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  • Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk
    Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk January 21 2020
    The United States announced that the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft were chosen as the platform to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers in the last quarter of 2019. As a partner of Boeing in the program, Saab announced that the serial production phase has started for the aft fuselage section. Saab stated that the parts of the platforms that on their shares will be manufactured in the facilities located in Linköping in the first place. The company, which is respon...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland January 14 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force December 24 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary
    Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary December 10 2019
    Swedish Saab has announced that it has delivered the DAM (Deployable Aircraft Maintenance ) facility mobile fighter support unit to the Hungarian Air Force. The DAM Collection is a complete fighter aircraft support solution that can be deployed quickly to any terrain with minimal ground-level preparation. The delivery stems from a contract signed between Saab and the Hungarian Ministry of Defence in December 2018. DAM provides capability equivalent to stationary maintenance infrastr...
  • Saab Flies new EAJP Pod on Gripen for First Time
    Saab Flies new EAJP Pod on Gripen for First Time November 7 2019
      Saab flew its Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) on the Gripen combat aircraft for the first time on 4 November, the company announced. The purpose of Saab's new EAJP pod is to protect aircraft against radars by sophisticated jamming functions, thereby blocking the opponent's ability to attack them. The EAJP is part of Saab's Arexis family of electronic warfare (EW) systems, and the test marked the latest milestone since the system was first b...
  • Guided Munition to Carl Gustaf
    Guided Munition to Carl Gustaf November 2 2019
    The Guided Carl Gustaf Munition (GCGM) Project, which developed by Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics, is progressing rapidly. Within the scope of the project, a guided ammunition for the Carl Gustaf systems was developed. As a result of the studies initiated in November 2017, the initial launch tests of semi-active laser guided ammunition were performed. The missile, which can also be fired from closed areas, can hit its target with CEP <1 metres . Ammunit...
  • GLSDB from Norway
    GLSDB from Norway October 19 2019
      Saab and Boeing announced that they successfully test-fired the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway. The test-firing took place at the Andøya Test Centre in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20-foot container. The GLSDB is essentially a GBU-39 Small Diameter...
  • Saab Support for Pohjanmaa September 20 2019
    In accordance with Finland’s Ministry of Defence’s proposition, the Government of Finland has selected Saab as the combat system provider and integrator for the Finnish Navy’s four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. The Pohjanmaa-class corvette is a class of general-purpose surface combatants currently under development for the Finnish Navy as part of the Squadron 2020 (Laivue 2020) project.  Finland’s Ministry of Defence has stated that the contract is sche...
  • Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil
    Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil September 16 2019
    Swedish manufacturer Saab has presented the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft during a ceremony in Linköping, Sweden, to begin the flight test program. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Brazilian Air Force, Swedish Air Force, Saab, and defence ministers of the two countries. Initially, flight tests will be performed in Sweden and by the end of 2020, the aircraft will move to Brazil to continue the flight test campaign in the country. In 2021, deliveries ...
  • First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight
    First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight August 28 2019
    Saab completed a successful first flight with the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft, 39-6001. At 2.41 pm CET on August 26, the Gripen E aircraft took off on its maiden flight flown by Saab test pilot Richard Ljungberg. The aircraft operated from Saab´s airfield in Linköping, Sweden.  The duration of the flight was 65 minutes and included test points to verify basic handling and flying qualities at different altitudes and speeds. The main purpose was to verify...
  • Australia Will Move on with SAAB
    Australia Will Move on with SAAB August 26 2019
    The Australian Army signed an agreement with SAAB. Under the agreement, the company will continue to provide support for Ground-Based Air Defence Radar (GBAD) and Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) systems until 2022. The deal, which is worth around 19 million US Dollars, includes the support for Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam Radar and RBS-70 short-range air defence systems. Modern versions of the RBS-70 platform, whose predecessor variants are limited to five kilometres range ...
  • Unmanned Era on MineSweeper
    Unmanned Era on MineSweeper August 10 2019
    The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year. SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agr...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings July 29 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • Sweden Joins Forces with UK
    Sweden Joins Forces with UK July 20 2019
    Sweden and United Kingdom signed agreement on development of future combat aircraft capabilities. Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist and his UK counterpart Penny Mordaunt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to “examine the possibilities for joint development of future combat aircraft”. According to MoU both sides will examine the possibilities for joint development of future combat aircraft capabilities and combat aircraft systems. The MoU will be the starti...
  • Sweden May Join Britain’s Tempest Program July 8 2019
      Sweden may join forces with Britain in the race to develop a European future fighter jet, according to Financial Times. Sweden’s collaboration on the project is expected to be made at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).  Unveiled at the Farnborough air show last July, Tempest is the centrepiece of Britain’s combat air strateg. The British government announced last July that, together with industry, it would commit an initi...
  • Sweden to Strengthen Wall
    Sweden to Strengthen Wall July 3 2019
      The Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters announced the deployment of the Luftvärnssystem (Air Defence System) 23 to the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The decision issued on 1 July 2019 was taken by Swedish Armed Forces Supreme Commander General Micael Bydén.  The island of Gotland lies around 330 kilometres from Russia's region of Kaliningrad, the headquarters of the Russian Baltic Fleet. The system is produced by Saab and the Swedish Armed ...
  • T-X Starts EMD Flight Trial July 3 2019
      Boeing has begun Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) flight trials of the T-X trainer aircraft it has developed with partner Saab for the US Air Force.  The first EMD sortie, which was announced by the company on 1 July, involved Boeing T-X aircraft N381TX flying out of the company's St Louis facility in Missouri. With two EMD aircraft so far built, 71 test flights were flown between December 2016 and December 2018. Since then, Boeing and Saab h...
  • Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests
    Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests June 14 2019
    The Swiss defence procurement agency, Armasuisse, has formally recommended to Saab not to participate with Gripen E in the upcoming flight tests scheduled from 24 to 28 June 2019 in Switzerland. The reason is that the flight tests have been designed to only evaluate aircraft that are operationally ready in 2019. The flight tests are part of the fighter evaluation process that foresees aircraft deliveries in 2025. However, the Gripen E development plan does not match the Sw...
  • Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase
    Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase May 24 2019
      After failing to secure second-hand F-16s from Israel, Croatia has approached Sweden and United States to buy new fighters, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said. Zagreb was close to striking a deal on buying a squadron of used and refitted F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but eventually Israel informed Croatia it could not sell the planes as it could not secure an approval from the United States. Israel’s F-16s are equipped with advanced systems that US allows...
  • Sweden Spends Tax for Gripen E
    Sweden Spends Tax for Gripen E April 17 2019
    Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet said the Swedish government paid for 14 Gripen C/D airframes that are unused in order to ensure that the production line at Saab can transition to the Gripen E. Ten of those are C models while the rest are two-seaters. The government had hoped that the fighters could be exported to overseas customers but the orders never came in. Replying to Svenska, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk/ FMV) explaine...
  • Australian Army to acquire Carl-Gustaf Ammunition
    Australian Army to acquire Carl-Gustaf Ammunition April 12 2019
    Saab has received an order for deliveries of Carl-Gustaf® ammunition to the Australian Army, the total order value is 18 million USD million and deliveries are expected to take place in 2020. “The wide range of variations of Carl-Gustaf ammunition brings a true tactical flexibility to the user,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics. Saab’s Carl-Gustaf has a wide range of ammunition types that allows dismounted soldiers to ta...
  • RBS-70 Orders Full Ahead
    RBS-70 Orders Full Ahead March 25 2019
    Saab continues to receive RBS-70 orders. In recent months, product has a very good sales momentum. This time order came from NATO for the Czech Republic. NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency), responsible for the procurement of NATO member states, ordered the RBS-70 system for the Czech Republic. The Prague administration, already RBS-70 and NG user, will receive Mk II missiles along with procurement. These systems can be effective at 4 km altitude and 7 km range.
  • Boeing to set up F-18 Factory in India
    Boeing to set up F-18 Factory in India February 23 2019
    Boeing promotes its F-18 factory in India. Speaking at the Aero India show, company officials said it would build a “factory of the future” in India to produce the Super Hornet to meet New Delhi’s request. India has two separate requirements for combat aircraft: 110 for the air force and 57 for the navy. For the opportunities with New Delhi, the company would pitch the Super Hornet’s new Block III variant, which features updated avionics and sensors, and has ...
  • Naval Group and Damen in the Final in the Netherlands February 20 2019
    German TKMS and Spanish Navantia eliminated, Naval Group and Damen in the final in the Netherlands The Dutch government has decided to eliminate the offers of the German TKMS with the Type 212CD and the Spanish Navantia with the S80, for the replacement of its four class Walrus submarines, leaving the Saab-Damen and the French Naval Group in the final. According to the Dutch government, the German offer was eliminated on the basis of the preservation criteria of the countr...
  • More Gustav
    More Gustav February 15 2019
      Sweden-based Saab company announced new Carl-Gustaf M4 procurement agreement. Order came from an old user. The USA, which has long been in the inventory of 84 mm Carl Gustaf Systems, signed an additional procurement agreement with Saab. The cost of the agreement, which has a validity of three years, was announced as US $ 9 million. In the latest model of the modernized system, the launcher weight has been reduced from 10 kilograms to 7 kilograms. Carl Gustaf, is a r...
  • Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile
    Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile February 15 2019
      Two Rafale, from the French Air Force and the French Navy, carried out the first two test shots of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile on 13 February 2019. The French defence ministry ministry announced that two Rafale participated on February 13, 2019 in the first two experimental shots of the missile Meteor. It was a Rafale piloted by personnel from the Air Force, Center of Expertise (CEAM) and a Rafale Marine with a pilot from the Center for Practical Experi...
  • Sector News Issue 70 February 7 2019
    Mistral Blows by the Sea Rio’s Airspace Entrusted to SAAB Spain Relieved with Resources Printed Parts for Nuclear Ship HAVELSAN Features 8x8 Simulator İŞBİR’s First Step to Investment BMC Launches “Next 50 Years” Flag Race at Meteksan Sefine’s Business Partnership Model for DİMDEG Internal Appointment at STM 43rd ATAK in the Inventory ASELSAN Back to its ...
  • Gripen E Proposal for Air 2030
    Gripen E Proposal for Air 2030 January 29 2019
      Saab announced that it has submitted an offer for the tender under the Air 2030 Program. Thus, the number of companies in the program increased to four. A new step took place in Air 2030, the new fighter aircraft procurement program of Switzerland. Saab announced on 25 January that it had submitted a bid for the tender. Company will take place with the new Gripen E. The tender was launched for new platforms to replace Switzerlan’s aging F/A-18 Hornet and F-5E ...
  • Ireland Signed Agreement for Missile
    Ireland Signed Agreement for Missile December 14 2018
    Saab added a new one to its orders in the last days of the year. The company announced the purchase of the RBS 70 BOLIDE system from the Irish Defence Force. Ireland has been using RBS 70 systems for more than 30 years. Under the agreement signed with a total cost of 60 million Swedish Krona, the country will be the user of the most modern missile developed for RBS 70 systems. The BOLIDE system, which is the most advanced member of the family, can reach up to 2 Mach speeds and can b...
  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time
    RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time December 11 2018
    Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile(BVRAAM) during a Quick Reaction Alert exercise for airspace defence. Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December that The MBDA Meteor is now operational aboard RAF  Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland (QRA North) to interce...
  • Saab's Second Gripen E Makes Flight Debut
    Saab's Second Gripen E Makes Flight Debut November 27 2018
    Saab's second Gripen E joined the flight-test programme activity. Second test aircraft 39-9 has flown from the Swedish manufacturer's Linkoping site, completed a 33min debut sortie, more than 17 months after its first example had taken to the air, in June 2017. Saab says aircraft 39-9 will next be involved in testing of the Gripen E's tactical systems and sensors. The air forces of Sweden and Brazil have ordered a combined 96 of the new-generation type, with de...
  • India to Buy Russian Igla-S MANPADS Missiles
    India to Buy Russian Igla-S MANPADS Missiles November 21 2018
    India plans to purchase Russia's man-portable air defence missile system (MANPADS), the Economic Times reported on Tuesday. According to media outlets, Russia and its man-portable air defence system Igla won a tender in India to deliver $1.5 billion worth of short-range air defence systems, competing with Sweden's SAAB RBS70 NG and France's MBDA Mistral The Indian media further reported that the new missiles should replace the Russian Igla-M systems. The Igla-S...
  • Armenia may Purchase JAS-39 Gripen
    Armenia may Purchase JAS-39 Gripen November 14 2018
    Armenia’s possible acquisition might be JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab according to Armenian Daily PanArmenian.net . The publication learned from Armenian Defence Ministry that the decision is currently under discussion. According to the Ministry, Armenia is considering the purchase of fighter jets produced in other countries in order to create a multifunctional air force. It was formerly reported earlier that Sweden has propo...
  • New Step for BVRAAM
    New Step for BVRAAM November 14 2018
    Saab has published another news on Gripen E tests. Aircraft flew with the Meteor BVRAAM missile for the first time. This development is considered as an important step for aircraft’s capability. One of the requirements of the modern battlefield is the importance of BVRAAM (Beyond the Vision Range Air to Air Missile) technology for Gripen E. After the integration process of the Meteor missile, the aircraft will be expanding its flight envelope with different loading combination...
  • Gripen E to Advance
    Gripen E to Advance November 12 2018
    Gripen E tests continues with full speed.. Recently, the aircraft completed the external load-release tests. Trials were carried out at the Vidsel Test Area in the north of Sweden. During the tests, an IRIS-T air air missile was released then launched from the aircraft and one external fuel tank was jettisoned. Saab said that the test results were in line with expectations. With the release of the external fuel tank, the experiments were one step closer to the result.
  • X-Band Order to Saab
    X-Band Order to Saab October 30 2018
    Saab has announced a new order from the US administration. The US's new order was not a direct purchase this time. The company said in an official statement that the United States knocked its doors for X-band active electronic phase array radar technology. PS-05 / A Mk4 has 100% more effective than its predecessor in air-to-air mode at high altitudes and 40% more effective at low altitudes. The system, which has been shown to be highly effective against targets with low radar cr...
  • Hypersonic Radar
    Hypersonic Radar October 24 2018
      Hypersonic threats poses a significant risk for surface platforms. The answer to these threats, which become common in future at the battlefield, came from Saab. The company has begun work on the integration of Hypersonic Detection Mode (HDM) to Sea Giraffe radars.   The system, which aims to give more time to the ships against hypersonic threats, uses Saab's next generation track while scan technology. This allows the system to continue scanning ...
  • Hypersonic Radar
    Hypersonic Radar October 24 2018
      Hypersonic threats poses a significant risk for surface platforms. The answer to these threats, which become common in future at the battlefield, came from Saab. The company has begun work on the integration of Hypersonic Detection Mode (HDM) to Sea Giraffe radars.   The system, which aims to give more time to the ships against hypersonic threats, uses Saab's next generation track while scan technology. This allows the system to continue scanning ...
  • Saab to Unveil Surface-Launched Version Of Gungnir Anti-Ship Missile
    Saab to Unveil Surface-Launched Version Of Gungnir Anti-Ship Missile October 20 2018
    Saab will unveil the surface launch version of RBS15 Gungnir anti-ship missile system at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris. RBS15 Gungnir uses the all new RBS15 Mk4 Surface missile with extended range, enhanced defence penetration and electronic protection as well as a more advanced target seeker, allowing it to engage any target, in all conditions. The RBS15 Mk4 Surface missile is used in both the sea system and the land system of RBS15 Gungnir. It is designed to provide ...