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​The Gripen put up an awesome flight demonstration at the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow. The display flights were flown by Saab test pilot Fredrik Müchler.

Here are videos posted on You Tube that capture, yet again, the breathtaking display at the Farnborough 2012.

Don’t miss checking out this photo of the Gripen at Farnborough in the NYC Aviation Gallery:​

​The Brazilian Air Force has asked for renewal of offers for its 36 fighter jets. The offers were asked to be renewed till end of the year. In a statement, the Brazilian Air Force said it was a “normal procedure” to extend the offers for the government to study them so long as the winner has not yet been selected.

Earlier, Gripen International said that it believes that Brazil is nearly ready to make a decision in its fighter competition, in which the company’s single-engine fighter is in competition against the Boeing F/A-18E/F and Dassault Rafale. “We get the feeling it is the endgame,” Eddy de La Motte, vice president for marketing for Gripen International, had said. Saab can deliver the first Gripen E/F (also called the NG) fighter four years after contract award.

The Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Tenente-Brigadeiro Saito and his delegation had visited the Gripen NG test aircraft at the static display at Farnborough and were briefed on the development of the aircraft. Air Force Chief Junito Saito inspected the Gripen NG and was impressed by the AESA radar.

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Saab wrapped up on Friday 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.

Read more here onNews from Farnborough Air Show.
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The Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Tenente-Brigadeiro Saito and his delegation visited theGripen NG test aircraft at the static display at Farnborough and was briefed on the development of the aircraft.

Air Force Chief Junito Saito inspected the Gripen NG and was, according to Eddy de la Motte, head of Gripen export, very impressed by the AESA radar. “We displayed the Gripen NG we’re using for testing avionic with the AESA radar. He was very impressed and said it was good that the programme is advancing”.
The new Gripen E/F is expected to be 25 per cent more capable; however the cost of the aircraft would be lesser than the Gripen C/D.

Talking toDefense News, Hakan Bushke, CEO, Saab said that the new Gripen E/F will get a "double digit" percent price saving against the cost of the aircraft’s predecessor, the Gripen C/D.

Buskhe says that the demands of global competion are at the root of Saab’s pricing policy, adding that only 20 percent of the firm’s order backlog was in Sweden

Read the full story in theDefense News: New Gripen to Cost At Least 10% Less Than Predecessor

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Eddy de la Motte, Vice President and Head of Gripen Export presented at the Saab chalet at Farnborough the Gripen goal of supplying more than 300 Gripen fighter aircraft to the
export market within 10 years, representing around 10% of the accessible market.

The roadmap looked at establishing the Gripen NG as the leading single engine multirole fighter on the world market as well as launching Sea Gripen in a Joint Development Programme for selected market segments.

The Gripen confidence comes from the new realities of the fighter aircraft market that few countries can afford to ignore. These include budget constraints that are increasingly driving the focus on acquisition on low life cycle cost, need of low training and currency costs, affordable upgrades which are mandatory to cope with future needs. Further, as more airforces are collaborating, interoperability between countries is becoming important. The presentation also pointed out the need for extended flight hours, New detection systems requiring a more balanced low signature and the Gripen proposition of Independence that provides flexibility with several weapon providers and teal technology transfer.

Read the full presentation:When Logic Is Part of the equation.

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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