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gripen_demo.jpgThe technology demonstrator aircraft for the Gripen NG and the Gripen IN platforms, the Gripen Demo, will be arriving in India for field trials in mid-May.

Earlier, the JAS 39 Gripen had undertaken key field trials in Bangalore, Jaisalmer and Leh in the second half of March. In early April, the IAF is reported to be doing further trials on the Demo in Sweden with a larger envelope as well as carrying out checks on various development programs for the only truly futuristic aircraft in the competition which is currently in a stage of development. The IAF will also trial Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missile deployment.

The field trials with the Gripen Demo in India will include a possible landing in Leh. This will be a performance test for the new GE F414G engine of the demonstrator in high altitudes. The aircraft will also get a true test of hot weather since the other aircraft had completed their field trials in the less harsh winter months.

Ajai Shukla in his Blog Broadsword quotes Gripen’s India campaign head, Eddy de la Motte, saying “Our plan was always to bring the (Gripen NG) demonstrator to India. The Swedish government’s sudden tasking is being completed right now. We will soon be ready to go to India and we will provide the IAF with maximum opportunity to evaluate the fighter.”

 The Gripen Demonstrator aircraft is more powerful compared to earlier versions of Gripen, but it is just as easily flown. The Gripen Demonstrator ...

livefistpoll.JPGA recent poll by the Indian defence blog Livefist tipped the Gripen as a good choice for the IAF with the largest number of people opting to keep as a principal MMRCA choice. Says Blogger and Defence Correspondent Shiv Aroor in his blog, "Interesting. Only 41 voters wanted the Gripen yanked, making it the most popular craft in the competition on the blog." 

To read more, go here:Livefist​

Earlier, Ajai Shukla writing in the Business Standard, had said "even without having flown the Gripen NG prototype, IAF pilots have been extremely impressed by the fighter’s capabilities. Besides superb avionics and superior flight performance, they say the Gripen NG can land on an 800-metre stretch of highway; and then refuel, rearm and take-off within 10 minutes. This allows each Gripen NG to fly far more sorties per day than any other aircraft today. The IAF pilots who have visited the Gripen simulators in Sweden have also been impressed by its electronic warfare capabilities and by the training facilities on offer."​


According to a story by Ravi Sharma, CorrespondentThe Hindu, the Gripen fleet left Bangalore on Monday for the Air Force Station (AFS) Jaisalmer:

Sweden’s Gripen, the last of the six fighter aircraft that are being evaluated by the Indian Air Force for the $12 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal, left Bangalore on Monday morning for the Air Force Station (AFS) Jaisalmer.

Having gone through a week of performance trials — including a demonstration of air-to-air refuelling and flying manoeuvres — by the IAF’s specifically designated MMRCA team here, two Gripens will now complete the remaining part of their flight tests over Pokhran and Leh before heading for the AFS Jamnagar and then to an air base in Sweden.

While one of the Gripens will undertake hot weather trials in and around the AFS Jaisalmer and later take off to perform a dummy run and bomb drop at the Pokhran test range, the other fighter, as part of the cold weather trials, will land in Leh, switch off, refuel and then take off again.

The officials confided that four of the five aircraft in the MMRCA competition faced problems starting up in the rarefied atmosphere of Leh, and the IAF had to ask the manufacturers to undertake modifications in the aircraft’s fuel systems. The Gripen’s evaluation is part of the MMRCA flight trials, which started in August last, when the F/A-18 Hornets arrived here. These were followed by another American fighter, the F-16IN Super Viper. In September, ...

The Gripen NG Demonstrator flight test programme continues at the Saab facilities in Linköping. with the 117 th flight of the demo aircraft on Friday last.

A Saab press release says that tactical systems such as the AESA radar and the new communications system are being tested out.

Mattias Bergström, the Gripen NG Demonstrator project manager, was quoted as saying that “the test programme is very extensive, and the unusually harsh cold and snowy winter here in Sweden has challenged the programme schedule but we are now quickly catching up.”

 The Demonstrator project team has affirmed that they have finished, and successfully verified,the flight tests of the electro-optical Missile Approach Warning System (MAW) and the new fuel system with larger internal fuel tanks. The NG with its extended range is crucially different from the JAS 39 C/D in this particular area.

 The Gripen NG is the next generation of the Gripen fighter, which is in service with the air forces of Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa. It is also ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force and is flown by the Empire Test Pilots School, ETPS, in the UK.

The Gripen NG is the contender for the Brazilian and Indian Air Force programs and its progress is being keenly watched by airforces around the world that believe that the NG will be ahead of its single engine class on its induction and will have a lifetime in service extending to 204.

With the Swedish Airforce now ...

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Defence and security company Saab has received an order from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) concerning development of the existing Gripen fleet. The order value amounts to SEK 2 billion for Saab, split over a period of four years.

The capability of the Swedish Air Force’s Gripen C/D aircraft is continuously subject to adjustment and upgrading in order that it can operate and remain effective and advanced also in the future. The order includes further adjustments for increased operational effect, like for instance upgraded countermeasure and communication systems. The order also includes other measures to further reduce the operating costs, based on experience gathered from more than 130,000 flight hours.

Also included is integration of new weapons, and the existing radar is gaining an increased range along with new functions. Improvements are also being introduced to reduce the noise and emissions from test runs during engine maintenance.

Work will mainly take place at Saab’s plants in Linköping, Gothenburg, Järfälla, Kista and Arboga.

The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on 10 March at 08.10.

​Two Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen-Ds arrived in Bangalore on Monday for the field evaluation trials (FET) under the Indian Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition. The Gripens begin their trials at the Aircraft Systems & Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bangalore this week. The Gripen-Ds are being flown by Saab test pilots and Swedish air force pilots.

The IAF test pilots have already undergone intensive training on the aircraft and the aircraft have already undergone the first stage of trials in Linkoping last November. The IAF evaluation has included flight performance, logistics capability, weapons systems, advanced sensors and weapons firing.

The participation of the Gripen Demo aircraft – on which the Gripen IN is based- in the FET is, however, not taking place just yet. The Demo is a development vehicle to which the IAF will have complete access. Gripen NG capabilities have been demonstrated during the evaluation trials in November 2009 when the Indian evaluation team was in Sweden.

“We plan to further engage the IAF on satisfying all its requirements and are looking forward to the remaining time of the trials,” says Eddy de la Motte, Director India, Gripen Marketing, Saab AB

The Gripen Demo, according to reports, is undergoing improvements as per the requirements of the Swedish Air Force.

India’s Business Standard on Monday quoted Gripen International’s Director India, Eddy de la Motte as saying that, “The Gripen NG prototype cannot come just yet to India as it is required in Sweden for testing and evaluation by ...


The Geo Political Scene

The end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union created a uni-polar world with the USA playing the role of the world’s policeman in the Yugoslav and Kosovo conflicts in the mid 1990’s. The situation changed with the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the USA and the commencement of the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. These wars, which have drained the US exchequer, and the economic crisis of September  2008 have greatly limited the ability of the USA to police the world. India now has the economic muscle to increase its military power and protect its vital interests especially those relating to energy security. The Indian Armed Forces now have to have the capability to operate well beyond national borders to protect sea lanes of communication from the Straits of Hormuz in Iran to the Malacca Straits in Malaysia. Protection of its island territories in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea also require attention. Continuing its long tradition of not getting involved in ‘power block ‘ politics India has to maintain its strategic independence .

What the IAF Needs

Having decided to induct the Sukhoi 30 in large numbers what the IAF needs is a state of the art multi role fighter in the 15-20 ton class. The debate over two engines vs one engine has never been satisfactorily resolved but what is certain is that the life cycle cost of ownership of a twin ...

fourteen.jpgA contender for the MMRCA deal, the Gripen’s multi-role fighter capability, operational dominance and its air-to-air superiority has been getting attention from the Indian media. Indian Aerospace and Defence review magazine Vayu’s Managing Editor Vikramjit S. Chopra was in Linkoping, Sweden during mid-January 2010 for a full briefing on the aircraft and its development program.

During the several briefings that Vikramjit Chopra attended, he says that the theme of independent choice was repeated, indeed emphasized during the visit. Chopra says that the Saab team was of the view that with the Industrial Cooperation programme, Gripen’s programme for the IAF, Indian defence and industrial establishments will make India completely independent of the need to purchase combat aircraft from other countries and in fact become an exporter of aircraft, like Sweden.

 “There will be smooth transition into operational services with the IAF. If selected, initial deliveries will be time phased in accordance with operational requirements, i.e. deliveries from 2013. The Gripen is a perfect match with the Su-30MKI and a true force multiplier using Tactical Data Link”, Eddy de la Motte, Director India, Gripen International, told the visiting journalist.

Jonas Harma, Deputy Director, has said that “Saab is willing and able to provide ToT that exceeds the requirements of the Indian Government. The level of ToT will enable India to manage all aspects of the life cycle including design. We are giving access to all levels of technology and Saab is willing to enter a joint venture with Indian aerospace industry ...

akesvensson_saab1-300x199.jpgSaab is gradually moving away from its reliance on the Swedish market and expanding its international business. Saab is increasingly active in areas such as UAVs, where it is developing sense-and-avoid technology, and underwater maritime systems, in which the European Defence Agency (EDA) has expressed an interest.

Saab President and CEO  Ake Svennson discussing about Saab and its future plans for the global market in an interview published​pointed out thatSaab has gradually increased its international export business, with around 5 percent annual growth every year for the last 10 years. Currently, about two-thirds of its business is made up of exports, and the rest in Sweden.

On the question whether Saab will be knocked out of the fighter market if it doesn’t win contracts for its Gripen from Brazil and India,he said the Swedish Air Force and government made it very clear last year that they see the Gripen as a core component of the long-term future of the Swedish defense forces.

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