Brazil to order additional JAS-39E Gripen NGs from Saab

These last few years have been particularly trying for the Swedish manufacturer Saab, and its new JAS-39 E/F Gripen NG fighter. After being excluded from the competition in Switzerland, the Swedish group founded important and legitimate hopes of imposing themselves for the replacement of the Finnish F/A-18s, and was in the final in the Canadian competition. Unfortunately, these three countries turned to the American F-35A. At the same time, the emerging European air forces of the Eastern countries which formed the Gripen's initial clientele in the 90s and 2000s, turned massively to the American F-16 Block 70 Viper, while even Thailand, she…

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Brazil is considering a new order for 30 Gripen E/F

The year 2021 will have been a year of great disappointment for the Swedish manufacturer Saab. As in the 5 previous years, this one did not succeed in imposing its Gripen fighter, whether it was the classic JAS-39 C/D version in Croatia, which preferred 12 second-hand Rafales acquired from the France, than its Gripen NG or JAS-39 E/F with its Finnish neighbor, who preferred the F-35A despite a very attractive and ambitious offer from Stockholm. To date, and apart from the Gripen NG orders for Flygvaptnet, the Swedish Air Force, and the 36 Gripen NGs ordered by Brazil in 2014,…

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India, South Korea: France on the offensive in the field of nuclear submarines

The Minister of the French Armed Forces, Florence Parly, is traveling to India this weekend to meet her Indian counterpart Shri Rajnath Singh, as well as other officials from New Delhi, in order to discuss several topics in the field of cooperation. strategic and industrial relationship between the two countries, partners and long-standing allies. In addition to the question of a possible additional order of Rafale aircraft, cooperation in the field of helicopters with a line of sight, a possible contract to equip the Indian Coast Guard with Caracal helicopters, and questions of strategic cooperation in the theater Pacific shaken up in recent months both by the…

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Following the departure of Boeing, Embraer is seeking new partners to market its C-390 Millenium transport aircraft

For more than a year, Boeing has had setbacks in the space sector (failure of the first launch of the CST-100 Starliner), civil (flight ban on the 737 Max) and military (with the repeated setbacks of the KC- 46). The coronavirus pandemic and its disastrous consequences on air transport have only added additional difficulties to the American aeronautics giant. As a result, the Chicago company decided quite abruptly to end its joint venture project with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. The subject had been covered extensively in a previous article, which detailed the divorce between Boeing and Embraer and the…

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Could the C-390 Millennium in-flight transport and refueling plane survive the Boeing / Embraer divorce?

The launch of the joint venture between the American Boeing and the Brazilian Embraer was to be one of the major events of the year in the aeronautical world. Reacting to the rapprochement between Airbus and the Canadian Bombardier, the American-Brazilian joint venture was to allow Boeing to complete its range of civil aircraft with the Brazilian-designed ERJs and E-Jets. To support 80% of the joint venture, Boeing would then have had to pay less than $4,2 billion. At the same time, a second joint venture called Boeing Embraer – Defense, this time 51% controlled by Embraer, should allow Boeing to market the Brazilian military transport plane C-390 Millennium. However, the…

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The Gripen E testing program is on schedule, while production of the Gripen F began

Last February, we devoted an important dossier to the Gripen E/F, the latest variant of the JAS-39 Gripen developed by the Swedish company Saab at the very end of the Cold War. For Saab, the stakes of the Gripen E/F were high: in a light fighter cell that had already proven itself, the Swedish aircraft manufacturer wanted to integrate the latest technological advances in air combat. Very long-range missiles, discrete data links, AESA radars, optronic ball and electronic warfare system: nothing was left to chance. Unfortunately, following several commercial setbacks, including the cancellation of the Swiss order in 2014, the Gripen E/F program…

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The delivery of Naval Group's new generation F21 torpedoes has started in France and Brazil

During his press conference on February 21, the boss of Naval Group Hervé Guillou, a few weeks from retirement, wanted to take stock of his mandate and the results of the French naval group in recent years. In the midst of Naval Group's major submarine and frigate programs (both in France and for export), Hervé Guillou did not fail to report the delivery of the first batch of new generation F21 heavy torpedoes. He thus evokes “the delivery of the first batch of F21 torpedoes, which is a real “game changer” in terms of heavy torpedoes, with…

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The Saab Gripen NG: small in size but large in performance

In 2007, the Swedish aircraft manufacturer SAAB launched production of its Gripen Demo technology demonstrator. Based on a production two-seater Gripen D, this aircraft was intended to demonstrate the feasibility of a new generation of combat aircraft based on the existing Gripen design. SAAB's ambition was then to offer the Swedish air force and export a new generation aircraft that was economical and efficient, without compromising on the latest developments in electronics, sensors and armament. An approach that is in line with the historical positioning of the company. Since the 1950s, SAAB has indeed always been able to…

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The HMS OCEAN LHD is sold to Brazilians after only 23 years of service

The helicopter carrier assault ship HMS Ocean was the flagship of the Royal Navy for nearly 20 years. She was withdrawn from service to be sold in Brazil with the arrival of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, for an amount of 84,3 million pounds sterling. The 21.000 ton ship is capable of projecting 400 men as well as a dozen helicopters of all types. It will significantly strengthen the capabilities of the Brazilian Navy after its decision to withdraw the aircraft carrier Sao Paolo (Ex Clemenceau) from service The resale of a ship that has not been in service for 25 years may appear surprising. However, the British are...

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