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The Chief Engineer ensures all is correct from the start

Anders Eriksson is Chief Engineer at FMV and responsible for making sure procedures and working methods meet the requirements.Anders Eriksson is Chief Engineer at FMV and responsible for making sure procedures and working methods meet the requirements.

Anders Eriksson is Chief Engineer at FMV and responsible for making sure procedures and working methods meet the requirements. By applying structured management and a continuous review process FMV is able to keep track of the JAS 39E Gripen system at an early stage of the development cycle. In this way, a different route may be selected while still possible and before costs escalates.

Getting a modern combat aircraft in the air requires hundreds of people with different skills. It must be designed, built, serviced and flown. The plane must carry adequate armament and protection, be able to communicate with its own unit and others, and be provided with sustainable and efficient logistics.

Although the Gripen system is designed to inflict the maximum degree of damage on the enemy, it should be safe to use for its own staff and in the environment where it operates in times of both war and peace. Therefore all flight operations are conducted in line with extensive regulatory requirements in terms of systems and aviation safety.

In addition, the construction of military aircraft in Sweden requires permission from the Military Aviation Safety Inspection, FlygI.

Integrating documentation

Anders Eriksson is one of FMV's experts in this field. As Chief Engineer for Air Systems 39, that is the Gripen system, he is responsible for ensuring that procedures and practices meet the specified requirements. The Aviation Safety Inspectorate (FlygI) requires, for example, that FMV has a documented business management system to meet the requirements of the Rules of Military Aviation (RML).

This means that, besides complying with the FMV’s general provisions, operations need to be controlled  and aligned by the issuing of internal instructions . Ultimately, it's about fulfilling the requirements of the FMV RML authorization.

Anders Eriksson has recently worked extensively with the JAS 39C / D Gripen version 20 on a major overhaul of the hardware and software of both aircraft weapons and support systems.

Strict requirements to achieve airworthiness

JAS 39C i luften

Anders coordinated the declaration process to declare JAS 39C / D Gripen version 20 to the Aviation Safety Inspectorate (FlygI) and was responsible for producing the required documentation for the top level systems. He has also coordinated the formal handover of the system transfer to the Armed Forces production management.

This includes an official proof of delivery document for version 20, confirming that FMV has made the preparations necessary for the flight system to be deployed, for example, checking the required data for follow-up is recorded and that spare parts and regulations are in place.

Without these documents, the version 20 upgrade would not have been included in the so-called Material System Clearance. And without this, the system would not have received airworthiness approval. It would simply not have been allowed to fly.

What are you working on at the moment, Anders Eriksson?

"I'm preparing a major review of the Gripen E project. It is a WDR Review (Weapon System Design Review), an annual design review. I will upload over a thousand pages of powerpoint images, which constitute the basis for scrutiny. The pictures describe system solutions, in other words how the construction is planned and how it will meet the requirements. It is shown in basic schemas for how things will work together, and also describes problems and risks."

"By doing this we can make corrections while we still have the chance and before it costs too much money. It’s a way of measuring the temperature of the project's technological development status and a method  for getting it right from the start."

What is the biggest challenge in your work?

"Considering both quality and safety and identifying a sufficient level for both of these dimensions. Since my involvement covers the whole system, I have to keep myself updated on a lot of issues and areas where I have not been an active part of the production myself. To understand and build trust in how others perform and resolve their tasks. This is very much about communicating with people who work in other parts of the project, it's a fun part of my job."

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The Military Aviation Safety Inspection (FlygI)

The Military Aviation Safety Inspection (FlygI), is an independent unit under the umbrella of the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters. The Military Aviation Safety Inspection (FlygI) is directly responsible to the government in matters of supervision. In other matters, FlygI operates under the command of the Supreme commander.

Swedish Rules of Military Aviation (RML)

The Swedish Rules of Military Aviation (RML), apply to organisations and individuals who lead, conduct business, construct and produce aviation products and carry out training in the military aviation system.