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Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics is optimistic about Gripen's sale in various countries including Denmark, reports

“We are in discussions with Malaysia now and would soon submit a tender once Denmark requests for information,” Sindahl said.

“There is a huge replacement market out there. Besides the Lockheed Martin F-35, we are the only ones that have come up with a really new combat aircraft. This means that we have great export potential during 2014-2040,” he adds.

Read the full story: Stridsflygplanet Gripen siktar in sig på Danmark​

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Czech Republic has approved an agreement to lease 14 Gripen fighter aircraft until 2026, with an option of two years. For Saab, the approval also opens doors for potential new maintenance contracts.

A report in quotes Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister, Czech Republic saying,” Yes, the government has approved a contract amendment that extends the lease for another twelve-year period with an option for additional two years."

Sobotka also says that the new contract will have some amendments, part of which will be to increase Gripens' efficiency in attacking ground targets.

According to Martin Stropnicky, Defence Minister, Czech Republic, the aircraft will be modernized and the new contract will embed more services for the Czech Republic.

"The Czech Republic will keep its supersonic fighters. Its combat readiness will not decrease, but considerably increase," he adds.

Read the full story:Gripeny pohlídají české nebe dalších 14 let. Každý rok za 1,7 miliardy

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Saab plans to continue developing new systems to offer the existing Gripen operators options to enhance Gripen C/D's capabilities, reports IHS Jane's.  

"We will continue to develop systems, such as the PS-05/A radar, to improve capability and to satisfy future customer needs. The current international Gripen users will be operating the C/D long after Sweden has moved on to the Gripen E and we need to look after them," says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics at Saab.

According to the IHS Jane’s report, the Swedish Air Force will soon be upgrading its JAS 39 Gripen C/D fleet with the MS 20 block upgrade, which will be the last before the Gripen E begins to enter service from 2018. The upgradation process includes integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb; improved radar modes; a digital close air support capability; increased Link 16 connectivity; civil navigation enhancements; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection for the pilot; night-capable operations using the SPK 39 Modular Reconnaissance Pod II; and a ground collision avoidance system (GCAS).

Sindahl said that MS 20 was last planned for the Gripen C/D and the new Gripen E will be of MS 21 standard. Therefore, the additional Gripen C/D upgrades in future may be classified as MS 20++ or something like that.

Read the full report:  Saab to offer Gripen C/D upgrades, pushes exports​

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The yearly Gripen seminar will be held tomorrow in Stockholm. Saab has invited media, financial analysts and investors to attend the seminar.

Sweden has ordered a modification of 60 Gripen C to Gripen E with initial deliveries in 2018. Switzerland will hold a referendum 18th of May 2014 about procuring newly produced Gripen E. Brazil has chosen Saab with Gripen as preferred bidder in the FX-2 program.

The yearly Gripen seminar 2014 gives an update on the status of the program.

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Brazil Air Force commander, Brigadier Juniti Saito announced on Thursday that Brazil will borrow 10 to 12 aircraft from Sweden till the Gripen NG are delivered in future, reports

"Sweden has offered to loan these aircraft to Brazil, which should arrive in the first half of 2016. We need 10 to 12 aircraft to meet FAB’s demands. It is important to remember that although the Gripen NG would arrive in 2018, we can structure a squadron from 2019 and 2020. So we were going to fulfill our need with these Gripen C/D, "said Brig. Saito during a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

On being asked if the Brazilian pilots were trained to operate the Gripen C/D, Brig. Saito said that pilots will not have trouble. It is not like one can pick up and leave. One needs to do a course to be able to fly the aircraft, but the training will not last more than a year.

Read the full story: Suécia vai emprestar caças até novo Gripen chegar, diz FAB​​

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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

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.

"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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