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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​

Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab announced a commitment to build an aerostructure plant in São Bernardo do Campo if Gripen wins the Brazil’s FX2 competition, reports the  Airpower blog.

Mr. Buskhe announced this commitment after his meeting with Mr. Luiz Marinho, Mayor of São Bernardo do Campo at the 50th Paris Air Show recently.

"I am very happy with the position of Saab in reaffirming its future investments in São Bernardo do Campo," said Mayor Luiz Marinho.

Read the full story:Saab may build aerostructures plant in São Bernardo​

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Gripen E’s demonstration-phase work using a modified D-model trainer has advanced into its fifth phase of activity, with the aircraft now flying with a digital head-up display, new infrared search and track sensor and Selex ES-05 Raven AESA array installed, says a news report in  Flightglobal.

The report highlights that Saab recently cut metal on the first of its three dedicated test examples of the Gripen E and also flew a production-standard active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the first time in its current two-seat demonstrator.

"We have done the first flights in Phase 5, and this aircraft is doing a really great job in development," Saab's head of aeronautics Lennart Sindahl said. "We are well ahead, with all of the [Gripen E] systems now in the air. I feel very confident in relation to the risk on this programme."

Deliveries of Gripen E are scheduled to start in 2018. Sweden has given the commitment to buy 60 Gripen NG and Switzerland is in the advanced phase of approving a 22 aircraft deal.

Read the full story:  PARIS: Saab cuts metal on first Gripen E test aircraft​​

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A successful Swiss Gripen deal would mean a business of over two billion francs for the local economy of Bern, says a news report in Bernerzeitung.

The offset agreements will benefit not just the defence industry. Niels Fischer, Industrial Cooperation Saab Gripen Switzerland, explains that there will also be contracts for companies in the mechanical, metal, clock-making and automotive industries, aviation and information technology. 

According to the report, if Switzerland purchases the Gripen E fighters, offset agreements amounting to 100 per cent of the contract value for the Gripen fighters would be delivered. At the moment, this means these agreements will be valued at over two billion Swiss francs. 

“Till now, 100 firms have agreed to offset partnerships, 75 per cent of which are SMEs and 15 per cent are located in Western Switzerland,” Fischer adds.

Read the full story:Berner Wirtschaft hofft auf Gegengeschäfte​

​“We have a very flexible, smart product and this, in combination with the cost efficiency, seems to fit hand in glove with the budget restraints that we can see basically all over the world at this time,” Eddy De La Motte, Head of Gripen Export, said during the Paris Air Show 2013 on being asked about the reason for the huge interest in Gripen.

Talking about the markets Saab is looking at, Eddy says that Gripen has a strong hold in Europe, including aircraft in service in Sweden, Hungary, Czech Republic. Saab is looking at Denmark, Netherlands, Croatia, Asia and Latin America. He added that Saab is working hard for the Brazil campaign and has the best offer in terms of the product, industrial participation and price.

“I believe we are looking at a very bright future. My goal has always been to sell 300 Gripen aircraft in the export market and I am convinced we are going to do this,” he says.

Sweden is about to start a new round of airborne firings with the MBDA Meteor missile to support the weapon's final integration with Gripen C/D, reports IHS Jane's

According to the report, these airborne firings are part of the capabilities clearance plan for the Gripen development package MS20.

The development work for the MS20 should be completed in 2014 and the first modernized aircraft is scheduled to enter into service in Sweden in late 2014 or early 2015. 

These test firings will be conducted by the Gripen test 39-7 in the test field Vidsel, Sweden. Two missile launches will be conducted by Saab this month and three more will be scheduled for next year.

Read the full story:  Saab advances Meteor missile trials with Gripen​

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"The Czech Gripen Offset Programme is certainly among the most successful industrial cooperation programmes that Saab has executed,” Jerry Sigfeldt, Vice President Saab Industrial Cooperation, said while announcing the publication of the Czech Gripen Offset Programme annual performance report for the year ending December 31 2012.

According to the report, the Czech Gripen Offset Programme has delivered 27.4 billion CZK to the Czech Republic as of December 31 2012.

The report highlights that 107 per cent of total offset obligation (130 per cent of the Gripen fighter lease contract value) has been delivered to the Czech Republic. In total, there were 49 registered Gripen offset transactions till December 2012.

“The Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic has approved the 2012 Annual Report for the Gripen Offset Programme. As of December 31 2012 the total percentage of fulfillment amounts to 107 per cent of the obligation. The Programme runs to our satisfaction and in accordance with the terms of the Offset Agreement," said Brigadier General Pavel Bulant, Director of the Armaments Office at the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic.

The Czech Gripen Offset Programme runs from June 14 2004 to December 31 2014.

Read the full story:  Gripen Offset Programme delivers 27.4 billion CZK to the Czech Republic​

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At Paris Air Show 2013, Saab announced that it is working on an unmanned version of Gripen to keep the program viable for another 30 years, reports  Bloomberg.

"The concept would follow the development of the Gripen E, an upgraded model of the jet Saab is developing for the Swedish and Swiss air forces," Saab CEO Hakan Buskhe said.

The Bloomberg report says that the emergence of increasingly sophisticated air defenses is driving military planners around the world to explore greater use of unmanned planes to mitigate risk to personnel. Describing the concept, Hakan Buskhe, in his presentation at the Paris Air Show 2013 said that customers can acquire a fleet of aircraft that can operate both manned and unmanned as per the need; the dull and dangerous tasks can be remotely piloted. It would be an optionally manned version and hence a more cost effective solution. 

In an interview with  Ny Teknik, Eddy De La Motte, Head of Gripen Export says, “There was a huge amount of interest and we got a lot of questions about the new concept.” 

Read the full story:  

Saab Working on Unmanned Gripen to Keep Combat Jet Competitive

"Valfritt flyga Gripen med - eller utan pilot"​

You can watch the webcast of the Gripen briefing by Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab at the Paris Air Show 2013:  Breaking The Thought Barrier​

Hungarian Gripens were recently sent to participate in Adriatic Strike 2013, a five day long military exercise in Slovenia, reports honvedelem

The exercise focussed on Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) which refers to a soldier who operates a special system and is constantly in touch with the staff of the nearby combat aircraft, providing them with information for attacking a target. 

“In practice, this means that the land based force and the air force have to work towards the same end.  JTAC is the link that supports this”, says Brigadier General Albert Sáfár.

Besides Hungary, soldiers from Slovenia, America, France, Croatia, Montenegrin, Italy and Austria also participated in the exercise.

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