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​Royal Thai Air Force Chief Treetos Sonjaeng recently paid a visit to the Wing 7 Air Base and had lunch with the Gripen technicians and support staff.

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Image Courtesy: RTAF​

​For the last few weeks, Gripen pilots at Kecskemét have been busy with night flying missions and testing the night vision devices.

The pilots were given a theoretical training by their Swedish colleagues before their first night flying missions.

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The MH59​ report says that the purchase of night vision devices and these trainings will enhance the combat readiness of the Air Force. It will also increase the participation of Hungarian Gripen fighters in international exercises.

Read the full story here.

Photo: Istvan “TopiDoc” Toperczer​ 

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A fighter aircraft should be able to operate 24 hours. However, night flying is slightly different and comes with its own set of challenges. Hence, night flying trainings are extremely important. 

With the integration of the latest in technology, Gripen is able to detect and destroy a wide variety of targets, even at night or in poor weather conditions. As the human eyes have only limited night vision capabilities, night vision goggles are crucial. The usage of night vision devices goes back as far as World War II. Technological advancements over the years have made these devices more accurate and user friendly for today’s fighter pilots.  

Besides being Night Vision Goggles (NVG) compatible, Gripen is also equipped with high intensity LED landing lights that are NVG friendly and emit significantly less infra-red radiation than a standard halogen light. The New Generation Gripen fighters will be integrated with LED landing lights that will deliver a peak intensity greater than 200,000cd and taxi lights that will have a peak intensity performance greater than 27,000cd.

Along with technology, getting used to the skies during night hours is also very important. The pilots need to get used to visibility difference, extra weight of night vision goggles and limited pilotage (as compared to day-time). 

The Swedish Air Force Gripen pilots conducted night-time missions last week. For the Norbotten Wing, October usually marks the start of the night flying training sessions. The training usually continues for six months with a dedicated day every week. 

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A new year usually means a fresh start and new challenges. Skaraborg Wing is no exception. After 10 years of being an organization that trained pilots of existing Gripen user countries to fly Gripen, it is all set to become a fully operational battle unit, reports Forsvarsmakten​

This transition means there will be increased training and exercises to develop capabilities for combat scenarios. Gripen pilots and technicians at the Air Wing will now undergo training that will focus on making them mission ready. Besides relevant training, more people, new as well as those with experience, will be hired.

Read the full story here.

Here are some images from a Gripen Photo exhibition which was held in Hungary recently. The exhibition showcased images of Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighters, Gripen pilots and the Kecskemét Air Base​.

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Hungarian Gripen pilot Viktor Lango posing with one of the pictures.

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A young visitor at the exhibition.

Image Courtesy: Hiros.hu

This year, RTAF sent two Gripen fighters for display during Children's Day celebrations. One of these fighters performed an outstanding  aerial display for the young visitors.​

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Last week, the Swedish Air Force held a traditional Wing Graduation ceremony for pilots who are all set to fly fighters, transport aircraft or helicopters within the Armed Forces. Out of these graduates, eight will fly Gripen. 

One of these pilots who will fly Gripen in future is Christopher Lundgren. He will join the fighter divisions of the F 21 in Luleå. “I have not regretted even a single day here, and today I got the reward for it,” says a very happy Christopher.

These students have been learning the art of flying in the Saab 105 (SK 60) aircraft for the last one year. Now ahead is a year at a fighter division where they will learn everything about the Gripen fighter system before they can call themselves Gripen fighter pilots. We wish them all the best and are looking forward to see them in the Gripen cockpit. 

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten​

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Between 16 and 21 February 2016, Saab will be showcasing at the Singapore Airshow, Asia's largest aerospace and defence event with companies from around the world. Gripen will be one of the top products on display.

Singapore Airshow will be held at the purpose-built Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC), Changi. The show will be open to the public on 20 and 21 February 2016.

Besides Gripen, Saab is also showcasing Erieye AEW & C Mission system, Swordfish MPA, Carl Gustaf M4 and Giraffe 1X at the event. To know more about the event and to buy tickets, please visit Singapore Airshow’s official site​

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Hungarian Gripen pilots have returned home after a successful participation in the Baltic Air Policing, reports MNO.hu.

As per the report, Baltic Air Policing was Hungary’s first major international mission in 70 years. In this mission, four Hungarian Gripen fighters, stationed at Siauliai Airbase Base in Lithuania, were supported by German Air Force Typhoons. It was NATO’s 39th rotation of the exercise and Hungary was the 16th NATO Ally to take up the leading role.

During the mission, Hungarian contingent had 101 training scrambles and 25 live alerts. NATO has intensified Baltic Air Policing missions post the Ukrainian crisis amid growing tensions with Russia. The mission started on 31 August 2015 and ended earlier this month.

Baltic Air Policing has been formally transferred from Hungary and Germany to Spain and Belgium now. 

Read the full story here

Image Courtesy: Hungary MoD

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The 2015 Gripen photo competition had close to 800 entries. Among many great photos Tom Gagner’s entry stood out. Tom Gagner is a photographer from Kalmar, Sweden.

Read on to know more about the photographer who clicked the winning picture.

Congratulations Tom, what was your reaction when you got the message that you had won the Gripen photo competition?

I was very happy of course and delighted that my photo was chosen. 

What were your expectations when you sent the photo, had you seen some of the others entries on Instagram?

Yes, I had looked at the entries on Instagram and thought that this could be a fun challenge.

Where did you shoot your winning photo?

I shot the photo at Flygdagen 2015 (Air Force Day 2015) in Sweden. I waited some time to get the perfect angel that shows Gripen making a sharp turn.

What was your impression of the Airshow?

I liked it a lot. I usually go to Airshows that are not too far from home. I prefer jets and Draken and Gripen are the ones I really want to see.

Did you have a hard time choosing which photo to send in to the competition?

I had a few other photos but this one was my favourite and it also shows the turning ability of Gripen that fascinates me. I also liked the way the clouds came out in the picture.

Read the full interview here.

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