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The Swedish Armed Forces might need more Gripen E to support its existing operational capacity on account of possible lending of Gripen C/D to Brazil and Switzerland in the near future, says a report in

Earlier, the Swedish Government had planned to upgrade the existing Gripen C/D fighters to the enhanced E-model configuration for the Air Force. However, it has now decided that the acquisition process will include production of the new generation aircraft as well.

“Thanks to the increasing interest in Gripen, there is a demand for hiring more C / D aircraft. To ensure that the Swedish Armed Forces' operational capacity can be maintained during this time, we want to be able to build new components and as well as entire Gripen E,” says Sweden’s Defence Minister Karin Enstrom.

Read the full story: Regeringen vill ha nya Gripen-plan​

Gripen pilot Lieutenant Martina Špačka

Czech Republic Air Force Gripen pilot Lieutenant Martina Špačka has achieved certification for performing aerobatic air displays, reports

After undergoing an arduous certification process that includes theoretical and practical training, Špačka is ready to thrill spectators at air shows. 

His theoretical training involved study of aviation regulations and the technical framework of the aircraft. It also included learning from veteran pilots who flew at air shows. 

After practicing on simulators, Špačka trained for flying at various altitudes and under various weather conditions. 

The newely certified display pilot will perform at air shows in Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Slovak, at the aviation pilgrimage in Pardubice, the Czech International Air Show in Hradec Králové, NATO Days and Days of Air Force Ostrava in future.

Read the full story: Display piloti 21. základny taktického letectva byli certifikováni!

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On Wednesday 9 April, six Royal Thai Air Force Gripen made a flight formation over Bangkok to celebrate the Royal Thai Air Force Day. 

The Royal Thai Air Force was officially established on 9 April 1937 and the day is celebrated every year as the Royal Thai Air Force Day. 

To celebrate the day, one or more of the RTAF´s aircraft and helicopters in service did an air march over the Royal Thai Air Force Academy grounds at Wing 6 in Bangkok. ​

This was the first time ever when so many Gripen made a flight formation over Bangkok.​

Image Courtesy:Christer Nilsson

Last week, Hungarian Gripen presented an exercise over Kecskemét for a documentary film shot by the Hungarian National Television. 

As a part of the exercise, an AN-26 transportation aircraft was accompanied by two Gripen for almost an hour.

What made the exercise rather difficult was the fact that the speed of the transportation aircraft was slightly over the minimum speed of Gripen. However, both Hungarian fighter jet pilots completed the exercise successfully and kept the agreed positions - precisely only a few meters next to the An-26 - for about an hour till the shooting was completed.

Read the full story: Akcióba lendültek a Gripenek

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​South African Air Force pilot Captain Ndzuta talks about Gripen at the recently held Durban Land, Sea and Air Festival. He also talks about what inspired him to be a fighter aircraft pilot. Gripen's performance was one of the main attractions at the event.

“Gripen is one of the leading fighters in the world which are currently in service. One can fly at approximately 2470 kms per hour and can pull upto 9Gs i.e. nine times the normal gravitational pull,” Captain Ndzuta says.

“It is an awesome aircraft to fly,” he adds.

Swedish Air Force Gripen participated in a Baltic region training event last week, reports forsvarsmakten. This was the fourth time Sweden participated in the region’s Incident Preparedness training event operated by NATO.

The training event was designed to improve participating units’ coordination and emergency procedures. Two U.S. fighters also participated in the event along with the Gripen.

The training provided a scenario in which a transport plane loses radio contact with the supervising flight lines and is heading into Swedish airspace. The Swedish team had to identify the plane/target first, take the necessary steps and escort the plane towards the Baltics.

Once the session is over, JAS 39 Gripen landed at the air base Siauliai in Lithuania and the participating F 17 team sat to discuss the exercise, share experiences and talk to media.


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Cold Response, the multinational armed forces exercise in Norway, came to an end last week. Forsvarsmakten​'s Louise Levin and Mats Carlsson write about the exercise and the experience of the participating F21 team.

The goal of Cold Response was to provide the participating air forces an opportunity to train a multinational operation in the subarctic climate.

According to the report, it is very important for a pilot to have information about the enemy's terrain. Jas 39 Gripen allows multiple assignments during one sortie. It makes combat aviation a resource for ground troops. Within seconds, pilots have a direct contact with the Forward Air Controllers on the ground who can provide valuable intelligence and carry weapons effort.

According to Colonel Olof Granander, Cold Response 2014 was both educational and challenging and all the participating units got to experience what it is like to be under pressure and how to keep the combat high on equipment and personnel.

"I am very pleased with this year's Cold Response, all the participating units achieved its goals under very difficult conditions," says Colonel Granander.

Read the full story: Högintensivt, imponerande, taktiskt och säkert

Stödjer markförbanden från ovan​

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Sweden and Czech Republic will connect their simulation centers for training Gripen fighter pilots, reports

Last month, bilateral consultations between the Czech and Sweden’s Ministries of Defence were held in Stockholm and Linköping. The objective of the consultations was to assess specific projects in order to expand the existing cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense. The central theme of the existing cooperation between the two countries is Gripen.

According to Department of Defense, Czech Republic, the first new major training events will link simulation centers in the Czech Republic and Sweden in the second half of this year. 

There is a gradual increase in the number of countries using the Gripen and the extensive skills and experience of the Czech party with these aircraft," informs the Ministry.

Read the full story: ČR a Švédsko propojí své simulátory pro výcvik pilotů gripenů​

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According to a news report, Czech Republic's Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky says that the Czech Air Force is ready to send planes including Gripen to protect the airspace near Ukraine if it is asked.

"It is not that we would offer something in advance. We are just ready at our level so that if we are asked, we have the capacity to deliver," said Stropnický.

Czech Gripen pilots have been involved in protecting the airspace over the Baltic States before. Later this year, they will also be sent to Iceland to participate in a similar, focused mission, adds the report.

Read the full story:  Česko může poslat gripeny na ochranu nebe na východě

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Csaba Hende, Defence Minister, Hungary announced last week that Croatia has asked Hungary to protect its airspace, reports

Csaba Hende said that this request is exceptional, and in the long term, will define the relationship between the two countries adding that the request has been made because Hungary has capable, fourth generation fighter aircraft. 

The Minister also informed that in 2015, the Hungarian air force Gripen will monitor airspaces of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for four months.

Read the full story:  Magyar Gripenek fogják védeni Horvátország légterét​

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