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"The real secret of Gripen is its architecture. We have separated the operational and the flight functions. So, if you want to change something in future, it can be easily done without affecting the rest of the aircraft," says Robert Hewson, Head of Communications at Saab Asia Pacific.

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"The pilot flying Gripen E will have an undeniable edge,” says Saab’s Head of Business Area, Aeronautics, Jonas Hjelm, at the Farnborough Air Show 2018."

Jonas gave an update on the Gripen E development programme at the airshow and talked about the benefits of key design decisions (taken in the beginning of Gripen E programme) for the next two Gripen E test aircraft.

“Today’s threats are not tomorrow’s and modern fighters could be viewed as a network of flying supercomputers seeking to outperform their opponents. So we designed Gripen’s smart architecture to ensure that we can introduce the latest powerful computers and other hardware swiftly and simply which is unmatched in this industry,” he said.

Changes can be easily made to a Gripen E fighter without affecting its flight critical systems. As a result, new capabilities have been constantly added to the two test aircraft 39-9 and 39-10.

Jonas also announced at the Farnborough that Gripen E recently undertook its first flight equipped with an IRIS-T air to air missile on each wingtip, and four pylons under the wings and the centre pylon on the fuselage.

“Gripen flew as expected and we are very pleased with the flight test results. During the flight, the aircraft carried out a number of maneuvers and actions to verify the flying and handling qualities of the aircraft with this extended configuration.”

On being asked by Jane's if Saab is open to collaboration on any future fighter project, ...

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Last year, Czech pilot Ivo Kardoš from the 211th Tactical Squadron at Čáslav Air base, won the award for the best flying demonstration by an overseas participant at RIAT. This year again, the Czech Gripen pilot performed a spectacular display at RIAT.

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With every passing year, the signal environment for Electronic Warfare (EW) systems is becoming more and more complex. There are more signals out there, both military and civilian. Hence it becomes imperative to have a smart EW systems which can quickly differentiate a threat signal from other signals.

All around us, there is an Electromagnetic (EM) spectrum which covers all energy radiated by means of electromagnetic waves including radio communication and radar transmission. According to Inga Bergstrom, Sales Director of Gripen EW, Electronic Warfare is the combat for control of the EM spectrum.

“EW may not be the primary function of a fighter, but it is an enabler to conduct a successful mission,” Inga says.

Some of the tactics used by pilots of fighter aircraft to avoid detection include silent flight by reducing emissions, or by flying at low heights. Even then, detection by enemy devices is a possibility, and in the event that Gripen E’s location has been compromised, EW system provides countermeasure techniques, such as Dispensing – in which decoys are released into the air, creating a false target to fool the enemy.

Elaborating on the features of Gripen’s EW system, Inga says that it is all about listening, detecting, identifying, and if you are detected first, about deterring, defending and defeating. 

EW has been an important part of Gripen from the beginning. Today, Saab has a small, compact system that does a number of things while also reducing drag and increasing ...

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Training at a different air base has its own set of advantages. For the ground staff, clearing the fighter from a different base requires some change in routine. For pilots, a new air base like Gotland could mean practicing close to the Baltic Sea, which is why this training was important for SwAF Gripen pilots. 

As a part of this exercise, Gripen pilots practiced the dissemination concept in which fighters were spread out in different directions, making it difficult for the opponents to detect them.

"We have, among other things, carried out air combat exercises with two other nations, France and Spain. Our Gripen fighters practised with and against Spanish Eurofighters and French Mirage fighters," says Jörgen Axelsson, divisional manager at 172 Stridsflyg division.

Read full story here.

Image courtesy: Forsvarsmakten​

Last Saturday, Czech Gripen presented a flare-filled performance for the visitors at   the Yeovilton Air Day in Somerset. Besides the five hour flying display by participants from across the globe, the Air Day also boasted of several ground attractions, from engineering fairs to the latest defence technology exhibitions.


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While developing a fighter, every single stage is important. Aircraft mechanic Maritza tells us about the various stations involved and how her job rotates around these stations to build the Gripen C/D fighter. 

“The final assembly consists of three stations. And it takes Gripen C/D 72 days to go through final assembly and after that, the fighter is ready to be painted,” she says.

During the first stage of assembly, the small but integral parts, such as cables and hydraulics are installed. It is necessary to have these in place before the bigger parts are installed since it helps in the optimization of space in the aircraft. According to Maritza, this is the most challenging station of the assembly process, since there are so many parts to install, almost 18000 articles in all.

The second stage of assembly sees the engine, windshield, canard, inlet and canopy being installed. These are the larger parts of the Gripen. After the installation, a functional test of the whole aircraft is performed, which is the third station. For Maritza, this station is the most fun because she gets to see how everything is working.

Gripen is assembled by referring to digital drawings, a deviation from printed ones. According to Maritza, says that there are notable advantages to using the digital medium, such as getting a 360° view of the aircraft and removing the details you don’t need to mount your parts of the day.

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Complex missions require training and preparation. Held at the Caslav Air Force Base,  Sky Avenger 2018 was one of the advanced training exercises which helped Czech Gripen pilots prepare for missions. Czech and American pilots carried out 153 drills for air raids and aerial refueling during the exercise which concluded on June 29. 

Aside from the Czech Gripen, the L-159 Alca, the Mi-24/35 and Mi-171 (Czech) helicopters, seven F-16 Fighting Falcon and two KC-135 tankers (American) participated in this year’s Sky Avenger,clocking in over 215 flight hours.

The aircraft were put through complex missions simulating real life scenarios from potential foreign operations. Apart from the capabilities of the aircraft, the pilots’ were tested on their ability to coordinate with each other while using air navigation guides and AWACS early warning alliance aircraft.

The Czech army has strong relations with the Nebraska and Texan National Guard, and has been involved in various training events since 1993 with them, including a similar exercise in 2009. 

Read the full report here.        

Image Courtesy: afbcaslav.cz                                                       

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