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The new active SELEX Galileo Raven ES-05 AESA radar on the Gripen NG debuted at the Farnborough International Air Show. 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.”

Bob Mason, Selex Galileo’s senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Radar and Advanced Targeting, said “The great thing was that after quite a short period of development of two to three years, we delivered the radar to Saab Aeronautics in Linkoping about three Tuesdays ago and five days later, the radar was installed, was cleared for flight and flew here.”

A report inDefenseNews​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.

Raven ES-05 is a high performance Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fire control radar designed for the Saab Gripen NG multi role fighter that builds on over 60 years of SELEX Galileo’s fire control radar experience. It has been designed in close collaboration with Saab and is a vital part of the Gripen ...


The Gripen stands out in being the most operationally cost efficient in a line up of frontline fighter aircraft including the Lockheed Martin F-16, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault’s Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and the F-35 aircraft. In a study commissioned by Saab, Edward Hunt, Senior Consultant at IHS Jane's Aerospace and Defense Consulting, concluded that the operational cost of the Gripen aircraft is the lowest,reportsStratpostquoting a IHS Jane's White Paper. 

The paper says that in terms of ‘fuel used, pre-flight preparation and repair, and scheduled airfield-level maintenance together with associated personnel costs’, “The Saab Gripen is the least expensive of the aircraft under study in terms of cost per flight hour (CPFH).”

The study stacks up the Gripen at an estimated $4,700 per hour (2012 USD), with its closest competitor being the Block 40 / 50 F-16s at an estimated $7,000 per hour. The figure for the F/A-18 Super Hornet ranged from USD 11000 to USD 24000, depending on degree of operational capability. The figure for the Rafale was USD 16500 per flying hour and number for the Eurofighter Typhoon, derived from British Parliamentary figures and seeming to cover only fuel usage, was USD 8200. But Jane’s estimate of the actual Cost Per Flying Hour for the Eurofighter, keeping in mind supplies and scheduled maintenance raised the figure up to USD 18000.

Jane’s cites Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) estimates for the conventional F-35 A, assuming operational service over 30 years with 200 hours per year for ...

Saab has received four orders from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, for Gripen development, support and maintenance through 2016. The orders entails an initial order of SEK 3,6 billion plus options for additional orders amounting to a maximum of SEK 2 billion until December 2016, according to aSaab release​.

The agreement includes several parts: A performance-based support and maintenance solution, performance-based logistics as well associated ground resources for upkeep. Also included is an addition to Gripen development package (MS20) as well as studies and definition activities for further Gripen development. 

"Gripen has already proven its growth potential by carrying out different mission task that it was not initially intended for, like last summers operation Unified Protector in Libya," says Lennart Sindahl, head of Saab's business area Aeronautics. "It is therefore important for the future that we can continue to add new capabilities by request from FMV to a flight system that has already proven to be of world class today." 

ravrenaesaselex.jpgA new version of the Selex Galileo Raven ES-05 will be on display in a few weeks at the Franborough Air Show on the Gripen NG Demonstrator aircraft.Flight Globalrecently reported Selex Galileo's Senior Vice President marketing and sales, radar and targeting Bob Mason, saying "We will begin developmental test flights after Farnborough". According to the report by Craig Hoyle, the Swiss Air Force will also evaluate the latest AESA standard later in the year. Apart from Switzerland, Selex Galileo says that Sweden may also be looking at the sensor being a part of future Gripen purchases.

Bill Sweetmanreported from the Aerospace Forum, Malmen that the Gripen Demo equipped with a prototype of the new Selex Raven ES-05 active, electronically scanned array radar will be used to test the E/F's revised avionics system and weapons. According to Sweetman, the sensor suite design, focused on low weight, supports part of the E/F strategy, which is to provide a common upgrade path for new E/F customers and current C/D operators by making the new sensors, and the revised avionics system, retrofittable to the C/D.

Selex is also in an advanced stage of developing the first Skyward-G infrared search and track sensor which will be delivered for testing at the end of this year or in early 2013. Selex also plans to offer pod-housed versions of the equipment for integration with additional aircraft types, reports Flightglobal.

Aviation Weekreports that the Selex Galileo Raven ES-05 active, electronically scanned array radar is ...

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The joint Gripen exercise is taking wing with reports now that the South African Air Force (SAAF) plans to host the multinational Gripen user exercise Lion Effort in 2018.

The next exercise in the Czech Republic in three years time will also have South Africa n observers, reportsdefenceweb.

Brigadier General MarthieVisser, Director Corporate Staff Services, SAAF HQ told Defenceweb that, after discussions with some of the generals involved in planning, the SAAF will host Lion Effort in 2018, if funding permits it.

Lion Effort is a tactical exercise intended to enhance interoperability between Gripen user countries. The first exercise was held in 2009 in Hungary, while the second was held in Sweden and saw the South African Air Force participate for the first time. It also marked the first time the SAAF has deployed overseas in the last 60 years since its involvement in the Korean War (1950-1953).

Read the story “South Africa aiming to host Lion Effort 2018

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The Gripen programmes and campaigns were at the centrestage of the discussions with media at the Aerospace Forum seminars and programmes held at the Malmen Air Base near Linkoping Sweden between May 30 and June 3. Of special interest to the visiting global journalists was the schedule for the Gripen E/F to fly its first prototype as well as the market prospects for the Gripen. Apart from the current campaigns in Brazil and Switzerland, the company is also looking at prospects in other parts of the world, including the Latin Americas, Central Europe and South East Asia.

While the Gripen campaign in Brazil believes that a decision is around the corner, a win here, feels the Gripen team, would bolster prospects in other South American countries, reports Robert Wall ofAviation Weekfrom the Aerospace Forum in Sweden. The Gripen market in South America is likely to open up in the event of a Brazilian win, says Frederik Gustafson, regional director for Gripen exports in the Americas, as a number of countries in the South America would be looking at strengthening their air forces over the next half a decade, reports Wall. 

But that is not the only region where Gripen is looking at to attain its goal of selling 300 aircraft. As per the report, de la Motte identified South East Asia as a potential market following the success in Thailand. The company hopes for additional deals in Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and, “in a couple of years,” ...

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In a wide ranging article on the Gripen platform, Keith Campbell writing inEngineering News(Pilot training key to consolidating techno advantages of SA’s new Gripens), reports on interesting dimensions of Gripen's deployment in the South African Air Force, starting from its very inception.

“The [SAAF] wanted one platform to fulfil all their [fighter] roles,” he quotes Saab Gripen export business head Eddy de la Motte. “This would save a lot of money. They also wanted a new technology base and to support high-technology industrial development, yet have a low-risk approach."

The result was the advanced light fighter aircraft, or Alfa, programme, which was won by the Gripen.

Campbell points out that in 1997, the SAAF operated 49 Denel Cheetahs, 70 Dassault Mirage F1s. 251 Impala Mk I and Mk II (Aermacchi MB326M and MB326K respectively) aircraft for training and light attack -- all of which were replaced by 26 Gripens and 24 BAE Systems Hawk fighter-trainers in a single $2.2-billion deal.

He quotes de la Motte saying, “SAAF front-line fighters were reduced by some 80%, yet the SAAF retained all the capabilities that previously had required several aircraft. The Gripen is a multi- and swing-role fighter. It’s a very flexible solution, it can generate lots of missions, it’s Nato compatible and can use an unrivalled mix of weapons, sensors and other payloads.”

Campbell writes about Saab's Defence Industrial Participation (DIP) and National Industrial Participation (NIP) programmes having included the manufacture in South Africa of Gripen main ...

“Brazil is usually called the country of the future. DefesaNet seeks to fly the future. Maybe the future could be called Gripen”. 

With those words, the DefesaNet flight on the Gripen by Vianney Gonçalves gets rolling in a special coverage. 

​The website carries a special coverage of the test flight in SwedenbyDefesaNet

Check out the video and images from the flight:

Missão GRIPEN - DefesaNettesta o SAAB Gripen​

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Saab’s Gripen Czech Offset Program annual performance report announced delivery of cumulative value of 25.6 billion CZK as of December 2011, according to aSaab release.

Approved by the Czech Ministry of Defence, the report documents the annual fulfilment of the Program of Industrial Cooperation accompanying the lease of 14 Gripen fighter aircraft to the Czech Republic by the Swedish Government. 

The 2011 highlights include:

Cumulative value of 25.6 billion CZK delivered as of December 2011
100 % of value of total offset obligation to the Czech Republic delivered ahead of schedule
Indirect offset obligation fullfilled
Defence and aerospace related direct offset obligation on target for delivery by 2014
2011 offset transactions valued at 1.87 billion CZK
New direct offset implemented in 2011 – Saab’s acquisistion of assets of E - COM
49 registered Gripen offset transactions as of December 2011

“We are very pleased to announce ahead of schedule delivery of our total offset value under the Gripen Offset Program. A particular highlight of the Gripen Offset Program in 2011 was Saab’s acquisition of the assets of E - COM, Slavkov-based maker of virtual  training simulators. Saab is very pleased to expand its business in the Czech Republic to simulator production as well,” says BengtLittke, Gripen Program Director – Czech Republic.

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Under a blue sky all six Gripen nations meet in the air during the Aerospace Forum event that took place in Linköping, Sweden last week. A historical moment that once again marks the success that Gripen has made in the international market. Photo: Jamie Hunter.

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