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​Czech Air Force Gripen presented a powerful aerial display for the Belgian Air Force Days visitors, at Kleine-Brogel airbase earlier this month.


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​Last weekend, visitors at the NATO Days in Ostrava and the Air Force Days got an opportunity to see four generations of Saab fighters in air. Saab 32 Lansen was the first aircraft to perform, followed by Saab 35 Draken, Saab 37 Viggen and Gripen. These flights demonstrated the technological advancements that Saab has undergone in the last sixty years.

Besides the individual performances, the Saab fighters also presented a dynamic display with Danish F-16, Finnish F-18.  

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Saab 32 Lansen, which took its maiden flight in 1952, was Saab’s and Sweden’s first aircraft to break the sound barrier. Equipped with surveillance radar, navigation radar and radar elevation gauges, Lansen served as an electronic warfare platform. The attack version was developed later with an innovative and highly secret weapon, called Robot 04. It was the world’s first air-to-sea missile.

Saab 35 Draken, with its unusual dual-delta wings, was considered by many to be the most beautiful design in Swedish aviation history. But it was not aesthetics that led to the unusual wing configuration. It was the requirement of a good low speed performance. The inner wing, with its strong taper transitioned to a thin outer wing with less taper and greater span. It was the inner wing that provided good performance at high speed, while the outer wing enabled good performance at low speed.

Saab 37 Viggen was the first plane outside the US to be equipped with a computer and that could also take off and ...

​The Czech Air Force Gripen which was painted earlier this year to celebrate 100 years of the Czechoslovak Air Force, demonstrated a stunning aerial display at the Radom Airshow.


​Wing 7 had young visitors last week who came to learn about rescue operations.

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Image Courtesy: RTAF

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RAF Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth recently tried his hand at flying Czech Gripen, reports Denik.cz.

His flight was a part of his visit at the Caslav Air Base ahead of the Central Hawk, a joint exercise between the Czech Air Force and the Royal Air Force. Participating aircraft included Czech Gripen, British Hawk T1, and L-159 ALCA. The British Hawk usually performs the task of an aggressor during the exercise.

Central Hawk lasts for two weeks. During the first week, Czech and British pilots perform various combat training tasks. In the second week, the participants support the ongoing Ample Strike exercise.

The exercise helps the participants to gain insights from each other's experiences and develop interoperability. "Central Hawk 2018 is an excellent example of a mutually beneficial cooperation. It brings us an opportunity to improve our skills, exchange our knowledge and experience, and make new contacts, "said Major Tomas Merta, the Czech Deputy Exercise Director.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: RAF


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Saab has been contracted to update Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS).

The upgrade will includes, among other things, new hardware and software enhancements that will expand the capabilities of ACCS for future operations.

ACCS is an integral part of network centric air defence capability. The system is based on Saab’s 9AIR C4I product and includes Gripen fighter, Erieye airborne early warning system and tactical data links.

The contract is set to run until 2020.

Read the full storyhere.

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​Flying The Flag

A Swedish Air Force Gripen rides the afterburner climbing rapidly in the sky over its homeland.

Photo: Rich Cooper/COAP Media

​Gripen presented a spectacular aerial display on 20th August in Hungary to celebrate the State Foundation Day of the country. This day is celebrated throughout the country with hoisting of the Hungarian flag, fireworks and displays like this. 

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Ample Strike 2018 will start next week in the Czech Republic. 

A major NATO training exercise, the Czech L-159 ALCA, L-39 ZA, Gripen, German Eurofighters and Tonadoes as well as the US B-52 bomber will participate.

Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain , Germany, Hungary, Italy , Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, United States and Sweden are participating in this exercise which will start from Náměšť nad Oslavou. With 1200 soldiers and from 19 countries coming together, it will be one of the largest training exercises in Czech Republic. 

"We are focused on providing the right support to all participating countries during the exercise," says Colonel Zdeněk Gabriel from the Czech Air Force.

The main goal of the exercise is to improve the skills of forward air controllers in coordinating and directing actions of combat aircraft, and support ground operations.

This will be Czech Gripen fighters' first participation in this exercise after it acquired air-to-ground capabilities through the MS20 upgrade earlier this year. The upgrade included integration of laser-guided bombs, targeting electro-optical pod Litening III, and Alliance datalink - Link 16.

The exercise will be held between 3rd and 14th September.

Read the full story here.

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