Deliveries of the next generation Saab Gripen E for Sweden and Brazil will begin in 2019, it was announced at the aircraft’s unveiling ceremony yesterday.
The Gripen E has a significantly improved avionics system. The capability to carry more weapons and the improved range performance, is possible by a more powerful engine and the ability to carry more fuel, a statement from Saab said.
The aircraft is equipped with a highly integrated and sophisticated sensor suite including an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Infra Red Search and Track (IRST), Electronic Warfare (EW) suite, and datalink technology, which, when combined gives the pilot, and co-operating forces exactly the information needed at all times.
Among the guests at the unveiling ceremony were Sweden’s Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist, Sweden’s Air Force Chief of Staff Mats Helgesson, Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, and representing Saab; Chairman of the Board Marcus Wallenberg, CEO Håkan Buskhe and the Head of business area Aeronautics, Ulf Nilsson.
“Saab has developed design and production methods for the Gripen E to both increase capability and to reduce costs”, says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO Saab.
Five nations currently operate Gripen: Sweden, South Africa, Czech Republic, Hungary and Thailand. Brazil has ordered Gripen, and Gripen has also been down-selected in Slovakia. Besides that, Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) uses Gripen as platform for test pilot training.
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Saabs Brazilian partner AEL Sistemas (AEL) has successfully delivered the Wide Area Display (WAD) Demo HMI Software for the Gripen NG jet. In February 2015, Saab announced the selection of AEL as a new Gripen supplier in Brazil
The Hungarian Air Force has started to train for night flying missions using newly-delivered night vision goggles (NVGs). This capability will further enhance the combat readiness of the Hungarian Air Force and boost the contribution of Hungarys Gripens to international missions
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Finmeccanica has signed contracts to provide Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF) systems for the Gripen Next Generation (Gripen NG) aircraft for the Air Forces of Sweden and Brazil, the company statement said today. The IFF systems will be used by Gripen pilots to identify other aircraft or vehicles as friendly (or potentially unfriendly) and to determine their bearing and range from the aircraft
Saab has offered to jointly develop a naval version of its fighter jet Gripen with transfer of technology. “We have a great opportunity for technology transfer,” said Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab aeronautics division was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India Sunday
Sweden has signed a defence cooperation deal with Colombia, hoping to export Gripen fighter jets to the South American nation. Swedens minister for enterprise and innovation, Mikael Damberg, signed the deal on Tuesday during his visit to Colombia, which recently passed a peace agreement after several years of tough negotiations with the Farc guerilla group
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Avionics Services has launched its Medium Altitude Low Endurance (MALE) UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) class 4 Caçador. The launch held on June 30, 2016 included a retrospective of the project, the systems capacity and information about its strong potential for usage in intelligence tactical missions by the Armed Forces, civilian defense, environmental defense, and agribusiness, the company said in a statement Tuesday
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