Saab Gripen book, by a fellow Saab enthusiast

I have a journey with Saab that is now well into its second decade. Mine is a 9.3 convertible bought in 2003 and garaged in Perth, Australia. It is the only car I have owned which I thought the people who made the car liked their customers as opposed to being a calculated price/features trade-off. There is one photo of the car in the public domain, taken in 2008 with a boat I had:

My Saab 9-3 Convertible

A few years later a girlfriend ran the boat onto rocks. That is a story that I can only tell if I am heavily sedated. The Saab story is far happier so I will continue with that one. As a hobby I took up climate science, in which I published books and papers predicting solar-driven cooling. As a consequence of those efforts I met some of the good and the great, including Vaclav Klaus, then President of the Czech Republic. I was also invited to give a lecture on climate science in a US Senate hearing room in 2011. That led to a role with a Washington think tank and the publication of a book on geostrategic issues entitled Twilight of Abundance.

That led in turn to an interest in defence issues. One of the biggest issues in defence is the fighter aircraft that the western world will rely upon. I am not the only analyst who finds the F-35 highly deficient. The question then is “What do we replace it with?” Happily there is a fighter aircraft available now that does not have any shortcomings at all – the Gripen E from Saab.

The Gripen E has much the same capability as the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Dassault Rafale. They are all good aircraft but the Gripen E is half the price of the other two and costs a lot less to operate. I wrote about how good the Gripen E is in a book called Australia’s Defence published in 2015. Believe it or not, the Gripen E, if armed with the right missiles, is almost as good as the F-22 which would cost three times as much if you could get one.

In late 2015, Saab sent two people to see me in Perth, Australia to discuss fighter aircraft design. One travelled from Linkoping and the other from Bangkok. They said, “We like your work Mr Archibald. You just made some small mistakes and we hope you don’t mind if we point them out.” The journey from Linkoping was 30 hours of flights and connections each way.

I told the Saab man from Bangkok that I would write a book entitled American Gripen: The Solution to the F-35 Nightmare. That process started with an article of the same name published online in early 2016. That article was well received and republished in a number of languages. So I persevered and the book, American Gripen: The Solution to the F-35 Nightmare, is now available on Amazon.

I have not been to Sweden yet but I have been to Norway a few times. In the 1990s, I used to visit friends who were stationed in Stavanger. A couple of years ago I was invited to a climate workshop on Svalbaard. I have an ongoing interest in things that affect the climate of the Scandinavian countries.

My Saab convertible is a happy car and my whole Saab story is a happy story.

Fly a Saab in Gripen Fighter Challenge

As you all know, new Saabs are still being built. Though these Saabs tend to stay out of reach for the ordinary Saab enthusiast, in terms of cost and driving skills. I’m of course talking about the Saab aircrafts and in particular the recently updated Gripen.

Saab Gripen
Saab Gripen. Picture from https://flic.kr/p/q1Ramj

On May the 18th, Saab revealed the new JAS 39 Gripen E fighter jet. JAS stands for Jakt (hunt), Attack and Spaning (reconnaissance), while Gripen is Swedish for Griffin. Gripen replaced Viggen and was originally launched back in 1987 (marking the 50th anniversary of Saab).

The E model of Gripen is the latest and greatest fighter jet from Saab. Gripen is currently in use in Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa and Thailand. I’m no expert on these planes, so check out the Gripen website for more information.

The promotional video for Gripen is rather impressive:

If you have ever wanted to fly a Saab, then now’s your chance.

To promote the Gripen E, Saab has just released the game Gripen Fighter Challenge. The game can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. It’s rated from 3 years and above, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it being violent or gory.

Here’s an official trailer for Gripen Fighter Challenge:

I’m personally not much for mobile gaming, but I did try it out. The controls are easy, with the plane moving as you move the phone. There’s a number of challenges, with an excellent tutorial, so the game should last a few hours. The graphics are nice (depending on your iOS/Android unit) and the sound is great.

What do you guys (and girls) think about Gripen Fighter Challenge?

Bloomberg on Spyker stock listing

There’s no link online yet, but I’ve received a copy of a Bloomberg story covering plans for a Spyker stock listing in Stockholm.

And a little more, too…..

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Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) — Spyker Cars NV, which bought Saab Automobile in February, aims to be listed on the Stockholm stock market before the end of the year, Chief Executive Officer Victor Muller said in an interview.

“We think it’ll be in the last quarter,” Muller said by phone late yesterday. “This assumes of course we can reach agreement with the stock exchange on the terms and conditions of the listing. But the last quarter is the objective.”

…..It remains unclear whether Spyker must issue new shares when it lists in Stockholm or whether the Amsterdam shares can be transferred, Muller said from Long Island, N.Y. If Spyker doesn’t have to issue new shares “we won’t because of the dilution,” he said.

And here’s the little bit more…..

Spyker has been in discussions with Saab AB, the Swedish maker of the Gripen fighter plane, about the rights to the name. These talks have been on hold over the summer holidays and are likely to resume next month, Muller said.

It seems there might be a Gripen instead of a Griffin in the future. Interesting times…..

Thanks to Ola for the text!

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