A great video of the Swedish military Saab Gripen military aircraft. The Saab JAS 39 Gripen (English: “griffin”[Nb 3]) is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet). The Gripen has a delta wing and canard configuration with relaxed stability design and fly-by-wire flight controls. It is powered by the Volvo RM12, and has a top speed of Mach 2. Later aircraft are modified for NATO interoperability standards and to undertake air to air refuelling.
In 1979, the Swedish government began development studies for an aircraft capable of fighter, attack and reconnaissance missions to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen. A new design from Saab was selected and developed as the JAS 39, first flying in 1988. Following two crashes during flight development and subsequent alterations to the aircraft’s flight control software, the Gripen entered service with the Swedish Air Force in 1997. Upgraded variants, featuring more advanced avionics and adaptations for longer mission times, began entering service in 2003.
To market the aircraft internationally, Saab formed partnerships and collaborative efforts with multiple overseas aerospace companies. One example of such efforts was Gripen International, a joint partnership between Saab and BAE Systems formed in 2001. Gripen International was responsible for marketing the aircraft, and was heavily involved in the successful export of the type to South Africa; the organization was later dissolved amidst allegations of bribery being employed to secure foreign interest and sales. On the export market, the Gripen has achieved moderate success in sales to nations in Central Europe, South Africa and Southeast Asia; bribery has been suspected in some of these procurements, but authorities closed the investigation in 2009.
A further version, designated Gripen JAS 39E/F, is under development as of 2014; it has been referred to as Gripen NG or Super-JAS. The changes include the adoption of a new powerplant, the General Electric F414G, an active electronically scanned array radar, and significantly increased internal fuel capacity. Saab has proposed other derivatives, including a navalised Sea Gripen for carrier operations and an optionally manned aircraft for unmanned operations. Sweden and Brazil have ordered the Gripen E/F and Switzerland initially selected it for procurement. As of 2013, more than 247 Gripens have been built.[Nb 1]
[Applause] [Applause] well my love I hate it [Applause] you you we're standing today in front of the truly unique aircraft is actually for me personally quite emotional for the untrained eye the viewer don't really see the difference from previous aircraft but the heart and soul in this machine is truly amazing the future of air combat will be even more complex than it is today and to be able to create their power that grip and creates today and make that sure in the future as well will have to make a future proof to be able to be future proof it's not enough that this aircraft has the coolest software and the coolest computers today I want to be able to give our pilots the best available computers on the market in one year two years five years ten years we have built a system adaptable for the future the winner of tomorrow's air combat will be the one that's able to adapt to present circumstances gets ahead of the enemy and then can shift and strike from unexpected directions traditionally adding more software to a fighter jet requires a lot of verification even on the existing platform but what you're looking at here is the world's first reconfigurable avionics platform qualified to meet the highest safety and security standards reconfigurable means that we can add applications without having to re-qualify the platform we can even change Hardware without affecting the overall application layer just leaving the aircraft with a lot more computer power the computational power in this aircraft allows for the use of today's most demanding algorithms such as deep learning algorithms and the complex algorithms used for the sensor fusion utilizing all the new sensors who have an aircraft and also providing synergy from them we are building to make this fire as good as possible today but what we also know is that we wanted to stay relevant for a long period of time and we don't know what the fight will look like in 30 40 years from now to ensure that we have a fighter that's still relevant who are building it so we easily can upgrade it and use the latest and best technology out there when the hardware and also when it comes to algorithms that allows us to break the opponent's decision loop and when you do that you will win