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Sweden and Saab recently offered to co-develop its Gallium Nitride AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar with India if it selected Gripen fighters. According to Lars Tossman, Head of Saab’s Airborne Surveillance business unit, GaN AESA radars are 70 percent more effective than existing AESA radar technology.

Saab has been actively researching, and working with GaN for a number of years with Chalmers University of Technology and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). GaN technology is already included in the new members of Saab’s extended surface radar family, which were launched in 2014. Because of its high power efficiency, GaN allows an extended range through higher output and higher reliability.

So far, Saab is far ahead of its competitors in terms of GaN development. Deemed as the next big thing since silicon, GaN has gained a lot of attention in military and civilian defence development over the last few years.

GaN is a semi-conductive material currently under intensive development. Areas of use include LED-lights and Blu-ray components, and now it is also being incorporated into microwave applications in the military industry. GaN transistors have the ability to boost the amplification of microwave signals. Since it can carry higher voltage as compared to silicon, GaN allows a system to operate on less power.

Last year, Saab won the prestigious Aviation Week Laureate Award for bringing GaN electronics to military radar and electronic-warfare systems, introducing the technology into products for delivery in 2016.

​Last weekend, the Swedish Air Force had sent three Gripen fighters to participate in Finland's major aviation event, Tour de Sky – Kuopio International Airshow. Here are some images from the event.

turdesky2016_1.jpgPilot Stefan Charles, who began his career in 2001, has completed over 2100 flight hours on Gripen. He performed an aerial display on Sunday for the visitors.
tourdesky2016_3.jpgOne of the Gripen fighters was on a static display.
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An MS 20 upgraded Gripen was also exhibited at the Saab pavillion.

​Earlier this week, approximately 2,500 students visited the Kecskemét Air Base, Hungary to get a hang of the fighters and others systems.

The series of programs at the Air Base were targeted at students of primary and secondary schools and colleges. The senior students were the most interested in aviation.

Here are some images from the event.

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Image Courtesy: Airbase Blog

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Three Swedish Air Force Gripen will participate in the Tour de Sky – Kuopio International Airshow, the biggest aviation event in Finland.

One of the participating Gripen aircraft will be on static display and one will perform aerial display for the visitors of the event.

Tour de Sky is an annual airshow, and this year it will be held on 18 and 19 June.

The video shows a Czech Gripen with a colourful tiger scheme on its tail at the NATO Tiger Meet Spotters Day this year.

Spotters Day was held during the middle weekend of the NATO Tiger Meet. About 1600 spotters were registered for the event.

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During the last few weeks, SwAF Gripen pilots were busy at the Tactics, Techniques and Procedures Exercise (TTP16). TTP is a recurrent exercise, but this time it was different as the participating Gripen fighters were upgraded with the MS20.

The MS20 upgraded Gripen are integrated with the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb, improved radar modes and a new laser designation pod (LDP) among other things.

TTP is also known as pilot's own exercise because there are no order chains; the pilots have to make their own decisions. The exercise focuses on developing skills to fight in a war, giving pilots an opportunity to work on small details that can make big differences in real life scenarios.

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Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten

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Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha got a feel of Gripen D last week when he flew the fighter with Swedish Wing Commander Michael Lundquist. 

Raha was on a five day tour of Sweden to discuss potential cooperation in aerospace and defence between India and Sweden. These bilateral conversations were initiated earlier this year between Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Make in India summit in February.

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Image Courtesy: Captain John Lidman, Såtenäs, F7

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​Defence blogger and Gripen pilot Carl Bergqvist was in 2010 tasked with flying a US general in the backseat of a Gripen D and was asked by the general what he thought of the Gripen.

Bergqvist says that he has never lost a dogfight against a US-build fighter jet.

When asked if it is too bold a statement to make, Bergqvist says “Yes! But it is also very true.”

Bergqvist says he has practised against all of the American fighters except F-22.

He adds that a dogfight is perhaps no longer the most modern way to fight with an aircraft, but for pilots, it is still the classic way to measure how good a fighter is.

According to Bergqvist, Gripen is a fantastic aircraft to fly as it flies without requiring too much attention from the pilot. The pilot can instead focus on the mission. One session in the Gripen simulator is all a person needs in order to land a Gripen.​​

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​Two new Royal Thai Air Force pilots completed their solo flight last week. Here are some images from the ceremony that followed.

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Photo Courtesy: RTAF

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"With Gripen, you need to forget everything you know about flying," Saab test pilot Marcus Wandt told visiting Brazilian journalist Fernando De Martini from Poder Aereo Blog team when he visited the Gripen hangar.

Fernando had heard this before. Five years back, when he was preparing for a Gripen flight using a simulator, he was told the same thing. "With its fly-by-wire control systems, I realised how easy it was to fly Gripen,” Fernando says in his blog.

The advantage of the fly-by-wire system is that one can use only paddles instead of joystick for curves. “This frees your hand to handle the various screens in the cockpit while the aircraft continues to be operated with your feet,” says Marcus Wandt.

Wandt also spoke of the ease with which one can land a Gripen. The final phase of landing is almost automatic, he says, with the pilot only required to control the angle of descent and speed and keep an eye on the HUD.

The Brazilian Press got to see the 39-7 demonstrator and the latest Gripen test aircraft and were briefed by Saab test pilots Marcus Wandt and Hans Einerth

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