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This year, RTAF sent two Gripen fighters for display during Children's Day celebrations. One of these fighters performed an outstanding  aerial display for the young visitors.​

"The big news for the Gripen program is that we are moving into the production phase now. We can see the benefits from the model based design. I think we are the only company that has adopted a model based designing in all disciplines. And now we can say it fits extremely well within the Gripen program," says Ulf Nilsson, Head of business area, Aeronautics at the Dubai Air Show. 

Dubai Air Show is the biggest aerospace event in the Middle East which is held after every two years. It boasts of 1,100 exhibitors from over 60 countries. The event started on 8 November and ended on 12 November​.

Since 1st September the Hungarian fighters have been stationed at the Siauliai Air base in Lithuania as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission. During this rotation of the Baltic Air Policing mission the Hungarian Gripen conducted several tango (training) scrambles and over a dozen alpha (actual) scrambles. The Hungarian Gripen were assisted by the German Eurfighters stationed out of the Ämari Air base in Estonia. The video shows the experience of the Hungarian contingent during the mission.

The next rotation of the Baltic Air Policing mission will start from the first of January and the Hungarian and German contingents will pass on the reigns to contingents from Belgium and Spain.​

Here are some more images from the recent "Christmas Tree" formation flight of the Gripen fighters from the Skaraborg Air Wing F7.


Watch Gripen's breathtaking aerial display at the recently held  Karat Airshow 2015.​

​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.

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