Saab has said that it has got offers to partner from both the United Kingdom-Italian Tempest fighter jet program and Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program.
However, the Swedish company has not decided on which of these two consortiums to join. Saab’s position in the future aircraft market looks bleak as it does not have any sixth generation fighter jet program of its own.
Speaking to Defenseworld.net, Rob Hewson, Head of Communications, Saab Asia-Pacific said on the sidelines of Aero India 2019 said, “We have received offers to partner from both UK-Italian and Franco-German consortiums for their respective future generation fighter jet program. We haven’t decided to partner with either of them yet. You never know, we might think of building one of our own.”
French Dassault Aviation and German Airbus consortium plan to jointly develop future-oriented capabilities-such as FCAS starting this year. Dassault and Airbus signed an initial cooperation agreement in April last year to develop FCAS, leaving the door open for other European partners. The mission letter also stipulates that other partners, particularly European, can join the project. Spain is the third country to have joined the consortium on last Friday.
The United Kingdom unveiled a model of its proposed new fighter jet, the Tempest at the Farnborough Air Show in July last year. The aircraft will be developed and built by BAE Systems, engine maker Rolls-Royce and Italy's Leonardo and is hoped to be flying by 2035.
The Tempest is expected to compete with the European Future Combat Air System, also envisaged as system combining manned and unmanned aircraft. The European jet being built with France and Germany as partners may rope in other member countries of the European Union.
Saab has signed new Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with three Indian aerospace manufacturers for the manufacture of Saab on commercial aerostructures to the Gripen fighter and other defence-related products in the Saab portfolio. Saab signed the MoUs with Dynamatic Technologies Limited, CIM Tools Private Limited and Sansera Engineering Private Limited
Saab received an order late December last year from the Capability Acquisition Sustainment Group (CASG) on behalf of the Australian Army to update the Wireless Audio Visual Emergency System (WAVES) equipment for the Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) System. The WAVES equipment provides early warning audible and visual alerts when the C-RAM sensors detect and identify an incoming threat within an exclusion zone
Lockheed Martin, Diehl and Saab have unveiled a new air defense weapon system, Falcon, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi on 18 February. According to Lockheed Martin, the Falcon is a short and medium-range air defense solution that integrates Diehl's 40-kilometer range Infra-Red Imaging System Tail/Thrust Vector-Controlled (IRIS-T) SLM interceptor and vertical launcher, Saab's 360-degree AESA Giraffe 4A radar through Lockheed Martin's flexible SkyKeeper command and control battle manager
Saab has signed a framework agreement regarding a live fire training system for the Norwegian Armed Forces. The agreement, which is valid for 4 years, is the result of competitive procurement and covers all branches of Norwegian defence
Leonardo UK has demonstrated a new radar receiver, warner technology as part of its development work for the Tempest project, the future combat jet project in which the UK, Italy and Sweden are working together. In a laboratory demonstration for the UK MoD and other Team Tempest partners, the new sensor demonstrated a direction finding performance of four times what is possible with typical radar warning receiver while being just 1/10th the size of a standard system
French Safran and German MTU Aero Engines, roped in to power the European Future Combat Air System (FCAS) jet, have settled on the formers appointment as prime contractor in the initial phase and then forming a 50-50 joint venture, after being mired in dispute on who will be accorded program leadership. Paris and Berlin have reached an agreement- Safran will be the main contractor, while MTU, the subcontractor, in the Research & Technology phase
Dassault and Airbus who are jointly developing the European Future Combat Air System (FCAS), have sought that participating European governments move forward by launching the programmes demonstrator phase. Two years ago, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to jointly develop the European Future Combat Air System (FCAS)
Italy has agreed to partner with UK defense firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. “UK defense companies (BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, Rolls Royce and MBDA UK), together with key Italian Industry players (Leonardo Italy, Elettronica, Avio Aero and MBDA Italy) announced their intent to partner on the Tempest programme by signing a Statement of Intent (SOI) at DSEI-2019,” BAE Systems announced Wednesday
Aeralis has signed an MoU with Thales to develop concepts for a ground-based training and simulation system to compliment United Kingdoms (UKs) Tempest future fighter programme. The two companies will evaluate concepts for a common simulator system that can be used to support all phases in a future flying training system and which could be demonstrated in time for Farnborough 2022, Aeralis said in a statement Monday
A mock-up of the European New Generation Fighter (NGF) was unveiled at the Paris Air Show 2019 today where Dassault Aviation and Airbus revealed that they expect a contract for the first demonstrator phase of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) by Q4 2019. The two firms have already delivered a joint industrial proposal to France and Germany for executing the FCAS
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