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    Vishal Jolapara

    Shiv are you referring to SAAB's anxiety over ferrying the plane to India or its Indian Trials ?

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    Finally!! I really hope it Performs outstanding :)A partnership between India and Sweden would be very good for both countries.

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    They could always bring it inside the giant Antonov plane.

    Anyways the problem would be with its F-414 engine and its ability to handle dust and sand at Jaisalmer because it is the same engine as superbug.

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    everyone seems to be rooting for the F18 but I have feeling that the Gripen could be a dark horse – single engine or not.

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    Not rooting for f18, actually rooting for Eurofighter. Believe the final two should be EF vs Gripen.

    Once Gripen comes, the AF would forget Tejas altogether. If IAF commit to buy 400 Tejas(MK1+MK2) then Gripen should be fine too.

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    joydeep ghosh

    Lets hope it comes up all winner. With complete TOT there will be ample chance to use Gripen NG as the base to develop a sleeker MCA

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    Maratha MInd

    What a shameless delay in procuring 126 aircraft.
    For acquiring 126 aircraft ie, roughly 3 squadrons, it is taking us 5 years.

    We need 4 more squadrons in future to maintain minimum deterrence. So that will be another 6-7 years.

    Elephant economy's elephant MoD moving at elephant's pace


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    Ravi Khanna

    Shiv, I want to know why does india not choose Eurofighter Typhoon for 126 MMRCA!!

    I think that's the only fighter india need it now.

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    I recommend the FAB and IAF to join hands and select The Gripen Demo platform as their choice. Brazil and South Africa already is co-developing the A-Darter fifth generation infrared homing air-to-air missile (AAM). (Remember South Africa is alredy flying Jas Gripen 39 C/D, so they will integrate it with the Gripen. The SAAB Gripen has already been sold to different customers. Both Nato and non Nato members
    Whats more in the deal? LCA Tejas can also use the Gripen Demo engine GE F 414G. Proven hot refuling capacity. An already state of the art AAM integrated missile to the Gripen system. The lowest TCO and the promise of total TOT. Including state of the art AESA radar and it gives FAB and IAF the option of adding any weaponary to further boost boths capability.
    This is a real win-win deal for Brazil, India Sweden (and the USA that will supply the engine for the whole deal and South Africa who is co-developing the A-Darter).

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    Today 18 JAS 39 Gripen appeared in Stockholm at the Royal Wedding in Sweden. You can look for yourself how impressive this bird is at this clip on youtube:

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    IAF and FAB should join hands and select The Gripen Demo platform as their choice, since A-Darter now is an integrated option with The Gripen aircraftan as well as the Meteor.



    20 July 2010, in News
    Saab has successfully carried out an important stage in the A-Darter missile programme with the first test firing verifying the integration between the missile and the Gripen aircraft.

    The tests were held at the SAAF (South African Air Force) test area at Overberg, in South Africa. Gripen was chosen as the platform for these integration tests and has completed the them with outstanding results.

    “The test firing is an important milestone in the Gripen program. The A- darter missile is a collaboration and development project within the missile area between the local industry, Denel Dynamics, South Africa, and Brazil, where Saab has a leading role for the integration of complex future missile systems”, says Ulf Nilsson responsible for the Gripen program within Aeronautics at Saab.

    The A-Darter is a fifth-generation short-range air-to-air missile to be used during aerial combat with the new generation of fighter aircraft. In South Africa it will be operational on Gripen and in Brazil it is the weapon of choice for the future fighters of the F-X2 programme.

    “The A- Darter and the Gripen aircraft have worked beyond our expectations and we are extremely pleased with the test firing results”, says Magnus Reineholm Project Manager for the integration of A-Darter at Saab.

    Beside the A- Darter programme Saab is also taking part in the Meteor programme, which also is an international cooperation between leading aerospace companies in Europe. The Swedish government has also approved the order of the Meteor on Gripen for the SwAF.

    These missile integrations and the order of the Meteor missile shows the commitment that Saab, the Swedish Government and our customers have in the Gripen system to keep it at the forefront of technology.


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