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The largest and the most popular air-defence technology event in the Czech Republic and Central Europe, ‘NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days’ was held on September 17 and 18, 2016, at Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport. A Czech Gripen fighter performed a spellbinding aerial display for visitors at the airshow. 

It was a treat for the eyes, with a variety of air and land technology shows displaying the extent of global defence technologies in a recreational manner. Perhaps the most attractive part of the programme belonged to the flying displays, with highlights such as Gripen’s elegant maneuvers – which included a quick take-off, rising to an immense height before falling into a dive and then somersaulting and spinning back close to the ground before rising back up and giving a display of its quick grace. Aerial displays such as the famed RAF Falcons’ choreographed descent from the skies and other enchanting flying displays also awed the large audience.

‘NATO Days in Ostrava’ has gained popularity among aviation enthusiasts all over the world due to its eye-catching exhibitions, flying displays, existing and latest aircraft displays, in-flight refueling exercises and a wide range of air and land defence equipment display used by NATO member countries. 

​During the recent celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the Swedish Air Force, Defense & Aerospace Report​ took the opportunity to speak to Ulf Nilsson, Senior Vice President and Head of Aeronautics, Saab, on the philosophy that drives the making and development of Gripen E and what makes the approach fundamentally different.

Future technology is, of course, hard to predict even three to four years down the line. Looking back 10-15 years, the pace of technology development could be predicted, but not so with the coming of the digital revolution. “Earlier, the pace of development of technology was setting the pace of development of capabilities of the fighter system. Not anymore though. This is a big change and the development platform has to be able to cope with this kind of a change,” says Nilsson. 

Keeping that in mind, Gripen E is created to be relevant even if the technology of today becomes obsolete tomorrow. That is one of the best features of the new Gripen: its flexibility, preserved in a balanced design, makes it extremely adaptable. 

Built upon the strong base of proven C/D platform, Gripen E redefines air-defence systems with its exciting new capabilities and significant cost reduction. Not only does Gripen E have what it takes to fly safely, when it comes to tactical and functional developments, it has more of an ‘app-based development’ approach, which makes it easier to upgrade the aircraft from time to time. “This is one of the major leaps forward when ...


The upgrade known in Swedish term as MS20 involves a whole series of improvements and new functionality, both in terms of the aircraft itself and the ancillary support and training systems.​ Saab knows that its customers need a reliable, affordable and available fighter, against all threats, today and tomorrow. And that is why it makes Gripen. 

Gripen fighters have been very active at recent airshows around Europe. At the annual Czech International Air Fest (CIAF), the Czech Air Force preformed a stunning display with one of its Gripen fighters.

CIAF, the largest airshow in the Czech Republic, was held on the 3rd and 4th of September at the Hradec Kralove airport.​ More than 25 aircraft from 10 countries participated in the airshow.​

"We have the best equipped fighter in the world," says Maj. Gen. Mats Helgesson, Chief of the Swedish Air Force  In an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report, he talks about the 90 years of Sweden´s Air Force, the Gripen C/D upgrade and Gripen E.

​Defense & Aerospace Report​'s Vago Muradian asks Gripen test pilot Marcus Wandt what makes Gripen E different and also gets the latest updates on the aircraft. 

“First, there is a new sensor suite with the AESA radar, IRST and EW which will be added with separate sensors. The idea is to get all these sensors working together and get a good sensor fusion in the avionics,” Wandt says.

According to Wandt, the transition from C/D to E/F will be easy for existing Gripen pilots.

"For a Gripen pilot, the transition from Gripen C/D to E/F will be pretty easy because flying both the aircraft is similar. It will be the human machine interface that will be different, for which pilots need to be trained," Wandt says.

​For the Brazilian engineers in Sweden, working on an aircraft that is not produced in Brazil is a huge step. Working in a new country, adapting to a new culture and acquiring knowledge make the collaboration an unforgettable experience for them.

​B17, Lansen, Draken, Viggen and Gripen are part of the roll-call of Saab’s historic aircraft. All have seen service with the Swedish Air Force. Here are some memories to share with you.

Ever dreamed about flyging a fighter jet? Well now you can come close, with this 360 video, filmed together with the Swedish Air Force. 

For the full 360 experience, make sure you have the latest YouTube app installed on your phone or tablet.

​Last month, a full scale replica of Gripen E was on display at a mall in North Lake, Brasilia. The video captures the process of putting it all together.

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