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The Thai cabinet approved a 3.29 billion Baht budget for the Royal Thai Navy last year to modernise its frigate HTMS Naruesuan´s computer systems and enable it to link up with RTAF Gripens, writes Bangkok Post

The electronic communication systems on the twin frigates “Naresuan -Taksin’ will allow communication between the frigates and Thailand’s JAS-39 Gripens. Early in 2012, the navy had also installed a similar electronic communication system on Royal Narubes vessel to connect with the Gripen’s advanced early warning system, according to
Check out also the video Over The Horizon Legends of Air Power on You Tube on Royal Thai Air Force.​

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Saab presented a successful show at Farnborough 2012 where it unveiled the SELEX Galileo Raven AESA Radar and the new Saab 340 MSA (Maritime Security Aircraft)

Gripen air displays, flown by Saab test pilot Fredrik Muchler, was a daily highlight at the show apart from the Gripen NG which stamped its authority as the best in class multi-role fighter under development.

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The active SELEX Galileo Raven ES-05 AESA radar on the Gripen NG debuted at the Farnborough International Air Show last year. The Gripen NG test aircraft is now flying with a Raven ES-05 AESA radar installed, following extensive testing with an earlier AESA prototype.

Speaking at the unveiling of the AESA on the Gripen, Head of Gripen Exports, Eddy de la Motte said, “We had been flying with the earlier prototype. We are now starting the flight testing of the pre-production radar Raven ES-05 AESA. We are happy with the cooperation with Selex. This radar, together with our data links, our human machine interface, our missiles and other sensors will give the Gripen some very unique capabilities that no one else will match.”

A report in DefenseNews​ says between 60 and 80 Gripen NGs are expected to be equipped with the radar, in addition to 22 aircraft proposed to be sold to Switzerland.

The highly reliable AESA transmit-receive module technology incorporated in Raven ES-05 significantly improves system availability leading to reduced lifecycle costs. SELEX Galileo AESA Radars delivers greater performance and higher reliability than comparable mechanically scanned radars and offers all the advantages of multi-function AESA arrays with significant through life cost savings.

Read the full story: Gripen NG Takes To The Skies With New AESA Radar​

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The Lion Effort, the largest Gripen Exercise of all time, got over on April 4, 2012. For nearly two weeks the five countries flying Gripens operated together. The Lion Effort exercise held at F17 air base in Ronneby, Sweden was a major success last year. 

The exercise were staged mostly over the Baltic Sea in an area roughly 200 x 150 km in size. Blue force operated from the southwest and Red force from the northeast. One of the forces defended an area, while the other performed air interdiction towards this area.

In 2011, the Royal Thai Air Force declared its first batch of six Gripens operational. Although the air arm was not able to take part in the flying during Lion Exercise with its own aircraft, it had a party of six officers at Ronneby, who observed the activities of the exercise and shared their experiences with those of the hosts and participants.

Read the full story:A Lion Hearted Effort​

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Under a blue sky all six Gripen nations met in the air during the Aerospace Forum event that took place in Linköping,Sweden in June 2012. A historical moment that onceagain marked the success that Gripen has made in the international market. 

Photo: Jamie Hunter

Read the story:The Face of Success​

​We are Gripen pilots. We make a difference – to the nations we represent, and to the people we protect.

The world’s most advanced multi-role fighter just became the next generation of fighters. Our sensors, our weapons and our performance are superior. And with the world’s most advanced tactical link, we have the information advantage.

We are Gripen pilots, and this is our story.

extra1.jpgRecording site at the RCS measuring location. African dandelions are just as beautiful as the Swedish ones.

Klargöringsbil.jpgThe squad are called out from the bombed base to turnaround the aircraft for the next mission.​

Hängning Rb15.jpg The photographer films the RBS 15 missiles being mounted. 

Locker room.jpg The African changing room is rather spartan.

Manusläsning.jpg Preparations for just another take.

Svettig stjärna.jpgEquality is important at Saab, which obviously meant a female pilot was also needed for the film.

The new Gripen NG is a star at air shows around the globe. But for those who simply can´t get enough or just want to see more and learn about everything the Gripen NG is capable of, we produced a Hollywood style film. 

We put the Gripen NG in its optimal environment. The backdrop to the scene was a fictive war-torn African nation where Gripen NG could mean the difference between failure and success. But instead of Africa, the scenes were filmed at Saab in Linköping, Sweden. The computer-animated African landscape was added later to make it realistic.

Two days of filming were required, followed by several more for post-production. But the film is now ready and you won´t have to wait long to see it. Will Gripen NG be the first multi-role fighter to receive a star on Hollywood´s Walk of Fame? Decide for yourself. It will soon be possible to view the film on our YouTube channel on a desktop near you. The premiere is 10 January. Enjoy.

​An IHS Jane's report in 2012 showed Gripen as the smart choice for operators with cost awareness.

IHS Jane’s white paper “Fast Jet Operating Costs Cost Per Flight Hour Study Of Selected Aircraft” showed that the Gripen Operating Costs per Flight Hour – are by far the lowest of all fast jets!

Jane’s comparative study was written by Edward Hunt, a Jane’s Senior Consultant and showed clearly that the Gripen operating costs at 4700 USD per flight hour are almost half of its nearest competitor, the F-16 Block 40/50 and less than a third compared with the twin-engined competitors like the Eurofighter, Rafale and F-18 or the F-35 predicted operating costs!.

This study was based on Military / Government figures (all aircraft), disclosed international fighter competition cost figures (Rafale, F-18 E / F, Gripen), manufacturer stated figures (F-35, Rafale, F-18 E / F, Gripen) and IHS Jane’s estimates (all aircraft).

IHS Jane.jpg Read the full story: Gripen operational cost lowest of all western fighters: Jane’s​

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South African Air Force (SAAF) has been delivered its final four Gripen C single seaters.

IHS Jane reports that these four Gripens were held at Linköping to take part in the Lion Effort exercise. After that, they were first ferried to Norrköping and then loaded on to the vessel Archangelgracht to reach its landing point in Cape Town, South Africa.

Flightglobal reported Magnus Lewis-Olsson, president of Saab South Africa, saying, “The Gripens delivered to South Africa are 'probably the most modern' versions of the aircraft.”

Read the full story: Final Gripens Delivered To South Africa​

swedenswissagreement.JPGOn Friday 24 August 2012, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, FXM, and its Swiss counterpart, Armasuisse, signed a framework agreement on Switzerland’s procurement of 22 JAS 39 Gripen aircraft, said a FXM news statement.

This framework agreement will now form the basis of political decisions, both in Switzerland and Sweden.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement, which will greatly benefit both countries’ defence. A partnership with Switzerland will give cost efficiency and enable, among other things, joint training,” said FXM Director-General Ulf Hammarström.

It was on 30 November in 2011 that Switzerland announced that it had chosen Gripen as part of its future air defence. The choice was made on the basis of a tender from Saab, but in connection with the decision, the Swiss Government contacted its Swedish counterpart to look at the possibilities of joint procurement. Since then, authorised by the Swedish Government, FXM had been talking with Switzerland to find the best solution for both countries with regard to the capabilities and technical contents of the aircraft, as well as delivery times and costs. FXM undertook this work in close cooperation with the Swedish Armed Forces and the Defence Materiel Administration.
The framework agreement covers three aspects. It covers the purchase of 22 Gripen E aircraft itself. The agreement means that Switzerland will make a first payment of CHF 300 million in 2014. The framework agreement also covers long-term cooperation with regard to maintenance, support and further development during the system’s lifetime. The third aspect is an interim solution – ...
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