Saab presents its finery to support its media campaign in Finland

The aeronautical manufacturer Saab obviously did not hesitate to put the means to support its communication campaign around the participation of its Gripen E/F accompanied by the GlobalEye in the competition organized by Helsinki to replace the Finnish F18s. Indeed, the Swedish group dispatched a JAS 39 Gripen as well as a GlobalEye aerial watch plane to the Kauhava air show which is taking place this weekend near the town of Vaasa, on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia. The Finnish HX competition is indeed one of the last in which the Swedish manufacturer can hope to place its new device, acquired to date…

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Saab delivers the first GlobalEye radar plane to the United Arab Emirates

Today, Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab delivered the first next-generation GlobalEye early warning aircraft to the United Arab Emirates. On a symbolic level, this is an important step for Saab, which seeks to establish its new AEW&C aircraft as a standard in the air combat of the future. On the hardware side, the GlobalEye is based on Canadian Bombardier's Global 6000 business jet. Designed to be able to carry out very long endurance flights, the Global 6000 offers the GlobalEye an autonomy of 11 hours, significant electrical power for its on-board systems, as well as a large cabin volume allowing five operators to be on board. To carry out its missions,…

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Does the Gripen E / F presented by Saab have the slightest chance in Canada?

This Monday, March 2, the Swedish manufacturer Saab officially confirmed its candidacy for the Canadian call for tenders aimed at replacing 88 F/A-18 Hornet combat aircraft (designated CF-188 locally). For this, Saab offers its Gripen E/F, a modernized version of the Gripen C/D also offered in Finland to replace, here too, the F/A-18 Hornet. In itself, the announcement is not a surprise, Saab having never hidden its intention to apply in Canada. In the end, the Swede will be the only European candidate for this competition, where he will face the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet from Boeing and the F-35 from Lockheed Martin. Indeed, Dassault Aviation had announced its…

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Finnish HX Program Manager discusses poor performance of Gripen and F-35 during tests

Interviewed by the Finnish site Kauppalehti, the head of the HX program spoke the day before yesterday about the HX Challenge competition between the French Rafale, the American F-35 and F/A-18E, the Swedish JAS-39E Gripen and the European Typhoon for the renewal of Finnish Air Force F/A-18 fighters. In recent months, the aircraft have succeeded in Finland to verify, through a flight test program, that their operational characteristics correspond to those announced by the manufacturers. Assessments on logistics and military capabilities adapted to Finnish modus operandi should follow later in the year. Among other issues...

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Germany cancels order of MQ-4C Triton drones in favor of Global 6000 aircraft

The news surprised even the most attentive observers of the PEGASUS file (Persistent German Airborne Surveillance System). According to DefenseNews, citing official German sources, Berlin has canceled its decision to buy four HALE (High Altitude, Long Endurance) MQ-4C Triton drones from the American Northrop-Grumman. The contract, valued at $2,5 billion, was ultimately not signed, with the German choice seeming to go instead to a dedicated variant of Canadian Bombardier's Global 6000 business jet. This announcement, if confirmed, will then close the incredible soap opera of the Q-4 Global Hawk / Triton in Germany, which began nearly 20 years ago and has…

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