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Saab believes that the key to achieving efficiency lies in the way people are involved in the work process.

At the recently held Innovative Manufacturing Conference in Dübendorf ZH, Bengt Savén, Director Business Development at Saab Aeronautics talked about Gripen’s smart production process.

Bengt Savén said that it is very important to integrate new technology with human aspects at the work place. One needs to involve everyone in the everyday continuous improvement of both products and the work flow.

By intelligently engaging people in the development and production process, Saab succeeded in producing state-of-the-art military aircraft like the Gripen which is cost-efficient, both in procurement price and maintenance.

Read the full story:Excellent People Enable Excellent Production​

Gripen axalp.jpgThree Swedish Air Force Gripens are at the air base of Payerne to participate in the annual flight demonstration at Axalp on 9 and 10 October.

The Axalp air force live fire event is a perfect opportunity to experience the capabilities of the participating aircraft as the region with its high altitude and mountains provide a challenging environment. The height factor also gives the visitors a chance to get a spectacular view of the live action.

Saab is also organizing a photography contest where the entry with the best Gripen moment from the Axalp could feature in the Gripen calendar for 2014.

For more information about Gripen's participation in the exercise and the contest, please visit:Gripen at Axalp​​

Image Courtesy: Peter Liander

Gripen performed to an excited crowd at the NATO Days and Czech Air Force Days last month.

Even though the weather could have been better, the event was still attended by 145,000 people on Saturday and Sunday. According to the organizers, NATO Days are the most visited event lasting more than one day in the Czech Republic.

The most attractive of the eight-hour programme at the event included Gripen’s aerial display and its in-flight refueling with the Swedish C-130 Hercules tanker.​

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“The downturn in the US and Europe has been picked up by Asia,” says Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab AB, in an interview with the  FT’s Carola Hoyos.

Mr. Buskhe talked about the emerging markets that would provide most of the defence industry growth in future despite economic wobbles.

“There will always be a bumpy road for all the economies. However, Asia with more than 4 billion people out of the world’s total 7 billion has a great future going forward,” he says.

On being asked if the future belongs to the manned or unmanned technology, Buskhe says, “I believe the future lies in both. Sometimes the best sensors you can put into an aircraft is a man or a woman.”

“I don’t at all believe that you would find just unmanned aircraft across the globe in future. I think you need to develop them so that they can be optionally manned. The logistic platform to build a separate unmanned aircraft, to maintain it and to deploy it in action would be tremendous.”

Watch the video:  EM remain key for defence chief​​

ACE 13, the largest air exercise conducted in Europe this year came to an end last week, reports the  Swedish Air Force Blog.

According to Col. Frederick Bergman of the Swedish Air Force, the exercise proved to be a great platform for the all the participants to practice extensive flight operations and complex exercises under realistic conditions. 

Col. Bergman says that the Eagles’ performance in the exercise impressed the other participants. “From Monday, September 16 to our final flight session on 26th September afternoon, we had carried over 1,200 aircraft and had flown over 2,000 flight hours,” he says.

In an another  post​  in the Air Force Blog, Adam Nelson, chief of  171 combat aircraft division, says that during the morning sessions, the teams got the opportunity to conduct joint exercises with the divisions on Kallax as cross border training. 

“We carried out a session last Friday where two Jas 39 Gripen and two Typhoons from Kallax were at the red side and two JAS 39 Gripen and two F-18 from Rovaniemi were at the blue side. The air battle took place as MFFO (mixed fighter forces operations) where different types of aircraft are merged to interact directly,” Nelson describes.

Nelson adds that the exercise was conducted largely with the help of video conferencing which allowed them to plan, fly and evaluate together in a good way without hitting the pilots of the other bases, except in the air of course.

Over 2,000 participants from five ...

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The Sea Gripen generated a lot of interest at the recently concluded NAMEXPO 2013 held at Kochi, India. Tony Ogilvy, General Manager Aeronautics & International Head, Sea Gripen Program (SAAB) in his presentation on Sea Gripen, spoke about Saab’s plans for the development of the aircraft. 

Speaking at the fourth technical session on “Development of Advance Naval Aviation Systems and Sustainable Repair Support” on the second day of the NAM EXPO2013, Ogilvy made an extensive presentation on the upcoming Naval Version of the Gripen Fighter Aircraft. Ogilvy highlighted the importance of it’s small size and its operational versatility from both CATOBAR and STOBAR Carriers.

Ogilvy emphasized the requirement of “active partners” for the development of Sea Gripen.

Gripen presented a powerful performance at the AIRPOWER 13 in Austria this year. 

The theme of the exercise which was held at Fliegerhorst Hinterstoisser in Zeltweg on June 28 and 29, 2013 was "sovereignty and solidarity".

Over 20 nations participated in the event, showcasing about 200 aircraft at the Hinterstoisser Air Base.

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“SAAF must get Beyond Visual Range (BVR) capability in order to be a superior air force in its continent,” says Lieutenant Colonel Musa ‘Midnite’ Mbhokota, Officer Commanding 2 Squadron at AFB Makhado.

A news report in  Defence Web  quoted Mbhokota saying that if the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as a region and South Africa as a country wish to be taken seriously on the continent, a BVR capability must be introduced for the SA Air Force’s Gripen C/D fighters.

BVR capability comes from highly integrated weapons system, new generation AESA radars and advanced data link systems. Infra Read Search and Track (IRST), Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) and advanced BVR missiles guarantee superior close combat performance.

“Exercise Lion Effort in Sweden had proved that if you don’t have a BVR missile in a BVR environment, you are no factor,” Mbhokota says.

Read the full story:  SAAF must get BVR capability to be relevant on the African continent​

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According to Saab, there is an increased interest for Gripen E in regions including Asia, where Thailand already operates a version of the jet, Europe, South America and sub-Saharan Africa, reports  Bloomberg.

Saab says that this interest is concurrent with the order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development of Gripen E and the beginning of the assembly of the system.

“The business opportunities seem to be quite promising,” Saab Chief Executive Officer Hakan Buskhe said in the statement. 

“The rising interest for Gripen reflects the long-term analysis of the market for Gripen E as the most cost-efficient and modern state of the art multirole fighter jet system,” he adds.

Read the full story:  Saab Lifts Gripen Combat Jet Market Outlook on Emerging Markets​


Fredrik Süsskind is greeted on his arrival to Wing 7. Image: Sukasom Hiranphan​


Wing 7 Commander, Group Captain Manat Chuanprayoon welcome Fredrik Süsskind (to the left) and his fellow pilot. Image: Sukasom Hiranphan​

Two swedish ferry pilots and one Thai pilot, all happy about the Gripen delivery to air Wing 7. Image: Sukasom Hiranphan​

Mj Fredrik Süsskind is a Gripen Project Test Pilot with FMV. He is also a Gripen ferry flight pilot, who has twice delivered new Gripen aircraft to the Royal Thai Air Force, the latest this September. Gripenblogs asked Fredrik about the long haul ferry flights from his perspective.

How did you prepare for the ferry flight?

The planning started directly after the last delivery in April this year. We were supported by the SwAF who assisted us in all parts during the planning phase.

Was this your first ferry flight?

Personally this was my second ferry flight to Thailand. 3 out of the 5 pilots had previously participated in ferry flights to Thailand.

For how long do you fly each leg? Do you bring any special equipment or rations with you, kept in the cockpit, for the different parts of the ferry flight?

The legs varied between 2h 40minutes down to 1h 15minutes. The most challenging thing during this season is the weather (thunderstorms), heat and possible dehydration. We need to drink a lot in order to stay focused. Once you close the canopy the temperature goes sky high so you really need the air conditioning that the A/C provides on ...

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