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20150910-en-1047689-437468.jpgIn a recent interview, Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe said that he believes Saab has a good chance of selling Gripen to India. This statement was made in the context of the recent RFI (Request for Information) document published by Indian authorities regarding the procurement of fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF), as well as the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sweden, where he met Swedish industrialists, including Mr. Håkan Buskhe. 

Mr. Buskhe said that Gripen E has bright prospects. “Gripen E is the world's most modern aircraft. It has enhanced weapons load capability and can fly beyond two-engine airplanes.”  He also added that Saab is fully committed to its "Make in India" offer.

"Brazil is a good example of how we can deliver, on schedule, what we promise in terms of technology transfer," he said.

According to the RFI, India is looking to procure 110 fighter jets for their Air Force, and the deal could amount to $15 billion. 

Saab has offered to build a modern aerospace manufacturing facility in India if the IAF decides to buy Gripen. 

The 70-page document stating the requirements of the IAF have been defined by Mr. Bushke as “well-defined”. 

“It’s good that India has a structured process,” he said.

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How important is the technology transfer that is part of the Brazilian Gripen Programme? Between October 2015 and 2024, more than 350 Brazilian engineers and technicians from Saab’s partner companies, will go to Sweden to participate in courses and on-the-job training.

During the DefExpo 2018 last week, Saab, for the first time in India, displayed a Gripen E simulator equipped with a Wide Area Display (WAD). ​

The modern battlespace is complicated and changing everyday owing to technological advancements. Hence situational awareness becomes very important to win.

“The sensor and weapon ranges are getting longer so the modern battlespace covers bigger areas. To be able to cover that area in your tactical display you have to zoom out. It is a challenge to both get an overview of the battlespace and also get the level of detail that you need. WAD gives you that possibility“, says Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

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​You don't have to be a fan of heavy metal to like this video. Being a fan of Gripen and great aerial displays will do. Video by Mustasch in cooperation with the Swedish Airforce.  

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Saab is aiming for the rest of Latin America after winning the contract to supply Gripen E fighters to Brazil. In a recent interview with Infodefensa at the FIDAE air show, the vice president of Saab Latin America and the head of sales and marketing, Fredrik Gustafson said, “The purchase of Gripen by Brazil has generated a lot of interest among other Latin American countries, and as a company we have invested a lot in the region. We have opened an office in Bogota, and another in Santiago, Chile.” 

In another news report in Jane's, Gustafson said that he sees opportunities to replace about a 100 fighter aircraft, which include Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and SEPECAT Jaguars, outside of Brazil.

When asked for which countries would Gripen E be an ideal fit he said, “As far as the market in Latin America, most countries need to renew their fleets. Only Brazil and Chile have renewed their combat aircraft. Several countries we know are on the way to start this process, but we also understand that this is a complex process and nothing comes cheap, although Gripen is less expensive than the rest.“

“We are ready to offer Gripen, which we think is the most flexible fighter system, along with a technology transfer package.“

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The Czech Air Force Gripen have now been upgraded to MS20 which gives the fighter enhanced capabilities, most important of which is the addition of ground strike features.  

As a part of the upgrade, Gripen fighters have been integrated with unguided and laser-guided bombs, enabling Gripen to easily perform air-to ground attacks. Besides, air-to-ground capabilities, new radar modes will also improve the effectiveness of air-to-air attacks. Other additions include that of electro-optical pod Litening III and NATO-standard Link 16 datalink and laser designator pods.

The Czech Air Force signed the lease for 14 Gripen fighters in June 2005. Within a year, the Gripen fighters were delivered. When the decision to extend the lease till 2027 was taken, it was also decided that the fighters will be upgraded to MS20 post 2015.

"Thanks to the modernization of the Czech Gripen aircraft, the operational capabilities of the Czech Air Force will be significantly increased. Our staff has appreciated a close and fruitful cooperation with the Swedish side on this specific modernization project as well as the cooperation during the 13 years that we have operated Gripen aircraft," said Colonel Petr Tománek, Commander of the Czech Air Force’s Caslav Air Base.

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As the Indian government sets about its journey of acquiring 110 new fighters this month, all eyes are on the various options available for the IAF.

Saab believes its Gripen E fighter to be the ideal solution for the challenges faced by the Indian defence forces. One of the most advanced multi-role fighters in the world, Gripen E has been designed to provide operational dominance and flexibility with superior mission survivability. The fighter offers an enviable 10-minute operational turnaround time, and is compatible with the latest weapons, sensors and mission systems.

Here are five specific reasons why Gripen E is the perfect fighter for India:

Technology Transfer

As per the recently announced RFI, out of the 110 fighter jets required by India, 85% will have to be built in the country under the "Make in India" program.  For Saab, transfer of technology is more than transferring assembly lines to India. From sharing  know-how to transforming their proposed India facility into a regional hub for Gripen, Saab's ToT offer envisions the overall growth of the Indian defence industry. Saab's successful ToT program in Brazil so far further proves that the company is committed to its strategic partnership policy with Gripen operating nations.

Multi-role capabilities

The RFI also mentions the requirement of day-and-night-capable, all-weather, multi-role combat aircraft. Gripen E is the most advanced multi-role fighter that has been designed to meet various demanding operational requirements of air forces today. The fighter can not only seamlessly shift ...

​The decision to acquire a fighter aircraft is based on multiple requirements of an air force. For a nation like India, with a large expanse of sea and land boundaries, one of the major requirements is 24*7 availability of its fighters.

Saab believes that a fighter does not belong in the hangars instead it is meant to spend as much time as possible in the air. And this is why Gripen has been designed to deliver high operational readiness.​ This is why Gripen has been designed to deliver high operational readiness. 

For Gripen, an operational turnaround for a typical air-to-air mission takes ten minutes using as less as six personnel and minimum support equipment. And this includes refueling and rearming time. A typical hot engine change can for instance be done in an takes less than an hour and a repair takes an hour.

Gripen also features STOL (Short Take-off and Landing) capabilities which means it can take-off and land on regular roads and not just runways. Capable to be operated out of road bases, a Gripen fleet can be at the ready all the time to guard the long borders in India.

Besides these features, Gripen is also equipped to conduct air-to-air refueling via the NATO standard probe-and-drogue system. Aerial refueling ensures that missions of up to eight or more hours can be flown.

Saab believes that in the end it is the practical applications that count the most, which is exactly why ...

From the new generation Gripen to ground combat weapons, Saab is exhibiting it all at the DefExpo 2018 starting today.

Saab will display, for the first time in India, the Gripen Cockpit Simulator with its new Wide Angle Display (WAD). Besides Gripen, Saab products on display include RBS 70 NG VSHORAD, BAMSE SRSAM, Carl Gustaf M4 and AT4 with ammunitions.


DefExpo 2018 is being held at Tiruvidanthal in Kancheepuram district near Chennai between 11-14 April. Saab is exhibiting its products in Hall 3, Stand 2.1A.

Know more about Saab’s participation at DefExpo 2018 here.

Last month, a delegation of engineers and logistics experts from Saab paid a visit to the future Gripen facilities in Ala 2 in Anápolis. The objective of the visit was to check the facilities of the 1st Air Defence Group (1st GDA – Grupo de Defesa Aérea) that will operate Gripen from 2021, and understand how the Brazilian Air Force operates its fighters.

"This time we focused on training pilots and technicians, and checking some maintenance functions. We also checked the facilities as they need to be adapted as per the requirements of the new fighters. We are looking for the best solution to align these requirements with the setup of the facilities. This is the right time to do so as we are at a building and designing phase. We have to make sure all preparations are done before the first fighter arrives,” says the Program Logistics Director, Magnus Hultin.

Visitors also included six fighter pilots, and members from Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Program, Brazil, the body responsible for aircraft acquisition and modernization projects at FAB.

“Gripen is a system, and not just an airplane. We are working to make sure everything is ready for the arrival of Gripen,” says Captain Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas, one of the first two pilots who were sent to Sweden for Gripen conversion training.

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