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The Brazilian government today announced the selection of Gripen NG. The announcement today will be followed by negotiations with the Brazilian Air Force aiming at a procurement of 36 Gripen NG, says a Saab Press Release​

​The offer presented to the Brazilian Government by Saab includes Gripen NG, sub-systems for Gripen NG, an extensive technology transfer package, a financing package as well as long term bi-lateral collaboration between the Brazilian and Swedish Governments.

The announcement today will be followed by negotiations with the Brazilian Air Force aiming at a procurement of 36 Gripen NG. After finalized negotiations an agreement can be reached between Saab and Brazil and an order for Gripen NG placed.

”I am extremely proud of the confidence that the Brazilian government has placed in Gripen NG. Saab regards the announcement today as a strong commitment of the Brazilian Government and we are looking forward to provide the Brazilian Air Force with the world-leading and most affordable fighter. Furthermore, this announcement is very significant for the collaboration between Brazil and Sweden. We stand prepared to start the industrial collaboration as planned, with its positive effects for Brazilian industry”, says Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe.

If Brazil procures the Gripen system it will be joining the countries operating the Gripen System today: Sweden, South Africa, Hungary, Czech Republic, Thailand and the UK Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS). Switzerland has also selected Gripen as a future fighter jet. During August and September 2013 both chambers of the Swiss Parliament ...

The Gripen Handbook​ lists the most important features of Gripen E, the most cost-efficient and modern state-of-the-art multirole fighter jet system:

1. New avionics concept:  safety critical and mission functions are separated from each other. This allows mission functions to be upgraded rapidly without having to re-test safety critical functions. In addition, modularisation enables integration of customer programmes and software. Extensive growth potential in computer capacity. Using off the shelf components from third party suppliers reduces the risk of the system becoming obsolete, and ensures costs are kept low.

2. Additional internal fuel tanks: increases range, gives the ability to remain in the air for longer, and allows the aircraft to carry more external weapons and stores.

3.  Air-air refueling probe.

4. A wider and longer body with the landing gear placed further out:allows the aircraft to carry more stores under the fuselage. Enhances air-to-air combat in particular.

5. Human-machine interface:  gives the pilot extremely good situation awareness, and also helps in analyzing the tactical situation and the possible lines of action, thereby supporting the pilot’s decision making.

6. Ten external hardpoints: for carrying air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons, additional fuel tanks, surveillance pods and targeting pods.

7. Powerful engine– General Electric’s F414G: the same as used by the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

8. Latest generation Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system produced by Selex Galileo: with an upgraded ability to follow different targets, it provides a higher range and angle coverage and is more resistant ...

An exclusive webcast by SVD​ gives aviation enthusiasts and Gripen fans an opportunity to experience a flight in Gripen with just a click of a mouse. The half an hour webcast has been filmed using the pilot's helmet camera.

Recently, Group Captain Sarit Wuttirapol, Commander Wing 7, Surat Thani, handed out diplomas to two Gripen and four SAAB 340 AEW and SAAB 340 pilots at the air base as they completed their training to become regular pilots in their respective squadrons, 701 and 702.

The Sultan and the head of state of Brunei Darussalam, Hassanal Bolkiah launched the event with much fanfare.

RTAF Gripen participated at the BRIDEX 2013, the 4th Brunei Darussalam International Defence Exhibition and Conference last week, held at Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam.

BRIDEX 2013 is a major defence & security event in South East Asia and it serves as a marketplace to showcase the latest, innovative and value-enhancing technology solutions in land, sea, air and security systems.

The event was held from 2nd to 6th December 2013.

Photos Courtesy:  Rasht Ratana​

​Tina Thorner, a professional co-driver and a businesswoman fulfills her dream of flying a fighter aircraft. 

"My life became complete this week! I got to fly the Swedish Air Force and Saab’s pride: JAS 39 Gripen! What an aircraft! It showed me that one should never give up on their dreams," she says.

“I could actually fly the plane myself. I did a roll, I did a loop, I crossed the sound barrier and I was up there for an hour, not feeling ill, nothing and I just loved every second of it,” Thorner says.​

​Elisra, Elbit’s wholly-owned subsidiary has been selected by Saab for the integration and delivery of its Passive Airborne Warning System (PAWS-2) onboard the Gripen fighter, reports ASD News.

According to the Elbit Systems subsidiary, PAWS-2 was selected after a comprehensive in-depth evaluation and testing of the system (including a comparative live fire test) in various scenarios.

PAWS-2 is an IR based combat-proven Missile Warning Systems designed to strengthen tactical aircraft safety and survivability. It provides warning to aircrew in the presence of hostile missiles and automatically activates onboard countermeasures such as flares, DIRCM, etc.

Read the full story: Elbit to Provide EW Systems for Gripen Fighter System

Sindahl2.jpg"If you go back to 1950s, what was important was how fast you could fly an aircraft and how well you could control a combat situation. But that is not enough for today,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics, at a Saab presentation on Innovation on the occasion of Nobel Week in New Delhi, India.

Sindahl, in his speech explained how aircraft designing and manufacturing process have undergone a change in the last few decades.

“Situational awareness is extremely important in a combat situation now. You need to have a very good view of the environment around you. So consequently the sensors have become very important.”

“We have been working since the early 1980s on the Gripen system. And we are now contracted by the Swedish government to develop the third generation of Gripen. We started working in the 1980s, building a very Swedish Gripen. Then we saw an opportunity to export the fighter aircraft, and we knew we needed to develop a new version of Gripen. Technology was going forward, customer’s needs were going forward and that is why we started working on Gripen C/D,” Sindahl says.

Sindahl adds that when a system is designed, it should be designed for many years and hence one needs to be very flexible with weapon integration, surveillance system etc.

“In the 1950s when you designed an aircraft, you could say that five per cent of the design would be useless soon as technology was growing very quickly. ...

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“An extension of the Gripen lease seems to be the best option for the Czech Republic,” says the recently elected president of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, Jan Hamáček.

According to a news report in the Czech online, John Hamáček assures that in case they manage to form a government led by the Social Democrats, they would probably extend the Gripen lease after knowing all the details of the Swedish offer.

“Social democracy promotes long-term preservation of supersonic aircraft, so that the Czech Republic is able to provide adequate protection to its airspace. Currently, the Swedish Gripen lease renewal appears not only as the most economical, but also as the best option from the perspective of military-technical skills,” Hamáček says.

Read the full story: Gripeny se jeví jako nejlepší řešení, říká šéf Sněmovny Hamáček​

Sweden has decided to contribute a squadron of Gripen fighter jets and a mine-sweeping ship to NATO Rapid Reaction Force (NRF), reports The Local.

In 2014, around 120 Swedish service personnel will join the NRF. An additional eight Gripen fighters and  an amphibious unit will be sent by 2015.

The initial contribution of eight planes and the minesweeper will be a part of the NRF's reserve forces. "This means that they will be available for deployment as part of the NRF reserve force during this period. They will be in Sweden, but they will be ready for duty," Sweden's Defence Minister Karin Enström told the TT news agency.

The NRF is made up of land, air, naval and Special Forces units committed by NATO nations for a twelve-month period. Partner countries can contribute to the NRF once their participation has been approved by the North Atlantic Council and the forces designated meet the required NATO standards.

Read the full story: Swedish Fighter jets to Join Nato Response Force​

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