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​A contingent of four Hungarian Gripen fighters is on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) at the Šiauliai airbase in Lithuania. Since 1st September the Hungarian fighters have been stationed in Lithuania as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission. 

On the 8th of November they performed a tango (training) scramble on a Lithuanian Air Force C-27 J Spartan. Along a majority of training scrambles, a dozen alpha (actual) scrambles have been undertaken by the Hungarian Gripen since their deployment in September.

"We have intercepted different types of aircraft already. We intercepted Su-27 Flankers and An-26 transport aircraft, and also some civil aircraft. It’s our job to go up there and see what unknown aircraft near the Baltic States are up to. We follow NATO’s rules of engagement on each intercept,” says Hungarian Gripen pilot Viktor Langó.

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​Six SwAF Gripen fighters from the F21 Luleå flew to the Beja airbase in Portugal to participate in the Trident Juncture 2015. The journey took six hours and the jets were refueled twice in flight. 

The video shows the Gripen aircraft being refueled using the probe-and-drogue method where the Gripen fighter’s retractable probe meets the trailing drogue on the tanker and fuel is transferred. Once the transfer is complete, Gripen can retract the probe and the tanker can reel back the fuel line and drogue assembly before continuing the flight. 

Trident Juncture 2015, which is currently taking place in Italy, Spain and Portugal, is NATO’s largest exercise since 2012 with the participation of 9 partners, 28 allies, 18 observer nations and 12 international organizations. The exercise is defensive in nature with fictional scenarios and adversaries.

"The program we are setting up right now is of course about delivering the aircraft as soon as possible to the Brazilian Air Force, and also about starting technology transfer to Brazil," says Mikael Franzén, Program Manager for Gripen Brazil.

The technology transfer program was one of the top reasons for the selection of Gripen for the FX2 requirement. The program has been designed to contribute to the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil. 

The technology transfer is divided into approximately 50 Transfer of Technology projects. The first group of Brazilian engineers and technicians (46 employees from Embraer and 2 from AEL) arrived in Sweden this month for on-the-job training. Over time, 350 Brazilian engineers will be coming to Sweden for training programs of 2 weeks to 2 years.

According to Saab, Brazilian industry will be responsible for developing a big part of some of the Gripen systems, including of the two-seat version.

Saab can supply almost any aircraft or airborne related system. Saab's avionics offer comprises a wide range of avionics equipment and systems as well as complete turnkey solutions for the upgrade of aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, to new standards.​

The video shows a SwAF Gripen landing on a road in Finland. Two Gripen fighters from F 21 Norrbotten Wing were in Finland recently to participate in a Cross Border Training. One of the main goals of the exercise involved dual and solo operations from a road base in both night and day conditions.

Gripen, like its predecessors the Viggen and the Drakken, has been designed from Cold War strategic philosophy which put a lot of emphasis on the ability to take off and land on very short, actual road conditions. Gripen has STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) capabilities which means it can take off and land in less than 600 meters.

The Finnish and the Swedish air forces have trained together since the early 2000s, with aviation exercises and exchanges of divisions. This, however was the first time when Gripen pilots landed on a road base in Finland.

​A full size model of Gripen NG was on display at the recently held Open Gates 2015 at the Brazilian Annapolis Air Base. Open Gates attracted about 40,000 visitors who got an opportunity to have a close look at the model of their future fighter aircraft.


The Saab 105, Viggen, Draken, and Tunnan fighters, Saab’s classic military jets, joined the Czech Air Force Gripen in a fly by at the Ostrava’s NATO Days and Czech Air Force event. The classic jets were operated by the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight. “It was wonderful to see Gripen join the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight in Czech skies,” said Daniel Boestad, head of Gripen for Central and Eastern Europe.

Video courtesy: Jagello2000

​​The Hungarian Gripen Squadron is serving in the Baltic air policing mission. Watch this video and discover the preparation that goes behind an air surveillance mission.

Czech Air Force Gripen's aerial display was a major attraction at the recently held Slovak International Air Fest 2015 at Sliač air base, Slovakia. Besides the aerial display, the visitors at the event also got to experience a Gripen simulator at the Saab stand. 

​Recently, Hungarian Gripen pilots performed their first air-to-air refueling.

“We were not trained for air-to-air refueling, but this week, with the assistance of Swedish instructors and an American KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, we trained to do it. We followed NATO rules for this process,” says Hungarian Captain Viktor Lango.

To complete this training, the Hungarian Gripen pilots had to first learn about the theoretical part of it in the classroom, followed by the actual aerial refueling with the help of Swedish instructors. 

Two Hungarian pilots are now qualified flying instructors. They, in turn, will train their colleagues to conduct aerial refueling.

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