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Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD 2016), one of the world's premier aerospace and defence exhibitions, kickstarts today. The exhibition will be held at AFB Waterkloof, Centurion, in the city of Tshwane, South Africa. Gripen will be on show, both in the air display and static park.

“With South Africa's acquisition of Gripen fighters, a very strong and long relationship was forged between Saab, Sweden and South Africa. And it’s a two-way relationship. Today, we see Gripen flying all over the world - South Africa, South America, Europe and Asia - with systems and technologies developed in South Africa. Saab's presence at AAD underlines this commitment to a long term relationship and technology transfer,” says Hans Rosen, Head of Saab Country Unit, Africa, EMEA.  

The first AAD was held in the year 1975. It was known as the Aerospace Africa civilian exhibition at that time. From a local aero-display and trade show held at a small airport to a full-fledged international airshow with participation of more than 20 countries, AAD has grown a lot in the last 42 years. 

AAD 2016 will be held between 14 and 18 September 2016. 14-16 September will be business days while the exhibition will be open for public on 17 and 18 September.

Know more about Saab’s participation in the exhibition here.

"We have the best equipped fighter in the world," says Maj. Gen. Mats Helgesson, Chief of the Swedish Air Force  In an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report, he talks about the 90 years of Sweden´s Air Force, the Gripen C/D upgrade and Gripen E.

​Defense & Aerospace Report​'s Vago Muradian asks Gripen test pilot Marcus Wandt what makes Gripen E different and also gets the latest updates on the aircraft. 

“First, there is a new sensor suite with the AESA radar, IRST and EW which will be added with separate sensors. The idea is to get all these sensors working together and get a good sensor fusion in the avionics,” Wandt says.

According to Wandt, the transition from C/D to E/F will be easy for existing Gripen pilots.

"For a Gripen pilot, the transition from Gripen C/D to E/F will be pretty easy because flying both the aircraft is similar. It will be the human machine interface that will be different, for which pilots need to be trained," Wandt says.

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The International Sanicole Airshow (ISA), an annual Belgian airshow, will be held this weekend in Hechtel-Eksel. About 14 countries are participating this year, with demonstrations from both military and private aviation sector.

The airshow, which started in the mid-70s as a very small 'festival of stuntmen', has grown into a big event with participation of a number of fast jets and old timers, both on static and aerial displays. 

Saab will be present at ISA with a full scale Gripen E replica. People can climb onboard to get a feel of the new generation fighter. Saab staff will be present at the stall to respond to queries. Gaming enthusiasts can play the multi-player version the Gripen Fighter Challenge game.

A Czech Air Force Gripen will also participate in the aerial displays. Saab fighters Draken, Tunnan and Viggen will also be seen flying at the airshow.

Know more about the event here.

​For the Brazilian engineers in Sweden, working on an aircraft that is not produced in Brazil is a huge step. Working in a new country, adapting to a new culture and acquiring knowledge make the collaboration an unforgettable experience for them.

​B17, Lansen, Draken, Viggen and Gripen are part of the roll-call of Saab’s historic aircraft. All have seen service with the Swedish Air Force. Here are some memories to share with you.

​Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighters and British Hawks participated in a joint exercise at Kecskemét’s Szentgyörgyi Dezső Air Base on 25 August 2016.

Mr. Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador to Hungary and Mr. Tamás Vargha, Hungarian Secretary of State for Defence, were the guests at the joint exercise. The exercise aimed to further strengthen defence cooperation between the UK and Hungary.

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Image Courtesy: British Embassy, Budapest

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Gripen's high operational availability, rapid turnaround and minimal support requirements delivers more time in the air.

 Photo: Jörgen Nilsson (​

​On 27 and 28 August, Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) was held at the Sliac Air Base. Around 120,000 visitors attended the air show.

More than a 100 aircraft from 13 European countries and NATO were scheduled for aerial displays. Czech Air Force performed an impressive Gripen flying display.

Besides the aerial display, Saab had a Gripen simulator and a full scale Gripen C replica for its visitors. For gaming enthusiasts, a multi-player version of the Gripen Fighter Challenge game was also there.  

IMG_4218.jpgGripen from the Czech Air Force performing an impressive flying display

Lining up before the flying display
The ever popular Gripen full scale replica

The Gripen simulator always attracts interested visitors
Happy winners of the Gripen Fighter Challenge game, and who knows, maybe future Gripen pilots 

​More than 130,000 visitors attended the event that celebrated 90 years of the Swedish Air Force. Besides Gripen, more than 100 aircraft including Viggen, Draken and Tunnan also participated.​

Saab Experience offered virtual & augmented reality and a Gripen simulator among other things. Here are a few snapshots from the event.29285832335_ceda24179a_z.jpg

Gripen fighters in an aerial formation


 Gripen test pilot Hans Einerth and a young visitor posing with a full scale Gripen E replica

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