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First flight Brazilian Gripen E

True Collaboration 3: Gripen's Logistical Flexibility

Flexible deployability and short take-off capabilities were part of Gripen's design from the beginning. These capabilities were inherent from earlier Saab fighters that came before Gripen which were designed to operate in Bas 90 system. The system, created during Cold War, uses a dispersed air basing strategy to make surprise attacks difficult for the opponent. What we see in Gripen today is an enhanced version of these inherent capabilities backed by the best logistics support.

First flight Brazilian Gripen E
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Flexible deployability and short take-off capabilities were part of Gripen's design from the beginning. These capabilities were inherent from earlier Saab fighters that came before Gripen which were designed to operate in Bas 90 system. The system, created during Cold War, uses a dispersed air basing strategy to make surprise attacks difficult for the opponent. What we see in Gripen today is an enhanced version of these inherent capabilities backed by the best logistics support.

“The logistics support solution, which is being developed for Gripen, is carried out jointly by the Brazilian Air Force and Saab,” says Let Col Claudomiro Feltran Jr., Logistics Manager for Gripen- Brazilian Air Force. “We currently have a team of Brazilian engineers specialized in logistics, working at Saab along with other engineers, to customize the logistical support for the Brazilian Gripens, which will operate here, as of 2021,” he adds.
An advantage of deployed operations is that only a limited amount of spares is needed. The only challenge is to determine the right amount of material to be carried, depending on each mission.

According to Lte Col Av Maurício Córte Real, Manager of the Fox Group - Brazilian Air Force, the mobility of a group is of strategic importance since different situations in different locations may require varied response.

Adding to the excellent STOL (Short Take off and Landing) capabilities, Gripen also boasts a turnaround time of just ten minutes. A team made up of a technician and five conscripts can easily refuel, re-arm and other inspection and servicing activities during that time.

“Gripen's ability to operate on short runways will further increase the deployment capability of the Brazilian Air Force. We will be able to operate from anywhere within the Brazilian territory,” says Aviator Maurício.