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Ever dreamed about flyging a fighter jet? Well now you can come close, with this 360 video, filmed together with the Swedish Air Force. 

For the full 360 experience, make sure you have the latest YouTube app installed on your phone or tablet.

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The Air Force of Sweden celebrates 90 years this weekend and as part of the celebrations, there will be an airshow at Malmen Air Base, Linköping. The event, called Flygdagarna, will focus on the capabilities of the Swedish Air Force.

Saab will present its Saab Experience concept, an immersive space that showcases its unique and sometimes revolutionary products. At Saab Experience, visitors can see products like Gripen and Deployable Aircraft Maintenance Facility.

There will be a full scale Gripen E replica at the event as well. For those who love games, there will be a multi-player version of the Gripen Fighter Challenge game.

An impressive program of flying displays of both Gripen and legendary Saab and international fighters is also lined up. The Swedish Air Force Historic Flight team that flies and maintains old SwAF aircraft has confirmed that aircraft like Viggen, Draken, Tunnan, Sk-16 and Sk-60 will participate.

Know more about Saab’s participation in the event here.

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This year, Gripen fans will have multiple reasons to visit the Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF). 

First of all, there will be a full scale replica of Gripen C at the Saab stand. Then, there will be a Gripen simulator where visitors can test their flying skills. Visitors can also experience a multi-player version of the Gripen Fighter Challenge game. And on top of that, a Czech Air Force Gripen will perform an aerial display.

Every year, SIAF kickstarts with a low pass formation flight. This year, a joint flyover of Slovak Air Force’s MiG-29s and Czech Air Force’s Gripen fighters has been scheduled. 

One of the top airshows in the Central Europe, SIAF 2016 will be held at the Sliac Air Base on 27 and 28 August.

Know more about the event here.

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South African Air Force Gripen pilots participated in a camp recently to test their air-to-air gunning skills, reports Defence Web​.

An annual training event for SAAF, the camp was held at the Overberg Air Force Base. Six South African Air Force Gripen and five Hawks flew for almost 140 hours during this event. The participating pilots focused on firing, navigation, battle formations and general flying skills. The area between Arniston and Infanta was used as the firing range.

According to Major Unathi Makoba, the approach controller for the camp, such air-to-air camps should be held twice a year.

“This would not only boost the morale and confidence of pilots, air traffic controllers, mission controllers and technicians but would also require them to work to ensure the necessary flying hours were available for any mission,” he says.

Read the full story here​.

​Fresh off the printer! Here are some pictures of Swedish Air Force ‪‎Gripen‬ flying with the latest operational upgrade and combat enhancement for the Gripen fighter, MS20.

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Seen by many as a series of giant leaps in innovation the story of flight is, in fact, one of fantastic evolution. More than anyone the Gripen team at Saab know this. It is evolutionary thinking that has kept the Gripen system more than one step ahead.

Most military aircraft are built with the present and future in mind. Fighters are ordinarily commissioned decades in advance of completion. These needs are usually defined by military planners. The planners draw on as much intelligence and strategic thinking as possible to make the right decisions for what are massive multi-billion dollar projects. During the cold war many nations considered the military of the highest economic priority. Matters of defence were given huge budgets. When it came to air forces there were some with seemingly bottomless pockets.

Swedish prudence and the birth of Gripen

Sweden was one country that did not believe in blank cheques when it came to its military. The Swedish Air Force was to be no exception. 

In 1980 a requirement was issued to Swedish manufacturers for a new multi-role aircraft. The bar was set high. Excellent performance, agility and speed were all necessary to combat the threats at that time. However, the high-level Swedish strategists did not only put in a request for a new fighter. They pushed for a new way of thinking. They had decided it would be costly and difficult to adapt many of the aircraft on the market. They realised that the fundamental requirements ...

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Gripen can operate from a runway no wider than a road, and fly missions in challenging environments anywhere in the world. 

Photo: Daniel Nilsson

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The first group of 50 Brazilian professionals,who reached Swedenlast year, is now activelyparticipating in the Gripen NG development.

For a Brazilian engineer, snow covered hangars and sunsets at around 3 pm are things that are in stark contrast to life in their home country. Marcelo, one of the 50 professionals from Brazil, is however delighted. Marcelo is an Embraer engineer since 1998. It will be his first chance to work on the development of a supersonic jet.

"One of the differences is that in supersonic flights, the temperature of the vehicle is high (as a result of kinetic heating caused by the friction between the outside air and the surface of the aircraft) which means the cooling capacity of the system is important," he says.

Marcelo is working with Erik Israelsson, systems engineer at Saab, who cannot hide his excitement of working with colleagues from a different country. Erik says that short courses have been created for the Brazilian engineers."I think it will be very useful to work with new people in the 'Saab way."

By 2022, more than 350 Brazilian professionals will work on Gripen NG project in Sweden.

Read the full story here.

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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). 

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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