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Last month, Gripen performed at the Breitling Scion Airshow in Switzerland. Besides Gripen, the airshow had a participation of other fighters like F-16 Falcon, Eurofighter Typhoon, helicopters, wingwalkers and historic warbirds as well.

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Ruska 17, in which both Swedish and Finnish Air Forces participated, came to an end on Friday.

The exercise, which took place between 9 and 13 October, was aimed at developing interoperability and testing the use of precision-guided air-to-ground weapons. This year, the Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters were integrated in the air defense system of Finland during the exercise.

As per a report in The Baltic Post, Gripen fighters’ missions with the Finnish F/A-18 multirole fighters showed significant interoperability at Ruska 17.

“Swedish Air Force took part in Ruska as a part of both the defensive Blue force and their adversary”, Brigadier General Jari Mikkonen, Finnish Air Force, says. “We showed that both our procedures and our systems are interoperable enabling us to deepen our cooperation further. By taking part in each other’s exercises we make more extensive and versatile air operations possible and also develop our capabilities.”

Image Courtesy:  Louise Levin/Försvarsmakten​

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A gripen fly-past commemorated 30 years of South African Air Force Base AFB Makhado's service last week.

After the fly-past, a Gripen aerial display was carried out as well.

AFB Makhado is the SAAF fighter base where the country’s Gripen fighters and and BAE Systems, Hawk fighter trainers are stationed. AFB Makhado, which was opened on 14 October 1987, houses 2 Squadron, one of the most prestigious units in the SAAF. 

AFB Makhado received its first Gripen in March 2008.

swedish gripen3_peterliander.jpg The Swedish Air Force is participating with eight Gripen and Argus airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft at the Finish Air Force exercise Ruska 17.

The exercise, that started today, has more than 60 aircraft and about 45, 00 personnel participating. The goal of the exercise is to train the Finnish Defence Forces to work with other kinds of aircraft.

Ruska is Finland’s largest military exercise. This is the second time that SwAF Gripen have been sent for participation. The eight Gripen aircraft will act in both offensive and defensive roles during the exercise.

Ruska 17 will end on 13 October.

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In an interview with Norrbottensaffarer.se, Swedish Air Force fighter pilot Henrik Björling explains how it feels like to fly a Gripen fighter.

“Gripen is my favorite fighter. It's an airplane built for the pilot. It's easy to fly and perform in,” he says.

Talking about how a regular day at work looks like, Björling says that it starts early. At first, there is a meeting with the Project Manager to discuss the flight plans of the day. This is followed by some test flights, desktop work, regular training processes etc. 

Björling understands that people are impressed with his profession, but he has his feet firmly planted on the ground. “Movies and games paint a glamorous picture. In reality, we are ordinary people who are lucky enough to fly a Gripen during our working hours,” he says.

Read the full story here.

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Aurora 2017 proved to be the perfect platform for the Swedish and Finnish air forces to train together, reports Forsvarsmakten.

All armed forces, land, air and sea, trained together at the largest Swedish defence exercise this year.  During the exercise, the 172nd Fighter Squadron from the Blekinge Air Wing, F17, was based at Hagshult base outside Värnamo with six Gripen aircraft to defend Sweden against attacks. With them was a unit from Finland with five F-18 Hornet aircraft.

The report says that though the Swedish and Finnish operating methods and thinking are not very different, it doesn’t mean the joint exercise was simple in any way. One challenge, for example, was that the Finnish aircraft were larger in size and hence carried more fuel than Gripen. This put extra fuel supply demand on the base. 

The Swedish and the Finnish squadrons occupied different ends of the Hagshult base and fought side by side, defending their base during various scenarios.

“Our operational effectiveness is good. Our reception here at Hagshult has been excellent and virtually everything has worked flawlessly from day one,” says the Finnish contingent commander and pilot, Tomi Böhm.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten

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Gripen’s pilot interface gives outstanding situational awareness – meaning total control in even the most challenging environments.

Photo: Markus Dussy

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Since 1952, Swedish borders have been monitored day and night, all year around. No matter what time it is, Swedish territorial borders are being monitored. All over Sweden, there are radar stations constantly scanning the air and over land and sea.  When needed, the armed forces alert Gripen fighters to identify and intercept foreign aircraft. 

Several units of the Air Force are made up of Gripen fighters. It is the first operational fighter equipped with Beyond-Visual-Range-Air-To-Air-Missile, Meteor. Today, there are three air wings and six divisions equipped with Gripen fighters in the Swedish Air Force. The fighter aircraft has the ability to carry out operations against targets on the ground, in air and over water, with extreme precision, a high degree of flexibility and power. These units also conduct intelligence gathering missions and are always ready to defend Sweden's territory.​

Read full story here​.

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Two Czech Gripen fighters and an L-159 ALCA light combat aircraft during Ample Strike 2017

The Czech Republic led exercise Ample Strike had fighters logging in 600 flight hours and conducting hundreds of missions this year.

"We began these types of exercises 15 years ago. In 2002, we had eight aircraft and only one Czech team of forward air controllers cooperating with British teams. Now, we have 39 aircraft from 18 countries comprising more than 1,200 soldiers taking part," said the Director of the exercise, Colonel Zdenek Bauer, when addressing the media before the exercise.

The Czech Republic has hosted the exercise for four consecutive years now. The exercise is planned around developing and improving joint coordination of air and ground forces

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Czech Armed Forces website

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AEL Sistemas has launched the first panoramic panel of the Gripen fighter, reports Airway.com​.

"We are proud to deliver the prototype panel on schedule, helping Saab engineers to move forward with the integration work on the aircraft," says Sérgio Horta, president of AEL.

Saab selected AEL Sistemas (AEL) as a supplier in Brazil two years back for providing wide area display (WAD) and the head-up display (HUD). Both the WAD and HUD development programmes started in January 2015.

The WAD for Brazil’s Gripen NG aircraft is a single intelligent and full-redundant multi-purpose display system, full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in) with continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. It is the primary source of all flight and mission information in the cockpit.

Saab and AEl Sistemas have also signed a contract for transfer of technology that focuses on developing human-machine interface (HMI) and workshops for avionics maintenance.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: AEL Sistemas

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