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  • Gripen Begins to Be Produced in Brazil
    Gripen Begins to Be Produced in Brazil 8 July 2020
    The Gripen aircraft developed by Sweden-based company Saab began production in Brazil. Gripen E/F developed by Saab for the Brazilian Air Force has begun to operate the first production facility outside Sweden. The facility, called Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM), will send various parts of the plane to the final assembly line at the Embraer plant in Brazil and linköping, Sweden. Gripen's front and rear body, as well as parts such as aerodynamic brakes, ar...
  • NATO's New Opportunities Partner
    NATO's New Opportunities Partner 13 June 2020
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has accepted Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner. It is aimed to maintain cooperation between the allied countries and its partners who contribute to NATO-led operations and missions. As a partner of the organisation, Ukraine has sent troops to allied operations and NATO-led exercises. As a Partner of Enhanced Opportunities, Ukraine will be able to take advantage of privileges such as special exercises and information ...
  • Modernised Submarine Delivered
    Modernised Submarine Delivered 25 May 2020
    Submarines, whose biggest weapon is silence and undetectability,  pose a great threat to all the hostile elements in their region. Submarines, each a strategic weapon, are equipped with modern technologies. The Royal Swedish Navy launched a modernization project in recent years to keep this weapon sharp. In this context, Saab Kockums, was delivered to Sweden HSwMS Gotland submarine, whose capabilities were improved. Within the scope of modernizatio...
  • Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft Order
    Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft Order 21 May 2020
    Airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) are an important power multiplier for users due to their capability to keep an eye on friendly elements in the front line and to instantly transmit enemy movements. Saab, one of Sweden's leading companies, announced that the order for Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C was received from an unnamed country. Deliveries will be made between 2020 and 2023, under the USD 160 million deal. Saab is currently recommending th...
  • First F 39 Gripen Units Will Arrive Brazil Next Year
    First F 39 Gripen Units Will Arrive Brazil Next Year 14 March 2020
    The commander of Wing 2 (Air Base), aviation colonel Gustavo Pestana Garcez, confirmed the arrival schedule of the first F-39 Gripen fighters, manufactured by SAAB, from Sweden, for the Brazilian Air Force. The forecast is that the first four units, out of a total of 36 aircraft purchased by the Brazilian government, will arrive at the military unit between the months of September and October 2021. A little earlier, in April, Wing 2 will also receive modern simulators of flights. After the ar...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots
    Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots 1 March 2020
    Raytheon's to upgrade the MIM-104 Patriot air defencee systems, which have been in the inventory of many countries for years. Under the USD 314 million deal signed between the US Army and Raytheon, the company will modernize the Patriots. With the agreement covering the systems of 17 user countries, the company will provide engineering services to users in the system, software and hardware development, integration, testing services, configuration management and logistics support...
  • CV90 is More Lethal with Spike
    CV90 is More Lethal with Spike 8 January 2020
    CV90’s firepower which more than 1200 platforms in use in different countries, has increased. BAE Systems made a statement about the development studies to increase the firepower of vehicles to a longer range. Standing out with its survivability, firepower and high mobility, the CV90 met long-range precision strike capability. BAE Systems made statements about the integration of Spike missiles into the platform. The company said a Spike LR missile was launched in the northern ...
  • Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS
    Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS 26 November 2019
    The new chief executive of Airbus Guillaume Faury has called for a single European fighter jet programme and warned that the continent needs to bolster its defence industry. Faury spoke to British “The Times” Sunday edition, Sunday Times. Faury, previously boss of Airbus’s commercial aircraft and helicopter divisions, said it would make sense to combine Europe’s two next-generation combat aircraft programmes — Tempest, which involves the UK, I...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating 14 November 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission 27 September 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil
    Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil 16 September 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 ...
  • Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing
    Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing 12 September 2019
    Italy has agreed to partner with UK defence firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. Tempest is a collaboration between the British Government and industrial partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. Sweden officially joined the program in July 2019, thus Italy is the third nation to partner on the programme. Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, Italy’s Secretary General of Defence, and Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of Defence Equipment &...
  • First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight
    First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight 28 August 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...
  • Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel
    Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel 22 August 2019
    Indonesia will work with BAE Systems. The Indonesian Navy has selected BAE Systems’ Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the country’s KCR-60 fast-attack vessel program. The initial contracts with government-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia include four 57 Mk3 gun systems. Two of the new 57 Mk3 systems will be for two KCR-60 vessels currently under construction, while the remaining two guns will be integrated onto two existing KCR-60 ships. The Bofors 57mm naval gun is d...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings 29 July 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 24 July 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 20 July 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 8 July 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 3 July 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 ...
  • Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests
    Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests 14 June 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 24 May 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 17 April 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...
  • First Brimstone 3 Firing
    First Brimstone 3 Firing 22 March 2019
    MBDA has conducted the first firing of the Brimstone 3 missile at the Vidsel Trials range in Sweden last month. Whilst enduring extreme weather conditions with temperatures below -30°C, the missile was surface launched against a pick-up truck target. All trials objectives were fully achieved with the missile proving, through a telemetry unit, full closed loop guidance with the seeker progressing into target acquisition and track. Brimstone 3 is the product of...
  • Heavyweight Torpedoes for Indian “Kalvari”s
    Heavyweight Torpedoes for Indian “Kalvari”s 24 February 2019
    Indian Defence Ministry has approved the acquisition of more than 100 heavyweight torpedoes for six Kalvari -class submarines being built at Mazagon Dockyards in Mumbai. Immediate requirement of the Navy for heavyweight torpedoes will be met by the acquisition to be made through the foreign vendors while the long-term bulk requirement will be fulfilled through the “Made in India” policy. France, Sweden, Russia and Germany are likely to participate at tender. ...
  • More Gustav
    More Gustav 15 February 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...
  • Countdown for Gripen E
    Countdown for Gripen E 12 February 2019
    The countdown for Brazil's first Gripen E is moving. Sweden made a statement about the final assembly process of the platform. The second phase of the final platform was started. In the second phase, components such as auxiliary power unit, engine, radar, canopy and windshield components will be assemblied. The work going on in Linköping will follow the third and final installation phase. At this stage, the software infrastructure of the platform will be installed and simul...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 16 January 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16
    Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16 16 December 2018
    Bulgarian premier Boyko Borisov disclosed on Dec. 14 that he favours buying the F-16 to replace the country’s MiG-29s. Borisov was quoted as saying that he “heard from the pilots, a new F-16 is a significantly better aircraft than all the rest that are on offer.” Borisov spoke on December 14 before the second day of an EU summit in Sofia. Bulgaria has budgeted 900 million euros ($1 billion) for the purchase of at least eight fighter jets. ...
  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time
    RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time 11 December 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 27 November 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...
  • Indonesia Announces Export Data
    Indonesia Announces Export Data 26 November 2018
    Indonesian Ministry of Defence announced military export revenues. According to official data announced by an official from the Ministry of Defence, Jakarta exported a total of 284.1 million USD between 2015 and 2018. PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT PAL and PT Lundin Shipyards and PT Pindad companies realized a large portion of sales. In this process, only PTDI sales amounted to US $ 161 million. The company earned most of its revenue from CN 235-220 and NC212. Sales were made to Senega...
  • India to Buy Russian Igla-S MANPADS Missiles
    India to Buy Russian Igla-S MANPADS Missiles 21 November 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 14 November 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...
  • Gripen E to Advance
    Gripen E to Advance 12 November 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.
  • Mysterious Submarine in Sweden
    Mysterious Submarine in Sweden 1 November 2018
    A mysterious event took place in the Swedish coastal waters during the summer. The incident, which took place on 28 July 2018, included information about a mysterious submarine on the surface near the Swedish coast. The event took place in the Boson peninsula of Lidingö Island, a location close to the capital Stockholm. In the region, a black unidentified object appeared on the surface while a group practising sailing including children and youth.   According to ...
  • US to Procure BONUS Precision-Guided Munitions from UK 15 October 2018
    The US Army is purchasing BAE Systems Bofors 155mm BONUS ammunition through a contract with the NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency). BONUS is an artillery-launched, fire-and-forget munition capable of combating any armoured vehicle. Compatible with the majority of existing artillery guns, BONUS is handled just like a conventional shell. BONUS carries two smart munitions that employ advanced sensors, enabling each to independently seek out and destroy separate targets within a...
  • Sweden Signed Agreement
    Sweden Signed Agreement 13 August 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced that agreement signed for procurement of Patriot PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) with Sweden. "We are honored to be a partner with Sweden for the protection of the armed forces, the people and the structures. " statement made in announcement. With Patriot PAC-3MSE Sweden has a modern air defence layer. Details about the agreement signed with Sweden were not announced. Sweden became the sixth PAC-3 user after the US, Qatar, Japan, R...
  • "Patriot"ic Defence to Vikings
    "Patriot"ic Defence to Vikings 2 August 2018
    Raytheon will sell the Patriot system to a new country. Sweden to procure Patriot air defence system. Agreement expected to signed next week. While Stockholm was reported to supply four firing units, the number of missiles was unexplained. The price of the deal to be signed is expected to be around 1.3 billion US Dollars. Sweden will have the option of buying up to 300 missiles. If 300 missiles were procured, the deal would be worth US $ 3 billion. Raytheon, the manufactur...
  • Patriot Missile Breaks Its Own Distance Record to Defeat Threat Target in Test
    Patriot Missile Breaks Its Own Distance Record to Defeat Threat Target in Test 28 July 2018
    In a U.S. Army-led test on July 26, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile broke its own distant record to take out an air-breathing target simulating a cruise missile or fixed-wing aircraft . Test demonstrated the Hit-to-Kill capability of the PAC-3 family of missiles, which defends against threats through body-to-body contact. The test also reconfirmed PAC-3 MSE's ability to detect, track and interc...
  • Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender
    Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender 27 July 2018
    Bulgarian Ministry of Defence issued a draft of the Request for Proposal (RfP). According to the draft, Bulgaria will supply 16 fighter aircraft. Greece was one of the strongest candidates but didn't take place in seven country list. In June this year, Bulgaria approved a military modernization program worth 3.5 billion Levas. The portion of this budget of 1.8 billion Leva is divided for 16 fighter aircraft procurement. Aircrafts will be supplied in two ...