SAAB GRIPEN wins tender in Switzerland

11/30/2011 – The news broke today : The Swiss Air Force is to acquire 22 Sweedish SAAB GRIPEN fighter aircraft. The Swiss government had warned that they were compelled to squeeze their budget for this $3.36 billion bid as they could not afford to purchase the 33 fighter aircraft planned for the replacement of their F-5 Tiger fleet.

In spite of its outstanding performance during the tests as well as over the battlefields in Afghanistan, and in Libya, the Dassault Rafale was not chosen. Moreover, like the EADS Eurofighter/Typhoon, it was deemed too expensive for Switzerland could not buy as many aircraft within the budget allocated.

The Gripen is a good option for Switzerland since it is the cheapest one. The version to be delivered – JAS 39E/F or Gripen Demo/NG – is believed to be an excellent one – IRST (InfraRed Search and Track); ES-05 Raven AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar & SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar); Electronic Warfare (EW) systems; Helmet Mounted Sight and Display (HMSD)…

However, this new-generation Gripen NG is a single engine fighter aircraft. It was tactically outperformed by its opponents, and last but not least, it has not yet been produced. As a matter of fact, the Swiss should be involved in the R&D works.

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X3 concept – experimental compound helicopter

The Eurocopter X3 concept is a High-speed long-range Hybrid Helicopter (H3 concept) which flies up to 220 knots or 410 km/h. Special thanks to Xavier – http://passiondesavions.blogspot.com webmaster – who stumbled upon this French-subtitled video:

US Navy E-2C Hawkeye crashed yesterday

From U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

E-2C Hawkeye aircraft on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
US Navy photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian M. Brooks

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) — An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 stationed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) crashed at sea March 31 while operating in the North Arabian Sea.

Three of the four crew members have been recovered and search and rescue efforts for the fourth crew member are currently underway.

Further information:

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=52300

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=52308

navy.mil courtesy