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Sweden and Czech Republic will connect their simulation centers for training Gripen fighter pilots, reports

Last month, bilateral consultations between the Czech and Sweden’s Ministries of Defence were held in Stockholm and Linköping. The objective of the consultations was to assess specific projects in order to expand the existing cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense. The central theme of the existing cooperation between the two countries is Gripen.

According to Department of Defense, Czech Republic, the first new major training events will link simulation centers in the Czech Republic and Sweden in the second half of this year. 

There is a gradual increase in the number of countries using the Gripen and the extensive skills and experience of the Czech party with these aircraft," informs the Ministry.

Read the full story: ČR a Švédsko propojí své simulátory pro výcvik pilotů gripenů​

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Gripen could well be the future of air combat, says Bill Sweetman in an Aviation Week report.

If “fifth-generation” means more than “the ultimate driving machine,” a sixth generation will emerge. Saab can argue that the JAS 39E Gripen, rather than some of the wildly expensive-looking artist's concepts we have seen, is the first such aircraft, says the report.

In aerospace, the lead in materials and manufacturing has gone to the commercial side. Fighter aircraft are expensive to design and build, regardless of the smartest engineering.

“Gripen NG has been designed with these issues in mind and hence it may earn the generation 6 tag. Software comes first: The new hardware runs Mission System 21 software, the latest roughly biennial release in the series that started with the JAS 39A/B,” says Bill Sweetman.

Also, Sweden's ability to develop its own state-of-the-art fighters has long depended on blending home-grown and imported technology. Many parts of the new generation Gripen have been brought from outside Sweden. The JAS 39E engine is from the U.S., the radar from Britain and the infra-red search and track system is from Italy. Much of the airframe may be built in Brazil.

Sweetman adds that what should qualify the Gripen NG for a “sixth generation” tag is what suits it most for a post-Cold War environment. The requirements were deliberately constrained because the JAS 39E is intended to cost less to develop, build and operate than the JAS 39C, despite doing almost everything better.

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According to a news report, Czech Republic's Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky says that the Czech Air Force is ready to send planes including Gripen to protect the airspace near Ukraine if it is asked.

"It is not that we would offer something in advance. We are just ready at our level so that if we are asked, we have the capacity to deliver," said Stropnický.

Czech Gripen pilots have been involved in protecting the airspace over the Baltic States before. Later this year, they will also be sent to Iceland to participate in a similar, focused mission, adds the report.

Read the full story:  Česko může poslat gripeny na ochranu nebe na východě

Production of the new Gripen is done primarily in Linköping and work is already in full swing. Test flights, where critical subsystems and their interoperability are tested to minimise risk, are already well underway. First delivery is planned for 2018. As previously reported, development is proceeding according to plan and contracts have been signed with all major subcontractors.

One of our engineers tells her story.

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.

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