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Commemorating the 100 years of the Czechoslovak Air Force, one of the Czech Gripen fighters has got a makeover at the ongoing NATO Tiger Meet.

NATO Tiger Meet 2018 is an opportunity for participating aerial squadrons of NATO countries to get together and showcase their talents in some very challenging exercises. However, it’s not all work and no play; there are numerous customs and traditions involved in the Tiger Meet that make it very interesting. Each year, pilots add exciting decals to their fighters, making it look unique.

For the Czech Gripen, this year’s motif was a little different. Usually, it’s an image or a sketch of a tiger.  For example, last year, Czech Gripen was the canvas for the stylish “Wildcat”, which was a partially covered face of model Simona Krainová and a tiger. Similarly, in 2013, one of the participating Gripen had a motif called "Picasso Tiger".

Besides Czech Air Force, the Hungarian Air Force has also sent its Gripen fighters to the exercise.

NATO Tiger Meet will be held till 25 May.

You can take a look at how Czech Gripen fighters have been given a different makeover at various NATO Tiger Meets here.

Read the full story here.​

Image Courtesy: WeAreNATO

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“Gripen has operational capability that is second to none. When you package that with value for money in terms of acquisition and life cycle cost, and also industrial packages that Saab offers, I believe we have a platform that is perfect for the market segment we are pitching to,” says Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing and sales.

Giving a status update on the sales prospect of Gripen E/F and Gripen C/D, Richard says that both variants are in demand. “We have a unique position in the market as we can offer two very different systems from the same pedigree in the market,” he adds.

About Switzerland, he says Saab is very positive about the outcome. “This is round two. This time the country is not just replacing the F5 fighter but also the F18 Hornet. We are expecting an RFI anytime soon.”

Saab has been present in Finland for a number of years and is currently working on a proposal for the country. In the UK and the US, Saab sees great potential for Gripen Aggressor sales. 

Saab has also been in dialogue with Bulgaria and Slovakia. “I am confident that Gripen would be perfect for these nations. They have two neighbors that operate Gripen C/D, so there is a scope of working together as well,” Richard says.

About India, one of the biggest market Saab is pitching to, Richard says that his team is working on a proposal. “We would submit a proposal ...

The Czech Air Force will, after winning the title of ‘Best Fixed Wing Display’ last year, return at the RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day this year with more Gripen solo displays. This will be the third consecutive appearance at the event for Gripen.

The Czech Air Force will be looking to put up a commanding display at Somerset to an audience of 40,000. At the helm will be Capt. Ivo Kardoše, who is renowned in the circuit for his spectacular displays with Gripen. Besides the five hour flying display of various fighters from around the world, visitors will also get a chance to experience engineering fair and defence exhibition as well.

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day will take place on the 7th of July, 2018.

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For the first time ever, the Czech Air Force sent one of its 14 Gripen fighters to Turkey to participate at the Eurasia Air Show last month.

Star Czech display pilot Captain Ivo Kardoše presented Gripen aerial displays during the airshow. The specially designed Gripen was adorned with decals that set it apart from other fighters, making it a treat for watching eyes. Ardent fans of Gripen could immediately recognize the camouflage as Wildcat, a design that features model and actress Simona Krain and a tiger. 

In the 12 minute long display, Caption Kardose successfully implemented 25 dynamic aerial manoeuvres. Throughout the display, the adaptability of Gripen E was highlighted, with it plunging in as close to the ground as 30 meters. Kardose had been training for this performance with his team at the air base situated in Caslav for a month. 

To know the full story, click here.

Image Courtesy: Eurasia AIr Show

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If you want to know all about the latest updates in the Gripen programme, you cannot miss this. Be a part of the Saab's annual Gripen seminar on 16th May, 2018. The seminar will be live streamed here

Speakers at the seminar will include Jonas Hjelm, head of business area Aeronautics, Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing and sales, Mikael Olsson, Gripen test pilot and acting Wing Commander Flying, and Inga Bergström, sales director Gripen Electronic Warfare.

You do not need to register for online participation. Just be ready with your questions which you can submit via live-stream or twitter using #smartfighter.

To know more about the seminar, please click here.

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Recently, the Czech Air Force successfully completed the MS20 capability upgrade to its fleet of Gripen fighter aircraft, greatly increasing its combat and communication capabilities. The upgrade is part of the Gripen design philosophy to evolve continuously and tailor solutions according to customer’s various needs.

One of the key features of the MS20 upgrade is that the Gripen has acquired air-to-ground capability, thanks to the integration of unguided and laser-guided bombs into the aircraft payload. There will also be a significant software update which permits the integration of NATO-standard Link 16 datalink and laser designator pods (LPDs). The LPDs will greatly aid air-to-ground missions.  

The MS20 upgrade is characterized by both software and hardware augmentations. Other key elements of the update include enhanced radar modes, electro-optical pods Litening III, and crypto-modules for fast, secure and efficient communication.

Jonas Hjelm, Saab’s Area Business Head, said, “We are very pleased with the success of this capability upgrade. We are honoured to have a long-term partner in the Czech Air Force.” After the update, “The aircraft is capable of addressing the demands of current and future threats, while meeting strict requirements”, according to Mr. Hjelm.

​Read the full story here.

​You don't have to be a fan of heavy metal to like this video. Being a fan of Gripen and great aerial displays will do. Video by Mustasch in cooperation with the Swedish Airforce.  

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Saab is aiming for the rest of Latin America after winning the contract to supply Gripen E fighters to Brazil. In a recent interview with Infodefensa at the FIDAE air show, the vice president of Saab Latin America and the head of sales and marketing, Fredrik Gustafson said, “The purchase of Gripen by Brazil has generated a lot of interest among other Latin American countries, and as a company we have invested a lot in the region. We have opened an office in Bogota, and another in Santiago, Chile.” 

In another news report in Jane's, Gustafson said that he sees opportunities to replace about a 100 fighter aircraft, which include Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and SEPECAT Jaguars, outside of Brazil.

When asked for which countries would Gripen E be an ideal fit he said, “As far as the market in Latin America, most countries need to renew their fleets. Only Brazil and Chile have renewed their combat aircraft. Several countries we know are on the way to start this process, but we also understand that this is a complex process and nothing comes cheap, although Gripen is less expensive than the rest.“

“We are ready to offer Gripen, which we think is the most flexible fighter system, along with a technology transfer package.“

Read the full story here

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The Czech Air Force Gripen have now been upgraded to MS20 which gives the fighter enhanced capabilities, most important of which is the addition of ground strike features.  

As a part of the upgrade, Gripen fighters have been integrated with unguided and laser-guided bombs, enabling Gripen to easily perform air-to ground attacks. Besides, air-to-ground capabilities, new radar modes will also improve the effectiveness of air-to-air attacks. Other additions include that of electro-optical pod Litening III and NATO-standard Link 16 datalink and laser designator pods.

The Czech Air Force signed the lease for 14 Gripen fighters in June 2005. Within a year, the Gripen fighters were delivered. When the decision to extend the lease till 2027 was taken, it was also decided that the fighters will be upgraded to MS20 post 2015.

"Thanks to the modernization of the Czech Gripen aircraft, the operational capabilities of the Czech Air Force will be significantly increased. Our staff has appreciated a close and fruitful cooperation with the Swedish side on this specific modernization project as well as the cooperation during the 13 years that we have operated Gripen aircraft," said Colonel Petr Tománek, Commander of the Czech Air Force’s Caslav Air Base.

Read the full story here

​The decision to acquire a fighter aircraft is based on multiple requirements of an air force. For a nation like India, with a large expanse of sea and land boundaries, one of the major requirements is 24*7 availability of its fighters.

Saab believes that a fighter does not belong in the hangars instead it is meant to spend as much time as possible in the air. And this is why Gripen has been designed to deliver high operational readiness.​ This is why Gripen has been designed to deliver high operational readiness. 

For Gripen, an operational turnaround for a typical air-to-air mission takes ten minutes using as less as six personnel and minimum support equipment. And this includes refueling and rearming time. A typical hot engine change can for instance be done in an takes less than an hour and a repair takes an hour.

Gripen also features STOL (Short Take-off and Landing) capabilities which means it can take-off and land on regular roads and not just runways. Capable to be operated out of road bases, a Gripen fleet can be at the ready all the time to guard the long borders in India.

Besides these features, Gripen is also equipped to conduct air-to-air refueling via the NATO standard probe-and-drogue system. Aerial refueling ensures that missions of up to eight or more hours can be flown.

Saab believes that in the end it is the practical applications that count the most, which is exactly why ...

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