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South African Air Force Gripen fighters have been confirmed to participate in the annual SAAF Museum air show at AFB Zwartkop next month.

The annual air show, which will be held at Air Force Base Swartkop, is expected to be attended by more than 35000 visitors. Besides Gripen, Oryx and A109 helicopters, Casa 212 transport and BAE Hawk combat aircraft are also scheduled to participate in both static and aerial displays during the air show.

Gripen's performances include flyovers and demonstration of air strikes with Hawk jets and Rooivalk attack helicopters.

SAAF Museum Air Show will be held on 6th May 2017.

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At Kecskemét Air Base, Hungarian Air Force personnel maintain sufficient combat-readiness levels all year round to fulfil their commitment to protect and defend the airspace of Hungary. Aviation blogger Matteo Sanzani talks about the Kecskemét air base, and the roles and responsibilities of the three squadrons there.

Puma Tactical Fighter Squadron

Named after the Royal Hungarian Puma Fighter Wing of World War II, the squadron was established in October 1935. The squadron houses Gripen aircraft equipped with air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. The main goal of this squadron is to protect and defend Hungarian and Slovenian airspace, with the latter being added in the framework of NATO commitment in October 2014. Other tasks of the squadron include conducting regular training flights, and participating in international airshows.

Dongo Tactical Training Fighter Squadron

The pilots of this squadron have all graduated from NATO flying training school in Canada after participating in a Gripen training programme in Sweden. The primary purpose of this squadron is to provide training to young Gripen pilots. The training covers the theory part which includes understanding Gripen technology, avionics system, communication system etc., simulator trailing followed by training flights.

Air Transport Squadron

This is the transport squadron at the Air Base and it operates five An-26. This squadron is supposed to carry out a number of tasks like transporting airborne troops and cargoes, participation in humanitarian relief operations, and participation in international exercises and airshows.

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Image Courtesy: Topidoc

​A Czech Air Force Gripen has been confirmed to participate at the annual Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton International Air Day 2017.

According to Yeovilton Air Day's Facebook channel​, the Czech Gripen's routine is expected to feature spectacular flare launches. Gripen's display during it's last visit to Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton won the Best Fixed Wing Display award.

The first RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day was held in 1947. About 40,000 visitors are expected to attend the show which will feature over five hours of flying and static displays by UK and international participants.

Besides flying displays, there will be other ground attractions like arena displays, simulators and fairground rides. RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017 will be held on Saturday, 8 July. 

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When Aviation blogger Matteo Sanzani reached Kecskemét Air Base to start his photo shoot of HuAF Gripen fighters, he was impressed with the fast paced activities that started at 9 am. 

Matteo's plan was to get into an An-26, a twin-engined turboprop civilian and military transport aircraft, and take pictures of two Gripen fighters. Before the flight, Matteo discussed the position and maneuvers of Gripen, intersections etc. with the Chief of Flight Operations at the Air Base.

At noon, the transport plane and the Gripen fighters were airborne. After reaching the agreed altitude, the Gripen fighters got into their positions. Without wasting a minute, Matteo started taking pictures. 

"The agility and power of the aircraft are amazing; during the maneuvers, in a second, the Gripen fighters were hundreds of meters away from the An-26,"Matteo noted.

After the shoot, Matteo talked to the Base Commander who gave him an overview of Hungarian Gripen's past, present and future activities. The Gripen Demo Team will perform at some of the most important European public events like Motril Airshow, AWACS 35th Anniversary, Air Tattoo, Sanicole Airshow and Ostrava Airshow, he said.

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Photo@TopiDoc ​

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Adam Nelson from Air Base F17, is the adversary. He is the target that others have to intercept during the TTP (Tactics, Techniques and Procedures)exercise. Flying out of Air Force Division F 21 in Luleå, Sweden, Adam has to train air force pilots to hone their skills.

TTP is an annual Swedish air force exercise aimed to increase military capabilities and combat-readiness. This was the eighth TTP exercise and teams from Norway and Finland also participated under current Cross Border Training Agreement.

The training helps pilots improve interoperability. It also aims to increase their ability to handle live ammunition. One difference from previously completed TTP exercises was that this time, pilots flew Gripen fighters that have been upgraded to the MS20 configuration.

“It means we are learning ways to use the new capabilities of the fighter during exercises like this,” Adam says.

“During TTP, we developed techniques that will be useful in future. This exercise makes us better prepared for future exercises like Aurora,” he adds.

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​An RTAF Gripen fighter performed aerial displays at LIMA 2017 between 21 and 24 March. 

Gripen has for the first time undergone a series of test flights with 100% biofuel. This demonstrates that the aircraft can be flown with an alternative fuel and gives valuable knowledge for future possible use of alternative fuel.

“Demonstrating that Gripen can fly with 100% biofuel is an important step in making Gripen future-safe,” says Göran Bengtsson, Director of Research and Technology, Future Business, Aeronautics. “Gaining independence from imports of oil is important from a defence standpoint and opens the way for additional sources of fuel, which creates flexibility. It's naturally also good if we in the long term can contribute to reducing environmental impact from military aviation.”

This was the first time that a single engine fighter flew with 100% biofuel. The flights were conducted with a Gripen D (dualseat) at Saab’s facilities in Linköping and went entirely as planned.

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For 80 years, saab has developed innovative solutions to challenges and this is the spirit with which we have built Gripen, world's most advanced fighter. 

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Photo: Jörgen Nilsson

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During the cold war, Sweden felt threatened by the Warsaw Pact countries. The country needed an aircraft that could outperform and outmanoeuvre a larger force of advanced fighters.

The north of Sweden is an unforgiving land with long, freezing winters and largely unpopulated areas. It presents a harsh environment to operate an aircraft – yet it was this place that gave birth to Gripen.

Defending these vast areas required a fighter that could perform air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions in a single sortie, without the need to return to base for reconfiguration.

Gripen was also designed to use roads as temporary runways, allowing the Air Force to use logistical flexibility and speed to keep an invading force at bay. Easy maintenance and reconfiguration was also vital, as it would need to be performed by Swedish conscripts with only 10 weeks’ training – usually outdoors in freezing, isolated conditions.

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​At LIMA 2017, an RTAF Gripen Fighter performed aerial displays for the audience. Here are a few images chronicling the performance.

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Getting ready for the flight
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Engineers getting the aircraft ready for the display
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The Malaysian Defence Minister with the RTAF Gripen display team

Photo credit: Richard Cooper @COAPPhoto​
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