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Starting today, the Air Forces of Sweden, Finland and Norway will host the Arctic Challenge Exercise 2017, reports ilmavoimat.fi​.

ACE is a part of a Cross Border Training (CBT) initiative which was started in 2009 by Finland, Norway and Sweden. ACE will have a participation of more than a 100 aircraft, including transport and liaison aircraft, aerial refuelling tankers, and airborne warning and control system aircraft.

Besides the three nations, countries like Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, and the Netherlands will also participate.

Read the full story here.

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As a part of its Gripen C/D export plans, Saab is currently looking at three business opportunities - with Botswana, Bulgaria and Slovakia, says a report in Defense News.​

Saab has offered new-build Gripen C/D fighters, technical training including pilot training, initial logistics support and other local support to Botswana. “We feel the discussions are moving forward with Botswana. We are offering genuine fighter capability for Botswana in the future,” the report quotes Richard Smith, Saab’s head of Gripen marketing.


After Bulgarian interim Deputy Prime Minister Stefan Yanev's recent announcement that Gripen fighters were the preferred option for the country, Saab is hopeful of a likely deal and is waiting for further information.

The Swedish Defence and Security company has also been in talks with the Slovakian government for the last two years and is waiting for their decision.

Richard Smith says that the C variants are being worked upon to reduce the delivery timeline for future orders. However, he didn’t elaborate on it.

Read the full story here.

Photo: Sören Nielsen​

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Training Gripen pilots to develop tactics, techniques and procedures is important to enhance the military capabilities of the user country. Exercises like TTP play an important role in this.

This year, the exercise began with the onset of spring in Sweden. The participating Gripen fighters were upgraded with the MS20 configuration this time. Exercise TTP has been a little different every year in terms of number of days, location, number of participants and even the theme. For example, during last year’s exercise, the focus was on international composite units, with participants practicing offensive operations together. This year, the focus has shifted to national units and defensive operations.

According to a report in Forsvarsmakten​, the planning of the exercise is almost like scripting a movie. At first, TU-JAS (Tactical Development JAS) and the exercise management work on the idea. Thereafter, all the elements like managing participation units, basing, and transportation are planned. Each participating unit also has its own goals which are also considered. After all the planning, the exercise management creates a thread of realistic scenarios.

TTP is beneficial for all participants and the learnings help improve the capabilities of the Swedish Air Force, the report adds.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten

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The Royal Thai Air Force and the Royal Thai Navy conducted a joint training exercise between 30 April and 10 May 2017 to improve interoperability between the two divisions.

The exercise was held at the upper gulf of Thailand’s coastline, the coastline of U Tapao International Airport and the training ground of the Royal Thai Navy in Ban Jan Klam district, Chantaburi province.

Among other things, the Royal Thai Air Force Gripen pilots were tasked with providing reconnaissance images to the Royal Thai Navy personnel. The marine operational support included targeting aerial targets in the ocean.

It has been two years that the Royal Thai Air Force and the Royal Thai Navy successfully linked data systems between a surveillance-early warning aircraft equipped with Erieye radar system and Gripen fighter and HMS Naresuan. The integrated radar signals help increase the tactical capacity of both military forces to coordinate operations with improved efficiency.

The observations made during the assessment of the exercise would help in improving the skills and proficiency of aerial and ground operation units of The Royal Thai Air Force and Royal Thai Navy in future.

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Image Courtesy: RTAF

Video: Matichon tv

​A Hungarian Gripen fighter and a Gripen simulator were sent to Croatia last week to demonstrate the capabilities of the fighter at a presentation event.

The visitors at the event included Croatia’s deputy prime minister and minister of defence Damir Krstičević, and commander of the air force. The visit was organised so that the Croatian delegation could get familiarised with the Gripen fighter.

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Image Courtesy: Mr. Cacic​

​Thai Naval Academy visited Wing 7 last week to study base operations. Here are some pictures from the visit.

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Image Courtesy: RTAF

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Czech Air Force's biennial event 'Open Day' will be held at the Čáslav airport this month and Gripen's aerial display will be the main attraction at the show.

Besides Gripen, participants include Patrouille Suisse, Belgian F-16 Demo and Flying Bulls Aerobatic Team.

Open Day will be held on 20 May.

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The Hungarian Air Force has made numerous achievements during their years with Gripen – everything from international exercises to air policing. That deserves a thumbs up.

Photo: Daniel Nilsson

You can download the calendar here​.

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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 35,000 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, and communication system, simulator training, followed by training flights.

Air Transport Squadron

This is the transport squadron of 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 international exercises and airshows.

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Image Courtesy: Topidoc

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