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Technology transfer was an important criterion in the FX2 so that the new fighter aircraft could be assembled in Brazil itself giving a push to the local defense industry.

According to a report in G1 News, Defence Minister Celso Amorim says,"There is an effective arrangement for technology transfer."

Wall Street Journal quoted Lennart Sindahl, head of Saab's aeronautics business segment saying, "The plane will roll out from a Brazilian factory."

"There will be a supply chain in Brazil," he adds.

G1 News also quoted former trade unionist, now mayor, José Pimentel saying, “It is a great new window of opportunity for the Brazilian industry because when you talk about fighter aircraft production, it involves the entire supply chain that can be involved, including a set of companies in the automotive sector, which may turn out to be defense industry suppliers.”

Read the full story: CEO da Saab diz que empresa está preparada para colaboração industrial

New Gripen Fighter to Be Built at Brazil-Based Plant, Saab Executive Says

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, FMV to integrate MBDA's Meteor missile system on Gripen E fighter aircraft, reports UPI.

"The additional order secures the implementation of integration of the weapon system Meteor for Gripen E," said Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab's Gripen product unit. "It also confirms Gripen's position as the leading fighter system with a flexible design that offers great possibilities to integrate new capabilities."

The Meteor programme sees the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden joining together to provide access to technology and expertise across Europe. MBDA is the Prime Contractor.

The order is worth almost $29.3 million.

Read the full story: Saab to integrate Meteor missiles onto Gripen E fighters

Hungarian Gripen pilots completed 10,000 flight hours recently and to mark the occasion, an event was organized with the Hungarian Minister of Defence Casaba Hende as the honorary guest.

A news report in Mix Online quoted Hende saying,"Gripen is a great system for our defence force as it multiplies its capabilities."

Addressing everyone at the event, Hende also added that Gripen gives better services while reducing the financial burden to half. 

"It was a good decision to choose Gripen," Hende said.

Read the full story: Hende: jó döntés volt a Gripen választása​

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The decision to choose Gripen NG for Brazil was made after analyzing all the facts, says Brazil's Defense Minister Celso Amorim.

"The choice as we all know was made after much study and careful consideration, and we took into account performance, effective transfer of technology and cost; not only the acquisition cost, but maintenance cost as well. The choice was based on the best balance of these three factors," says Amorim.

According to a news report in​, the Defence Minister also informed that the next step will be the contract negotiation which would take another 10 to 12 months and the transfer of resources to the Swedish company will only be made after that.

The fighter aircraft procurement program to replace the existing fleet for the Brazilian Air Force Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) has faced a series of delays and has taken more than a decade. The program started in 2001 and was suspended in 2003. In May 2008, FAB announced that it has restarted the program shortlisting three aircraft: Rafale, F-18 Super Hornet and Gripen NG. These candidates then submitted their proposals to the government of Brazil and on 18 December 2013, Brazil's Defense Minister Celso Amorim announced that Gripen will replace the fleet of Mirage 2000.

Read the full story: Governo anuncia compra de 36 caças suecos Gripen por US$ 4,5 bilhões

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Saab has, within the framework of a previously signed agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for Gripen E, received a serial production order amounting to SEK16, 4 billion for operations during 2013-2026. The order includes modification of 60 Gripen C to Gripen E for Sweden with initial deliveries in 2018.

FMV has today placed an order for modification of 60 Gripen C to Gripen E with initial deliveries in 2018. This is the third order under the agreement with FMV for Gripen E that was made public on 15 February 2013. Other orders within the agreement are as follows:

  • Development of Gripen E to Sweden during 2013-2023 – orders received on 15 February and on 22 March 2013.
  • Mission-specific equipment and support and maintenance for Gripen E to Sweden, and;
  • ​Delivery of 22 new Gripen E, and related equipment to Switzerland, if Switzerland decides to acquire Gripen E. During August and September 2013 both chambers of the Swiss Parliament voted yes to the procurement of Gripen E and a referendum on the procurement is expected in 2014.

Read the full story: Saab Receives Serial Production Order For Gripen E To Sweden​

Image Courtesy: Stefan Kalm

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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​

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