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​With Gripen your pilots have everything they need to fly, fight and come home safely.

Photo: Sören Nielsen​

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In an interview with IHS Jane's, Saab test pilot André Brännström elaborates Gripen features and explains how the fighter maintains the highest level of capability.

"We have a range of capabilities - from air-to-air, to air-to-ground and recce. And Gripen is easy to fly. By just pushing a knob, I can go air-to-ground from an air-to-air mission. We can also do it together. I can do a close air support and an air surveillance at the same time," Brännström says.

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Batch VIII Gripen pilots are now combat ready. A ceremony to celebrate their achievement was held last week at Wing 7.

Image Courtesy: RTAF

​Experimental test pilot, André Brännström explains how a Gripen fighter simulator works and how it demonstrates the capabilities of the fighter.

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As per a report in theAsia Times, Saab is in pole position to secure a deal to sell its Gripen C/D fighter aircraft to the Philippine Air Force.

Recently, a Swedish delegation, led by Minister of Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg, went to Manila to inaugurate the re-opened Swedish Embassy and discuss industry and infrastructure investments. Key future business opportunities for Saab in the Philippines include the Gripen fighter, naval combat systems, maritime and air traffic management systems, and training systems and solutions. 

Saab has already opened an office in Manila to support its Gripen campaign in the country.

“I see great opportunities to deepen our trade relations with the Philippines by promoting Swedish solutions. I believe that a Swedish embassy in Manila will help to open doors for increased Swedish exports and encourage new contacts,” Mikael Damberg says.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Tefan Kalm

​To fly in the Icelandic weather conditions, there are some preparations that have to be done. Here, Capt. Martin Špaček, a Czech Air Force Gripen pilot, describes how the daily life as pilot during the air policing mission in Iceland could look like.

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The video shows how Czech Gripen fighters perform their Quick Reaction Alert duties within the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System.

For many years now, NATO has been deploying Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) assets, provided by its member nations, for intercepts in places like Iceland and Baltic States which don’t have their own air forces.

During the recent participation in the Icelandic Air Policing, Czech Gripen fighters were slated to take up Quick Reaction Alert duties for initial certification process.  The Czech Air Force has been part of the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS) since 1999. This year was the first time when the Czech Air Force executed a twofold Quick Reaction Alert (Intercept) mission – one at home and one in Iceland.​

​During the Icelandic air policing mission, the Czech Air Force got an opportunity to train together with NATO Naval Forces in the waters outside Iceland.  

Three Gripen fighters joined in an exercise, in which Languedoc, a French frigate, Thetis, a Danish patrolling frigate, and Thor, the Icelandic coast guard's modern vessel, participated along with several helicopters. The exercise took place some 80 km southwest of the Icelandic coast and the main task of the Czech pilots was to simulate an attack on the Languedoc frigate, a state-of-the-art vessel the French Navy acquired this spring. 

The vessel is equipped with anti-aircraft missiles, and the Czech JAS-39 Gripen aircraft had to check the readiness of the ship’s crew. For the Czech pilots, the exercise was an opportunity to train for flying on low altitudes above the sea. 

"For Gripen, the lowest flight limit is 30 meters above the sea. However, since we do not fly at low altitude so often, we chose a safer variant of the minimal flight altitude of 100 meters," one of the participating pilots, Tomáš Merta, said. 

The Czech Air Force Iceland air policing mission ended last week and the pilots had logged a total of 166 flight hours.

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At the Indo Defence 2016, Saab announced that it is all set to transfer technologies to Indonesia and work together with local farms for aircraft production should the country select the Gripen fighter.

According to an IHS Jane's news report, Indonesia is looking for urgent delivery and Saab has said it can deliver the first aircraft after 12 months of contract signature. 

Saab's offer includes 14 aircraft plus all support, technology transfer and training for air and ground crew. Saab is already working with its strategic partner in Indonesia, PT Pindad, to enhance and develop the national air defence system there.

"We will be fully compliant with Law No. 16/2012 (on the defense industry) as required by the government,” says Saab’s Jerker Ahlqvist, Head of Gripen.

The Indonesian law requires all major weapons systems to be procured domestically. If a foreign supplier is chosen, they have to work along with local companies.

Indonesia is looking forward to replacing US-made F-5 E/F Tiger II light jet fighter and has allocated funding for the new fighter in its 2015-2019 five-year spending plan.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Stefan Kalm



Flight data, track data and night vision.

The Swedish Air Force have ordered  the advanced helmet mounted display system, Targo for their Gripen E fighter aircraft. Pilots equipped with Targo will be able to better locate, track and identify targets, both day and nighttime.

Read more about the Helmet Mounted Display systemhere​.
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