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One of the most famous aerial display pilots, Captain Ivo Kardoš, presented a terrific performance for the visitors at the Bucharest International Air Show 2018 in Romania.This year, BIAS commemorated 100 years of the Romanian Air Force. The airshow was held on 28 July.​


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The pace at which technology has changed over the last few decades, and continues to do so, has been impressive to say the least. The computers, processors, and electronics of tomorrow are going to be even better and faster. This means any product - no matter how advanced it is - being developed today will have some or a lot of catching up to do every now and then.

For new age fighters, upgradability will be the key. It is for this very reason that Gripen E has been developed with future progress in mind. “The future pilot will need the ability to continuously upgrade the hardware and software and not get stuck in old functionality; this is of increasing importance,” says Saab’s Wing Commander Flying and Gripen test pilot Hans Einerth.

So, how does Saab build a system that is ready for tomorrow, a fighter that will have an edge in an uncertain future?

The answer is 'Split Avionics'. Separating flight critical and mission critical means a less complicated system that allows for easy modifications. Here is how it works at so many levels. 

Gripen avionics system separates 10% of core flight critical management codebase from 90% of tactical management code. This results in avionics that are hardware agnostic, leaving the tactical management to be integrated with new features without the need to re-certify the flight critical software.

Saab’s Avionic Management System (AMS) for Gripen is the first truly open architecture avionics platform. Conscious decoupling ...

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For the first time ever, Hungarian Air Force Gripen and Royal Air Force Typhoons trained together by participating in the exercise Flying Sword. 

The objective of Flying Sword, which was held at the Kecskemet Air Base Air Base between 30 July and 3 August, was to develop and enhance the operational effectiveness of Hungarian Gripen fighters, with the aid of several practice and training missions conducted with RAF Typhoons.

The air forces jointly planned and implemented several NATO operations and drills, with a goal to increase the combat readiness of the airplanes, especially from an interoperational perspective. 

Though the Hungarian Air Force and the Royal Air Force have participated in joint training exercises before as well, it was the first time the RAF Typhoons and HuAF Gripen fighters trained together. The two fighters conducted both visual combat and beyond visual range missions on all days of the exercise.

“While the Typhoon is a twin-engine plane and Gripen is comparatively smaller in size, the two fighters performed seamlessly during the training drills,” said Csaba Ugrik, Brigadier General and Base Commander at MH 59. Dezső Szentgyörgyi Air Base.

According to RAF Squadron Leader Ellis Williams, Flying Sword was a great opportunity to learn from each other's experiences.

“We work on the same rules and tactics, so to operate with a different nation is quite comforting. It is exciting to train with different fighters, and different group of people. But ultimately, we are all growing, we ...

When you are tasked with building the best avionics computer platform for Gripen, you will face technical challenges every day. Saab system engineer Diana talks about how she works around these challenges and what is it like to work at Saab.

"I use my analytical and pedagogical skills to solve these challenges," Diana says.

Diana has worked in the telecom industry for the past 10 years, and is primarily assigned with the task of building the computer avionics platform for Gripen. According to Diana, this platform will offer real time properties that the Gripen control and steering system needs, and will also make it easy to develop advanced applications to fulfill aircraft missions. 

On being asked about the taskforce behind the big task, Diana says, "There are around 60 people involved in the APS (Avionics Platform Software) project. The functions of the people range from systems engineers to designers and testers, and the specialties and backgrounds are from computer engineers, to mathematicians, physicists and mechanical engineers."

Read the full interview here.

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Two Gripen fighters participated in this year's first photo shoot by the Czech Air Force. The aerial photoshoot took place around the 21st Tactical Air Force Base in Caslav. The pictures were shot from a C-295 CASA transport aircraft that flew from 24th Base in Kbely. 

A couple of subsonic battleships viz. L-159s were also photographed during the same session. The annual photography session is part of the normal training exercise of the Czech Defence Forces. 

Read full story here.

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​Sweden has been experiencing one of the hottest summers in a long time due to which wildfires have become a common phenomenon all throughout the Arctic circle. 

To control one such forest fire which had spread near the military range in the country, Swedish emergency management authorities took Gripen's help to drop a single 500-pound class GBU 12 bomb. The strong air pressure from the explosion can help extinguish the blaze just like a puff of air can blow out a candle. 

The Gripen fighters flew 3000m above ground, and with high precision, the pilots targeted the front of the line of the fire where they dropped the bomb. Once they hit the target, the 500 pound explosives managed to extinguish the flames. 

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Passing through 

Who needs an airstrip when a public road can do the job? Gripen is tailor-made for short take off and landings like this example from exercise Aurora 17, Sweden.

Photo: Per Kustvik

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Saab will intensify its flight trials once it has the two new Gripen E prototypes ready, reports Jane's. The ever evolving aircraft is now set to get two new prototypes, according to Saab’s head of Aeronautics, Jonas Hjelm.

Last year, the first prototype of the Gripen, dubbed 39-8, was revealed. That is soon to be followed up by the 39-9 and 39-10. Both these prototypes have already left the production line at Linkoping, and are currently undergoing verification ahead of their first flights, which is scheduled for 2019.

Jonas Hjelm outlined the necessity for the new prototypes – the 39-9 will be a testbed for the tactical systems, whereas the 39-10 is being designed to be the first production-standard airframe. “The avionics in 39-9 and 39-10 are almost completely different from 39-8, and this shows that our development concept for the aircraft works,” said Hjelm. Incidentally, the 39-7, which was the Gripen demonstrator, is continuing to serve as a test platform throughout the flight trials.

Read full story here.

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Magnus Lewis-Olsson, President at Saab Market Area Europe, chatted at length with Vago Muradian of Defense & Aerospace Report about Gripen E flight tests, weapon integration and technology sharing at the recently held Farnborough International Airshow.

Lewis-Olsson revealed that flight testing for Gripen E is on schedule, and Saab is pushing hard to meet its timelines. Prototype aircraft JAS 39-9 and 39-10 are expected to see the light of day early next year, and with every test the aircraft is getting closer to the operational aircraft. The focus during testing in near future will be on avionics and cockpit.

One of the key elements of the Gripen E is the open architecture of the aircraft – which allows Saab to compartmentalize the flight safety control systems in a bid to increase efficiency. This process is helpful not only because it increases mission safety, but it also extends more control to the users of the aircraft, helping them ‘own’ it as per their requirements. 

Talking about weapon integration, Magnus Lewis-Olsson also outlined the huge impact that the missile Meteor has had on the functionality and prowess of Gripen. The RBS-15 – ‘Gungnir’ was yet another projectile weapon on display, a pioneer of the anti-ship missile contingent. The Gripen on display was loaded to full capacity, with different weapons, to showcase the fighter’s excellent weapons integration capability.

Watch the full interview here​.

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Saab is developing the RBS15 Mk4, the next generation, air-launched variant of RBS15 anti-ship missile for Gripen. Dubbed as RBS15 Gungnir, the developmental missile system was unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show 2018 recently.

The RBS15 Gungnir will also be integrated into Swedish Navy’s Visby-class corvettes, but Gripen E is the priority.

“Everything is driven by the Gripen program,” said Michael Höglund, Vice President and Head of Marketing and Sales for missiles systems at Saab Dynamics.

Currently, Sweden is operating RBS15F, a 1980s version of this weapon which will soon become obsolete owing to a discontinuation of its maintenance support. Hence the development of RBS15 Gungnir is a priority for Saab.

The name Gungnir is from Scandinavian mythology and refers to the Norse god Odin’s spear which never missed its target. With the new configurations, this version of RBS15 will have an extended range and anti-jam capabilities. Not just that, it will be able to travel just above sea level and therefore avoid detection.

“RBS15 Gungnir is offered in both air-launched and surface-launched configurations that offer greatly improved capabilities, compared to other missile systems on the market. With an improved range to more than 300 km and highly advanced target seeker, it gives the capability to engage any target, in all conditions,” says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab Business Area Dynamics.

Saab was contracted by FMV in 2017 to deliver RBS15 Gungnir. Saab aims to deliver the missile by ...

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