’s​ report, the programme looks increasingly likely to progress as a lease or a lease-to-purchase deal.

Last year, RMAF chief General Rodzali Daud indicated a strong possibility of the MRCA requirement transforming from a purchase deal to a lease deal due to lack of available funding, the report says.

According to Linden, this is not a new idea as Hungary and Czech Republic are already operating on similar lease agreements with Saab.

The other shortlisted aircraft may include Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, Sukhoi’s SU-35E Flanker, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Boeing F/A-18EF Super Hornet.

Read the full strory: M’sia offered Saab fighter jets deal

MRCA candidates outline leasing options for Malaysia​

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