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Hungarian Gripen pilot Viktor Lango shares his experience of participating in Air Superiority 2015 in Sweden and firing his first missile.

Viktor explains that during the missions, the team had to chase an unmanned aerial vehicle/drone which deployed flares creating infra-red signature for the missile. The missile then detected the heat source and followed it.

“​This was the first time I fired a missile and it was also the first time I used an air to air gun. It was a really interesting mission. It was an important day in my career which I will always remember,” Viktor says.

​Saab's Chief Test Pilot Richard Ljungberg throws light on the features of Gripen C/D as well as the future development of Gripen E/F in his interview with The Stratpost.

“Gripen is a pilot’s aircraft. It is extremely easy to maneuver and is a carefree machine from a pilot’s point of view. The flight control system takes care of all the limits in terms of G, angle of attack and so on,” Richard says.

Richard, who has been with Saab for 11 years now, also talks about the plans for the future development of the aircraft. He says that in Gripen E/F, Saab has replaced the radar in the front with AESA from Selex which gives a 200 degree view providing pilots an advantage of detecting threats from behind.

“With Gripen E, we have moved the landing gear on to the wings area, making a lot of space for internal fuel storage. It also gives more space under the fuselage to have two more pylons. So Gripen E/F will have 10 pylons as compared to 8 in Gripen C/D,” Richard says.

Svd.se​ catches up with the two Brazilian pilots, Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto and Captain Ramon Santos Forneas, who are in Sweden for their Gripen conversion training. The FAB pilots talk about their experience with the weather in Sweden, which is very different from Brazil’s.

The Brazilian pilots had to undergo water survival training for emergency ejection over water. The water survival course becomes difficult in Sweden as the trainees have to practise in freezing cold water.

“Back home, the water is seldom this cold,” says Fórneas, adding that he sees it as an experience.

According to the report, when Gustavo completed his first flight in Gripen, there was sleet in the air and Lake Vänern was freezing cold.

“Although the weather conditions are very different in the two countries, I do not think we need to adapt the Gripen for Brazil. We have talked to pilots from Thailand who are accustomed to flying in hot and humid climate. They have not had any problems with the Gripen,” says Gustavo.

Read the full story: Brasilianska piloter flyger JAS i Sverige

​Amidst beautiful sea shores and the icy, rocky terrain of Iceland, Czech Air Force Gripen pilots completed their three month long mission.

Five Gripen fighter aircraft along with 80 air and ground personnel from the Czech Air Force were deployed to monitor the airspace of Iceland till 3 December.


Today is the last day for the Czech Air Force detachment’s Iceland air surveillance mission this year. The team would fly home to Čáslav tomorrow.

According to Captain Jiri Cermak from the Czech Air Force Detachment at Iceland, during this mission, they had a new experience of refueling with the longest ferry flight in the Czech Air Force history.

As Iceland does not have its own national air force, NATO members deploy fighters to meet the country’s air defence needs on a rotational basis, three times a year.

CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) aircrew protection is now introduced in Gripen. The development at Saab has been successfully completed thanks to the close cooperation between Saab, FMV (Sw MoD), FOI (Sw National Defence Research Agency) and the Swedish Airforce. This video shows some sequences from verification of the CBRN protection system and test flights.​

Check out this video from the Gotland exercise where marine units along with units from the air force and the home guard practiced protection, guarding, escorting and combat. 

Over five days, naval units practised along with units from the Air Force and the Home Guard in and around the island.  

Third and fourth naval squadron corvettes escorted units from Amfibieregementet during a journey from the mainland to the island. This was backed by Gripen fighters from F17. Upon arrival at Visby harbour, they met troops of the 32nd Home Guard battalion that guarded and protected the harbour.

The exercise tested the preparedness of Swedish units for different situations. It is important to conduct exercises, major or minor, as individual units or in conjunction with others to maintain mission preparedness, says a forsvarsmakten report.


Between 6 and 16 October 2014, Swedish Air Force Gripen pilots were at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to participate in Joint Warrior, Europe’s largest military exercise.

Joint Warrior is a multinational NATO exercise involving all three of the UK’s Armed Forces – the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

With a participation of more than 22 warships and submarines, 52 fixed wing aircraft, and a total of nearly 3,500 personnel from various countries across the globe, Joint Warrior provides a good opportunity to test the incident preparedness capabilities of the Armed Forces.

The two week drill includes a range of modern, realistic simulated scenarios. The participants are divided into red (enemy forces) and blue (coalition forces) teams for practicing air to air wars. Every participating nation gets to be a part of both red and blue team. 

"Since we are a partner nation, operating with NATO countries gives us a lot when it comes to interoperability. Also, different British squadrons have a lot of experience from operations and working abroad and we also get a piece of that knowledge when we co-operate with them," says Lt Col Adam Nelson in an interview with Forces TV​.

​Gripen's aerial display was the main attraction at AAD 2014 which was held at AFB Waterkloof, Centurion in the City of Tshwane, South Africa between 17 and 21 September.

Besides Gripen, flying programme at the event included performances by Silver Falcons, Cheetah and Hawks.

South Africa was Gripen’s first export customer. Its fleet consists of 9 two-seat and 17 single seat versions of Gripen. The fleet is flown and maintained by the crews and personnel of 2 Squadron, stationed at AFB Makhado in Limpopo Province.

South Africa was also the first Gripen customer to order the state-of-the-art ”Cobra” HMD ( Helmet Mounted Display).

An HMD displays data directly onto the helmet visor, allowing the Gripen pilot to stay ‘heads up’ at crucial points in the mission. The Cobra is a binocular system that displays both air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons symbology, as well as basic flight data.

At AAD 2014, South African manufacturing company Denel Dynamics officials revealed that its imaging infrared-guided A-Darter has completed integration tests for SAAF’s Gripen C/D multi-role fighter, and trials are ongoing for the Hawk advanced trainer. 

Denel is preparing to begin pre-integration flight trials of the missile on the Gripen NG in November.

Launched in 1975, AAD is held every two years in different parts of South Africa. The next AAD is expected to be held in 2016.

​The video shows Czech Air Force Gripen's slow flypast and landing at the recently concluded Slovak International Air Fest.

The Czech Republic Air Force was represented by Gripen along with the subsonic combat aircraft Aero L-159 ALCA and the combat chopper Mi-24 at the SAIF 2014.

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