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"The program we are setting up right now is of course about delivering the aircraft as soon as possible to the Brazilian Air Force, and also about starting technology transfer to Brazil," says Mikael Franzén, Program Manager for Gripen Brazil.

The technology transfer program was one of the top reasons for the selection of Gripen for the FX2 requirement. The program has been designed to contribute to the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil. 

The technology transfer is divided into approximately 50 Transfer of Technology projects. The first group of Brazilian engineers and technicians (46 employees from Embraer and 2 from AEL) arrived in Sweden this month for on-the-job training. Over time, 350 Brazilian engineers will be coming to Sweden for training programs of 2 weeks to 2 years.

According to Saab, Brazilian industry will be responsible for developing a big part of some of the Gripen systems, including of the two-seat version.

FXM, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency has responded to a request for information from Croatia concerning the procurement of Gripen aircraft.

Croatia started to look for a replacement for its aging Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 “Fishbed” fighters in 2007. According to the FXM website, the request involved information on 8 to 12 newly built Gripen C/D fighters.

With the answer, FXM wishes to emphasize that Croatia is seen as a possible valuable future Gripen partner in an important region where other countries already are flying the Gripen, the report adds.

Read the full story here.

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven paid a visit to the Saab facility in Linköping, Sweden last week. The visit included a tour of the Gripen production site and a meeting with the first group of Brazilian engineers who will work on the development of Gripen, and they also got to see an impressive flight display. Watch the video from the visit. ​​​

Head of Saab Indonesia, Peter Carlqvist with Ambassador Johanna Brismar Skoog

Saab presented the Swedish Air Power Package at a press briefing held at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia in Jakarta. This press briefing was attended by a number of journalist from the media and communities. The media was informed of Saab’s offer and were given the opportunity to raise their questions.

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The F21 Gripen squad started night operations on the 15th of this month. Night flying exercises with the Gripen fighters have been conducted for several years now. October marks the beginning of the training season.

The exercises are being conducted every Thursday from the Kallax base. 14 such exercises will be conducted in a span of six months, from October to March.

The beauty of night flying in northern Sweden is that it can be conducted until 18:00, because a large part of the day is dark during the winter months.

Night flying is essential for the air force as it prepares the pilots for missions at all hours and in all weather conditions. 

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten

The first group of our Brazilian colleagues has landed in Sweden. In this first round, 46 employees from Embraer and two from AEL Sistemas have made their way to Linköping. In January/February 2016, the next group of 4 people will arrive. Around 30 people in total will arrive during the spring, with another 40 people due in the autumn of 2016.

Over time, around 350 Brazilian engineers will journey to Sweden to take part in courses and on-the-job-training within the framework of the Gripen to Brazil programme. Their arrival will coincide with new phases in the programme. This first phase will include many systems engineers and software developers. Pilots, flight test engineers, production engineers, and so on will be arriving a bit further down the line.

Read the full story here​.

Saab can supply almost any aircraft or airborne related system. Saab's avionics offer comprises a wide range of avionics equipment and systems as well as complete turnkey solutions for the upgrade of aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, to new standards.​

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The Instituto de Fomento e Coordenação Industrial (IFI), Brazil and the Swedish Military Aviation Safety Inspectorate (FLYGI) recently formalized the mutual recognition of certification-related activities in order to ensure the airworthiness of the Gripen E/F to be manufactured by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). 

In between the 6th and 9th of October they signed an Implementation Procedure (IP) which was preceded by a visit to FLYGI and Saab facilities. The initial draft of the document began in July 2004 and involved numerous email exchanges as well as international meetings. It was finally signed by Col. Anders Janson, director of FLYGI and Col. Marcelo Franchitto, director of IFI on 9th October.

The mutual recognition aims to make more efficient use of skilled labor from both organizations in order to keep the government spending to a minimum. The recognition further enables any future aeronautical projects involving both countries. Read the full story here.

To counter security threats, it is very important for an Air Force to have its combat readiness in place. Last weekend, F21 conducted an exercise to check its readiness, reports the Forsvarsmakten.

“We have done the exercise with speed, precision and panache,” says Joakim Hjort, Chief of the fleet.

According the Forsvarsmakten report, the participating personnel were not aware about the exercise till they were called in by the senior management. As a part of this exercise, a Gripen fighter was sent for an immediate rotation while an airbase security platoon patrolled the area.

In the past few years, in response to increased Russian activity over the Baltic Sea, Sweden has had an increased number of quick reaction alerts in its airspace. Squadron readiness hence has been a top priority for a while now.

“We have completed the task successfully, ensuring our availability and readiness. We have delivered operational efficiency. With the high availability of our units, both ground and air, we have proved that that we are all ready to deliver here and now,” Joakim Hjort says.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Louise Levin/Swedish Armed Forces

toms-fekete-jorgen_axelsso-jaroslav_mika__chayot-sawansan_sid-18-copy.jpgGripen pilots, from left: Lt Col Tomás Fekete (Hungary), Lt Col Jörgen Axelsson (Sweden), Lt Col Jaroslav Míka (Czech Republic) and Captain Chayot Sawansan (Thailand)

jan_ducha_sid-19_web.jpgMaintenance manager Jan Ducha carries out a service check on a Gripen during the Lion Effort exercise.
Technician Jaroslav Slezak and pilot Pavel Svec carry out final checks on the Gripen prior to take-off from the Čáslav airbase in the Czech Republic.

The Czech Gripen fleet has been around for ten years now and has proved its capability via its participation in numerous exercises and NATO deployments. "It was we Czechs who proved that Gripen was fully NATO-compatible, "says Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Mika, Commander of Caslav's 211 Squadron.

“Apart from the Swedes themselves, the Czech air force was the first to fly Gripen,” notes the Lieutenant Colonel.

Czech Gripen’s first flight took place in 2005. The contract which was signed a year earlier included a ten year lease agreement for 12 Gripen Cs and two Gripen D model trainers. During the initial years of the agreement, thirteen Swedish military experts were sent to the Czech Republic to provide Gripen conversion training and technical support to Czech pilots. This included personnel from SwAF and Saab. Gradually, the number of these experts was decreased and this month, the last three experts came back to Sweden as well.

In the last ten years, Czech Gripen have been deployed to a number of exercises that are designed to promote solidarity between NATO air forces. For example, between October and ...

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