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Saab has received a contract from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding new Gripen E equipment. This is a supplemental contract to the previously entered Gripen E contract and is valued at approximately SEK 400 million.

The original contract, which was signed with FMV during 2013, regarding the development and modification of Gripen E, is based on the terms that certain equipment from the existing aircraft fleet/stock within the Swedish Armed Forces should be reused. This new contract means that the equipment that was to be reused will now be acquired new.

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All Gripen operating countries participated at the annual Gripen conference in Prague recently which focused on knowledge sharing on how to effectively use all the features of the fighter.

The topics discussed usually include operational issues and maintenance, and logistics and safety issues in the use of the Gripen. Gripen User's Conference is also an event wherein Saab can listen to feedback by Gripen users and share information of new upgrade options.

The meeting was divided into three working groups. The first group was all about the acquisition, development and operational use of the Gripen system. The second group focused on things like flight security and daily operation and the third group comprised of Gripen maintenance specialists.

The Czech Air Force participated in the Gripen's User's Group for the first time in the year 2007. "It can be said that during the first few years of our Gripen operations, we drew mainly from the knowledge of our colleagues. And we are now in a position where we can pass on a number of experiences to new members," said the Czech Air Force Commander, Major General  Jaromír Šebesta.

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Last week, SwAF Gripen fighters flew in a Christmas tree formation over parts of Sweden. Watch the video to see the perfect coordination between the fighters. 

The Christmas tree formation is an old tradition that is followed every year during December. The group of Gripens flew over Stockholm and Uppsala before returning to Såtenäs for landing. ​ 

Photos: Louise Levin/Försvarsmakten​

​Gripen took the Hungarian Air Force into the 21st century. Learn more about how Gripen has changed their capability.​


Gripen Pilots at the Kecskemét Air Base in Hungary, took part in #Movember initiative, in which they raised money for cancer patients.

Movember is a popular worldwide initiative, with men growing beard and/or moustache and raising prostate cancer awareness.

The money raised will be used to train medical staff and buy medical supplies.

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Photos: MH59

In an interview with the DefesaNet, Mikael Franzén, Director and head of Business Unit Gripen Brazil, Saab, throws light on the Gripen E/F (called NG in Brazil) project so far and plans for the future.

 “The most important thing that took place this year was the first flight of the 39-8 aircraft, and it was very successful,” he says.

Other than that, the next big achievement was the development of the Wide Area Display (WAD) for Gripen. WAD will have the basic display software by AEL and tactical software by Saab.

About the next main goals, he says that Saab is currently building a test aircraft which is aimed to fly in 2019. "In the meantime, we will perform tests on various subsystems for the fighter jets – it’s going to be a very intense test period. We are also going to work on furthering the development of the tactical system for the aircraft, as well as the two-seat version, which is still in its early stages," he says. 

Post the first test flight, Saab has been in a phase of experimenting with speed and altitudes, various external loads etc.

Development work for the new cockpit is also set to start soon.

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Saab has received a support contract for the South African Gripen weapon system. The order has a total value of SEK 206 million (ZAR 314 million) over the period November 2017 to February 2020. The South African Air Force has been operating the Gripen fighter system since 2008 when the first Gripen was delivered.

The support contract, signed between Saab and Armscor, enables Saab to deliver efficient support in a sustainable manner with a long-term horizon. Through the contract, Saab will deliver support related services like airworthiness management, engineering support, maintenance, repair, and overhaul, spares replenishment and updates of technical publications.

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​Saab display pilot André  Brännström reveals facts about g-forces and what it's like to perform a flying display. 

​Royal Thai Air Force Gripens flew at the ASEAN International Fleet Review 2017. The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) International Fleet Review, hosted by the Royal Thai Navy, was held in Pattaya City, Thailand last month.

This year, the participating navies celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN.


In an interview with The Hindu Business Line, Jan Widerström, Chairman, Saab India, said that the company is fully committed to Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ plan, and offers full transfer of technology and transformation of their proposed India facility into a regional hub for Gripen.

"We have a blueprint for a comprehensive ‘Make in India’ programme, which will include the setting up of manufacturing and maintenance facilities; transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an aerospace ecosystem in India; creation of a local supplier base of ancillary systems; and employment of a well-trained Indian workforce, he said.

According to Widerström, Saab is confident that Gripen meets the requirements of the Indian Air Force. It is the fighter of the future, advanced and affordable. With Gripen, the IAF can take on and defeat the challenges of the future.

When asked if the transfer of technology will be difficult to undertake, Widerström says that it is not the case and ensured that Saab will abide completely by the terms of the Strategic Partnership policy of India.

“There is no difficulty. When we talk about full ToT, we are talking about enabling transfer through the value chain, including all our suppliers. In fact, recently, we have started the process of enabling Gripen’s major suppliers, including the American firms, to meet with potential Indian partners. We see the transfer of technology as a seamless process between ourselves and our supplier partners,” he said.​

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