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​Five lucky kids flew the Gripen simulator at the traditional Children's Day event hosted by the Royal Thai Air Force at Wing 6, Don Muang airport last Saturday. 

Saab was well represented, both on the ground and in the air. A Saab 340 AEW and an RTAF Gripen C were on static display while two RTAF Gripen from Wing 7 performed aerobatics, simulated air attacks and intercept situations in the blue skies over Don Muang.


A big crowd, mostly kids and parents, showed up as usual. This time, Saab and its Thai partner AVIA Satcom co-arranged a Q&A competition for kids at the Saab AVIA booth. Five lucky children won a ride in the Gripen flight simulator located at AVIA´s office at Don Muang. It was a great experience for them. 

Image Courtesy: AVIA Satcom​

“The interest in Gripen in the international market has increased a lot recently,” says Magnus Örnberg, Saab's Chief Financial Officer.

According to a report in the Swiss daily Affarsvarlden, Magnus Örnberg, at a recent Copenhagen seminar, said that large orders in 2013 and 2014 have made the Saab management team confident about achieving its long-term growth target.

Read the full story:Intresset för Gripen har ökat​

“Brazil’s decision to choose Gripen was the most important step in recent years towards the consolidation of defense industrial policy,” says Luis Nassif in a GGN article.

As per Saab’s proposal, the flight test program will be conducted by Embraer and other Brazilian companies enabling the country to participate directly in the development and testing of the aircraft.

The possibility of technological partnerships was a huge factor behind the air force’s inclination towards the Gripen right from the beginning, the report says .​

Read the full story: Os caças Gripen representam um salto na indústria de defesa

"It is an opportunity for Brazil to reduce its dependence on technology in the industry. The choice of Gripen is the basis for the development of a Brazilian supersonic military aircraft," says Professor Abdalla Alvaro Martins, School of Engineering of São Carlos-USP.

In an interview in Noticias, Professor Martins talks about the opportunities that come with the Gripen Brazil contract in terms of sharing technology and co-developing a fighter aircraft with Sweden.

 “More than technology transfer, it is important that Brazil could be a partner in the development of the aircraft. The Gripen NG is not quite ready. We can learn to design, modify and improve a combat aircraft.” Martins says.

Martins adds that depending on the agreement between Embraer and Saab, the partnership may result in benefits not only for military aviation, but also for civil aviation.

Another news report in Dinheiro​ also highlights that FAB’s agreement with Saab can put Brazil among the select group of countries that produce supersonic aircrafts.

The report adds that the Gripen contract is not restricted to just the import of aircraft but is much broader as it includes the development of Swedish - Brazilian military jets, which may even be sold to other countries.

The choice of Saab’s Gripen NG gives an impetus to the revival of the Brazilian defense industry, the report says.

Read the full story: Tecnologia de caça Gripen pode ser usada em jatos comerciais

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Brazil might become the primary production base for future Gripen E sales to South America and Africa, reports Defence News.

"Brazil has excellent relations with its neighbors in South America and with other developing countries. This is something we want to exploit. We see this as just the beginning of what promises to be a very fruitful industrial cooperation between Sweden and Brazil," says Lennart Sindahl, Head of Aeronautics Business Segment, Saab.

According to the report, the Ministry of Trade (MoT) in Sweden is already working on a proposal that would link large-sized industrial investments by some of Sweden’s biggest technology systems manufacturing companies to the sale contract.

"The industrial segment of the Gripen Offer to Brazil can be strengthened — and we will look at all ways to do this," says trade minister Ewa Björling.

Read the full story: Swedish Government Looks to Add Value to Gripen-E Sale Talks​

Varga_Hungarian Gripen Pilot.jpg“I always loved aerobatics, I like the low flying. I am not saying that I am the best, but if you want something with your heart and soul, you can do it,” says Gripen demonstration pilot Major Szabolcs Varga talking about his journey to Gripen cockpit.

“Aviation was my childhood love. My grandfather was into sports flying and he was friends with Tibor Onczay who served in the World War II as a military pilot. My childhood years were spent listening to the stories of these two pilots,” Major Varga says.

Talking about his beginning years, he says,” I was born in Borsod County which did not offer much opportunity to fly, but I had to do it. So I chose to pursue my aviation studies in Kossuth Lajos Secondary Technical School in Budapest which offered majors in aircraft mechanics. It provided a good foundation to me. “

Major Varga then cleared the entrance for Hungarian initial pilot training and began studying at the Szolnok Aviation Technical College. He flew various aircraft including Yak-52 and MiG-21. In 2007, Varga was sent to Sweden to practice his flying skills on Gripen. He spent four months there flying Gripen A/B as a part of the training. Starting 2008, Major Varga started flying Gripen C/D and has completed 500 flight hours on the aircraft ever since.

About the best feature of a Gripen maneuver, Major Varga says, “The tight turning radius makes a spectacular Gripen maneuver, especially in case of the  smoke trails demonstration ...

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The Hungarian Air Force Gripen will protect the airspace of Slovenia this year, reports XPatLoop.

Like Luxembourg, Iceland, and the Baltic States, Slovenia also does not have its own air policing capabilities. The country is provided surveillance by other NATO members. Prior to Hungary, Italy was assigned to provide air policing to Slovenia.

Besides, Slovenia, Hungarian Gripens will also join air control operations in the three Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia in 2015. 

If everything goes as planned, Hungary will have to relocate four Gripens and their crew to Lithuania from 2015 on without compromising its capabilities to defend its own air space, says the report.

Read the full story: Hungarian Gripens In Charge Of Nato Air Control Over Slovenia​

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Gripen has the world's most advanced military technology, says Muni Perez, a former Brazilian Air Force pilot in a report in

Perez first talks about Gripen’s fly-by-wire system which enables everything to be controlled by a computer. For example, if the pilot gives a command to turn an aircraft, it goes through a computer first which analyzes if the aircraft can move safely at that time without damaging its structure.

A Gripen cockpit boasts of various advanced features including HUD, HMDS, multifunction displays and HOTAS. An HUD (Heads Up Display) helps a pilot to concentrate on flying the aircraft without having to look down for information. An HMDS (Helmet Mounted Display System), on the other hand enables the pilot to get all the information on the helmet itself, making it easier to focus on the mission even while looking outside the cabin.

The report adds that Gripen is made to be network connected i.e. it is in constant contact with other aircraft, stations and units on land and ships, sending and receiving data from sensors, radar and imaging through the DataLink system.

“Technology is constantly evolving. Saab provides an access to the source code of the system which makes it possible to upgrade the aircraft according to Brazil’s needs, and at a cost much lower than competitors,” the report says.

Read the full story: Computador voador: conheça o Gripen, novo caça comprado pelo Brasil​

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Gripen Blog wishes its readers a very happy new year! 

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Defence and security company Saab has received steady state support contract for South African Gripen, says a Saab Press Release.​ The order has a total value of SEK 180 million over the years 2013-2016. The South African Air Force has been operating the Gripen fighter system since 2008 when the first Gripen was delivered. 

The operations of the Gripen fighter system in South Africa have previously been supported by Saab through short-term interim support contracts.The steady state support contract that is now signed between Saab and Armscor enables Saab to conduct support operations in a sustainable manner with a long-term horizon, with high efficiency and availability.

Through the steady state support contract, typical support services like engineering support, maintenance, repair and overhaul and spares replenishment will be carried out. The contract also includes technical publications amendment services. The total value of the contract is SEK 180 million over the years 2013-2016.​

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Frans Dely

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