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The Methodist University of São Paulo will conduct a seminar tomorrow on the economic and technological benefits from the acquisition and manufacturing of Gripen, reports

The seminar on "Aerospace Industry, regional development and business opportunities: International cases of the production chain of the Gripen" will cover technology transfer, employment opportunities and industrial co-operation programs. The experiences of current Gripen operators will also be presented. 

One of the key speakers, Ana Lima from LAB Consulting, will make a presentation on "Defense as Social Investment: Technological Spillovers From Gripen".

Brazil announced the selection of Gripen for the FX2 requirement on 18 December 2013. The finalized contract covers the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft, plus related systems and equipment. This year, Brazil and Sweden signed the financing contract that will facilitate the acquisition. 

The seminar will be held at Auditorium Sigma, Methodist University of São Paulo, Campus Rudge Ramos, Alpheus Street Tavares, 149, Sao Bernardo do Campo. 

Click here for more information.

Personnel and six Gripen aircraft from the F21 wing of the Swedish Air Force are participating in NATO’s Trident Juncture 2015.

Trident Juncture is the largest military training exercise conducted by NATO since 2002. 36,000 personnel from all NATO states, as well as seven non-NATO members including Sweden, are participating in the exercise. The exercise encompasses land, air and naval domains.

The SwAF Gripen aircraft are being deployed out of the Beja Airbase in Portugal and will participate in Air Defese (interceptor), Fighter Bomber (light bomber in tactical bombing and ground attack) and Air Reconnaissance roles, throughout the course of the exercise.

Trident Juncture is being hosted by Italy, Portugal and Spain and has two parts: a Command Post Exercise (CPX) from 3-16 October and a Live Exercise (LIVEX) from 21 October to 6 November.

To know more about the exercise, click here.

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The video shows a SwAF Gripen landing on a road in Finland. Two Gripen fighters from F 21 Norrbotten Wing were in Finland recently to participate in a Cross Border Training. One of the main goals of the exercise involved dual and solo operations from a road base in both night and day conditions.

Gripen, like its predecessors the Viggen and the Drakken, has been designed from Cold War strategic philosophy which put a lot of emphasis on the ability to take off and land on very short, actual road conditions. Gripen has STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) capabilities which means it can take off and land in less than 600 meters.

The Finnish and the Swedish air forces have trained together since the early 2000s, with aviation exercises and exchanges of divisions. This, however was the first time when Gripen pilots landed on a road base in Finland.

The Hungarian Gripen fighters have completed their 100th flight hour over the Baltic States. Four HuAF Gripen fighters are operating in the Baltic region starting September this year. The pilots have already received honours for their great performance during the mission so far. The Hungarian Contingent will provide air policing to the Baltic states till December.

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Saab and Boeing are working in collaboration to develop a trainer aircraft for the USAF. Saab has been working on this project for a couple of years with a team both in St Louis and in Linköping and Saab CEO, Håkan Buskhe has complete confidence in their entry into the T-X competition. 

Along with the T-X trainer, Saab is working on the development of the new generation of Gripen fighters and there will also be a two-seater variant of the Gripen NG. 

"We really have not been doing so many aircraft types since the 50s," Buskhe says.

On being asked about new markets for Gripen, Buskhe says that there are many possibilities but he cannot say much. Swedish Air Force had earlier announced that it cannot lend any more Gripen C/D. Buskhe says that Saab can still export Gripen C/D variant adding that it is possible to supply new C/D fighters in 18 months. 

 Read the full story here.

​A full size model of Gripen NG was on display at the recently held Open Gates 2015 at the Brazilian Annapolis Air Base. Open Gates attracted about 40,000 visitors who got an opportunity to have a close look at the model of their future fighter aircraft.

SwAF Gripen at the Siauliai air base, Lithuania

Last week, four Swedish Air Force Gripen were at Šiauliai, Lithuania to participate in the Baltic Region Training Event 22 (BRTE22), reports the Forsvarsmakten Blog

The training event includes search and rescue missions, practice of standard interoperability and cooperation and coordination procedures. Air-to-air combat training and air-to-air refuelling were conducted on both days.

“It is an important exercise that gives us a lot of experience as we collaborate with other aircraft types with different capabilities," says Jörgen Axelsson, F17 division.

The first BRTE happened in 2008. The exercise aims at training personnel on rotational Baltic Air Policing duties and improving interoperability and takes place three times a year.

The two day training event took place on 29 and 30 September.

Read the full story here​.

Image Courtesy: Thomas Mårtensson​ Swedish Armed Forces

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Every nation’s air force has unique requirements and economic resources. Therefore, when it comes to financing, tailored financial solutions are possible, including both buy and lease.

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Photo: Stefan Kalm

Have you ever wondered how great it would be if commoners could go to space? Have you ever thought if there will be a time when space shuttles and planes are the same?

According to Richard Richards, a NASA Astronaut, space shuttles and fighter aircraft are both fast. But there are more differences than similarities.

And will it be possible for Gripen to fly in space?

‘Probably not,’ says Knut Övrebö, Chief Engineer and Product Manager, Future Air System at Saab. “We should never say never. But I cannot really see a reason why it will be possible. On the other hand we have a very good benefit of services related to space or space technology. But we have a fighter aircraft designed to fly in the atmosphere. We have an air breathing engine. We have material that is not compatible. Our life support system for the pilots is not compatible either.”

Knut Övrebö however does say that Gripen is all set to meet the demands of future.

"Gripen is well prepared for the future. We have a customer who is committed till at least 2040. We need to stay operationally relevant till that time frame. There will be generations of pilots flying the same aircraft. There is a constant development of technology in order to upgrade all the time and stay at the edge of capability. I would say that Gripen is very well prepared to adopt this kind of technology. It starts at the design phase itself. While ...

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As part of the MoU signed by Saab and Embraer, a group of 44 engineers and technicians will travel to Sweden on 19th October. The engineers will work on the development of the Gripen NG fighter which is being produced by Saab to equip the FAB (Brazilian Air Force). 

The agreement between Brazil and Sweden not only enlisted the purchase of Gripen aircraft but also included technology transfer which is to be carried out by Embraer.

According to Embraer, by 2020 the company will send 220 engineers to Saab’s headquarters to work on the project and familiarize themselves with the aircraft, its production and maintenance. Embraer will also be solely responsible for the production of the two-seater variant of the Gripen NG. 

The arrival of Brazilian engineers is a milestone in the development of the Gripen NG for the FAB. “This important event marks the formal start of the Brazilian Gripen NG program. Now we will work at full speed to ensure deliveries in the given period”, said Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

Read the full story here.

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