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    Saab Unveils Concepts for Sweden’s Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft

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    Saab, the famed Swedish aerospace and defense company, recently showcased a series of digital designs for potential future fighter demonstrator concepts, as Sweden prepares to make a critical procurement decision for a next-generation aircraft by 2031.

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    During a media visit to Saab’s Linkoping production facility, the manufacturer provided a glimpse into the future of Swedish aerial combat capabilities through the silhouettes of possible manned and unmanned aircraft.

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    Peter Nilsson, the head of advanced platforms at Saab, explained that the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has yet to define the exact capabilities expected from a demonstrator but emphasized the need for quick prototyping and iterative design advancements. “They want us to be fast and quick,” said Nilsson, indicating a future of rapid development in the field of combat aircraft.

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    Saab’s current contract, received in March, mandates the company to conduct “conceptual future fighter studies” with a particular focus on exploring both manned and unmanned aircraft designs.

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    This project aligns with Sweden’s future fighter phase 2 timeline, which runs from 2026 to 2031, centered on concept work and the development of demonstrators preceding the final procurement decision.

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    The company is also innovating at its Rainforest tech lab, where engineers are working on a small, cost-efficient drone named Ruby.

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    This drone incorporates advanced technologies such as 3D printed components and 4G-6G datalink connectivity, evolving from the avionics used in Saab’s Gripen E/F fighter jet.

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    Furthermore, Saab’s website teases the concept art of drone swarms, underpinning the manufacturer’s commitment to leading-edge aerial warfare technologies.

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    Saab’s extensive research across 150 “advanced” programs showcases its breadth of interest, which includes weapons, sensors, electronic warfare, Command and Control (C2), human-machine interfacing, and AI and autonomy software. Nilsson revealed an additional 120 projects are expected to be launched post-summer, emphasizing the progressive growth of the company’s advanced programs.

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    The financial feasibility of the future fighter program remains a concern; however, Nilsson confidently stated, “I don’t need more money,” highlighting the cost-effectiveness of the Gripen E/F development in comparison to competitors like BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin.

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    Sweden has previously collaborated with BAE on the UK’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program before reconsidering its plans for future fighters.

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    Now, Saab is potentially facing a re-engagement with BAE on the Global Combat Air Programme, which also involves Japan and Italy, or could consider joining the French-German-Spanish FCAS/SCAF effort.

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    “We as a nation must decide [about a future fighter] before 2030,” Tommy Petersson, Deputy Commander of the Swedish Air Force, told the media. He noted that a four-year study is underway within the armed forces to formulate a solid opinion on the matter.

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    Sweden is also expecting the delivery of its 60 Gripen E jets to the Skaraborg Air Force Wing (F7) next year, with the platform anticipated to serve until at least 2060.

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    The impending decision on the future fighter and the ongoing development of advanced aerial technologies place Saab and Sweden at a pivotal point in defining the next era of their air combat capabilities.

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