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Last week, five South African Air Force Gripen fighter jets and five Hawk trainer fighter jets flew over Polokwane in a joint flypast, leaving the crowd impressed, reports IOL News.

The flight was a part of a SAAF’s air capability demonstration event which was held at the Roodewal Weapons Range near Polokwane.

The demonstration also included dropping supplies for troops in hostile areas, rescue operation of a drowned helicopter team and reconnaissance trips.

The stars of the demonstration were the Hawks and Gripens, in a mock battle with an “enemy” Hawk pitted against two “home team” Gripens, says the report.

Read the full story:  Hawks, Gripens thrill Polokwane crowds​

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The Gripen E currently being developed by Saab is only about half Swedish, reports Svenska Dagbladet.

Companies based in countries like United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Switzerland manufacture many important components of the aircraft. One of the most important contributions outside Sweden comes from US’ General Electric that provides Gripen E's engine.

But the basic elements of the entire system development, design, a large portion of the sensors, avionics and composition of the aircraft is made in Sweden, reports

According to the report, about 1,500 people in total are working on the Gripen E, mostly in Linköping and also in other Swedish cities like Jönköping, Göteborg, Arboga and Trollhättan.

Read the full story:  Drygt hälften svenskt när nya Gripen byggs

Image: Stefan Kalm​

SvD's Thomas Augustsson got an insight into the life of a fighter aircraft when he recently got an opportunity to fly the Gripen.

Augustsson says that he was really impressed with Gripen’s response to the smallest movements or change.

“The aircraft reacts to the slightest movements and I am so surprised that such a strong and fast aircraft controls such small movements,” he says.

According to Augustsson, flying the plane is not the hardest thing do. The challenge is to manage the huge flow of information which the pilot must use when something happens.

As test pilot Robin Norlander flew the plane upside down, Augustsson was relieved that he followed the instructions and didn’t have a breakfast that day.

Talking about how Augustsson felt after flying the Gripen, he says that it is not easy to give a short answer to this question. “Besides the light dizziness I feel after getting off the plane, I am surprised by the enormous power and the sudden maneuvers that one can do with this aircraft,” he says.

"Would I like to do it again? Absolutely! I would love to skip a breakfast for this," Augustsson adds.

Read the full story:”Ät ingen frukost den här dagen”​

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Approximately 1,500 engineering students from different parts of Latin America were present at the 1st day of the SAE Aerodesign Brazil competition, that took place in Sao Jose dos Campos, and Gripen was present as  one of the main sponsors. The students had the opportunity to know more about Saab and especially about Gripen NG.

The SAE Aero Design project is a challenge for engineering students with the main objective of facilitating an exchange of technical knowledge between future Aeronautical Engineering professionals through practical applications amongst the competitor teams. The competition has three categories with the winner of each category going forward to participate in the International phase.​

235px-COA_of_Brazilian_Air_Force.svg.pngTo celebrate Aviator and Brazilian Air Force Day, on October 23rd,  Saab Gripen took part in the "Aviator’s Ball", an annual gala event hosted by the Brazilian Air Force in Brasilia.

In addition to attending the ball, Saab Gripen also placed greeting advertisements in all major Brazilian newspapers in  honour of  those “that fly and help make Brazil fly”.​

Picture 1.jpgThe unique actual size model has dimensions 8,5x14 meters and was borrowed from Sweden, because the actual Gripen wouldn't fit into the narrow streets of Hradčany quarter.
Picture 3.jpgDefence against air attacks was represented by Saab´s portable anti-aircraft missile system RBS-70

Czech Army is celebrating 20 years since its inception and for this occasion, an unprecedented military technology presentation has been prepared right at the Hradčanské square in front of the Prague Castle. The biggest attraction of the exhibition was the actual size JAS-39 Gripen model. 

During the weekend, the Czech Army displayed weapons, ammunition and combat equipment, including a unique exposition of actual size model of JAS-39 Gripen. It was an exact copy of the original,1.5 tonne model, was made of wood and plastic and was four times lighter than the real fighter. The only thing that was missing was the detailed technology inside the aircraft. This model was manufactured for events such as the one at Hradčany, where the conditions don’t allow using the real fighter.

“We are commemorating 20 years since the establishment of the independent Czech army. It is an ideal opportunity to show how much the army has changed in all these years,” said Vlastimil Picek, Czech Defence minister. He added that it was a unique experience to see Gripen fighter or Pandur transporter right in the centre of Prague.

"Technical development is constantly moving forward and in case of military equipment and weapons that is doubly true. The visitors will clearly see how the military has undergone a big change in the last two decades," said Petr Pavel, Chief of General Staff.

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A Danish delegation led by Minister of Defence Nicolai Wammen met FXM recently to know more about the Gripen and its production process, reports Defence Aerospace

FXM is responsible for the Gripen agreements that Sweden has with Hungary, the Czech Republic and Thailand. 

Earlier this year, the Danish Ministry of Defence decided to reopen the type selection process for new fighter aircraft, which was suspended in mid 2010. According to the Danish Ministry of Defence, the reopened procurement involves four alternatives – F-18 Super Hornet from Boeing, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from Lockheed Martin, Gripen Next Generation from Saab and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Denmark has set up a procurement office to evaluate the aviation system that suits best to the country.

Read the full story:  Denmark’s Defence Minister in Sweden to Look at the JAS 39 Gripen

Saab will participate in Defense and Security 2013​, Asia's most important military event next month. Gripen would be one of the main air domain products on display at the event.

Defense and Security 2013 is an event that covers land, air and sea military equipment, defense technology and internal security. The event is based on four concepts: static display, technical and special seminars, live demonstrations and networking. 

Saab will be participating in full strength at Defense & Security 2013 at Hall 8, Stands H01-08 and G01-08 at IMPACT Convention and Exhibition Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. This is the tenth anniversary show of Defence & Security 2013.

For Saab, Asia Pacific is a key market with large growth and partnership potential. The company is looking forward to significantly enhance its presence in order to participate in opportunities across the region. Saab recently inaugurated its Asia pacific office in Bangkok. 

Defense and Security 2013 will be organized in Bangkok between November  4-7, 2013.

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"I have flown about 40 different fighters and none of them obey me as precisely as Gripen," says Richard Ljungberg, chief test pilot at Saab talking about the advantages of the multi-role aircraft.

Ljungberg has flown all versions of Gripen, from A to D through to the latest two-seater Gripen F Demonstrator in his 16 years of test pilot career.

Ljungberg explains that flying a mission is different from just flying a plane. A mission needs training and more concentration.  “Gripen is so responsive and easy to fly, the pilot can concentrate fully on performing the mission,” he says.

“Gripen is like skiing with carving skis while flying any other aircraft is like skiing with the old traditional downhill skis.” 

Read the full story here.​

Image Courtesy: Swiss Air Force

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“Despite being a complex project with cultural differences and long distances, we can confirm that the RTAF Gripen project was successful,” says Per Nilsson who has led the Gripen RTAF project at FMV, on behalf of the Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM).

In an FMV​ report, Nilsson talks about journey, the challenges and the learning from the successful completion of the project.

Nilsson says that even though FMV had had the experience of Gripen export projects to Hungary and the Czech Republic, Thailand was a new ball game altogether.

“We were not really prepared for the cultural differences. A clear example is the way we work with delegated personal responsibility. In Thailand, it is very much about collective responsibility and working in committees,” Nilsson elaborates.

"Over the next year, the project's entire focus is to deliver the support that the Thai Air Force has purchased from FMV via FXM," concludes Nilsson..

Read the full story:Gripen Thailand - från leveranser till underhållsavtal 

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