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The video offers a walkthrough of the simulator center at the Szentgyörgyi Dezso Air Base at Kecskemét, Hungary where fighter pilots train for emergency scenarios in a risk free and cost effective manner.

“In a simulator center, pilots can practice procedural training in a really cost effective way. The simulator center helps us re-create different emergency scenarios like engine failure, hydraulic failure, severe weather etc.,” says Hungarian pilot Viktor Lango.

Viktor also talks about the Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI’s Swedish Air Force Flight Tactical Simulator Center (FLSC).

“At FLSC, we learn how to fight with two ship and four ship or even larger scenarios. In the Swedish Simulator Center, you do not learn how to fly your jet; you learn how to fight your fight in a team,” he says.

​Saab's Chief Test Pilot Richard Ljungberg throws light on the features of Gripen C/D as well as the future development of Gripen E/F in his interview with The Stratpost.

“Gripen is a pilot’s aircraft. It is extremely easy to maneuver and is a carefree machine from a pilot’s point of view. The flight control system takes care of all the limits in terms of G, angle of attack and so on,” Richard says.

Richard, who has been with Saab for 11 years now, also talks about the plans for the future development of the aircraft. He says that in Gripen E/F, Saab has replaced the radar in the front with AESA from Selex which gives a 200 degree view providing pilots an advantage of detecting threats from behind.

“With Gripen E, we have moved the landing gear on to the wings area, making a lot of space for internal fuel storage. It also gives more space under the fuselage to have two more pylons. So Gripen E/F will have 10 pylons as compared to 8 in Gripen C/D,” Richard says.

​An extensive exercise at the Vidsel base in Norrbotten in which pilots from Kecskemét Air Base participated, came to an end last week.

It was the third time that the Hungarian Gripen pilots participated in this live fire exercise. Six Hungarian Air Force Gripen participated this year. The carefully planned missions and sharp shooting exercises began on 13 March and continued till 20 March. ​

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Image Courtesy: Honvedelem.hu

Video Courtesy: Index.hu​

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Between 12 and 16 March, 10 Czech pilots and 30 Royal Air Force personnel participated in the Quo Vadis exercise at Čáslav Air Base.

“Typhoon is great aircraft and so is the Gripen. They are both very different and they fight differently. Their battles are interesting,” says Lieutenant Phil Bird, a Eurofighter Typhoon pilot who practiced aerial combat against Czech pilot Stanislav Čejka in the Gripen, as a part of this exercise.

As per Stanislav Čejka, the combat was rather equal where none of them had the option to shoot. The pilots could get close to each other up to 300 m during such an exercise.

“The winner is the pilot who gets his opponent to the sight. Both air forces were able to check whether their prepared fighting tactics work on the opponent or if there is a need to change something,” Čejka says.

Read the full story: Souboj českých a britských stíhačů skončil nerozhodně

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Exercise Cope Tiger 2015, a trilateral air exercise conducted by Thailand, Singapore and the United States, concluded last week. 

Five RTAF Gripen participated in the exercise along with about 90 military aircraft and 1200 personnel from the air forces of the three countries. 

In FTX (field training exercise), the participants trained in air-to-air and air-to ground combat while air defence units on the ground provided ground-to-air resistance. The latter units were provided by Thailand and Singapore.

With Cope Tiger 2015, RTAF aims to improve know-how and cooperation with modern and battle experienced foreign air forces, beef up pilot and ground crew competence and, as a by-product, improve relations between participants and locals.

Read the full story: การฝึก COPE TIGER 2015

Image Courtesy: RTAF​

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"We continue to upgrade and enhance the current Gripen generation," said Jerker Ahlqvist, head of the Gripen programme, at the recently held Gripen Yearly Seminar.
 
Jerker Ahlqvist and Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab business area, Aeronautics, were the two participants in the Seminar and both stressed that Saab has development programmes not just for Gripen E but also for Gripen C/D.
 
Saab continuously adds new capabilities to Gripen C/D.  Besides air to air capability, air to ground capabilities like precision guided bombs against small targets, enhanced electronic warfare suite and radar modes are being offered.
 
“We will introduce the MS20 upgrade for the first customer this year, and will continue to introduce it in the existing customers’ fleets thereafter,” Ahlqvist said. 
 
MS 20 upgrade includes integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb and improved radar modes among other things.
 

Watch the webcast of the Gripen Yearly seminar here.

​This week, two RTAF Gripen are on display for visitors at LIMA 2015. Visitors can also have a look at the Gripen Cockpit Simulator (GCS2) at the Saab stand B642. 

Organized after every two years, LIMA offers strategic opportunities for traders and industry members to network and showcase their latest products.

The Malaysian event was first organized in 1991 and it was LIMA 2011 which marked the first time an RTAF Gripen aircraft was displayed outside Thailand.

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Gripen at LIMA 2015

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Saab team at stand B642

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Malaysian national TV News talks with Thomas Linden, Vice President, Head of Saab Malaysia on the capabilities of Gripenlima_day1_001_andreas ladell_web.jpg
Richard Ljungberg, Chief test pilot at Saab shows the Gripen cockpit simulator

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“I have flown about 40 different fighters and none of them is as responsive and precise as Gripen,” says Richard Ljungberg, Chief test pilot at Saab.

Ljungberg has worked as a test pilot since 1998, first for FMV, the Swedish Defence Material Administration, and then for Saab from 2004. He has flown all versions of Gripen, from A to D through to the two-seater Gripen NG test aircraft. “Flying is one thing, but flying a mission is something else,” he explains. “Every pilot needs to train for missions. Because Gripen is so responsive and easy to fly, the pilot can concentrate fully on performing the mission.”

“In a modern fighter jet, there is an enormous amount of information for the pilot to deal with. But Gripen offers significant advantages.”  Ljungberg – who has 2,800 flight hours under his belt – explains further: “The cockpit computer only shows me the information at the specific time that it is needed. I never feel overloaded and can concentrate fully on my task.”

“If I’m flying an attack mission for example, I don’t need to know anything about the hydraulic system or the standby instruments. As a result, the pilot becomes more efficient. In addition, if a system fails, the backup system pops up digitally on the display. This means that the display area is used to maximize the chance of mission success.”

Right now, Richard is at the LIMA exhibition in Langkawi, Malaysia. Meet Saab as well as Richard at Stand No. B642 if you are ...

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Once in every two years, Czech Air Force's 21st Tactical Air Base hosts an Open Day at Čáslav airport. This year, the excitement would be triple as the event is combined with celebrations of 10 years of the Czech Gripen programme and the Lion Effort 2015.

As per a report in Letectvi.cz, the event would consist of aerial and static demonstrations and various activities for children. In 2013, Open Day had 50,000 visitors, and this year, more number of visitors are expected.

Open Day will run parallel with the Lion Effort 2015 which will be held between 11 and 24 May. Lion Effort is one of the biggest Gripen exercises and it brings various Gripen users together.

For Gripen enthusiasts, Open Day is an important event this year as it provides a unique opportunity to see Gripen fighters from Hungary, Czech Republic, the UK, Sweden, Thailand and South Africa, all at one place.

Open Day is scheduled for 23 May this year.

Know more about the event here​.

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Gripen will participate in Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2015 in Malaysia this week.

Besides Gripen and a Gripen Cockpit Simulator (GCS2), products on display by Saab at stand B642 includes RBS15 Mk3 (naval), Erieye AEW&C, Surface radar solution combining Giraffe AMB & Sea Giraffe systems, BOL, IDAS, Smart SIGINT, ESTL, Saab 2000 Swordfish MPA and Saab 340 MSA.

“I am delighted to share that two Royal Thai Air Force Gripen aircraft will be at LIMA. Visitors to the show will get a chance to see the aircraft up close and watch the spell-binding capability of the aircraft,” says Thomas Linden, Vice President, Head of Saab Malaysia.

“We will also be engaging with Malaysian students during LIMA in coordination with the LIMA Career Day Programme Secretariat. Saab will be organizing presentations and some of the students will get to test out the Gripen simulator. We hope that this experience with Swedish technology will give them insights into the world of defence technology,” Thomas Linden adds.

LIMA 2015 will be held between 17 and 21 March.

Learn more about Saab’s participation at the event here.

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