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Visitors at theRoyal International Air Tattoo (RIAT)​ are in for some spectacular aerial displays this year as Gripens from the Swedish and Hungarian Air Force are all set to perform at the event. 

Gripens from 1 Sqn, 59 Tac Wing of the Hungarian Air Force along with Swedish Air Force's Gripens would take to the skies as part of this summer's thrilling seven-hour flying display.

Held annually each July at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, the Royal International Air Tattoo, billed as the world's largest military airshow, has gained the well-earned reputation as one of the UK's top outdoor family events. The Royal International Air Tattoo will be staged at RAF Fairford over the weekend of 20 and 21 July 2013.

With over 250+ aircraft participating each year, upwards of 130,000 visitors and support from the Royal Air Force and some of the world's leading aerospace companies, the Royal International Air Tattoo is among the world's largest military airshows.

This year's Royal International Air Tattoo goes with the theme of 'Celebration of Aviation Excellence'.

Read more about the participation of Gripen at RIAT´s website. ​​


"I take control of the Gripen on the runway. Fredrik lets me. There is also the pedals to press the left and right. "Now give it gas... And now you draw the stick slowly to you. I feel the bird takes off. At a breakneck speed... "Very well done.How do you feel? "" Good. Wow!"

Schweizer Illustrierte​​ editor Yvonne Zurbrügg's flight in the Gripen with pilot Fredrik Müchler in Linköping is captured in her report "Was für ein Vogel!" Zurbrügg talks about the experience of flying in the Gripen and her experience when she had the controls of the aircraft.​​

​When Saab presented its ‘optionally manned’ concept at the Paris air Show this year, it meant much more than the well known concept of a typical pilotless aircraft. It aimed to deliver an aircraft with multiple solutions at an economical price. 

In his presentation at the Air Show, Hakan Buskhe highlights the challenges that Europe faces and how they can be overcome by focusing on developing cutting edge technology while keeping a check on the cost.

According to the presentation, there is an increased demand for European competitiveness in the world market and the governments are paying a lot of money to buy and maintain defence material.

Hence there is an increased need for multifunctionality; for using the same platform for different tasks, using technology developed for defence for civil applications and to be able to use them in a much broader perspective.

Talking about the optionally manned concept, Hakan Buskhe says, “We believe that the logistical footprint would be too high if we build a completely different system just because it is unmanned.” 

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“When money is shrinking, when things are getting tougher around the world, we feel that the interest in Saab is increasing because we deliver more for less,” says Hakan Buskhe, CEO, Saab at the Paris air Show this year.

Read the full presentation  here​.


Hakan Buskhe, CEO of Saab AB is confident about the offset deals with Swiss industry members and believes that deals with about 40 companies will be finalized by the end of the year, reports Swiss daily  bernerzeitung.

On being asked about the offsets Saab has already placed, Buskhe says, “For us it is extraordinary that we have already completed ten percent of compensation transactions even before the contract.  I expect that by the end of the year, deals with 40 companies would be finalized with an order volume of well over 300 million francs.”

Talking about the "optionally manned" Gripen concept presented by Saab at the Paris Air Show, Buskhe says that Saab intends to develop an aircraft that offers several options.

“There will always be a need for manned aircraft that can see the enemy or intruder directly and respond directly. But I see the future in an aircraft that can fly both manned and equipped with drones. 

Saab is working on this development, because this is our philosophy. We do not want to make different planes for different tasks but let Gripen offer several options,” he says.

Read the full story:  Wir bieten Ihnen lediglich einen sehr guten Kampfjet an​

Philippine Air Force pilots have set their hearts on the Jas 39 Gripen, says a news report in manilastandardtoday.

According to the report, a random interview conducted by the Philippines News Agency last week indicated that Air Force pilots prefer the Gripen to other fighter planes because of its low cost and effective weapons.

For a long time now, discussions over modernizing the Philippine Air Force (PAF) have been taking place. According toGlobal Nation Inquirer​, PAF plans to acquire new planes in two years to upgrade its air force.

The report quoted Defense Secretary of Philippines Voltaire Gazmin saying, “Attack aircraft, lead-in fighter-trainers, attack helicopters and light and medium transport aircraft are all expected to be delivered within two years.”

Saab offered to sell Gripen to Philippine Air Force (PAF) recently at the annual Air Force symposium held at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Read the full story:  Pilots eye Gripen fighter jet​

Air Force Inspector, Major General Micael Bydén of the Swedish Air Force recently visited Saab’s production unit at Linköping to gain a deeper insight into the ongoing development of the new generation Gripen, reports  forsvarsmakten

During his visit, Micael Bydén flew the Gripen test aircraft 39-7 with Gripen Pilot Captain Johan Jeppsson to demonstrate the performance difference between the Gripen E and the Gripen C/D.

As compared to a Gripen C/D, the Gripen E’s performance differs in speed and acceleration, and the ability to super cruise; thanks to the more powerful engine in Gripen E which provides almost 25% extra thrust. The Gripen E has been designed to meet the Armed Forces' future fighter requirements i.e. a higher survivability in a complex threat environment and increased endurance and load capacity, the report says.

Read the full story:  FVI flyger nästa generation av JAS 39 Gripen​

Image Courtesy: Kustvik, Saab


​More than 1,000 people at Saab have started working on the development and production of the new Gripen E in Linköping. 

The front fuselage of the pre-production test aircraft 39-8, which is the largest and most time consuming part of the airframe, will be the first to be constructed.

“What we are experiencing now is a leap in technology for Saab and the global aeronautical industry as we can see the latest and most modern fighter being constructed using the latest processes, methods and tools. This allows us to bring forward an even more capable fighter at an even more favorable life cycle cost,” says Lennart Sindahl, Head of Business Area Aeronautics at Saab.

“Following years of R&D investments in aeronautical design, we can offer unique opportunities for transfer of knowledge and technology by inviting customer countries’ industries into the work on Gripen E. The Gripen E programme will also continue to drive technological development as well as the creation of jobs, both in Sweden and in other countries,” he adds.​

Read the full story:Saab Starts Assemble Of First Pre Production Gripen E​

Saab’s Gripen is a ’remarkable’ aircraft," says respected analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group, in an interview with Defense News TV, where he discusses the outlook for the world fighter market.

Talking about the front runners and the strong contenders in the current global defence market, Richard Aboulafia said, "Gripen will do better than it is doing because it is really well priced. It is a remarkable aircraft in its price range.”

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One of the Czech Gripens participating at the NATO Tiger Meet 2013, the largest military exercise in Europe this year, was given a new look with bright colors. 

The NATO Tiger Meet took place between 17 and 28 June in Norway this year. The Czech Gripen pilots who participated in the exercise practiced a variety of realistic missions under challenging scenarios.

"Every day we performed two air exercises. During the morning we practiced team combat missions focusing on the use of all the means we have against an opponent. This implied that we were all divided into two teams and each team had its predetermined combat scenario operations to manage," explained Commander 211 Tactical Squadron Lt. Col. Jaroslav Mika, who flew the JAS 39 Gripen at the exercise.

Photo Courtesy:Army of Czech Republic Website​

In cooperation with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), defence and security company Saab has successfully conducted the first test firing of the version of the Meteor radar-controlled air-to-air missile, developed for mass production. Gripen is thus the first combat fighter system in the world with the capability to fire this version of the Meteor, which has been developed for Gripen, Eurofighter and Rafale.

At the end of June, the first two Meteor missiles in mass production configuration were fired for the first time from Gripen at a remote-controlled target. The test firing demonstrated separation from the aircraft and the link function between the aircraft and missile, as well as the missile's ability to lock in on the target. The test firing was also used to verify the command support that has been developed for the pilot.

“Testing has been completed as planned and we've now taken yet another important step in work with integration and development of Gripen C/D,” says Michael Östergren, FMV's project manager for the Meteor. “I'm impressed with the results that we've jointly accomplished and it instills considerable confidence in continued work with integrating the Meteor on Gripen.”

Read the full story:  Gripen First To Fire Meteor Missile​

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