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​Thirty Czech personnel and four Czech Gripen fighters were sent to participate in the NATO Tiger Meet 2016, one of the biggest exercises of its kind in Europe. 

The Exercise brings together units from all over the world that have a tiger or other big cat in their logos or emblems. This year, there was a record participation of 83 aircraft from 23 squadrons from 15 countries. The Exercise had many pre-planned tasks which included an air to air refuelling of Gripen fighters with a KC-135 tanker.

Here are some snapshots from the exercise that ends today.

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Image Courtesy: 211 Sqn

​Royal Thai Air Force welcomes five new combat ready pilots. Two of these pilots will fly Gripen while the other three will fly the Saab 340. This month, these proud graduates were awarded their diplomas in a ceremony at Wing 7.  

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Image Courtesy: RTAF

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Saab test pilot Stig Holmström was the first one to fly a Gripen aircraft. The flight was made on 9 December 1988. The entire maiden flight fom Linköping towards the coast of Nyköping and Malexander​ and back took about 51 minutes.

The new Swedish fighter was set to replace Saab 37 Viggen. Demands were sky high. Gripen had to be fully computerised and easily switch between air combat, attack and reconnaissance. This was an enormous challenge as the computers and systems needed did not yet exist.

Holmström, who had also flown Draken and Viggen before, had been preparing in a Gripen simulator for quite some time before this flight. Throughout the flight, three other planes were closely following the new fighter.   

On May 18, Saab will take the next step in the evolution of the #smartfighter when it will unveil the very first Gripen E test aircraft.​

A special treat for all aviation fans out there. In everything we do, we strive to push boundaries. With this recent aerial filming, we captured Gripen at a speed of more that 550 km/h. How did we achieve this? Thanks to Blue Sky - Magic Air, and friends, a gyro stabilizer was built and mounted on the weapon station of our jet trainer SK60. So, enjoy the fastest ever filming of a fighter.​

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Multiple roles, multiple strengths.

With a genuine multi-role, swing-role fighter, you don’t need multiple aircraft types: one can do it all. 

You can download the calendar here​.

 Photo: Sören Nielsen​

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Ample Strike 2016, a NATO aviation training exercise, will be held between 30 August and 20 September. Czech Gripen and L-159 ALCA fighters will participate from their home base in Caslav.  

Hosted by the Czech Republic, the multinational exercise focuses on honing the skills of Forward Air Controllers (FACs) in coordinating and directing actions of combat aircraft in support of ground operations. The Exercise consists of several pre-planned scenarios which are conducted at different locations. 

The Name Ample Strike is inspired by similar international FAC exercises conducted in Slovenia and Canada under the names "Adriatic Strike" and "Maple Strike", respectively.  

This year, 17 nations including the United States, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, and Germany will participate in the event.

Read the full story here.

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Saab has offered the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Gripen on lease for its requirements. At the recently held Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition, Thomas Linden, Head of Saab Malaysia, said "Our basic offer is a lease solution using examples where we have leased the Gripen to the Czech Republic and Hungary. The lease solution for Malaysia would work very similar to a purchase. There is no limit in the operation, you can use any weapons or systems, and we will build a local support solution here in Malaysia with our local partners. This programme is fully endorsed by the Swedish government.” 

Saab has offered to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) 16 Gripen C/D multirole fighters for its multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) programme

Malaysia is looking to replace its ageing fleet of the Russian MiG-29N ‘Fulcrum-A’ fighters ever since it was originally scheduled for a late 2010 retirement. The Gripen lease programme allows Malaysia to procure the aircraft at a relatively affordable price. 

Linden further added, “When we lease the aircraft, we will guarantee flight hours. So we will say that if you lease this aircraft from us you will get 'X hundred' flight hours per aircraft per year. And if we can't deliver that, it's on us. What we are pricing in the lease are the capital costs that we have with the aircraft and also the support and related solutions.”

Saab has a considerable presence in the Malaysian defence sector. The Malaysian army is using the ...

​Swedish Air Force pilot Philip Von Platen shares his experience of flying Gripen against aircraft like the F-16 and F-18.

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Earlier this month, Gripen pilots of the Czech and the Swedish Air Forces went through an air-to-air refuelling training.

The training was held at the F17 Air Wing in south Sweden. For the younger pilots, it was their first air-to-air refuelling experience, but for the more experienced ones, it was an exercise to maintain their skills.

Czech Gripen pilots first came to Sweden to train for air-to-air refuelling in 2011-2012. At that time, Major Jaroslav Tomaňa and Captain Petr Dřevecký of 21 Tactical Air Base in Čáslav became the first pilots in the history of the Czech Air Force to perform air-to-air refuelling.

Air-to-air refuelling capability is important as it enables aircraft to be quickly deployed for missions far from their service distance. The Czech Republic is a NATO member and air-to-air refuelling capability will facilitate joint exercises within the framework of NATO operations.

The Czech Air Force had sent three Gripen fighters and 16 personnel which included four Gripen pilots for this training.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten​

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Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnický recently visited the Gripen manufacturing unit at Linköping during a two-day visit.

Stropnický and his delegates met Sweden's Minister of Defence, Peter Hultqvist, who talked about the threat of Russian military reconnaissance flights over the Baltic Sea, which could threaten and endanger civilian air traffic.

With the Czech Air Force leasing 14 Swedish Gripen fighters for the last 12 years, both countries are important partners in the field of defence cooperation. Currently, the Czech Republic is also negotiating to acquire Swedish 3D MADR (Mobile Air Defence Radar).

"Cooperation between our two air forces is of primary importance and sits very high on our agenda, considering we both use Gripen aircraft," Stropnický said.

When the Czech delegation visited the Gripen plant at Linköping, they were shown the latest upgrades for Gripen C/D fighters along with other systems. These upgrades have been designed keeping in mind the changing warfare scenarios around the world.

In December last year, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) signed a contract worth SEK 120 million to upgrade the Czech Gripen fighters. The contract, which includes weapons pylons, software, and training, would enhance Czech Gripen's ground attack capabilities.  

Read the full story here.

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