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Defence and security company Saab has received order from Brazilian Embraer Defense and Security on upgrade of the Erieye AEW&C Mission System. The total order amounts to 380 MSEK.
The contract is for the delivery of an upgrade of the existing Erieye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) systems, as part of the modernization programme for the Embraer 145 AEW&C, named E-99 in the Brazilian Air Force. The E-99 is important within the Brazilian Air Force in the control of airspace and border surveillance and the upgrade will bring a substantial increased operational capability.
"Saab's Erieye AEW&C Mission system provides excellent surveillance capabilities and control over air and sea targets. We are very proud to supply these systems to Brazil where it plays an important role in national security,” says Micael Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems.
The upgrade of the Erieye AEW&C Mission System will be delivered from 2014 until 2017.
Saab’s Erieye AEW&C Mission System has been well received on the market. The first system for Brazilon the Embraer 145 became operational 2002. Erieye is also in operations on Embraer 145 in Mexico and Greece. The very first Erieye system was delivered in 1997 for aircraft model 340 for the Swedish Air Force. Customers of the Saab 340 system also include Thailand and the United Arab Emirate. Saab is also delivering Erieye to Pakistan, installed on the Saab 2000 aircraft.
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Defence and security company Saab has signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for Gripen E. The agreement includes development and modification of Gripen E for Sweden during the period 2013-2026 and a possible order for new production of Gripen E from Switzerland. FMV has today placed an initial development order of SEK 2.5 billion for operations during 2013-2014. Remaining orders from Sweden are expected in 2013-2014. The total value of possible orders under the agreement amounts to a total of SEK 47.2 billion.
The Swedish Parliament, has with a broad majority, decided that Sweden will acquire Gripen E. The agreement signed leads to an initial delivery of Gripen E to Sweden in 2018.The agreement with FMV includes several parts. The first part, ordered today, relates to development of Gripen E in 2013-2014 and is worth SEK 2.5 billion. The remaining parts of the agreement include orders as follows:
All orders under the agreement, including a possible order from Switzerland via FMV, amounts to a total value of approximately SEK 47.2 billion and will be booked when each order is received.The agreement includes rights for FMV - conditional to certain pre-requisites - to fully or partly make cancellations. If so, Saab has the right to compensation for costs already taken and costs for discontinuation. The agreement also includes sections regulating the conditions should Switzerland decide not to acquire Gripen E.“This is an historic event for Saab. We are proud to continue to deliver a world-leading fighter aircraft to the Swedish Air Force. Gripen has long been the backbone of the Swedish Air Force as well as for several other countries. This next step also creates more opportunities in the export market for many years to come. Our existing customers that operate the Gripen C/D version will also be able to take advantage of some of the development in their future upgrades,” says Saab’s President and CEO Håkan Buskhe.“We are now entering a development and test phase which will occupy many of our existing employees. We also anticipate that we will need to recruit. The production will take place in Sweden with suppliers from several countries,” says Lennart Sindahl, Head of business area Aeronautics, and adds:“With this agreement we continue to develop the successful Gripen concept with our own innovative and unique design as well as our own software combined with sub-systems from different suppliers around the world.”Gripen E has a substantially developed capability compared to previous versions. The aircraft is based on the same smart design and innovative technological solutions, which leads to considerable savings compared to other alternatives. Gripen E has a more powerful engine with the capacity to operate for a longer duration and carry more weapons and payload. New electronic radar, upgraded presentation systems in the cockpit and modern avionics (aircraft electronics) enhances the ability to perform successful missions. The technological steps that have been taken with Gripen E have been proven in the Gripen 39-7 E/F demonstrator program, where the test aircraft has flown more than 250 hours in Sweden, the UK, India and Switzerland among others since 2008.Through upgrading both hardware and software, Gripen E becomes a modern system that is easy to further develop for the future.
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A Swiss evaluation team has been test flying the Gripen F Demonstrator multi-role fighter with Saab in Linköping, Sweden. The Swiss team consisted of test pilots and engineers from both armasuisse and the Swiss Air Force.
The purpose of the flights was to verify the integration of the new AESA radar. Test results were recorded and will be used by Saab and the radar manufacturer Selex Galileo for the next development steps.
“We are very satisfied with the progress of the Gripen C to Gripen E upgrade development. That is the result of this week's test flights,” says Jürg Weber, Program Director Gripen at armasuisse. He also praises the collaboration with both Saab and the Swedish Government, which he describes as being very good.
Saab Chief Test Pilot Richard Ljungberg commanded the flight tests and says:
“The test flights were executed according to plan and I appreciate the professional attitude shown by the Swiss test team. I'm looking forward to the next steps in the Swiss evaluation programme.”
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Saab’s technology transfer plan regarding Gripen NG for the Brazilian F-X2 fighter jet competition has been further strengthened by its partner GE Aviation signing MOU´s with several Brazilian aerospace companies.
The MOU’s enable Brazilian suppliers to become a member of GE’s global supply chain and strengthens the in-country component of Saab’s Gripen NG proposal to the Brazilian Air Force.
The MOUs with Grauna Aerospace S.A., Increase Aviation Service Ltda., TAP Maintenance and Engineering, Avio do Brasil and AKAER provide local expertise in different areas of aircraft maintenance, manufacturing and engineering.
"GE Aviation is pleased to build on our excellent relationship with Brazil, where we have developed cutting edge technologies with local industry and launched our most recent technology research center in Rio de Janeiro,” said Tom Champion, GE Aviation Industrial Cooperation director. "With on-the-job training, GE will help build industrial capabilities in Brazil that will position the country to compete in the aerospace market for years to come."
The potential co-operation for GE Aviation is to develop programs with the Brazilian aerospace companies to establish long-term aircraft support within Brazil. The programs would include technology transfer as well as training in maintenance and assembly and engine inspection and testing.
“I am very pleased with the continued and extended support from GE that demonstrates their commitment to our joint activities in Brazil. Saab and GE has a long term successful partnership in the Gripen program,” said Åke Albertsson Saab Country Manager in Brazil.
Akaer is already participating in the Gripen NG programme including design, tooling and industrialization and in May 2012 Saab strengthened its relation with Akaer through a financial investment furthering yet another important step towards further future design, development and production of Gripen NG in Brazil.
Saab’s proposal for Gripen NG in Brazil includes a Technology Transfer plan to equip Brazilian industry with the necessary capabilities (skills & knowledge) to perform development, production and maintenance of the Gripen NG.
The Transfer of Technology will be performed through hands-on development work and put into practice through the development, manufacturing, operation and future upgrade phases of the Gripen NG in Brazil .A strategic alliance with Brazilian industry where Brazil will become an equal partner in the development work of Gripen NG.
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Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), for the support and maintenance of Gripen and technical support for the Swedish Armed Forces. The order forms part of an earlier signed agreement for performance-based support and maintenance. The order has a total value of SEK 330 million.
The order, for services in 2013, is placed under options included in a previously signed agreement with FMV, for performance-based support and maintenance of Gripen. The agreement was signed in June 2012. The order includes support and maintenance activities, which are essential for the flight and operation of Gripen, and includes technical publications and repairs. In addition, the order comprises logistical services and technical support for air, land, sea and command and control systems. The work will be undertaken in Sweden at Saab’s facilities in Linköping, Arboga, Järfälla, Göteborg, Växjö and Östersund. The original support and development agreement with FMV included options for further orders to a maximum value of SEK 2 billion until 2016, of which the SEK 330 million forms part. Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 (0)734 180 018, pressc...@saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com/Twitter www.saabgroup.com/YouTube The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on November 2 at 13.00.
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On the 6th November the security and defence company Saab will be welcomed by the Industrial Federation of Rio Grande do Sul providing an excellent opportunity, via a workshop of developing local Industrial links, to foster Innovation & Technology across their entire portfolio of land, air, sea and civil security.
In addition to this workshop and in order to further outline Saab’s intentions of a joint Gripen NG program together with Brazilian industry, Saab investigates the possibilities to involve Brazilian industry with the long term aim to create a joint Swedish – Brazilian program.
A demonstration of this commitment is the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed between Saab and AEL SISTEMAS S/A (AEL) based in Rio Grande do Sul, within the avionics arena. The MoU identifies projects relating to areas of the development, production and long term logistics support of the Gripen NG avionics package.
Saab’s proposal to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) does not only focus on the Gripen NG system but also addresses FAB and Brazilian government requirement for independence. Saab’s proposal is designed to create capabilities in Brazil enabling national autonomy in maintenance, future upgrades, weapons integration as well as in future fighter design, development and operations. This will enable Brazilian companies, such as, AEL to take part in the development program.
During the 6-9th November, Saab the Swedish Defence and Security Company will hold a number of Industrial Workshops in the fields of advanced technology with the vision to strenghthen the relations with Brazilian Industry, current and future, by increasing the knowledge of Saab’s product and system’s portfolio.
The first event will be held in Porto Alegre, at the Industrial Federation of Rio Grande do Sul’s headquarters, before moving to Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo and finally Rio de Janeiro on the 9th.
During the workshops, participating companies will have the opportunity to share experience and background that will help identify and mould potential projects that will build on Sweden and Saab’s long industrial tradition in Brazil.Saab has advanced technological capabilities in several different areas where Workshop participants can focus on possible business opportunities. “Saab is more than an aircraft manufacturer; it is above all a high technology company with a broad portfolio of products,” says Åke Albertson, Saab In country Manager Brazil.
“Brazil is seen as one of Saab’s most important markets with many interesting business opportunities. We see Brazil becoming a hub for Saab’s business in Latin America and see how Saab’s partners in Brazil can take advantage of this. This Industrial road show is an excellent example of co-operation that will benefit beyond one company and one country,” explains Åke Albertsson.
Next week the Gripen E/F test aircraft will make its debut in the Swiss alps during the Axalp flight demonstration by the Swiss Air Force, 10-11 October. Wednesday morning the aircraft arrived in Switzerland after a non-stop flight from Linköping in Sweden.
For the first time, the Gripen E/F test aircraft will be flying over Switzerland. On 10-11 October the aircraft will participate in the annual flight demonstration by the Swiss Air Force at Axalp-Ebenfluh air force firing range. Gripen will stay in Switzerland from 3-12 October and it will be based at Emmen Airbase. The two-seater test aircraft will be flown by Swiss pilots from armasuisse and from the Swiss Air Force, with a Saab test pilot in the back seat. “It is an honour for us to have been invited to participate in this high-profile event and to have the opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the next generation Gripen to the Swiss Defence Forces as well as to the people in Switzerland”, says Richard Smith, Campaign Director Gripen Switzerland, Saab. In addition to the Axalp flight demonstrations, the programme for next week will include a presentation of the aircraft on 9 October to the Swiss Defence Committees, both in the air and on the ground. Thereto, armasuisse will host a press meeting about Gripen on Friday 12 October. Gripen E/F, the next generation Gripen, is an advanced and modern fighter aircraft system that meets the demands of tomorrow’s air defence from countries around the world. Saab keeps building on experiences from previous versions of Gripen which have a proven track record with five air forces. The next generation Gripen will have a dramatically enhanced performance. The Gripen E aircraft delivered to Switzerland will be a state-of-the-art fighter aircraft system with advanced capabilities. The new software and hardware (e.g. the new AESA radar) of the next generation Gripen E have been tested and demonstrated in the Gripen E/F test aircraft.
To find out more about Gripen in Switzerland next week, read comments and viewphotos from Axalp, visit www.gripen.ch.
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On 8 September 2012, the Swiss Air Force Officers Society AVIA invited its members to an information meeting on the evaluation and acquisition of the new fighter of the Swiss Armed Forces (TTE). AVIA had invited Swiss and Swedish officials as well as industrial representatives including Saab to be present on the discussion panel.
Decisions on large strategic defence material acquisitions are often subject to debate. Since the announcement of the Swiss type-selection of Gripen on 30 November, the Swiss acquisition process has been subject to great interest and debate among several stakeholders. According to the organizers the main objective of the information event on 8 September was to let the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, DDPS, the Swedish delegation with the Ambasador, the Defence Attaché, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, FXM, and Saab as the manufacturer of Gripen to rectify and respond to common misconceptions about the evaluation, the type-selection and the fighter aircraft itself.
"This meeting was an excellent opportunity for us to meet and discuss with the AVIA group and other invited stakeholders. Some important clarifications regarding the process and the Gripen fighter were made and we welcome open discussions in forums like this", says Richard Smith, Campaign Director for Gripen in Switzerland, and continues "We are convinced that Switzerland has made an excellent choice of fighter for the future, an advanced fighter that meets the high requirements of a modern air force. It is the most cost-efficient option for Switzerland – on acquisition and across its whole lifecycle and this is key to ensuring that Switzerland is able to maintain a well-balanced Armed Forces."
On the discussion panel
National Councillor Corina Eichenberger, Subcommittee SIK (Security Committee National Council)
Dr. Christian Catrina, Chief Security Policy DDPS
Lieutenant General Markus Gygax, Chief of Swiss Air Force
Peter Minder, Head of Communication DDPS
Jean-Luc Michoud, Representative SME and GRPM (Group of Defence and Security Equipment Manufacturers and Subcontractors)
Dr. Peter Braun, Historian
Per Thöresson, Swedish Ambassador in Switzerland
Col Klas Petterson (tbc), Defence Attaché in Switzerland/Swedish Air Force Pilot (ret.)
Joakim Wallin, Market Director, Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency
Magnus Gustafsson, Regional Director Europe, Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency
Eddy de la Motte, Saab Vice President, Head of Gripen Export
Richard Smith, Saab Campaign Director Gripen, Switzerland.
Henry Johansson, Saab In-Country Director Gripen, Switzerland.
Magnus Karlsson, Saab Marketing Director Gripen, Switzerland.
Björn Danielsson, Saab Operational Analyst, Swedish Air Force Pilot (ret.)
Håkan Lindell, Saab Deputy Product Director Gripen
Defence and security company Saab welcomes the Swedish government’s announcement it has reached an agreement with Switzerland about the procurement of the next generation Gripen. Furthermore, they suggest that Sweden acquires 40-60 planes of the next generation Gripen. The Swedish government today informs about this in a press release on their website, www.regeringen.se.
This is an important step in the development of the future Swedish defence. Gripen is a modern fighter jet system, which, through the use of the latest technology, can operate in advanced combat and recon missions. Gripen is designed to meet demands from existing and future threats as well as to keep low operational costs compared to its competitors. The announcement by the Swedish government today is a preview of what the budget proposition, presented on 20 September, will contain. Later this year, the proposal will be negotiated in the Swedish parliament. Saab has presented the government with a tender for the next generation Gripen. There is not yet an agreement but Saab looks forward to the discussions, which will lead to a deal and an order for Gripen. Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 (0)734 180 018, pressc...@saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com/Twitter www.saabgroup.com/YouTube The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on August 25 at 16.00.
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The Gripen NG test aircraft is now flying with a SELEX Galileo Raven ES-05 AESA radar installed, following extensiv testing with an earlier AESA prototype.
Raven ES-05 is a high performance Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fire control radar designed for the Saab Gripen NG multi role fighter that builds on over 60 years of SELEX Galileo’s fire control radar experience. It has been designed in close collaboration with Saab and is a vital part of the Gripen next generation multi functional sensor system.
The sensor suite includes active and passive sensors, integrated for central sensor command and sensor fusion. This will significantly increase the multirole capability and sensor performance against future threats and more complex scenarios.
The Raven ES-05 AESA radar features an innovative roll-repositionable AESA antenna to provide a full ±100º field of regard that improves the capability for maximum situational awareness and platform survivability. This allows the pilot to maintain the missile datalink and turn away whilst the scenario continues and the ES-05 aquires other targets and tasks.
The highly reliable AESA transmit-receive module technology incorporated in Raven ES-05 significantly improves system availability leading to reduced lifecycle costs. SELEX Galileo AESA Radars delivering greater performance and higher reliability than comparable mechanically scanned radars and offers all the advantages of multi-function AESA arrays with significant through life cost savings.
The Raven ES-05 Radar has been designed from the outset to meet worldwide fire control radar detection and target tracking needs combined into one efficient modular system. It builds on common modular units for a scalable system architecture to meet the needs of fire control and intercept radar operational requirements whilst remaining resistant to radar countermeasures.
The AESA antenna is coupled to fully digital multi-channel exciter/receiver and processor Line Replaceable Units (LRUs). These provide a comprehensive mode suite which includes air-to-air, air-to-surface, interleaved and support functions which can be readily adapted or extended in software to meet future needs.
The radar makes use of AESA alert-confirm techniques to confirm targets on first detection. This combined with optimised AESA waveforms results in increased track initiation ranges, whilst simultaneously maintaining situational awareness. The instantaneous scanning ability of the AESA also provides a comprehensive suite of interleaved air and surface modes, thus providing the pilot with all round situational awareness.
At the core of the AESA radar design is the ability to tolerate individual item failure. Component failures in the array result in graceful performance degradation rather than complete system failure, delivering high operational availability when compared with conventional radar systems. Significant cost benefits over the life of the system are realised due to the high reliability, increased availability and reduced maintenance requirements.
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Defence and security company Saab and the British Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) have extended the agreement to use the Gripen multi-role fighter for ETPS test pilot and test engineer courses during 2012. ETPS students have used Gripen as part of their training since 1999.
The recently signed contract contains several ETPS courses including two training campaigns per year, one in the spring and one in the fall to take place in Sweden. The Gripen fighter aircraft has been used in test pilot training courses for 13 years and is an important part of the ETPS Fixed Wing Graduate Course syllabus. Instructors and students use a dual seat Gripen for instructional flights and simulator training, experiencing Gripens advanced technology and flight characteristics. Learning specific techniques, provide systems and assessment on the aircraft are also fundamental parts of the programme. The campaign also consists of target flights where a SK 60 jet trainer aircraft is used as a target for radar assassment. “Saab is thrilled to have been awarded the ETPS contract for 2012, says Eddy de la Motte, Vice President and Head of Gripen Export. It is an excellent acknowledgement of Gripen’s capabilities having yet again been selected as ETPS choice of latest generation fighter and we are naturally glad to continue this fruitful cooperation.” There is also a close collaboration between Saab and the Swedish Air Force regarding the ETPS programme, where all flying is conducted in Sweden. Therefore students and instructors will go to Saab flight test facility in Linköping, where a course of simulator flying is held, while Gripen simulator training takes place at the Swedish Air Force F 7 Wing, Såtenäs. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 734 180 018 pressc...@saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com/Twitter www.saabgroup.com/YouTube Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
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Today, Friday 29 June, Sweden’s Minister for Defence Karin Enström has visited Switzerland for a bilateral meeting with her Swiss colleague, Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer.
During the visit, a declaration of intent was signed (see attachment), investigating possibilities of increased co-operation in the area of defence and security. The focus of this greater co-operation is the possible joint procurement of the next version of Gripen (Gripen E/F). Negotiations are currently underway between the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) and Swiss authorities to draw up a proposal for the contents of a joint procurement.
"We welcome the on-going dialogue and the Declaration of Intent between Sweden and Switzerland about a potential acquisition of Gripen as well as co-operation in other areas within security and defence. We are very proud to have been selected preferred choice for Switzerland to replace their current F-5 aircraft and look forward to provide Switzerland with their fighter for the future, Gripen", says Lennart Sindahl at Aeronautics.
Declaration of Intent on Enhanced Cooperation (pdf)
Saab has received four orders from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, for Gripen development, support and maintenance through 2016. The orders entails an initial order of SEK 3,6 billion plus options for additional orders amounting to a maximum of SEK 2 billion until December 2016.
The agreement includes several parts: A performance-based support and maintenance solution, performance-based logistics as well associated ground resources for upkeep. Also included is an addition to Gripen development package (MS20) as well as studies and definition activities for further Gripen development. "Gripen has already proven its growth potential by carrying out different mission task that it was not initially intended for, like last summers operation Unified Protector in Libya," says Lennart Sindahl, head of Saab's business area Aeronautics. "It is therefore important for the future that we can continue to add new capabilities by request from FMV to a flight system that has already proven to be of world class today." Performance-based logistics entails that Saab provides guaranteed service times for systems and subsystems that are included in Gripen. Activities included in the contract are for example, supplying the Swedish Armed Forces with spare parts, maintenance of aircraft systems, technical engineering support, technical publications and logistics solutions for operation of the Gripen system in Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Thailand. Saab has previously had several different support agreements for Gripen, all of which are now replaced by this long-term contract. “This long-term contract enables Saab to conduct support operations in a more effective manner, compared to previous agreements," says Lars-Erik Wige, head of Saab's Support and Services business area. "Efficiency and availability are key words." The orders that are placed under the options included in the agreement will be placed once a year. The options encompass support and maintenance operations that are decisive to running aviation operations with Gripen, such as technical publications and repairs. The work will mainly take place at Saab's facilities in Linköping, Arboga, Järfälla and Gothenburg, Sweden. Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. For further information, please contact: Saab's press centre, +46 (0)734 180 018, pressc...@saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was released for publication on 29 June at 11.00 CET.
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Defence and security company Saab is participating at Rio +20 – the UN’s environment and climate change conference on sustainable development. In association with the conference Saab is hosting a seminar with the theme "The Attractive City - Efficient, Secure and Sustainable’.
As early as 1937 when Saab was founded, the purpose of creating technology was to protect the citizens of Sweden in a troubled Europe. Today, there are other global challenges such as climate and environmental threats to resolve. Saab's overall technology and knowledge base contribute to energy efficiency and reduced climate impact. “Saab is not only a leading company in aerospace and defence. Today, we are using 75 years of experience and extensive knowledge to improve society's different flows and thereby contribute to a sustainable society. Our existing knowledge base will have a crucial role in the development of new integrated systems for the application leading to reduced environmental impact,” says Carl-Johan Koivisto, Director, Head of New Business Initiatives, Saab AB and responsible for Saab's Green Tech project. “I am happy that through representation from the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, we can join in and introduce Saab to Brazil as a major player in Green Tech sector,” says Elisa Sohlman, Executive Director of the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Sweden (BHK), who will participate in the seminar. The seminar is a forum for dialogue with various decision makers and opinion leaders about the future challenges but most of all regarding the solutions for a sustainable society. Everything from municipal representatives to parliamentarians has been invited for talks to take part in the latest urban solutions. The seminar will include Mr. Nabil Bonduki, Former Secretary of Water Resources and Urban Environments for the Ministry of the Environment in Brazil, Thomas Melin, Senior Policy Advisor at UN HABITAT, Mr. Bruno Rondani, CEO, Swedish-Brazilian Research and Innovation Centre (CISB) and Marcia Silva, Head of the Goiania Project at Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Carl-Johan Koivisto, Director, Head of New Business Initiatives, Saab AB. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 734 180 018 pressc...@saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com/Twitter www.saabgroup.com/YouTube Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
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Defence and security company Saab has announced the publication of the Gripen Czech Offset Program annual performance report for the year ending December 31, 2011.
The report, which has been approved by the Czech Ministry of Defence, documents the annual fulfilment of the Program of Industrial Cooperation accompanying the lease of 14 Gripen fighter aircraft to the Czech Republic by the Swedish Government.
“We are very pleased to announce ahead of schedule delivery of our total offset value under the Gripen Offset Program. A particular highlight of the Gripen Offset Program in 2011 was Saab’s acquisition of the assets of E - COM, Slavkov-based maker of virtual training simulators. Saab is very pleased to expand its business in the Czech Republic to simulator production as well,” says Bengt Littke, Gripen Program Director – Czech Republic.
"The Gripen Offset Program is one of the most important and successful programs under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence. The results of the program were presented to the Parliamentary Sub-committee for the oversight of acquisitions by the Ministry of Defence on 3rd April 2012, and they were very positively received by the Members of Parliament and the representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade," says Colonel Engineer. Pavel Bulant – Armaments Division Director at the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic.
Czech Gripen Offset program
Saab’s goal is to create Offset projects that contribute to the long-term economic strength of its partners, both in the defence and civil sector.
Czech Gripen Offset Program is contractually committed to generate Industrial Co-operation to a value equal to 130% of the Gripen fighter lease contract value, which represents 25.545 billion CZK. The Offset Agreement requires a minimum direct Offset equalling 20% of the total Offset Agreement value (direct Offset refers to transactions in the defence, aerospace and security sectors). The Offset Program runs from June 14, 2004 to December 31, 2014.
All aspects of the Offset Program are governed by the Agreement on the Program of Industrial Cooperation, a bilateral contract concluded between Gripen International and the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic (MoD). Czech offset legislation applies in the form of Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) Decree No. 19/2010. The MoD has the final power to approve or reject offset transactions and offset values within the Program. The MIT is the administrator and technical guarantor of the Offset Program, together with the multi-ministerial Offset Commission. In accordence with the contractual conditions, the Offset Program is subject to annual independent audits.
Gripen is a new generation fighter aircraft that employs the latest technology and the latest weapons to deliver the capability for an extensive variety of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance operational missions. Gripen is in service with the Swedish, Czech, Hungarian, South African and Thai air forces. The UK Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) operates Gripen as its advanced fast jet platform for test pilots worldwide. Gripen is also type-selected by the Swiss government as their future multirole fighter aircraft. Gripen is fully NATO compatible and can be deployed globally. Gripen meets the highest demands of operational deployment.
Gripen International also has successful Offset Programs (Industrial Co-operation) in South Africa and in Hungary.
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Under a blue sky all six Gripen nations meet in the air during the Aerospace Forum event that took place in Linköping, Sweden last week. A historical moment that once again marks the success that Gripen has made in the international market.
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Gripen is operational in the Swedish, Czech, Hungarian, South African and Royal Thai Air Forces. The UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) operates Gripen as its advanced fast jet platform for test pilots worldwide. In November 2011 the Swiss Federal Council also selected Gripen as the preferred candidate to replace the F-5.
The defence and security company Saab and the Inter-American Development Bank have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement will facilitate cooperation in projects where the Development Bank is offering finance to Latin American cities to support sustainable development.
Saab and the Inter-American Development Bank will jointly investigate opportunities to cooperate in Saab’s project for attractive cities, and will consider whether the project has the potential to be carried forward within the framework of the Bank’s initiative to support the development of sustainable cities and safe environments in Latin America. “Over the past decade, Latin America and the Caribbean has been one of the fastest-growing regions in the world,” says Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank. “We have more than 500 cities with populations between 100,000 and two million people, and we need to make sure they develop in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. We look forward to exploring areas of cooperation with Saab’s attractive cities project, which taps the company’s technology to contribute to sustainable urban environments in areas experiencing increased population and growth.” Saab’s project for attractive cities is a long-term initiative with the target of developing existing expertise and technical products into a product portfolio of environmentally sustainable solutions that contribute to efficient, safe and sustainable urban environments. “Saab views the cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank very positively, and it fits well into Saab’s strategy to create global partnerships and networks for sustainable development,” says Dan Jangblad, Saab’s Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. “Saab is a technology company with large numbers of advanced products and solutions that are well-suited to meeting the challenges of the environmental field.” Saab GreenTech is a business concept that aims to create and bring into use environmentally sustainable solutions in a variety of contexts where people impact on the environment. This could for example involve using situation pictures and sensor integration to manage and control traffic flows efficiently in order to avoid traffic jams and accidents. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 734 180 018 www.saabgroup.com Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
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In connection with Saab’s Gripen NG proposal to Brazil the Defence and Security Company, has expanded its planned co-operation with Aeroeletronica Ltda (AEL) of Brazil and now also includes development, production and long term logistics of the Gripen NG avionics package.
In 2009, Saab and AEL Sistemas signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) identifying potential areas of co-operation under the Brazilian F-X2 Program. Since then, AEL experienced a significant growth and capabilities evolution, which has opened new opportunities for co-operation between the companies. The existing MoU between Saab and AEL Sistemas has now been revised and further expanded and identifies projects relating areas of the development, production and long term logistics support of the Gripen NG avionics package. Mr Vitor Jaime Puglia Neves, Vice President of AEL Sistemas S/A, stated that “I welcome the MoU between Saab and AEL Sistemas which represents an extremely important step towards the creation of a Brazilian Complete Avionics Package from AEL and respective CLS services in the Gripen NG aircraft. “ Saab’s approach to industrial co-operation covers a broad range of long term sustainable business activities focused not only on the product, delivering investment, job creation, technology transfer, manufacturing, technical support, training and scientific co-operation beneficial to Brazilian industry and the Brazilian nation. “We are convinced that our offer is the best alternative for Brazil. Saab offers Brazilian industry a very competitive industrial co-operation package that exceeds the requirement of 100 percent of the order value”, says Saab’s Dan Jangblad, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. “The industrial collaboration would create an even broader opportunity for Swedish and Brazilian co-operation”. Facts about the Saab industrial offer to Brazil In the response to Brazil Saab commits to deliver more than 175 percent industrial co-operation including offers such as: · a broad industrial co-operation, not limited to the defence industry · long-term industrial benefits directly relevant to Brazilian requirements · the Gripen approach enables funding, Brazil/Swedish partnerships and export opportunities · extensive opportunities for technology transfer creating national autonomy · use of Brazilian technology for both defence and civil applications · full support from our partners and the Investor network · job creation & sustainability For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 734 180 018 p....@saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
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Under clear blue skies, a team of test pilots and flight test engineers from the Swiss Air Force and the Swiss federal defence procurement agency, Armasuisse, visited Saab in Linköping in Sweden to perform test flights with the Gripen E/F test aircraft.
On 30 November last year the Federal Council selected Gripen E/F as the preferred candidate to replace the Swiss Air Force's ageing fleet of Northrop F-5E/F Tiger. The Swiss Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) was commissioned to start discussions with Saab and the Swedish Government to optimize Saab's offer. The negotiations continue according to plan and the test flights in Sweden are part of the on-going process.
Lt Col Fabio Antognini, Test Pilot Swiss Air Force flies Gripen E/F together with Chief Test Pilot at Saab, Richard Ljungberg. Photo: Stefan Kalm
The three day programme, conducted between 2-4 May, included simulator training and four test flights. The test flights focused on air defense and air policing mission profiles with different weapon configurations, which included IRIS-T as well as both METEOR and AMRAAM.“We tested the flight performance simulating an operational air defense mission profile.The flight was packed with test points. We were able to perform them all. A successful flight”, Lt Col Fabio Antognini, Swiss Air Force “We performed flight performance tests using an air policing scenario. We simulated a quick reaction alert and a maximum performance intercept to high altitude and supersonic speed. We tested the engine in the entire envelope and are pleased with the results.” says Bernhard Berset, Chief Test Pilot at Armasuisse.
Bernhard Berset, Chief Test Pilot VBS/armasuisse flies Gripen E/F together with Chief Test Pilot at Saab, Richard Ljungberg. Photo: Stefan Kalm
The Gripen E/F test programme is running according to plan. In the upcoming fourth phase of testing, Saab continues to integrate new leading-edge technologies which includes further enhancement of the avionics and displays. The radar system will also be further enhanced through the re-installation of a newer version of the AESA radar. The previous test phases have focused on areas such as flight handling, aerodynamics, performance improvements including the new GE F414G engine and increased weapon loads as well as the introduction of new sensors and new avionics in the aircraft. “The co-operation between the two teams has been truly fantastic. We conducted four test flights with the Gripen E/F test aircraft, which performed, as ever, perfectly. We have really shown the growing capabilities of this aircraft and we demonstrated everything requested, including increased performance, handling and endurance,” says Richard Ljungberg, Chief Test Pilot, Saab. Link to the Swiss Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) press release: http://www.vbs.admin.ch/internet/vbs/de/home/documentation/news/news_detail.44427.nsb.htmlFor further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre +46 734 180 018www.saabgroup.com
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Saab strengthens and improves the relation with Akaer through a financial investment to the equivalent of 15 percent share holding in the company.The expanded co-operation creates a strategic long term collaboration whereby Saab will also be part of Akaer's Advisory Board.
Saab and Akaer have been partners since 2007 when Akaer was assigned responsibility to design specific work packages for Gripen NG , and the existing partnership will now be further expanded with investment in Akaer. “Akaer has achieved outstanding progress in aeronautical engineering and commercial achievements in a highly competitive industry. Together we can further explore business possibilities both inBraziland internationally. Our co-operation will also be strengthened by meeting technical and commercial objectives from the Gripen NG project related to current work packages,” says Saab´s Senior Vice President Dan Jangblad
Dan Jangblad, VP of Saab and Cesar da Silva, president of Akaer sign the agreement at Akaer’s headquarters. Photo: Akaer.
Akaer will stay independent and be controlled and managed by the Brazilian founder and management, and Saab will be part of Akaer's Advisory Board. This movement is totally in line with the new Brazilian law related to the Brazilian Defense Industry. “Akaer and Saab share aero structural synergies and together we can meet the demands in aero structures assemblies to the aerospace industry. I am certain our partnership will guarantee both quality and long-term business," says Cesar da Silva, CEO Akaer This investment is yet another important step towards further future design, development and production of Gripen NG inBrazil. Another important strategic aspect of this partnership will be the enhanced participation in various Brazilian aerospace and defense programs and wider access to the export market.. Brazilis an important and growing market for Saab, and with this growing partnership with Brazilian industry, Saab can together deliver key next generation technical and military capabilities providing for national autonomy in future design, development and operation. Background Akaer is a Brazilian engineering company that has been operating since 1992 in the segments aerospace and defense, having participated of the main programs in these segments in bothBraziland abroad, offering services of high technological content and innovative solutions. Its main focus is the development of aero-structures, as well as management of turnkey projects, offering complete solutions with a commitment and creativity through an experienced and trained team. Akaer is recognized today by the main actors of this segment as one of the main Brazilian engineering companies with global operations. Saab and Akaer have been partner since 2007. In October 2009 an agreement was signed between Akaer and Saab regarding Akaer participation in the Gripen NG development program. The purpose of the agreement was to lay the foundations for good co-operation between the two companies and to support Saab's development and production for the rear fuselage, mid fuselage and wing including main landing gear doors for Gripen NG. Immediately after the agreement signature, a team of Brazilian engineers from Akaer were stationed in Sweden to acquaint themselves with the NG project to participate in the development and to learn about Saab's requirements and methods in the form of technology transfer through "on the job training". During 2010 Akaer facilities inBrazilwere prepared and certified for work activities related to Gripen NG development, including special security controlled areas equipped with advanced network systems connected with Saab in Sweden. A team from Sweden initiated development work at Akaer with the opening of a local Saab office inSao Paulo. The Akaer team participated in the conception phase including design, tooling and industrialization and on the 20 October 2010 Akaer released to Saab the first 3D model and production drawing of the Gripen NG in Sao Jose de Campos. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre +46 734 180 018 p....@saabgroup.comwww.saabgroup.com
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Two Royal Thai Air Force Gripen aircraft from the 701 squadron at Wing 7, Surat Thani, took part in Wing 41´s air show 19 April in Chiang Mai.
The event is part of the ongoing celebrations during 2012, honouring 100 years since the founding fathers of RTAF first took to the Thai skies.
A Gripen C from the 701 squadron, piloted by Group Captain Jakkrit Thammawichai, during the flying display at Wing 41 Chiang Mai.
Group Captain Jakkrit Thammavichai, the 701 squadron leader, piloted a Gripen C in a flying display while a Gripen D was parked on static display on the tarmac.
This was the first time Gripen flew over the skies in Chiang Mai province. Around 30 000 visitors attended the air show.
The major jubilee event will be held 2 July 2012 at Don Muang airport in Bangkok.
A Gripen C from the 701 squadron, piloted by Group Captain Jakkrit Thammawichai, passing by the RTAF Blue Phoenix team at Wing 41 in Chiang Mai. RTAF Blue Phoenix is the newly-established aerobatic team of the Royal Thai Air Force.
RTAF Gripen C and Gripen D on display alongside a special-painted F-16 "The Century Falcon" and PC-9 of the RTAF Blue Phoenix team at Wing 41 in Chiang Mai with an Extra 300L aerobatic aircraft flying in the background.
Airbus Military A400M Grizzly 4 taxiing pass the RTAF Gripen C and special-painted F-16 "The Century Falcon". A400M was on a Asian tour and participated in the 100th year of founding fathers of RTAF jubilee at Wing 41 in Chiang Mai.
All photos by Sukasom Hiranphan
Today – 2nd of April - is a doubly historic day for the defence and security company Saab. While Saab is celebrating its 75th birthday, Gripen fighters from four countries participates in the exercise Lion Effort that is currently underway in Sweden.
Saab was founded on April 2nd 1937 based on a decision by the Swedish Parliament thatSwedenshould have its own indigenous ability to produce its own fighter aircraft. Since then, Saab has been a key player in building an innovation-strong Swedish industry. “Over the past 75 years, aviation has played a significant role in our business. Up until today Saab has produced more than 4,000 aircraft. Now we are using our 75 years of world class aviation and high-tech engineering to become a truly global player in the defence and security market,” says CEO Håkan Buskhe. While Saab is celebrating its 75th anniversary Lion Effort 2012 is being hosted in RonnebySweden. Lion Effort 2012 will be the biggest Gripen exercise to date. Some 30 Gripen fighters from the Swedish, Hungarian, Czech and South African Air Forces participates. The Royal Thai Air Force participates with a number of observers. “The family of Gripen users is big and is getting bigger, creating both operational and financial benefits for the users. Lion Effort shows how Gripen operators from different nations can co-operate, train and learn from each others experiences,“ says Håkan Buskhe. Today, Saab has its own operations in 32 countries, on all continents with nearly 14,000 employees all around the world. The key to our success has been our ability to foresee change and make quick adjustments as well as big investments in research and development. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 734 180 018, www.saabgroup.com Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
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Defence and security company Saab has received an order amounting to 128 million kronor, approximately 14 million Euro, from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) for system maintenance regarding Gripen.
In accordance with the order from FMV, Saab will undertake continual maintenance and updates for the Gripen C/D in compliance with the Swedish Armed Forces' long-term planning for the Gripen system. Saab will also maintain the Gripen C/D system's operational capability. The order includes technical support, product maintenance, flight testing and flight simulator operation to ensure the operational capability of the Gripen system. The activities will be carried out during the second quarter of 2012. Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 (0)734 180 018, www.saabgroup.com The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on March 26 at 14:00 CET.
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Saab is one of the main sponsors of the 2nd edition Border Surveillance Conference in Brasilia and is participating with speakers on common operating picture for Border safeguarding. Border Safeguarding is constantly challenged by the ever-changing threats of the 21st century and is vital to providing a strong defense against external threats such as international terrorist, drugs and foreign disease. It incorporates all applications of land, air and naval power designed to detect, preempt, respond to, mitigate, and recover from the full spectrum of incidents and threats to the country, whether man-made or natural. Achieving a common operating picture amongst multiple agencies, organizations and even amongst key individuals of the same agency who are geographically dispersed is in most instances difficult to achieve. This puts pressure on all role players involved in Border Safeguarding to provide a Common operating picture. Saab is one of the world leaders in Command and Control systems and through the effective integration and deployment of such a system a common operating picture for Border Safeguarding can be obtained. A command and control system must be flexible enough to enable the integration of legacy systems as well as a range of sensors and other enabling systems from all the role players involved in Border Safeguarding in order to ensure that each and everyone receive the same Common Operating Picture. “Everyone must have “the picture”, the same picture, the only picture, fully integrated, secure, identified, in time, covering all land, sea and airborne forces”, says Cobus Valentine.
Cobus Valentine has thirty years of military service in operational environment during which period he was deployed on several external deployments. His military service included appointments such as Battalion Second in Command, SO1 Operational Plan at Headquarters 46 SA Brigade, Second in Command of the South African Protection Support Detachment in Burundi, Officer Commanding Headquarters Unit 46 SA Brigade and Officer Commanding Witwatersrand Rifles. Cobus holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is also the current Reserve Force Officer Commanding for the Mechanized Infantry Regiment. Since July 2005 Cobus has been working for Saab Systems Grintek in Pretoria as a Senior C4ISR Domain Specialist."The Security Blueprint for the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2012 event in South Africa was also presented as part of this paper. The ”security plan” as utilized by South Africa was a “winning one”. Prepared for a range of eventualities, the threats of terror, hooliganism and serious (organized) crime did not materialize. Incidents dealt with during the duration of the World Cup within the identified security “enclaves” (hotels, transport routes, training venues, fan parks and stadiums) were relatively minor", says Ben Groenewald.Retired Major General Ben Groenewald from South Africa was one of the speakers from Saab. Although Ben retired as a member of the South African Police Force in 2010 with a formidable career behind him such as coordinating the planning and execution of mega events like Rugby World Cup (1995), World Athletic Championships (1998), The ICC World Cup (2003) and various other international sporting and cultural events in South Africa he is still actively involved in sharing his knowledge and experience to the Security and Safety community across the globe. In 2005 he was appointed as the chairperson of the Planning Committee responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of the safety and security for FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
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Major Jaroslav Tomaňa and Captain Petr Dřevecký of 21 tactical air base in Čáslav, the Czech Republic became the first pilots in the history of the Czech Air Force to perform air-to-air refuelling. After initial training at the Swedish Air Force base F17 in Ronneby, Sweden, the refuelling took place over central Sweden from a Swedish C-130 Hercules tanker.
Photo: Milan Nikodym
The first Czech Gripen air-to-air refuelling campaign took less than a week. Initial sorties were made in a two-seat Gripen, with a Swedish instructor. During the first day the Czech Gripen successfully connected to the tanker seven times. The first connections were dry-runs, followed by real air-to-air refuelling connections where fuel from the tanker was transferred to Gripen. During the rest of the week the missions were flown in single-seat Gripen aircraft without an instructor.
Photo: Stefan Kalm
"Air-to-air refuelling capability is important for the Czech Republic as the country is a member of NATO. This capability further increases and strengthens the cooperation between Czech Air Force and other Air Forces within NATO and it will as well facilitate joint exercises within the framework of NATO operations", says former Swedish Air Force squadron commander Robert Björklund, Saab Campaign Director Gripen Czech Republic.
Yesterday the Swedish Armed Forces presented their will to upgrade Gripen, and a clear commitment to Gripen as the backbone of the Swedish Air Force was also expressed.
According to the Swedish Armed Forces the upgraded Gripen will have a larger airframe and a more powerful engine, allowing the aircraft to carry more weapons and more fuel, which leads to higher efficiency and endurance. A more sophisticated radar and improved countermeasures were also suggested. The upgraded version is commonly known as Gripen NG or Gripen E/F.
“We are delighted by the commitment to Gripen and pleased to see that the Armed Forces recommends a further development of Gripen. It is important that the Gripen system can be upgraded in a cost-efficient way to meet the future requirements of the Swedish Armed Forces, and I am proud that Saab can offer such a competitive alternative,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Vice President and Head of business area Aeronautics, and adds:
“It is important to remember that the Armed Forces report is a part of a larger process and that it ultimately is a matter of political decisions.”
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In a press conference today, Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer reiterated Gripen E/F as the optimal solution for Switzerland.
After an initial evaluation document reached media, the Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer called for a press conference to comment on the rumors that Gripen would not meet the Swiss Air Force requirements. Today, the Swiss defence authorities reconfirmed Gripen as the optimal solution for Switzerland. On 30 November 2011, the Swiss Federal Council selected the Gripen E/F as preferred candidate to replace their present F-5 aircraft. Saab and Sweden are now in negotiations with Switzerland, optimizing the complete package and preparing for the acquisition of Gripen E/F. Saab is confident that the Gripen package gives Switzerland what it needs in all areas, particularly in terms of a fighter that delivers the best price-to-performance ratio with a long-term and agreed development path. Saab is committed to deliver a comprehensive Industrial Package that delivers long-term benefits to all of society. The acquisition of Gripen will further strengthen the partnership between Switzerland and Sweden. Gripen, in operational service with five air forces, is an unquestionable capable fighter system that delivers its tasks. It is a new generation, multi-role fighter aircraft which uses state-of-the-art technology. It is capable of performing an extensive range of Air-to-Air, Air-to-Surface and reconnaissance missions employing the most modern range of weapons. Gripen has been part of NATO’s QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) organization since 2005. The operating air forces have participated with Gripen in several large, international exercises (including two Red Flag exercises in the US) with very good result. With approximately 2,000 flight hours in combat missions over Libya and delivery of close to 40 per cent of the total need of Tactical Reconnaissance in the NATO operation Unified Protector, Gripen is a very capable fighter aircraft. Saab has been an innovation powerhouse for advanced defence and security technology for 75 years, with system knowledge and system integration as core competencies. Today, Saab has operations in more than 30 countries, while our solutions, products and services are sold to more than a hundred countries. Saab reported sales of SEK 23,498 billion and an operating margin of 12,5 per cent for the full year 2011.
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The defence and security company Saab is proud to announce that Hungary is taking a long-term strategic decision to continue operating Gripen and ensuring the continued development of its national capability. Sweden and Hungary are extending the cooperation for another ten years, until 2026.
Earlier today, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, FXM, confirmed that Sweden and Hungary have chosen to extend their Gripen partnership for a further 10 years. Negotiations have been taking place in recent months and today, Monday 30 January, the new contract was signed by FXM's Director General, Ulf Hammarström, and Gyula Keszthelyi who is the Director General for Hungary’s Armament and Quartermaster Office.
Hungarian Gripen in the air. Photo: Victor Veres
“We are delighted that Hungary has taken a long-term strategic decision to continue operating Gripen and has thereby chosen to continue in partnership with Sweden and other Gripen operators," said Ulf Hammarström after signing the contract. “The news that Hungary extends the Gripen contract by ten years is extremely positive. Once again it confirms that Gripen is one of the world’s leading fighter aircraft that meets the operational, technical and cost requirements of the market,” says Lennart Sindahl, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics, Saab.
To the left sitting: Gyula Keszthelyi, Director-Generel of Hungary’s Armament and Quartermaster Office. Behind him Hungarian Ministry of Defence, Csaba Hende. To the right sitting Ulf Hammarström Director-General of FXM. Behind him Swedish Ministry of Defence, StenTolgfors. Photo: Stefan HolmThe partnership is a contract between two governments, where Saab act as a sub-contractor. In 2001 the Swedish and Hungarian governments entered into a lease-purchase agreement, with a further modification in 2003 that included 14 Gripen C/D (12 single-seater and 2 two-seater aircraft). All aircraft were delivered in 2006 and 2007, and all 14 aircraft were in operation with the Hungarian Air Force by the end of 2008. The current contract was due to expire in 2016, but the countries have now decided to extend the partnership by another ten years. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 734 180 018 www.saabgroup.com
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Defence and security company Saab has received an order amounting to MSEK 500 from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) for system maintenance and development studies regarding Gripen.
In accordance with the order from FMV, Saab will undertake continual maintenance and updates for the Gripen C/D in compliance with the Swedish Armed Forces' long-term planning for the Gripen system. Saab will also implement studies regarding further development. Saab will also maintain the Gripen C/D system's operational capability. The order includes technical support, product maintenance, flight testing and flight simulator operation to ensure the operational capability of the Gripen system. The total order amounts to MSEK 500 with the activities to be carried out during the first four months of 2012.Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, 46 (0)734 180 018 www.saabgroup.com
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Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, for the continuous support of Gripen’s operational capacity. The order amounts to MSEK 127.
The order includes for example technical support, product maintenance, flight testing and running simulators to support the operational capacity of the Gripen system. Work will be carried out during the first quarter of 2012. Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adapts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. For further information, please contact: Saab's press centre, +46 (0)734 180 018, The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on 22 December at 09.00.
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Two Gripen and personnel from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) are this week visiting the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia. They have been invited by the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
The Royal Thai Air Force’s participation at LIMA marks the first time that their Gripen aircraft have been displayed outside Thailand.
The Royal Thai Air Force arriving at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia. Photo: Peter Liander, Saab AB.
The RTAF took delivery of their first batch of six Gripen fighters in February 2011, which are based at Wing 7 in Surat Thani. Pilots and ground crew have been trained in Sweden and the RTAF declared the Gripen system operational in July of this year.
Another batch of six Gripen is on order, which will be delivered during 2013. The RTAF also operates the Saab 340 Erieye Airborne Early Warning system and a Saab command and control system, which is the link between the Erieye system and the Gripen fighters.
Photo: Peter Liander, Saab AB.
The Swiss government has decided to select Gripen as its future multirole fighter aircraft for the Swiss Air Force.
Given that Switzerland is known globally for applying highest procurement standards and requesting state-of-the art technologies, Saab is both proud and delighted that Gripen has been chosen as the Swiss Air Force's future multirole fighter aircraft. "The Swiss type-selection confirms that Saab is a market-leader in the defence and security industry and that Gripen is a world-class fighter system that provides the best value for money”, says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO Saab. The Gripen programme will create a long-term partnership between Switzerland and Sweden. Saab assures Switzerland a long-term strategic industrial co-operation aimed at creating sustainable high tech jobs, transferring technology and generating export business. Saab stands prepared to start negotiations and await the next steps of the process. Gripen is in service with the Swedish, Czech Republic, Hungarian, South African and Royal Thai Air Forces. The UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) is operating Gripen as its advanced fast jet platform for test pilots worldwide. Saab is also delivering successful industrial co-operation programmes in Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa.Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, 46 (0)734 180 018 www.saabgroup.com
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The Open Innovation seminar was inaugurated yesterday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Sao Paulo and an impressive turn out of over 600 participants were represented from both Brazilian and Swedish industry, academia and governmental bodies.
The open innovation week is the first Latin American seminar dedicated to discussions on open innovations and Saab was one of the exhibitors seeking opportunities for R&D co-operation with Brazil.
Saab also exhibited the Gripen fighter simulator as an example of Swedish innovation and state of the art technologies that goes into the making of Gripen NG.
CISB (Centro de Pesquisa e Inovacao Sueco–Brasileiro) the R&D centre initiated by Saab held its 1st annual meeting at the seminar and launched some initiatives with the aim to stimulate open innovation co-operation between Brazil and Sweden. Some of the arenas presented by CISB were in the security and transport sector, as well as a Capability Development Centre (CDC), and an agreement with the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico (CNPq), for the distribution of scholarships to study in Sweden.
The Capability Development Centre (CDC) is a new concept for Brazil which has been inspired by Swedish and South African experiences. The objective is to implement a Brazilian version, capable of serving the industry, universities, and government in the development and demonstration of solutions for applications such as maritime security, border monitoring, protection of oil resources and civil security for large events (e.g. World Cup and Olympic Games).
A number of journalists attended the event and also had the opportunity to fly in the Gripen simulator as well as to learn more about Swedish innovations.
Pontus de Laval, Saabs Chief Technology Officer, made a presentation on Research and Technology Arenas and Fredrik Nordh, CEO of Saab Ventures, presented cases about platforms for spin-outs, incubation and venture capital investments.
“This event has been a great success and has offered an opportunity for Saab to strengthen its relationship with Brazilian industry, academia and government representatives as well as showcasing Saabs broader portfolio as solutions for Brazilian defence projects such as Sisfron and SisgAAz,” says Åke Albertson, new Country Manager to Brazil.
Gripen Simulator at Open Innovation week in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
To highlight the Gripen simulator in Brazil, Saab is promoting a contest that will give three persons from the Brazilian general public the chance to fly the Gripen fighter simulator.
To participate, you simply have to answer the question “What is the importance of technological innovations to Brazil?” through the application on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/concursovoandoalto.
The three best answers will win a trip to Brasilia, where they will attend the event “6 Horas de Kart de Brasília”, on December 17th, and chance to feel the thrill of flying the Gripen simulator.
Gripen Simulator at Open Innovation week in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
At the Open Innovation week to be held in Sao Paulo from 23-25 November at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Saab will exhibit its Gripen fighter simulator on the opening day as an example of Swedish innovation and state of the art technologies that goes into the making of Gripen NG.
The Open Innovation week is the first Latin American seminar dedicated to discussions on open innovations. The aim is to exchange information on open innovation practices in Brazil and the rest of the world, leading to the creation of new found networks and partnerships.
A number of seminars will be held including presentations from Pontus de Laval, Saabs Chief Technology Officer, on R&T Arenas and from Fredrik Nordh, CEO of Saab Ventures, as a case about platforms for spin-outs, incubation and venture capital investments.
“We see exciting opportunities for our high tech defence and security products in Brazil and to develop new products together with Brazilian partners. When entering the Brazilian Market we want to do that in co-operation with Brazilian partners using their competence and their market experience. Therefore we are actively seeking partners and together develop projects for the future”, says Pontus de Laval.
Saab has extensive experience in close collaborative Research and Technolgy projects with a wide range of partners. Such R&T projects are often developed and performed within Neutral Innovation Clusters and driven by societal challenges. Such close co-operation has been the backbone in the development of Swedish high-tech industry, helping rank Sweden amongst the highest Innovation performers in the world. Many of our products including the Gripen Fighter has been developed and supported in this context.
“We want to develop such clusters in Brazil and connect them to our global cluster of Innovation Partners”, says Pontus de Laval.
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Defence and Security company Saab continues to strengthen its commitment to Brazil with the appointment of Åke Albertsson, Vice President at Saab Group Marketing Unit, as Country Manager in Brazil. Åke Albertssons appointment is effective from October 1, 2011 and he will work in country to strengthen Saab's presence in Brazil which is in line with Saab's commitment to increase its activities and presence.
Åke will drive Saab’s initiatives to connect to Brazilian industries, the academic world and Swedish and Brazilian government owned institutions. Åke will also lead Saab’s initiative to play a larger role in the Border Control programs of the Brazilian Army and the Maritime and Surveillance program of the Brazilian navy.
Åke has a long career at Saab and has worked extensively with Saab’s commitment regarding industrial co-operation and transfer of technology to Brazil and other countries.
“Saab offers not only Gripen NG for the FX-2 procurement, but can contribute with world leading products, services and solutions that will enable Brazil to fulfil its obligations regarding defence and security and long lasting industrial growth. I am confident that with Brazil’s growing role in world economics and its hosting of world events such as the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 a cooperation between Brazil and Sweden and their respective industries would be beneficial for both parties”, says Åke Albertsson, Vice President, Country Manager Brazil.
Åke Albertsson, Saab Country Manager in Brazil.
Åke will be based in Rio de Janeiro, co-ordinating Saab's operations in Rio, Brasilia and the Sao Paulo area. Saab already has an established office in Brasilia and the company also initiated the CISB Research and Innovation Centre in Sao Bernardo do Campo last year.
Saab will drive the initiative to establish more than 100 research scholarships in Sweden for Brazilians seeking their PhDs, post-doctorate and senior research posts, during the next three years.
Sweden with its industrial companies has been present and loyal to Brazil for over 100 years. Saab, which is one of these companies, continues to invest and contribute to the biggest Swedish industrial hub outside of Sweden, which today employs over 50 000 people in Brazil.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order amounting to MSEK 261 from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) for system maintenance and development studies regarding Gripen.
In accordance with the order from FMV, Saab will undertake continual maintenance and updates for the Gripen C/D in compliance with the Swedish Armed Forces' long-term planning for the Gripen system. Saab will also implement studies regarding further development. Saab will also maintain the Gripen C/D system's operational capability. The order includes technical support, product maintenance, flight testing and flight simulator operation to ensure the operational capability of the Gripen system. The total order amounts to MSEK 261 with the activities to be carried out during 2011. Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 (0)734 180 018 www.saabgroup.com (http://www.saabgroup.com/) The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on 2 November at 10.00.
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After 650 missions, almost 2,000 flight hours and more than 150,000 reconnaissance photos, the five Gripen fighters that took part in the NATO-led UN mission in Libya have now returned to Sweden.
The formal decision to participate in the UN mission was taken by the Swedish Parliament at the beginning of April 2011 and the first mission over Libya was flown on 8 April.
After a successful operation comprising 650 combat missions, almost 2,000 flight hours and more than 150,000 reconnaissance photos, the Swedish contribution ended on 24 October.
In total, 140 people participated in the operation based at Sigonella, Sicily, Italy. The five pilots have flown their final surveillance missions and are back in Sweden. The remaining personnel will return home this weekend.
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Today, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) invited Croatian media to a press briefing in Zagreb to present the Swedish Gripen offer that has been submitted to the Croatian government.
Through FXM, the Swedish Government submitted an offer including the sale of either twelve or eight of the latest version of Gripen C/D. The offer also includes a support and training agreement for pilots and technicians.
In order to ensure that the Croatian Air Force remains operative without interruption when its current MiG-21s are decommissioned, Sweden is initially offering a loan of older Gripen-A aircraft until the delivery of the Gripen C/Ds.
Linked to a possible Croatian acquisition of Gripen fighters Saab offers an industrial co-operation package. Supported by the combined experiences and resources of its strong industrial network, Saab and the Gripen supplier base offers Croatia a partnership through a new generation defence and industrial co-operation programme. Saab is ready to commit to an industrial co-operation obligation valued at 100 percent of the contract value.
“Saab has an excellent track record of delivering on our promises in Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa. We offer Croatia industrial co-operation programmes designed to create and sustain high tech jobs, delivering investment and generating sustainable export growth thus generating means to finance the acquisution of a new fighter system”, says Pierre Gauffin, Marketing Director Gripen Croatia, Saab.
Pierre Gauffin, Marketing Director Gripen Croatia, Saab, presenting the Saab offer.
Gripen is in operational service with the Swedish, Czech Republic, Hungarian, South African and Royal Thai Air Forces. The UK Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) is also operating Gripen as its advanced fast jet platform for test pilots worldwide.
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During a flight to the Swedish support group in Kecskemét, Hungary, the captain of a TP100 transport plane (Saab 340) receives a request from the Hungarian Air Force, asking permission to conduct an exercise with the Swedish plane as the target. The exercise is part of a mission called Quick Reaction Alert, QRA.
A short time after passage into Hungarian airspace, two Hungarian Gripens are ordered to fly towards the Swedish TP100 by their air combat control centre. They carefully approach the transport plane from the rear. One of the Gripens remains at a considerable distance, where it can take action with its weapons systems if the aircraft they are to identify does not have friendly intentions. The other Gripen approaches and the pilot is tasked with identifying the aircraft and usually photographing it as well for documentation purposes. After completion of the exercise activity, the Hungarian Gripens leave the Swedish transport plane, which continues its flight to Kecskemét.
Image: Hungarian Gripen monitoring Hungarian airspace. Photo: Håkan Brandt, Swedish Armed Forces
QRA is equivalent to Swedish incident preparedness. For Sweden, incident preparedness has been carried out since 1952 when a Swedish DC-3 was shot down by Soviet fighters in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. This incident preparedness is a part of Sweden's territorial preparedness and also a part of the Swedish Armed Force's mission operations.
That which the crew and passengers experienced during this exercise is partially the result of the cooperation between Sweden, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Thailand. The Hungarian Gripens' pilots, air combat controllers and aircraft technicians have been trained in Sweden. In Hungary, the Czech Republic and Thailand, there are also Swedish personnel on site who provide their international Gripen colleagues with support for JAS 39 Gripen operations. Swedish Air Force Wing F 7 has both employer responsibility and the duty to operatively lead these groups.
Source: Swedish Armed Forces, Skaraborg Wing F 7 (link to webpage in Swedish).
The Swedish Air Force has awarded a diploma to Major Otakar Prikner of the Czech Air Force to mark his achievement of 1000 flight hours on the Gripen supersonic fighter aircraft.
The diploma was presented at the Saab stand at NATO Days 2011 in Ostrava. Czech Air Force Gripen pilot Major Otakar Prikner has recently reached 1000 flight hours on the fighter aircraft. The Czech Air Force has in total flown more than 12,600 hours with Gripen since the aircraft arrived in the Czech Republic in April 2005, following a lease agreement signed between the Swedish and Czech Governments in 2004.
“The Czech Air Force and its pilots are among the best trained in NATO, as proven by their outstanding operational performance on exercise, and we at Saab are proud that they fly Gripen. Major Prikner’s achievement of reaching 1000 hours is an extraordinary success, and it is a pleasure for Saab to work with such true professionals”, says Bengt Littke, Saab Gripen Program Director - Czech Republic.
Image: The diploma to Major Otakar Prikner was presented by Major General Anders Silwer chief of Air Staff, Swedish Air Force just after the fly past of Czech Air Force Gripens on September 24, 2011.
"On the occasion of achieving 1000 flight hours, I recall with gratitude the early days of flying Gripen in 2004, especially my instructors from Swedish Air Force who trained me to fly these excellent aircraft. To fly a supersonic fighter, one has to be hundred percent fit, so I am glad that my health has allowed me to fly Gripen continuously for eight years", said Major Prikner.
South Africa was the first Gripen customer to order the state-of-the-art ”Cobra” HMD ( Helmet Mounted Display) for use on their 26 Gripen fighters. The deliveries of the system to the front line squadron has now commenced and 2 Squadron in Makhado can now boast the first operational Cobra system in the world.
A HMD displays data directly onto the helmet visor, allowing the Gripen pilot to stay ‘heads up’ at crucial points in the mission. The Cobra is a binocular system that displays both air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons symbology, as well as basic flight data.
Selected to meet the stringent requirements of the Gripen, the ‘Cobra’ Integrated Display Helmet provides, all weather, all attitude operation over the full combat flight envelope. As a key component to the Gripen weapon delivery system, capabilities include weapon/sensor slaving with real world overlay of flight parameters, sensor data, target cuing and weapon status. These are designed to maximize effectiveness across the whole spectrum of tactical missions.
Image: Officer Commanding, 2 Squadron n, Lt Col Musa Mbhokota.Photo: South African Air Force.
The Cobra will also allow the SAAF Gripen fighters to use the full potential of their IR-missiles IRIS-T and the future A-Darter, in close-in air combat. The HMD increases the with-in-visual range air-to-air capability considerably. The two first operational flights with the HMD were performed by Officer Commanding, 2 Squadron n, Lt Col Musa Mbhokota. The Instructor in the rear seat was Saab Test Pilot Robin Nordlander.
Apart from the South African Air force, the HMD system will also be integrated into Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters.
Operations by the FL 01 Swedish Gripen force in Libya are historic. For the first time in 50 years, Sweden contributed with combat aircraft as part of an international mission. The last time the Swedish Air Force saw action was in the Congo in 1961. On Tuesday, 6 September, FL 01 concluded its part in the mission with a medal ceremony. The approximately 100 military personnel that received medals were stationed at the air base in Sigonella on Sicily for about three months.
Attending the ceremony, which is the first in a series of many of an international character, were Minister for Defence Sten Tolgfors, Supreme Commander Chief General Sverker Göranson, Director of Operations Lieutenant General Anders Lindström and Chief of the Air Force Tactical Staff Major General Anders Silwer.
During the speech that the Minister of Defence Sten Togfors gave at the ceremony to personnel and their relatives, he emphasised the importance of the mission to Sweden:
"FL 01, you have conducted your mission on behalf of the Swedish Parliament and the Swedish Government. I would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for the excellent manner in which you have carried out the assignment. Sweden's international missions are fully staffed by personnel who have chosen to accept the risks to their personal safety in order to protect the safety of others. This is worthy of significant respect."
Image: The medal bears the inscription OUP (Operation Unified Protector) Libya 2011.Photo: Catharina Bergsell, Swedish Armed Forces.
Source: The Swedish Armed Forces and the F17 Blekinge Wing. View The Swedish Armed Forces official website (link to a Swedish website).
The Swedish company Saab, together with “Plano Brasil Maior” and “Ciência sem fronteiras” initiatives, will contribute with more than 100 research scholarships in Sweden for Brazilians seeking their PhDs, post-doctorate and senior researchers, during the next three years.
The research scholarship program will be coordinated by the Swedish Brazilian Research & Innovation Center (CISB) that was recently opened in São Bernardo do Campo and is a Saab initiative to connect industries, the academic world and Swedish and Brazilian government-owned institutions.
Image: The research scholarship program will be coordinated by the Swedish Brazilian Research & Innovation Center (CISB) that was recently opened in São Bernardo do Campo.
Industrial involvement in CISB will ensure that research scholarships have a clear innovation focus thereby contributing to strengthen both nations’ industrial bases. The close cooperation between academia, industry and public institutions (triple helix) to find new innovation challenges is a trademark of both CISB and the Swedish Innovation System.
“We expect that these scholarships are the cornerstones that will enhance and establish a long-term scientific and technology cooperation between Swedish and Brazilian institutions,” said Håkan Buskhe, Saab CEO.
Mayor Eduardo Cury from the city Sao José dos Campos, where the major Aeronautics and defence hub of Brazil is situated, has been visiting Sweden this week and yesterday he made a stop in Linköping invited by Paul Lindvall from the City of Linkoping.
In recent years the co-operation between Linköping and Brazil has strengthened tremendously and mutual interests in business development, science parks, and education were on the agenda.
Apart from a number of other activities, the Mayor visited Mjärdevi Science Park in order to understand how the science park works in supporting start-up and growth of new companies, its position in the regional context and in the international society.
Following Mjärdevi a visit was made to Linköpings University as since the late 60´s, Linkoping’s University has been an innovator, creating new degree programs and new ways to tackle research problems. The innovation topic has become of large interest in Brazil as one of their ambitions is to increase indigenous capabilities.
The mayor also had the chance to visit Saab and was briefed on Saab product portfolio as well as Saabs offer regarding Gripen to Brazil. The Mayor visited the Gripen Final Assembly line to see Gripen fighter in production and he also paid a visit to the Flight Test Department to have a closer look at the next generation of Gripen.
image: Mayor Eduardo Cury from the city Sao José dos Campos, Brazil, with his delegation invited by Paul Lindvall, City of Linköping Sweden, at Saab’s Gripen production in Linköping Sweden.
Trainee test pilots at ETPS (Empire Test Pilots’ School) continues its successful co-operation with Sweden and Saab using the Gripen fighter aircraft. ETPS, Britain’s world-class flight test training school, is operated by QinetiQ in partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence.
Photo: Jamie Hunter
Since 1999, ETPS has included Gripen as a core part of the ETPS Fixed Wing Graduate Course syllabus. 2011 is no exception and building on this long established co-operation between the UK and Sweden, a new extended contract was signed earlier this spring targeting two campaigns for this year.
The first campaign was carried out in May and the second one will take place in August/September this year. The course consists of 11 students and 4 instructors amounting to a total of about 90 flight hours. During each campaign, students and instructors will receive simulator training and instructional flights in a dual seat Gripen.
Each sortie will be used to teach specific techniques, demonstrate specific responses and characteristics and provide systems and assessment on the aircraft. There are also a number of target flights included in the campaign and the Swedish SK 60 jet trainer aircraft is used as a target for radar assessment.
“Gripen continues to provide ETPS with a world class 4th generation teaching platform in this very demanding area of flight test training – this activity marks another year of outstanding co-operation between Saab/SwAF and ETPS/QinetiQ,” says Rhys Williams, test pilot Instructor, ETPS.
Today all flying is conducted in Sweden at the Saab Flight Test facility in Linköping and Gripen simulator at the SwAF base F 7 Såtenäs.
The ETPS programme is being managed in close co-operation with Saab and the Swedish Air Force and further strengthens the excellent relations that already exist between these highly skilled operators.
At RIAT this year, 16th - 17th July at Fairford, UK, Gripen will be present represented by the Swedish Air Force.
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During a ceremony on July 8, 2011 the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) officially declared its new air defence system consisting of the Gripen fighter and Saab 340 Erieye AEW operational. The ceremony took place at the Wing 7 base in Surat Thani.
The new era for the RTAF began in 2008, when an agreement was signed between FMV, Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration and the RTAF, for the delivery of six Gripen C/D multi-role fighter aircraft to replace its outgoing F-5 aircraft. The order also included one Saab 340 Erieye AEW, a single Saab 340 for transport purposes and a ground based Command- and Control system. A further batch of six Gripen C fighters and another Saab 340 Erieye AEW was ordered in 2010. Deliveries of the second RTAF order will be completed in 2013.
The training of Thai personnel began in 2009. Four pilots and 20 technicians were trained by the Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF). In 2010 they were back in their home country and were ready to receive the delivery of the first batch of aircraft. The first Saab 340 Erieye AEW and the Saab 340 transport aircraft arrived in December 2010, and the first batch of six Gripen fighters was flown from Sweden to Thailand in February 2011.
Since the deliveries of the first batch of aircraft, a second batch of Thai Gripen pilots and technicians has graduated from their training in Sweden.
Ten technicians have been trained in Sweden for a year and graduated in June 2011. The first part of the course was conducted at the Armed Forces Technical School (Air Force) in Halmstad. There, the basic technical knowledge of aircraft and its various subsystems. The second part of the training was carried out at F 7 Wing at Såtenäs, Sweden. Then it was all about hands-on training in how aircraft should be handled in the daily service, with preparation and maintenance work.
The six Thai ex F-16 pilots came to Såtenäs in February 2011 for a four months course on Gripen. The first part of the course is called Conversion Training (CT) and is to learn to fly the Gripen. Training takes place in simulators and in the two-seat Gripen D, before it's time for the student to carry out his first solo flight. The CT is followed by the Combat Readiness Training (CRT). During this phase, the pilots learn how to use the radar and weapons systems.
Present at the Wing 7 base in Surat Thani is also a support group with a number of technicians and pilots from the Swedish AF. Their task is to support the RTAF during the daily operations while the RTAF is introducing their new air defence system.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order amounting to MSEK 1,034 from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) for system maintenance and development studies regarding Gripen.
In accordance with the order from FMV, Saab will undertake continual maintenance and updates for the Gripen C/D in compliance with the Swedish Armed Forces' long-term planning for the Gripen system. Saab will also implement studies regarding further development and basic resources will be provided to perform renewed testing and verification of the Gripen system in the long-term. Saab will also maintain the Gripen C/D system's operational capability. The order includes technical support, product maintenance, flight testing and flight simulator operation to ensure the operational capability of the Gripen system. The total order amounts to MSEK 1,034 with the activities to be carried out during 2011.
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Saab Gripen Multi Role fighters are now flying with great success in five different air forces around the world. Integration of new weapons and capabilities are ongoing and the demonstrator for the future Gripen NG has been flying with new avionics and displays since May 19.
Gripen is also now operational in Thailand following delivery to the Royal Thai Air Force in February of the first six aircraft, out of a total requirement of twelve. Thailand now formally joins Sweden, South Africa, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the UK based Empire Test Pilot School as a Gripen user.
Another first is the Swedish participation in the NATO led operation ‘Unified Protector’ over Libya. Since April 2 eight Gripen fighters, based at the Sigonella air base in Sicily, are flying daily reconnaissance and air supremacy missions. So far more than 300 recce missions have produced over 80 000 photos.
Among the upgrades of the existing Gripen C/D fleet, two new weapons are being integrated. In May Denel Dynamics, South Africa, completed the integration of the A-Darter fifth generation air-to-air missile on Gripen. While at the Vidsel test range in Sweden Saab is integrating Small Diameter Bombs on the Swedish Air Force Gripen.
On May 19 the Gripen NG demonstrator aircraft flew with new avionics for the first time. At this stage of flight testing, after almost 200 flights, an open system architecture avionics system that separate flight critical from mission critical functionality is integrated in the aircraft. Also integrated are new Tactical Mission Computers, Ethernet networks and new Rockwell Collins displays.
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For the Swedish contribution to the ongoing Operation ‘Unified Protector’ over Libya, the reconnaissance capacity provided by Saab’s Modular Reconnaissance Pod System, plays a key role.
Sweden is contributing with flight operations to Libya in order to maintain the no-fly zone in accordance with the decision taken by the UN Security Council.
The main assignment is tactical aerial reconnaissance, where the capacity of the modular reconnaissance pod system on the Gripen fighter plays a key role. So far more than 80.000 high resolution photos have been captured and, according to the Swedish Armed Forces, overlapping picture are even being used to create digital 3D images.
With Saab’s Modular Reconnaissance Pod System, high-performance fighter aircraft can benefit from enhanced reconnaissance capabilities. The system has a 360 degree rotating window section, maximum flexibility when selecting the sensor suite, including both electro-optical as well as synthetic-aperture radar sensors and both day and night capability. The special design of the pod’s strong back structure supports the highest image resolution even during challenging flight conditions.
Features include the ability to capture high quality images from medium to high altitudes at high speeds, near real-time high-quality imaging and pre-evaluation of captured imagery whilst the aircraft is still airborne. It has a dual mode system; automatic and manual. The modular design supports future technology insertion thus providing for functional growth.
Saab was contracted by FMV, (Swedish Defence Materiel Administration), late in December 2001 for the development and supply of reconnaissance pods for the Swedish Gripen fighter. The system made it’s first flight in 2005. Last year Saab received an order from FMV for further development of the system, comprising night mission capability and improved pilot interface.
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Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding development of the existing Gripen material system 39 (edition 19). The order amount is 152 MSEK.
The order consists of development work in Gripen C/D, for example enhanced function of the navigation system. The work will begin in 2011 and shall be finished in the first quarter of 2013.
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Since 2004, close to 250 non-Swedish flight technicians have been graduated after completing a Gripen technical course at the Swedish Armed Forces Technical School (FMTS) in Halmstad, Sweden. Now, a further 20 Hungarians have successfully passed the course, including the first Hungarian female Gripen technician.
Image: The first Hungarian female Gripen technician has now graduated. Photo: Sven-Olof Willhöft, Swedish Armed Forces
“You have all performed extremely well and I hope that you all feel confident in your own abilities as Gripen technicians,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ulf Crona, deputy head of FMTS in his graduation speech to the students.
“This has been an extremely good and useful course. The balance between theory and practice works very well, and the concept is really good for learning about a modern fighter system,” says Attila Tirol, one of the students who attended this year's course. He has 12 years’ experience as a flight technician, which includes the Russian MiG 29, which was decommissioned in Hungary at the end of last year.
“It was really surprising to see the new technology in the Gripen fighter, the hangers and classroom. There is a huge difference between the technology in the MiG 29 and the modern Gripen,” says Attila Tirol.
In many countries it is customary for flight technicians to specialise in weapons technology or electronic systems, for example. For the Gripen system, you are trained as a "unit technician", in other words one who can work with the entire system.
Image: “This has been an extremely good and useful course,” says Attila Tirol, one of the students who attended this year's course. Photo: Sven-Olof Willhöft, Swedish Armed Forces
A step on the way
The course lasted 18 weeks. A further six months of on-the-job-training (OJT) now await at the Kecskemét airbase back home in Hungary, where the 14 Hungarian Gripen fighters are based. 110 Hungarian flight technicians have been trained in Sweden since 2005. The country has been successful in developing its own technical competence regarding the Gripen system, and there are now just a handful of Swedish flight technicians remaining in Hungary as support.
There is a new course planned for 20 Hungarian flight technicians in 2013, but the instructors at FMTS cannot rest until then. This autumn, they are expecting new shorter courses for Czechs and Hungarians.
Attila Tirol and his course colleagues are leaving Sweden with a positive experience of the country, especially the people he has met:
“Swedes are very nice, and they are always happy,” he says.
Based on a text by Charlotte Pettersson, Swedish Armed Forces www.forsvarsmakten.se
Defence and Security company, Saab AB, has announced the publication of the Gripen Czech Offset Program annual performance report for the year ending December 31, 2010.
The report, which has been approved by the Czech Ministry of Defence, documents the annual fulfilment of the Program of Industrial Cooperation accompanying the lease of 14 Gripen fighter aircraft to the Czech Republic by the Swedish Government.
“We are pleased to announce that the Czech Gripen Offset Program continues to perform well, generating value for the Czech Republic and delivering benefits to Czech industry. Our excellent offset delivery in 2010 builds on our previous achievements of surpassing contractual milestones by healthy margins,” says Bengt Littke, Gripen Program Director – Czech Republic.
“The Ministry of Defence has approved the Gripen Offset Program Annual Report 2010. As at December 31, 2010 the total percentage of fulfilment amounts to 93% of the obligation. The Program is in compliance with the approved and signed terms of the Offset Agreement. The Gripen Offset Program means an outstanding long-term asset and stabilization factor for the Czech Defence Industry and other industrial branches as well," says Rudolf Blazek, Deputy Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic. Background
Czech Gripen Offset Program
Gripen International is contractually committed to generate Offset and Industrial Cooperation to a value equal to 130% of the Gripen fighter lease contract value, which represents 25.545 billion CZK. The Offset Agreement requires a minimum direct Offset equalling 20% of the total Offset Agreement value (direct Offset refers to transactions in the defence, aerospace and security sectors). The Offset Program runs from June 14, 2004 to December 31, 2014.
All aspects of the Czech Gripen Offset Program are governed by the Agreement on the Program of Industrial Cooperation, a bilateral contract concluded between Gripen International and the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic. Czech offset legislation applies in the form of Ministry of Industry and Trade Decree No. 19/2010. The Ministry of Defence has the final power to approve or reject offset transactions and offset values within the Czech Gripen Offset Program. The Ministry of Industry and Trade is the administrator and technical guarantor of the Czech Gripen Offset Program, together with the multi-ministerial Offset Commission. In accordance with the contractual conditions, the Czech Gripen Offset Program is subject to annual independent audits.
GripenGripen is a new generation fighter aircraft that employs the latest technology and the latest weapons to deliver the capability for an extensive variety of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance operational missions. Gripen is in service with the Swedish, Czech, Hungarian, South African and Thai air forces. The UK Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) operates Gripen as its advanced fast jet platform for test pilots worldwide. Gripen is fully NATO compatible and can be deployed globally. Gripen meets the highest demands of operational deployment.
Gripen International also has successful Offset Programs (Industrial Cooperation) in South Africa and in Hungary.
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For many Brazilian companies, Sweden sets a good example with regards to corporate governance. To learn more about this, the Swedish-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce helped organize a study visit to selected companies for members of Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance IBGC (Instituto Brasileiro de Governanca Corporativa).
45 representatives from Brazilian companies were therefore on a week-long study visit in Sweden and Finland to learn more about how Swedish and Finnish companies are run. Saab was one of the companies being visited and besides this a visit to the Swedish palace and the Swedish Queen Silvia was on the agenda. Saab's Gripen offering to Brazil was obviously of tremendous interest, but that was not the main reason for the visit.
"We are interested in Saab since we get the impression that it is an extremely well organised company from a governance perspective, with strong owners, independent board members, union representatives on the board, active board committees and a code of conduct for all levels of the hierarchy including market consultants. We consider Saab to be an impressive company with its links to research and the academic field, for example”, said Leonardo Viegas who was responsible for the visit from IBGC.
The visit here in Sweden was highly appreciated by the 45 people who took part in the study visit.
Image: Members of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance IBGC when the visited Saab. Photo: Lasse Hejdenberg.
In May four Gripen fighters from the 211th tactical squadron, Čáslav Air Force Base in the Czech Republic participated in the NATO Tiger Meet 2011.
The exercise took place in Cambrai, France and is one of the largest air exercises in Europe. The Gripen squadron participated to defend their titel from last year, the Silver Tiger Award. This year they remained as one of the best squadrons participating.
Exercise at all levels
NATO Tiger Meet is not just about the aircraft or the pilot. It stands for a sophisticated system of modern supersonic fighters controlled by a pilot trained at the best level, with the support of qualified and competent technical staff. The Czech Gripen pilot, Lieutenant Milan Nykodym, was one of the participants in NATO Tiger Meet 2011.
“We have trained together with the Swiss Air Force’s F/A-18 Hornet and with F-16 Fighting Falcon bearing the Turkish and Greek insignia”, he said.
The 211th tactical squadron proved their qualities in dozens of simulated air duels, in rescue operations in aid of downed pilots, in seeking and destroying important targets in the opponents’ rear and as protection of helicopters with paratroopers.
“During the exercise two Czech Gripen fighters were gracing the sky of France in the mornings while in the afternoon fighting in a cluster of four. All demonstrating the great capabilities of the Gripen fighter", he continues.
The NATO Tiger Association (NTA) brings together units from all over the world that have a tiger or other big cat in their logos or emblems. The large-scale international exercise, NATO Tiger Meet, is intended by the association to strengthen the ties between its members.
Images from www.afbcaslav.cz.
Image: Members from the 211th tactical squadron at Čáslav Air Force Base celebrating the end of NATO Tiger Meet 2011.
Image: Four Gripen fighters from the 211th tactical squadron flew in NATO Tiger Meet 2011. Two of them were decorated with typical Tiger camouflage which was made especially for the exercise.
The first batch of Gripen fighters for the Royal Thai Air Force was delivered in February 2011. They are based at Wing 7 in Surat Thani in the southern part of the country. If you want to see some RTAF Gripen action, please click on the links to watch two newly produced videos showing them flying in the skies of Thailand.
Today, 18 May 2011 in São Bernardo de Campo, Brazil, the Swedish – Brazilian centre of research and innovation was officially inaugurated. The official name of the Centre is Centro de Inovação e Pesquisa Sueco-Brasileiro (CISB).
Saab took the initiative to start up the process of a Research and Development centre in Brazil in September 2010, when Håkan Buskhe, Saab’s President and CEO, visited Brazil. The concept of the centre is to gather main stakeholders from the public, academia and industry to tackle key societal challenges with technology. So far the centre has attracted over 40 partners. The partners and organizations involved will be members of the CISB association and sit on the board and its thematic committies to decide on activity focus and projects. They will also be active partners in the specific projects.
The areas of focus for the R&D centre will be in Transport and Logistics, Defence and Security, and Urban development with a focus on energy and the environment. The centre will create small teams of project experts that help the stakeholders to create projects in which the centre will address different R&D challenges.
Image: The research and development center in São Bernardo do Campo, Centro de Inovação e Pesquisa Sueco-Brasileiro (CISB) was officially inaugurated yesterday. The centre is to foster technology development in Brazil.
The inauguration was attended by a large number of dignitaries including Director General Vinnova (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) Charlotte Brogren, the President from ABDI Mauro Borges Lemos, the Mayor of Linköping City Ann-Cathrine Hjerdt, the Mayor of Sao Bernado de Campo Luis Marinho and Executive Director of the Research and development centre, CISB, Bruno Rondani.
“Saab guaranteed the start up of the centre and our intent is to invest in a number of projects with Brazilian acedemia and industry. I believe the centre will generate innovations with corresponding business both in Brazil, Sweden and internationally. A few examples of projects that we intend to do in the centre are a coastal survillance radar based on state of the art phased array technology in collaboration with the Brazilian company Atmos and a datalink development project with ION,” says Håkan Buskhe, Saab’s President and CEO.
Saab sees many opportunities in Brazil, not least in the aeronautics sector but also in civil security, particularly as Brazil is hosting both the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games within the next few years.
Saab is committed to sharing technology at the highest level with Brazil, to invest in real and lasting partnerships that will provide a technological leap in Brazilian defence and security capabilities.
Image: Mayor of Sao Bernado de Campo Luis Marinho at the inauguration of the research and development center in São Bernardo do Campo, Centro de Inovação e Pesquisa Sueco-Brasileiro (CISB).
Image: Håkan Buskhe President and CEO Saab, Dan Jangblad Senior Vice President Saab, Mayor of Linköping City Ann-Cathrine Hjerdt, Paul Lindvall Chairman of City Board, Linköping, Mayor of Sao Bernado de Campo Luis Marinho, Bruno Rondani, Executive Director of the Research and development centre, CISB, José Jefferson, Secretary for Economics and Tourism participated in the inauguration ceremony.
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During a visit to F21 in Luleå, northern Sweden, Prince Daniel took part in an orientation flight aboard a JAS 39 Gripen. The pilot was Squadron Commander Jörgen Marqvardsen.
Image: Prince Daniel tries the JAS 39 Gripen. Photo: Johan Brolin, Swedish Armed Forces
According the the website of the Swedish Armed Forces, the Prince remarked during his visit:
"When The Crown Princess and I last visited F21 I had the opportunity to fly a JAS 39 simulator. When I was invited back to F21 to fly an actual JAS 39 I accepted immediately.
The JAS 39 system represents cutting-edge technology combined with experienced and skilled staff. Today's in-depth insight has given me a real understanding of just how much the Swedish contribution is appreciated in connection with the operation in Libya.
In conclusion, The Crown Princess and I would like to take the opportunity to send our best wishes to all those who are involved in various international operations around the world."
Image: Prince Daniel before take-off. Photo: Johan Brolin, Swedish Armed Forces
Captain Anna Dellham recently completed her first Gripen solo flight to become the first female Gripen pilot in the Swedish Air Force.
Captain Anna Dellham becomes the first female Gripen pilot in theSwedish Air Force. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces
In fact, Anna Dellham is Sweden's only female combat pilot whatsoever. She was awarded her wings in the mid-1990s and flew the Viggen until the aircraft was taken out of service before going onto fly the SK 60. She now works with Gripen's development at FTS, the Aeronautical Command of the Air Force Headquarters.
So what does she think about being the country's only female combat pilot? In the Swedish Defence Recruitment Agency's magazine she explains: "I think it is a shame. Flying combat aircraft is extremely special and rewarding. Flying is no harder for a woman than a man. There are no rational arguments why there are not more female combat pilots. It is about coping while your body is subjected to g-forces when flying. Those wanting to become pilots should be in good physical condition, but it isn't necessary to be super-fit."
She has flown in Gripen several times before, but now she has flown solo for the very first time. The flight took off from Skaraborg wing (F7). Initially she will fly the Gripen A/B and will later move on to the C/D version.
"It feels fantastic and this will be by far my best professional year in a more than a decade," says Anna Dellham. "The Gripen system is an extremely good aircraft with excellent flight characteristics."
The LAAD exhibition in Rio, Brazil, is a good example of how close defence and civil security is working together. The ongoing fighter competition, in which Gripen is one of three remaining candidates, is naturally the hottest topic of the exhibition, however, other procurements are waiting in the wings and a lot of them have something to do with civil security.
One of the reasons for civil security being high on the agenda is of course that Brazil in a few years will host both the Fifa World Cup and the Olympic Games. Saab’s civil security solutions were used during the latest World Cup in South Africa. Technology and installation services were supplied to a command and control network of the South African police to help with transmission and recording.
South Africa showed during the last Fifa World Cup how effective a modern fighter like Gripen can be in securing the airspace, working autonomous and as a flying command centre for other units. Another important asset for Brazil could also be effective ground based air defence systems and here Saab is offering both the Rbs 70 and the Bamse systems.
Threats can not only come from the sky but also from the sea. For some time Brazil has considered a completely new maritime surveillance system along the lines of the very successful Sivam programme over the Amazonas where Saab’s Erieye is an important part. The maritime system, called SisGAAz, is not only needed to keep an eye on what is going on along the Brazilian coast but also to protect vital offshore assets. Saab has a wide range of products that could form the backbone of such a “system of systems”. A similar product, already in use by the Swedish Armed Forces, was demonstrated at LAAD in the Saab stand by a Royal Swedish Navy.
Saab is in the race for one of the world’s largest procurements within maritime security – the SisGAAz project in Brazil. The ongoing discussions with Brazilian stakeholders and decision makers continue during the LAAD defence and security exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.
“Saab recognizes the challenges the Brazilian authorities’ faces, having to control such a vast area as the Brazilian coastline and sea. Within Saab’s portfolio, there are products, systems and solutions for practically each and every one of these challenges,” says Bo Torrestedt, Head of Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa, Saab.
With an economy that depends upon shipping, the ability to control and secure the maritime environment is essential for Brazil’s future growth. Saab offers a complete solution enabling greater security and enhancing maritime capabilities.
Threats of terrorism, piracy, pollution, smuggling, illegal fishing etc. creates a growing need for surveillance solutions with the ability to detect, identify and track any such threat. Enforcing authority in a complex maritime environment demands access to a range of advanced capabilities, including wide area surveillance, decision support and communications. Authorities must also be able to deter threats, taking action and applying force if necessary.
Saab can offer a wide range of highly capable products, systems and solutions for creating net-centric capabilities, implementing robust and secure communications, obtaining decision superiority, being able to perform SAR missions, distribute information in role based networks, dealing with various kinds of illegal operations or to detect threats and execute combat missions. Systems and products are based on reliable technology, drawing upon Saab’s experience of creating a common situational picture as well as studies in the field of Net Centric Warfare.
Wide area surveillance
With Saab’s state-of-the-art transponder system for automatic identification of ships and the Erieye airborne early warning and control system, it’s possible to create a system-of-systems solution that provides wide area surveillance capabilities for accurate detection and fast response to suspicious behaviour, such as subversive activities, piracy, smuggling or illegal immigration. This also provides support for search-and-rescue operations, disaster-relief and environmental-protection operations.
Saab’s robust and highly capable information and communication solutions facilitate information sharing, connectivity and interoperability between different operators, regardless of domain or geographical position. The solutions are fully integrated for all domains and joint use.
The common picture
Saab’s solutions comprise everything from wide area surveillance systems and robust communications to underwater surveillance systems, medium-range UAV’s, radars and complete command centres. Saab’s maritime offering also includes a wide range of on-board solutions, such as scalable naval C4I systems, force protection systems, remotely operated weapon and sensor systems, and systems for optronic tracking and fire control.
Saab’s solutions include everything from monitoring vessels to underwater security solutions and integrated communication solutions for air, land, sea and civil security. With modern surveillance and communication equipment, improved situational awareness of the activities within the port and the coastal area is achieved, making it possible to optimize preparedness and increase security within and around the port.
A long-term relation
Saab's offering will include the transfer of a broad spectrum of technologies and know-how to Brazilian industrial and institutional partners to enhance and develop national capabilities. Saab's long term perspective and commitment to work with Brazilian industry is reflected in the decision to establish a “Brazilian-Swedish Research & Innovation Centre” in Sao Paulo. This centre will provide a platform for co-operation between, not only Saab and the Brazilian defence and aerospace industry, but also in other industrial areas such as environment, energy and security systems.
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Saab's state-of-the-art Ground Based Air Defence Missile Systems, RBS70 and BAMSE, offer Brazil and other nations the most effective solution for protection of civil infrastructure as well as national air-space.
The unique features of the system, being unjammable and offering extremely short reaction/reloading time, makes it the ideal solution for protection of large events like the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Olympic Games 2016.
The need for securing the national air-space is certainly a vital part on every nations security agenda. The need for protection against aggression from other nations has historically been the basis for this need. Today, in a world changing towards increased threats from asymmetric threats like terrorist attacks the focus has to be widened. Today, not only terrorist attacks from the ground have to be dealt with. Also terrorist attacks from the air to large events are a risk that has to be calculated with and handled.
RBS70 and BAMSE: Unmatched capabilities
The unique features of the RBS70 and the BAMSE systems are unmatched on the market today. The features include unjammable systems with down to ground engagement capability as well as the man in the loop with the possibility to destroy the missile all the way until target intercept.
For protection of vital infrastructure the RBS70 can be deployed on e.g. rooftops and engage targets without being affected by any other features in the surrounding terrain unlike IR systems that will be affected by different heat-sources like air conditioning units and fans. RBS70 have longer range, 8 km, than any other SHORAD system on the market even against incoming small targets. In addition the reaction times and time for reloading for both the BAMSE and the RBS70 are shorter than for any other systems in there respective classes (MRADS and SHORADS).
Fore more information on the systems, please visit the Saab stand at LAAD, where we also offer the possibility to try out the RBS70 system live in the simulator.
Eight Gripen fighter aircraft from the Swedish Armed Forces are currently taking part in the NATO led UN mission in Libya.
The formal decision to participate in the UN mission was taken by the Swedish Parliament in the beginning of April 2011. In total, the Swedish Armed Forces will deploy up to 130 people for this mission, including ten Gripen pilots, for a period of up to three months. The Gripen fighters are now based at Sigonella, Sicily, Italy.
This Swedish Gripen force is designated FL 01 and is basically the Expeditionary Air Wing, which was formed as a part of the EU´s Nordic Battle Group. In addition to the eight Gripen C/D aircraft, FL 01 also consists of a C-130 Hercules. The Gripen force was rapidly deployed from the Swedish Air Force F 17 Wing at Ronneby, Sweden, and all were in place at Sigonella within just two days following the Parliament's decision.
The Swedish Air Force is well prepared for the mission, having taken part in numerous international exercises over a period of many years, notably the Red Flag exercises in USA since 2006. In these exercises, Gripen has shown that it is a multi-role fighter, with full capability to operate in air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaissance roles. The mandate from the Swedish Parliament for this mission does not include air-to-ground operations, so the Swedish AF Gripen will operate in the air defence and reconnaissance roles over Libya, enforcing the No-Fly Zone.
Sunday April 3 five Gripen fighters from the Swedish Air Force made a stop at the Hungarian air force base Kecskemét. The aircraft was headed for Sicily from where they will operate in the NATO led air operation over Libya.
On the Sunday the Gripen fighters made a stop at the Kecskemét air force base for refuelling. The Swedish Libya force is stationed in the Sigonella base in the Italian island of Sicily. As of Sunday April 3 the Swedish Gripen fighters now rest under the command of NATO.
The Swedish mission in Libya includes eight Gripen fighters with ten pilots and a Hercules transport aircraft for air refuelling.
Image: The Swedish Libya force is stationed in the Sigonella base in the Italian island of Sicily. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order worth SEK 200 million from FMV (the Swedish Defence Material Administration) for system maintenance of Gripen.
The contract represents a part of continual system maintenance and updating tasks for the Gripen C/D and complies with the Swedish Armed Forces' long-term planning for the Gripen. The order applies to basic resources, for example renewal of test equipment for testing and verification of the Gripen system on the long term. The order concerns operations to be carried out during 2011.
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The Royal Thai Air Force has now commenced flights from the new Gripen base in Surat Thani in southern Thailand.
The first flight on the morning of 15 March was completed by Squadron Commander Jackkrit Thammavichai, with Claes Wikström from the Swedish Air Force sitting in the rear seat of the Gripen D.
Image: The first flight from the new Gripen base in Surat Thani in southern Thailand was completed by Squadron Commander Jackkrit Thammavichai from the Royal Thai Air Force, and Claes Wikström from the Swedish Air Force. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces.
The first six Gripen C/D fighters arrived to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and their new home base at Wing 7 in Surat Thani in southern Thailand on 22 February.
The six Gripen fighters are part of an intergovernmental business transaction where FMV, the Swedish Defence Material Administration, representing the Government of Sweden, supplies an integrated air-defence system based on products manufactured by Saab. The new air-defence system consists of Gripen, the Airborne Early Warning system Saab 340 Erieye AEW and a command & control system.
In preparation for the delivery of the Gripen fighters, pilots and ground crew from the Royal Thai Air Force have been trained in Sweden during 2010.
Photo: Swedish Armed Forces.
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While the Royal Thai Air Force was receiving the first part delivery of its Gripen Fighters, six Thai pilots arrived in Sweden to receive their Gripen training. This is the second group of Thai pilots to be trained at Skaraborg Wing, F 7, in Sweden. For the next six months, they will combine theory classes with training flights in the simulator and Gripen.
"We are talking about experienced F-16 pilots from the Royal Thai Air Force so we expect the training to be straightforward," says Captain Anders Hjärp.
The first group of Thai pilots were trained in 2010. That training course lasted one year, partly due to the pilots also being trained to become instructors. They also received training in the roles of both air defence and ground targets. This time however, the pilots will not become instructors. They will be trained in the air defence role, but not as instructors. This means that the training time is halved.
The Security Equipment Division checks to make sure that the mask does not leak. Photographer: John Lidman/Swedish Armed Forces.
Training on the Gripen C/D
This is the first time that the training is carried out entirely on the Gripen C/D. To begin with, they will study the theory. This is combined with simulator flights. After one month, they will fly in the twin-seat Gripen D together with an instructor. After a week of dual instruction, it will be time to fly solo.
After completing five solo flights, the training will move to the next phase; from CT to CRT. CT stands for Conversion Training and is aimed at learning how to fly the aircraft. CRT stands for Combat Readiness Training. Here, the students learn to operate the radar and weapons systems and how to use them tactically in battle. This part of the training will last for about ten weeks. The training is expected to be completed by the end of June 2011, after which the Thai pilots will return to their home base at Surat Thani.
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has now taken delivery of six Gripen C/D fighters. These aircraft belong to the first batch ordered in 2008. In total, Thailand has ordered 12 Gripen.
The Gripen fighters were flown from Sweden to Thailand and arrived to their new home base at Wing 7 in Surat Thani in southern Thailand on 22 February. The six Gripen fighters are part of an intergovernmental business transaction where FMV, the Swedish Defence Material Administration, representing the Government of Sweden, supplies an integrated air-defence system based on products manufactured by Saab. The new air-defence system consist of Gripen, the Airborne Early Warning system Saab 340 Erieye AEW and a command & control system. In preparation for the delivery of the Gripen fighters, pilots and ground crew from the Royal Thai Air Force have been trained in Sweden during 2010.
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A student of a Bangalore engineering college was the lucky winner of the Gripen Top Gun contest which was held as part of Aero India 2011 on the website gripentopgun. On Sunday February 13 he had a 50 minutes ride on the Gripen and got a feel of the fighter aircraft.
Image: Shashank HR from Bangalore was the lucky winner of the Gripen Top Gun contest and won a flight in the fighter aircraft Gripen.
22-year-old Shashank HR from Bangalore emerged as the Gripen India Top Gun in the month long contest organized by Defence and security company Saab for Indian combat aircraft followers and those with a dream to fly a fighter aircraft. The top 5 finalists from across the country tested their skills on the Gripen simulator on Saturday and were judged by four top Indian and Swedish pilots on their aircraft handling and combat skills.
Shashank HR is a final year Mechanical Engineer student at the BMS College of Engineering. Shashank was first kitted out in his flight suit on Sunday morning and then extensively briefed by the Gripen Team. Shashank’s Gripen flight, which took off after the morning display, was piloted by Chief Test Pilot Robin Norlander. Shashank HR is an avid gamer and qualified through the ACE level of the contest.
"It was a tough choice between the five finalists who gave the Indian and Swedish jury much to evaluate. Finally, Shashank was chosen among the final contenders for his performance on the simulator. We are delighted at the great response and interest in this contest. What was amazing was that people in over 75 countries visited the site. However, the most exciting part of the contest was the huge participation in India with visitors to the site from 82 Indian cities. We are absolutely delighted with the results and I congratulate all the winners and look forward to the selection of the Gripen Top Gun, the one Indian who will fly in the Gripen fighter aircraft on Sunday,” said Joanna Sjolander, In Country Director, Gripen India
Image: The five finalists for the simulator flights were Kasmera Dilip Shah (Bangalore), Chiranth Ashok (Bangalore), Selween Philip Mascarenhas (Chennai), Shaival Rajiv Sheth Mumbai) and Shashank HR (Bangalore).
The Gripen Top Gun contest
The site received over 150,000 page views. Around 3000 contestants played the amateur level of the game while around 2400 contestants played the professional and ace levels since January 12 to win a large number of prizes and collectibles. Over a hundred model aspirants also participated for the Gripen Top Gun India Calendar contest.
The contest had an amateur and professional level challenge to test the knowledge of aircraft buffs while providing an opportunity for video games buffs the opportunity to enter their best flying effort on the Gripen and take a shot at flying the real Gripen. The Gripen game entries were judged by top Swedish and Indian pilots to select a few who would get a shot at flying the real Gripen Aircraft simulator. Out of the five chosen simulator 'pilots', one will get to fly the real thing: the Gripen. To top it, for those not really interested in the technical end but love the look and feel of the aircraft, the Gripen Top Guns contest featured a Model Hunt in which 12 participants made it to the first ever Gripen India Calendar.
Apart from the grand prize of a flight in the Gripen, the Gripen Top Guns contest has a host of prizes for those who get it right and win in the draw of lots, including Gripen fighter pilot flying suits, Gripen Aviator Glasses, Gripen Exclusive Calendars signed by Swedish Test Pilots as well as Gripen Collectibles including Gripen Key Tags, Badges, Stickers And Pens.
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Gripen is now at Aero India 2011, performing aerial displays and present on the static area.
Gripen taxies at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru during Aero India 2011. Photo: Frans Dely
Saab takes pleasure in inviting you to visit us at Aero India 2011.
Gripen, the centrepiece of our air superiority offer, is in flight at the event. It is also demonstrated by the Gripen Simulator and featured in the static display area.
Image: Gripen air display at Aero India 2011. Photo: Frans Dely
At the static display we are exhibiting the Saab 340 and Saab 2000, the platforms at the heart of Saab’s regional airliner and airborne surveillance capabilities.
In the Saab pavilion (E1) we are be showcasing our cutting-edge capabilities in precision engagement, avionics, sensors, C4I, Electronic Warfare and support solutions.
Hope to see many of you at the event!
Image: Saab 2000 flying at Aero India 2011. Photo: Frans Dely
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding development of the existing material system 39 (edition 19). The order amount is 127 MSEK.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV, for the continuous support of Gripen’s operational capacity. The order amounts to 120 MSEK.
Saab has been awarded an interim support and services contract from ARMSCOR in South Africa involving the South Africans Air Force´s growing fleet of Gripen C and D advanced fighter aircraft. The agreement covers interim support services for the time until the fleet is fully operational.
The Interim Product Support contract is an on demand based contract with a fixed part covering the framework for the 17 months period from the 1st November 2010 to end of March 2012. On demand services are typically Maintenance Repair & Overhaul, engineering support services in Sweden or on base in South Africa and resupply of spares. The total value of the contract is 44 MSEK. Saab was also awarded a contract for delivering a Multi Emitter Environment Simulator for Gripen with a total value of 45 MSEK. Saab in South Africa has been contracted to develop and test an interface between the Gripen mission support system and the SAAF current intelligence system. South Africa has ordered 26 Saab Gripen C & D advanced fighter aircraft as part of the strategic defence package. The Gripen programme for South Africa is on track according to the contract. Gripen is being used in real air policing missions, even though the system is neither fully delivered or declared fully operational. The use of Gripen during the FIFA world cup last summer was a great success from this perspective.
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Today the development of a new Swedish-Brazilian research and innovation center in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, begins. Saab is one of the initiators and the co-operation starts with a two-day workshop on December 1 and 2.
The Gripen weapons and sensor integration programme is constantly evolving and continues to cover new ground. Recently, the integration test flight with the new Thales Digital Joint Reconnaissance Pod for the South African Gripen was carried out successfully at the Saab test and evaluation facilities in Linköping, Sweden.
South African Gripen with recce pod. Photo: Stefan Kalm
The integration test took place on a South African series production Gripen. The Recce Pod completed its factory integration tests already in June this year and is now completing the integration tests on the Gripen platform. The reconnaissance pod will be delivered to the South African customer after the integration phase next year.
"We are at full speed ahead regarding our weapons’ and integration program for Gripen .The capabilities of Gripen and the ease of weapons and sensor integration are exceeding all our expectations. It is a truly remarkable platform to work with and fly. We see no boundaries and limitations for this aircraft and we look forward to continue our co-operation with our customers to keep Gripen at the cutting edge of technology", says Gripen Test Pilot Johan Sjöstrand.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from FMV (Swedish Defence Material Administration) for six Gripen aircraft intended for the Royal Thai Air Force. The order is worth approximately 2,2 billion SEK.
The six Gripen aircraft are of the single-seat C version and the project duration is between 2010 -2013. They are part of an intergovernmental business transaction where FMV, as representative of the Government of Sweden, sells an integrated air-defence system based on products manufactured by Saab, including Gripen.
Image: Royal Thai Air Force Gripen and Saab 340 AEW. Photographer: Peter Liander, Saab.
Saab’s role in this business transaction is to, as an FMV sub-supplier, deliver the ordered Gripen aircraft and to upgrade the Saab Erieye radar system equipped Saab 340 that FMV is selling to Thailand. The order is a follow-up to an earlier order from 2008 when FMV ordered six Gripen intended for Thailand. “The order strengthens the co-operation between Thailand and Sweden. It also serves as further proof of Saab’s ability to deliver sophisticated integrated defence systems as well as strengthening international faith in the Gripen system,” says Håkan Buskhe CEO of Saab. Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 (0)734 180 018 www.saabgroup.com (http://www.saabgroup.com) For streaming and broadcast-standard video, please visit www.thenewsmarket.com/saab (http://www.thenewsmarket.com/saab) . If you are a first-time user, please take a moment to register. In case you have any questions, please e-mail journal...@thenewsmarket.com (journal...@thenewsmarket.com). The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on November 23 at 13.00.
Recently Major Catherine Labuschagne, of the South African Air Force, made her solo Gripen flight at the South African airbase Makhado in the Limpopo province of South Africa. This promptly gave her a place in the record books as the first female Gripen pilot.
Her achievement has been highlighted in media around the world and last week a special feature on Gripen and Major Catherine Labuschagne was aired on South African TV.
Please click on the link to see the feature programme (two parts).
When the Waddington International Air Show where held this summer at Royal Air Force (RAF) Waddington in UK, the Gripen display pilot Michal Daněk from the Czech Air Force won the trophy for the most accurate and polished flying display during the show.
The competition was judged by the Flying Control Committee, made up of experts from multiple aviation backgrounds. This years Committee contained former Red Arrows pilots, former BBMF* pilots and other ex RAF pilots as well as airspace specialists and representatives from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
The competition was open to all those who were flying on at the air show, some 36 participants. The display was judged on accuracy, dynamics, presentation and adherence to the display lines and heights.
Image: The winner Michal Daněk from the Czech Air Force receives his award from Major General Jonathan Bailey.
*BBMF - Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is the RAF's tribute to the aviators of WWII, and flies several Spitfires, two Hurricanes, a Dakota and a Lancaster.
Over a period of three months, four pilots from the Czech Air Force have been in Sweden in order to train as Gripen pilots. They also spent two days visiting Saab to see where Gripen is produced.
At Saab, they were given a presentation about the company and had the opportunity to visit the simulator, the final assembly and the composite workshop. The prospective Gripen pilots were happy to be able to visit Saab.
"It was fascinating to get to see the place and the hangars where Gripen is produced, said Martin Paček”, one of the pilots.
Image: The pilots visited the Gripen final assembly during their visit at Saab in Linköping. Photo: Per Kustvik.
The training has taken place at F 7 Såtenäs, which has responsibility for the training of Czech, Hungarian and Thai pilots. The training is carried out at the Gripen centre training facility, a facility that contains all the facilities needed to effectively train Gripen pilots. The pilots have previously flown the L-159 Alca at Čáslav squadron in the Czech Republic and they are extremely satisfied with the training that is developing them into Gripen pilots. Much of the training is spent in the simulators at the Gripen centre, but theory also plays a major part in the training. Martin and his friends have now returned to the Czech Republic to commence tactical training at Čáslav Air Force Base. It was four expectant Gripen admirers that returned.
"We are delighted to be operating the Gripen system in the Czech Republic, and if it were up to us to decide, we would want to operate Gripen in the Czech Republic today, tomorrow and in the future," said all four in agreement.
20 Gripen pilots
The Czech Gripen aircraft are based at Čáslav Air Force Base, in the heart of the Czech countryside. At the base, there is one division flying Gripen and another operating the L-159. The Czech Republic has four Air Force Bases in total and at the other three bases there are helicopters and transport aircraft. There are around 20 Gripen pilots at present in the Czech Republic.
Yesterday, Akaer released to Saab the first 3D model and production drawing of the Gripen NG in Sao Jose de Campos.
One year ago an agreement was signed between Akaer and Saab regarding the participation in the Gripen NG development program. The purpose of the agreement was to lay the foundations for good cooperation between the two companies and to support Saab's development and production for the rear and intermediate fuselage sections, wings and landing gear doors for Gripen NG. Immediately after the agreement signature, a team of Brazilian engineers from Akaer were stationed in Sweden to acquaint themselves with the NG project to participate in the development and to learn about Saab's requirements and methods in the form of technology transfer through "on the job training".
Image: Gripen NG Project Manager, Lars Erik Svedlund from Saab and CEO Cesar Silva from Akaer.
Prepared and certified
At the same time, facilities at Akaer in Brazil were prepared and certified for the work activities related to Gripen NG development, including special security controlled areas equipped with advanced network systems connected with Saab in Sweden.
During 2010 the Akaer team participated in the conception phase including design, stress, tooling and industrialization. The activity migrated to Akaer’s facilities in Brazil along the year. The technical package including the 3D model and production drawings released today was sent to Saab’s data bank in Linkoping, Sweden through a secure datalink.
Akaer is leading the T1 Brazilian consortium that includes Inbra Aerospace, Friuli, Minoica and Winstall involved in the development of the Gripen NG intermediate and rear fuselages, wings and main landing gear doors.
If selected for the Brazilian F-X2 Program, the serial production of the Gripen NG segments for Brazil and export will be made, as a sole source, from a new facility to be established in São Bernardo do Campo.
A successful co-operation
“ The release of this first drawing has proven the successful co-operation between our two companies proving Saab’s commitment and investment in Brazilian industry and as a future partner. We look forward to our further development together,” says Lennart Sindahl Saab Executive Vice President and Business Group Chairman Aeronautics.
Proud of its involvement
"This is the first drawing release of a supersonic fighter aircraft ever developed in Brazil and demonstration of the successful technology transfer process conducted by Saab. Akaer is proud of its involvement and the capabilities demonstrated by its team to comply with such challenging task," says Akaer CEO Cesar Augusto da Silva
Akaer is a Brazilian engineering company and one of the major suppliers of development services to the Brazilian aerospace and defence industry both nationally and internationally.
Image: It was a lot media attention during the press conference.
211th tactical squadron from the Czech Air Force with their Gripen fighters received the prestigious Silver Tiger Award to the best squadron during the recently held NATO Tiger Meet 2010.
The Czechs completed 664 tasks over a number of sorties during the two week long NATO Tiger Meet and proved their qualities in dozens of simulated air duels, in rescue operations in aid of downed pilots, in seeking and destroying important targets in the opponents’ rear and as protection of helicopters with paratroopers. “Our training program and our skills, in conjunction with Gripen has allowed us to win this important award. The reason why Gripen was a star of Tiger Meet is its ability to solve the tasks at the longest possible distance – without a direct dogfight with the enemy” said the Commander of 211th Tactical Squadron at Čáslav Air Force Base, LtCol Jaroslav Míka in Czech Television.
Image: Czech Gripen with tiger markings during NATO Tiger Meet. Photo: Ulrich Metternich/Luftwaffe.
Positive image of Gripen “I'm very proud and happy on behalf of the Czech squadron. It's an important and prestigious award they have received. When our customers perform as well as the Czechs have now done it also provides a positive image of our aircraft and further increases our reputation"says Bengt Littke, Program Director for Gripen in the Czech Republic. The NATO Tiger Association The NATO Tiger Association (NTA) brings together units from all over the world that have a tiger or other big cat in their logos or emblems. The large-scale international exercise, NATO Tiger Meet intended by the association to strengthen the ties between its members took place between 4 and 15 October at the Royal Netherlands Air Force air base of Volkel. All of the other participating squadrons during this year Tiger Meet recommended the Czech 211th tactical squadron for the award. Full membership Additional to this prestigious award the 211th tactical squadron also became full members of the NATO Tiger Association during Tiger Meet.
Image: 211th Tactical Squadron from the Czech Air Force happy after receiving the award. Read more about NATO Tiger Association and Tiger Meet here (http://www.natotigers.org/). Watch TV-interview with Jaroslav Míka here (in Czech). (http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/210411010101018-studio-6/obsah/129337-profil/) For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 734 180 018 pressc...@saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com (http://www.saabgroup.com/) Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
FMV recently conducted a so-called Safe-Separation firing from Gripen with the Meteor missile at the Vidsel test range.
Image: The Meteor missile is currently being integrated on the Swedish Air Force Gripen. Photo: Kristofer Sjöström, FMV Vidsel Test Range
It was the first live-firing of the Swedish Integration programme. Gripen has also been the launch platform from the start of the development of the Meteor missile.The purpose of this test was to verify the model on separation of the missile from the aircraft. The impact from the missile exhaust plume on the aircraft engine was also studied. As an important part of the integration work the data-link was verified as well.
An initial evaluation showed that the missile separated from the inboard pylon station in a normal manner and the data link between the missile and the aircraft was activated. Temperature data from the aircraft engine was also monitored. The missiles flight was terminated as planned at a predetermined position.
“Saab together with FMV Test & Evaluation Department accomplished the campaign very successfully. Saab evaluates and analyzes the data gathered from the test firing together with the supplier," said Michael Östergren, Project Manager at FMV.
With this firing the first of two phases in the Swedish integration is now completed.
The first phase was designed to support the development of the missile while the next phase is designed to fully integrate the missile on Gripen. The final integration with Gripen for the Swedish Air Force has recently begun and is expected to be finalized during 2013.
Image: Gripen equipped with the Meteor missile taking off from Vidsel for a test firing. Photo: Kristofer Sjöström, FMV Vidsel Test Range
Håkan Buskhe has only been CEO of Saab for one and a half months but he has already travelled the globe marketing Gripen to several countries. Yesterday, Mr Buskhe got his first flight in the Gripen fighter, taking-off from the Saab airfield in Linköping, Sweden.
The flight, in a Gripen D (39827) lasted for 1 hour and 8 minutes, with Ola Rignell, head of Saab Flight Test in the front seat. That included two sorties with a hot refuelling in between.
Image: Ola Rignell, head of Saab Flight Test, congratulates Saab's new CEO Håkan Buskhe (right) after his first flight in Gripen. Photo: Per Kustvik
“I’m living my childhood dream right now, and the flight in Gripen was just the icing on the cake. I´ve been briefed by the engineers that design the aircraft, visited the different stages of production and talked to some of the fantastic people that build the aircraft and now I’ve spent time at our Flight Test department. And remember, Gripen is just one of our world leading products.”
Håkan Buskhe had the opportunity to pilot the aircraft himself. He was also fortunate to meet up with one of the brand new Gripen aircraft produced for the Royal Thai Air Force and took part in formation flying.
“What I remember most is when we were flying 60 feet above the Baltic Sea and then suddenly afterburner on and we were climbing straight up to 30 000 feet. Like a rocket.”
Back on ground again Håkan Buskhe was congratulated by the first Gripen pilot, Stig Holmström, and presented with his own personal desk top model of Gripen D.
“I don’t believe that I’m a pilot just because I have flown Gripen once, but it is amazing how easy it is to understand the system. Especially with a good instructor like Ola. I knew Gripen was an amazing aircraft, and now I understand why.”
Håkan Buskhe has previously flown the Saab 105 jet trainer.
This week, the South African Air Force created aviation history. One of the four South African Air Force (SAAF) pilots to successfully complete the first Operational Conversion Course (OCC) instructed by local SAAF pilots, is a woman.
Image: Major Catherine Labuschagne - the first female Gripen pilot. Photo: Craig Nieuwenhuizen, foto24.co.za
Major Catherine Labuschagne, made her solo Gripen flight at the South African airbase Makhado in the Limpopo province of South Africa. This will give her a place in the record books as the first female Gripen pilot. Major Labuschagne is one of several women serving as pilots in the SAAF and she previously flew the Impala jet before she qualified on the Hawk Lead-In-Fighter trainer to prepare her for the transition to South Africa’s front line fighter. She did fly in the rear seat of Gripen back in 2004, then making history as the first woman pilot to fly Gripen, this time however, she took to the skies in a single seat Gripen and the instructors at 2 squadron stayed on the ground. The four newly qualified Gripen fighter pilots will strengthen SAAF and the 2 squadron as they will reach operational status sometime next year when their conversion course is completed. The South African government ordered 26 Gripen C/D fighter aircraft in 1999 as part of a “strategic defence package” Recently the SAAF Gripen force, although still in a project phase and not formally an operational system, conducted a large part of the air policing during the FIFA soccer World Cup. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 734 180 018 pressc...@saabgroup.com www.saabgroup.com (http://www.saabgroup.com/) Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
Over the course of a few hectic days, Saab's new CEO, Håkan Buskhe, has been visiting Brazil in order to acquaint himself with one of Saab's most important emerging markets.
Image: Håkan Buskhe and the Mayor of São Bernardo do Campo, Luíz Marinho. Photo credit: Fredrik Gustafson, Saab.
Saab's President and CEO Håkan Buskhe got the opportunity to discuss the company's offer relating to a possible Gripen deal. His itinerary included a visit to the Brazilian defence company Embraer to discuss the ongoing collaboration and, obviously, the not yet decided procurement of fighter aircraft that includes Gripen among the candidates.
Other visits included the Brazilian Minister for Trade, Miguel Jorge, Defence Minister Nelson Jobim and the Mayor of Sao Bernardo do Campo, Luis Marinho. During his visit to Brasilia, Håkan Buskhe also took the opportunity to visit the Swedish Ambassador to Brazil, Annika Markovic.
"Brazil is a fascinating country where I see many interesting business opportunities for Saab, both now and in the future," summarises Håkan Buskhe.
"We are serious about our technology transfer"Saab’s In-Country Director, Mr. Bengt Janér, remarked on the campaign situation: "Defence minister Jobim repeated in his meeting with our CEO, Håkan Buskhe, that the decision regarding the future fighter aircraft may be reached in October or November. This week's visits and announcement have placed us in the best conceivable position for a possible decision. Saab has once again shown that we have an extremely competitive offer and that we are serious about our technology transfer and investment in Brazilian industry as a future partner."
The Gripen NG Demo is now flying with new extra large drop-tanks. Instead of the more traditional 300 gallon tanks used by Gripen C/D these new external tanks can carry 450 gallons of fuel each.
Image: The new drop-tanks are here seen in a combination with IRIS-T, Meteor and Paveway. Photo credit: Stefan Kalm.
Longer range Combined with added spaces for internal fuel and a more fuel efficient engine Gripen NG will get substantially longer range and more time on station. The new drop-tanks are made by RUAG in Switzerland.
Images availableImages of Gripen NG Demo flying with the new drop-tanks are available in Saab’s Image bank.
The Czech Air Force recently presented a great looking Gripen when they celebrated 10 000 flight hours with the Czech Gripen fleet.
Well in time for the upcoming NATO Tiger Meet 2010, one of their Gripen has got an eye catching special Tiger colour scheme, as the canards has cat eyes all over the upper surfaces.
This makes two Tiger Gripen within the Czech Air Force. There is another from last year still flying with special Tiger markings.
Image: Czech Gripen with cat eyes on the upper surfaces of the canards. Photo credit: Milan Nykodym.
Image: Another Czech Gripen with special tiger markings. Photo credit: Milan Nykodym.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) regarding the integration of the active radar-guided Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile, Meteor. The order is worth MSEK 312 spread over four years.
During a recent official visit to the Czech Republic, the Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force Major-General Konstantin Popov flew the multirole Gripen fighter.
Image: Czech Gripen at take-off. Photo: Per Kustvik, Condesign.
Major-General Popov was invited by Brigadier General Jiri Verner, who is Commander of the Czech Air Force. During the visit they discussed the possibilities for bilateral cooperation and the use of modern equipment by the Air Force. Brigadier General Verner acquainted his colleague with the Czech experience of operating Gripen. They also visited the training centre in Pardubice where the Czech Air Force training programmes take place.
Modernisation of the Bulgarian Air ForceSaab is committed to the process of modernising the Bulgarian Air Force and hopes for a transparent tender for the acquisition of fighters expected in 2012.
In 2004, the Czech Republic signed an agreement with Sweden regarding the lease of 14 of the latest generation Gripen aircraft (12 single-seat and 2 two-seat) for a period of ten years (2005-2015) to replace its Russian-designed MiG-21 fighters.
Gripen International has announced succesfull fulfillment of the second contractual milestone of the Programme of Industrial Cooperation accompanying the lease of 14 Gripen fighters provided by the Swedish government. According to the Annual Report on Offset performance for the calendar year 2009, approved by the Czech Ministry of Defence, the Gripen offset programme has by the December 31st 2009 generated 19.92 billion CZK of cummulative offset value for the Czech Republic.
Last week the Gripen NG demo was making its Iinternational debut by taking part in the last phase of the Indian evaluation trials for the MMRCA (Medium Multi- Role Combat Aircraft) tender in India.
To date the aircraft has flown some 135 test flights in Sweden and is now testing its wings abroad, showing the international arena that next generation Gripen fighter development is on track.
"This achievement just shows the expertise and high technology capability that Sweden boasts in developing and manufacturing a fighter aircraft of this calibre. Several International pilots have already flown and evaluated the Gripen NG demo in Sweden, including pilots from Brazil and India and we are confident that this aircraft meets, or exceeds every operational requirement raised by the Indian Air Force," says Eddy de la Motte, Gripen Campaign Director, India.
The harsh environment of the Leh airbase, 3300m high up in the Himalayas, proved to be no match for the Swedish fighter where it cleared the high altitude trials.
The Gripen NG demo is the flying platform which is being used to train and develop the new technologies and features incorporated into the Gripen NG. The Gripen NG has been specifically developed to meet the operational requirements of countries such as India and Brazil, which requires a next generation fighter with significantly increased combat range and endurance, increased payload and super cruise capability.
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration for development of the reconnaissance system in the Gripen.
The order is worth approximately SEK 400 million, distributed over four years. It entails development of night capacity and an improved user interface for the reconnaissance pod on the Gripen.
The reconnaissance pod gives the aircraft a photo-reconnaissance function and is a significant component in the Gripen's overall reconnaissance capabilities. The system is modular and has considerable potential for further development.
"Saab's expertise in sensors and image processing is world-class and we are looking forward to working with the Swedish Defence Material Administration and the Swedish Armed Forces to further improve the Gripen's reconnaissance capabilities," says Micael Johansson, head of the Electronic Defence Systems business area.
Flexible System ApproachThe Modular Reconnaissance Pod System (MRPS) is fully digitised and is built around three main system elements - the Sensor fit, the Digital Mass Memory and the Reconnaissance Management System.
The MRPS provides customers with a maximum of flexibility in tailoring the sensor suite to operational requirements for airborne tactical reconnaissance. It has provisions for both day and night capability is designed for optimum performance and can be carried on various aircraft platforms. Further on it is easily integrated into the aircraft avionics by a MIL-STD-1553B data bus and a video interface to the displays in the cockpit.
The flight test programme with Gripen NG Demonstrator continues according to plan at the Saab facilities in Linköping. The latest flight, number 117 since the flight test programme started, was flown today.
Image: The Gripen NG Demonstrator on the runway after a test flight on 12 March 2010. Photo: Stefan Kalm/Saab
We are now testing all the tactical systems, such as the AESA radar and the new communications system. The test programme is very extensive, and the unusually harsh cold and snowy winter here in Sweden has challenged the programme schedule but we are now quickly catching up, says Mattias Bergström, the Gripen NG Demonstrator project manager.
We have finished, and successfully verified, the flight tests of the electro-optical Missile Approach Warning System (MAW) and the new fuel system with larger internal fuel tanks.
The Gripen NG is the next generation of the Gripen fighter, which is in service with the air forces of Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa. It is also ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force and is flown by the Empire Test Pilots School, ETPS, in the UK.
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV, for the continuous support of Gripen’s operational capacity. The contract is valued to 230 million SEK.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) regarding spare parts for the current Gripen fleet. The order amounts to SEK 200 million.
Saab has submitted an update on the proposal offering 36 Gripen Next Generation (NG) to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).
Saab's contract concerning the provision of spare parts to the Swedish Armed Forces has been extended for a further 3 years. The order is valued at MSEK 162.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order valued at approx. MSEK 350 from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) for development of the Gripen system.
Saab and SELEX Galileo will enter co-operative development of an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar for the Gripen Next Generation (NG) programme.
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, for studies during 2009 regarding future capabilities for the Gripen multi-role fighter. The contract value is 400 million SEK.
Saab has today handed in its offer for 36 Gripen NG (Next Generation) fighter aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force.
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV, for supporting Gripen’s operative capacity. The contract is valued to 550 million SEK.