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The modern battles are complex, difficult and often consist of joint operations comprising air, ground and naval forces under multi-national command and control. A modern battle demands a lot more from pilots and operators. 

Therefore, it is important for the pilots to practice their moves amidst challenging scenarios and operators to be acquainted with controlling the complicated and the unexpected. Extensive and comprehensive team training goes behind a good performance in a joint operation.

However, it is really tough and expensive to create genuine modern war like complex scenarios. Also, there are maneuvers or situations that may be impractical, or even dangerous to perform in the aircraft.

So what is the solution for this?

Simulation based training. 

With Saab’s Tactical Combat Simulation Centre, crews can be given live-training sessions in a virtual, simulated environment at a fraction of the cost of a real flight training.

A Tactical Combat Simulation Centre can be as basic as a few pilot stations with an instructor operator station (IOS) and computer-generated forces and it can also be as intricate as large simulation centres at air-force level with dome-based pilot stations and several command-and-control units.

There are tools in the Simulation Centre that provide an overview of the exercise scenario to the instructors and operators and even to the bystanders. This includes the display of the scenario in 3D from any chosen position in the virtual world.

A particular exercise scenario can be controlled by one person from the IOS. But it is also ...

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Czech Republic wants to lease an additional six Gripen aircraft, due to the deteriorating security situation in its region, reports Radio.cz.

“The reinforcements are needed amidst rising tensions in the east of Europe,” commander of Czech Republic Air Force, Brigadier General Libor Stefanik says.

"As a commander of the Air Force, which is responsible for protecting the airspace, I shall seek to strengthen the defense capability of the state," Stefanik adds.

Gripen is operational with the Czech Air Force since June 2005. Czech Gripen have clocked up more hours in the air than any other Gripen anywhere else and they have also successfully conducted several NATO missions. In 2009 and 2012, Czech Gripen were on a mission to protect the Baltic airspace. 

Five Czech Gripen are currently based at the Keflavik airport to safeguard Iceland’s sovereign airspace.

Read the full story: ВВС необходимо расширить and Czech military wants to raise number of Gripen fighters​​ 

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Joint Action 2014, Nordic Battle Group’s first exercise, where all the member countries' units participated together, came to an end this Tuesday.

More than 2400 personnel from seven countries participated in the exercise which was conducted at several locations in central and southern Sweden with Uppsala as the Main Operation Base (MOB).

Swedish Air Force unit members were busy at the Nordic Battle Group’s aircraft division where continuous planning and monitoring of different flight missions were taking place. Forsvarsmakten team caught up with division manager Adam Nelson who was planning a reconnaissance mission.

“I can perform missions similar to what we normally practice at home in our division at F17 in Kallinge with various fighter units here,” Adam Nelson said.

Nelson added that getting the best intelligence possible, including aerial imagery, is crucial for the Force Commander to decide his moves.

The exercise involved the Gripen flying low over the conflict area at first to show the adversary its presence. The next exercise involved aerial reconnaissance. The Gripen’s reconnaissance pod can take high resolution ground photographs from great heights. If needed, the Gripen provides air support by launching attacks on ground targets whose coordinates have been sent across by troops on the ground. 

Read the full story: Peter basar över ett miniatyrflygvapen i Nordic Battlegroup

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An Indian delegation from College of Air Warfare (CAW) visited Czech Gripen squadron last week, reports Afbcaslav.cz.

The delegation was welcomed by the 21 tactical air force base Commander Colonel Andrew Rejmanem, after which it went on a tour of the base. The group of officers was briefed about the base, its structure and tasks and was given a static demonstration of Gripen.

College of Air Warfare is a premier Indian Air Force tri-service institution of higher learning, which conducts a number of courses on Air Warfare for officers of the rank of Flt Lt to Gp Capt and equivalents from Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

Czech Republic Air Force has been operating 14 Gripen C/D since 1 June 2005. This year in May, Czech Republic signed a new Gripen lease according to which it will continue to operate the Swedish fighter aircraft for another 12 years, until at least 2027.

Read the full story: Návštěva indické delegace u 21. zTL​​

​Here comes Aviation Blog’s second series of images of the prepping session of five Hungarian Air Force Gripen before their evening flights.

Hungarian_Gripen11.jpgThey cast long shadows in the evening sun

Hungarian_Gripen12.jpgReady to run

Hungarian_Gripen13.jpgThe first two Gripen are already on the runway

Hungarian_gripen14.jpgGripen technical staff start working on another Gripen

Hungarian_Gripen15.jpg Using a flashlight to inspect

Hungarian_Gripen16.jpgAlmost done! Cleaning the windshield

hungarian_gripen17.jpgThe transition between sunset and total darkness of the night

Hungarian_Gripen18.jpgReady to roll!

Read the full story: Októberi nyár - II. rész

Image Courtesy: Aviation Blog

​The Aviation Blog presents the prepping session of five Hungarian Air Force Gripen before their evening flights in images.

The Gripen technical staff members prepare and check the aircraft, fuel them, look for errors and make decisions. Here are some of the images:

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The "sym" car carrier arrives in the J zone of the Kecskemet air base

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Gripen technical staff members carry the missile simulator

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Cartridges ready to be loaded to the aircraft
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Cartridges being secured with the help of a torque wrench
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Pilot fills in documentary forms 
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Kerosene tank wagons for fuel filling
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Connecting the filling tube to Gripen
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Technical staff wraps up the fuelling process
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Signal to start the APU
The Hungarian Air Force reached several milestones this year. The Air Force participated in the RIAT 2014, the JAWTEX 2014 and the Tiger Meet 2014 and was selected as a member in these exercises this year. Hungarian Gripen also played a major role in the air policing of Slovenia.  Next year, Hungary will be responsible for a four month long air policing of the Baltic States.
Read the full story: Októberi nyár – I. rész
Image Courtesy: Aviation Blog​

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Swedish Air Force Gripen, along with allied fighters from Denmark and Finland were scrambled and sent to intercept seven Russian fighter planes over the Baltic Sea, reports SVD.se.

On 28 October afternoon, NATO radars detected and tracked seven Russian combat aircraft which included MiG-31 Foxhound, Su-34 Fullback, Su-27 Flanker and Su-24 Fencer jets.

The Russian fighter aircraft had notified its flight route to air traffic control authorities and were using transponders, but did not maintain any radio contact with civilian air traffic control.

According to NATO, there has been an increased Russian activity in international airspace in several parts of Europe recently. NATO has conducted over 100 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014 to date, which is about three times more than the number of intercepts conducted in 2013.

Read the full story: Gripenplan gick upp mot sju ryska stridsplan

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Gripen is a truly Network Centric new generation multirole fighter with the world’s most highly developed secure and multifrequency data link. Together with its fully integrated avionic mission system providing full sensor fusion, Gripen offers total situational awareness for the pilot in all roles.

To download the calender, click here.

Photo: Katsuhiko Tokunaga

​Here comes the second part of the series of videos on the technical details of the Hungarian Air Force Gripen aircraft.

The Airshowinfo team visited the Kecskemét Air Base in June this year. A Hungarian Air Force Major answered their queries and explained about the various features of Gripen. The Major talked about tasks performed by the staff at the base, facts about Gripen and the fundamental differences between flying a Gripen and a MiG-29.

The Hungarian Air Force has 12 Gripen C and 2 Gripen D. Sweden and Hungary signed the Gripen lease contract in 2001 which was later amended in 2003. By choosing Gripen, Hungary became the first NATO member state to operate the high performance, multi-role Swedish aircraft.

The fleet of 14 Hungarian Gripen aircraft was deployed in December 2008. The aircraft have been certified to prompt action (QRA) as the unit of airspace defense preparedness of the armed services (unfinished) give NATO the Kecskemet air base.

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.

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