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​Full throttle. Just as the Gripen E programme is going at full speed, the GE F414G engine is doing the same in the test aircraft. Engine on.

Validation and verification activities such as tests in rigs and simulators have been performed and the ground test period is in full swing. The way model based development has been implemented, has been successful. "Power on" and engine starts are just two examples of important milestones that has been accomplished during the last months.

“We are encouraged about the progress in the programme. The aircraft is responding really well to all our test and verification activities. Since the rollout in May, we have performed major milestones such as powering on the aircraft and engine start. What is left before we can take off, is software qualification to formally prove what we already informally know through our extensive testing,” says Lars Ydreskog, Head of Operations at the Aeronautics business area.

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Saab and Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer inaugurated the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo yesterday.

The GDDN, located at Embraer premises in Gavião Peixoto - where the Gripen Flight Test Center and the Gripen Final Assembly will also be based - will be the hub for technology transfer and fighter development in the country. Partnering Saab and Embraer would be AEL Sistemas, Atech, Akaer and the Brazilian Air Force through its research department DCTA.

A Brazilian Government report quoted Colonel Julio Cesar Cardoso Tavares saying, "This project will allow Brazil to have autonomy to build fighter aircraft in future. It is a facility to back the country's efforts to develop high performance fighters."

The GDDN includes the development environment and simulators required to undertake the fighter development work. In addition, the GDDN is connected to Saab in Sweden and the industrial partners in Brazil, securing both technology transfer and efficient development.

“We have a long-term commitment to Brazil. The launch of the GDDN is a key milestone in the Brazilian Gripen programme as it will be the basis for the technology transfer and fighter development in the country,” said Håkan Buskhe, CEO and president of Saab.

Read the full story here.

​Experimental test pilot, André Brännström explains how a Gripen fighter simulator works and how it demonstrates the capabilities of the fighter.

​To fly in the Icelandic weather conditions, there are some preparations that have to be done. Here, Capt. Martin Špaček, a Czech Air Force Gripen pilot, describes how the daily life as pilot during the air policing mission in Iceland could look like.

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The video shows how Czech Gripen fighters perform their Quick Reaction Alert duties within the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System.

For many years now, NATO has been deploying Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) assets, provided by its member nations, for intercepts in places like Iceland and Baltic States which don’t have their own air forces.

During the recent participation in the Icelandic Air Policing, Czech Gripen fighters were slated to take up Quick Reaction Alert duties for initial certification process.  The Czech Air Force has been part of the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS) since 1999. This year was the first time when the Czech Air Force executed a twofold Quick Reaction Alert (Intercept) mission – one at home and one in Iceland.​

​During the Icelandic air policing mission, the Czech Air Force got an opportunity to train together with NATO Naval Forces in the waters outside Iceland.  

Three Gripen fighters joined in an exercise, in which Languedoc, a French frigate, Thetis, a Danish patrolling frigate, and Thor, the Icelandic coast guard's modern vessel, participated along with several helicopters. The exercise took place some 80 km southwest of the Icelandic coast and the main task of the Czech pilots was to simulate an attack on the Languedoc frigate, a state-of-the-art vessel the French Navy acquired this spring. 

The vessel is equipped with anti-aircraft missiles, and the Czech JAS-39 Gripen aircraft had to check the readiness of the ship’s crew. For the Czech pilots, the exercise was an opportunity to train for flying on low altitudes above the sea. 

"For Gripen, the lowest flight limit is 30 meters above the sea. However, since we do not fly at low altitude so often, we chose a safer variant of the minimal flight altitude of 100 meters," one of the participating pilots, Tomáš Merta, said. 

The Czech Air Force Iceland air policing mission ended last week and the pilots had logged a total of 166 flight hours.



Flight data, track data and night vision.

The Swedish Air Force have ordered  the advanced helmet mounted display system, Targo for their Gripen E fighter aircraft. Pilots equipped with Targo will be able to better locate, track and identify targets, both day and nighttime.

Read more about the Helmet Mounted Display systemhere​.
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Hungarian pilots of MH 59 Szentgyörgyi Dezső Airbase took part in a 10-day Gripen night flying training exercise.  

The exercise, which was conducted between 18 and 28 October, was part of the Hungarian Puma squadron's annual training plan. On 25 October, a Press Open Day was held in which the participating Hungarian pilots presented 15 flight displays, including a two-to-one capture, one-to-one air battle, two aircraft formation flights and night flying displays.

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The goal of an exercise like this is to increase the combat readiness of the Hungarian Air Force and prepare Gripen pilots for international missions. The pilots get to train using the night time vision goggles and hone their skills for missions at all hours and in all weather conditions.

Photo Courtesy: Istvan “TopiDoc” Toperczer​

​Last month, Czech Gripen fighters participated at AirPower, one of the largest airshows in Europe. Here is a video of Gripen’s solo display at the airshow.

This year, AirPower attracted 300,000 visitors. About 240 aircraft from 20 countries participated. The airshow took place on September 2 and 3.

​Two squadrons of Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters were at RAF Leeming last week to participate in the UK's bi-annual exercise, The Joint Warrior.

According to Swedish Air Force pilot Lieutenant Colonel Jörgen Axelsson, the airspace in Britain is quite different and so the exercises were challenging and hence were very good from a training perspective.

“It’s especially good for our younger pilots, as many of them have not been abroad before flying in international airspace, so they are learning a lot from each sortie they fly,” he says.

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