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Last year, Czech pilot Ivo Kardoš from the 211th Tactical Squadron at Čáslav Air base, won the award for the best flying demonstration by an overseas participant at RIAT. This year again, the Czech Gripen pilot performed a spectacular display at RIAT.

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Training at a different air base has its own set of advantages. For the ground staff, clearing the fighter from a different base requires some change in routine. For pilots, a new air base like Gotland could mean practicing close to the Baltic Sea, which is why this training was important for SwAF Gripen pilots. 

As a part of this exercise, Gripen pilots practiced the dissemination concept in which fighters were spread out in different directions, making it difficult for the opponents to detect them.

"We have, among other things, carried out air combat exercises with two other nations, France and Spain. Our Gripen fighters practised with and against Spanish Eurofighters and French Mirage fighters," says Jörgen Axelsson, divisional manager at 172 Stridsflyg division.

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Last Saturday, Czech Gripen presented a flare-filled performance for the visitors at   the Yeovilton Air Day in Somerset. Besides the five hour flying display by participants from across the globe, the Air Day also boasted of several ground attractions, from engineering fairs to the latest defence technology exhibitions.


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Complex missions require training and preparation. Held at the Caslav Air Force Base,  Sky Avenger 2018 was one of the advanced training exercises which helped Czech Gripen pilots prepare for missions. Czech and American pilots carried out 153 drills for air raids and aerial refueling during the exercise which concluded on June 29. 

Aside from the Czech Gripen, the L-159 Alca, the Mi-24/35 and Mi-171 (Czech) helicopters, seven F-16 Fighting Falcon and two KC-135 tankers (American) participated in this year’s Sky Avenger,clocking in over 215 flight hours.

The aircraft were put through complex missions simulating real life scenarios from potential foreign operations. Apart from the capabilities of the aircraft, the pilots’ were tested on their ability to coordinate with each other while using air navigation guides and AWACS early warning alliance aircraft.

The Czech army has strong relations with the Nebraska and Texan National Guard, and has been involved in various training events since 1993 with them, including a similar exercise in 2009. 

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A full scale Gripen E model with the new Wide Area Display (WAD) was exhibited at the Rio International Defense Exhibition (RIDEX) by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) last week. 

According to Major Aviador Manoel Carneiro, who was in charge of the FAB booth, "We have brought a fully interactive concept here. Each visitor will be able to get to know the strategic projects of FAB”. The full size replica of Gripen provided visitors with the unique opportunity of examining the fighter closely. Miroslav Kocian, Major-General of the Republic of Slovakia, was among the visitors impressed by the new version of the Gripen and the high end technologies that go into the smart fighter. 

RIDEX, held between 27 and 29 June in Rio Janeiro, enabled participants to present cutting edge products and technologies. 

AEL Sistemas showcased, along with WAD, the NVIS / HUDTM (Advanced Night Vision System / Head Up Display). 

The event had 9000 visitors, 90 exhibitors and was attended by Defence Minister Joaquin Silva. ​

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Czech Gripen and SwAF's historic aircraft, enthralled viewers at the 12th Airlift Day in Mladá Boleslav. Thousands of ardent viewers attended the event - which takes place every 2 years - to witness first-hand the transition and evolution of fighter aircraft over the years.

The event began in the morning, and as the visitors poured in, they could see an array of fighter aircraft from World War II to the present. Among modern aircraft, the line was led by Czech Gripen, whose many twists and turns and manoeuvres were applauded by the audience. Additionally, planes like Boeing 737 version M and Casa, a transport aircraft, made their appearances. 

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​Czech Air Force Gripen fighters will join NATO’s multinational air force unit to train with German fighter aircraft, according to Jakub Fajnor, the representative from the Defence Ministry of Czech Republic.

The Minister of Defence, Karla Šlechtová, also signed a letter on Czech Republic’s intention to join the air force unit during a meeting among defence ministers of NATO countries in Brussels.

The cooperation between Czech and German pilots is part of the German Nations Framework Concept (FNC) and will help streamline the operational procedures to allow joint deployment. According to Šlechtová, "Participating in the multinational air force unit is a great opportunity to demonstrate the outstanding capabilities of our pilots to our allies within NATO and at the same time learn from them". 

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In the wake of reports that suggest Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the Multi-Role Fighter (MRF) programme in principle, Saab has strongly positioned Gripen in the country. The Swedish Defence Group has established contact with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to meet their demands.

Dubbed the ‘Smart Fighter’, Gripen is equally versatile when it comes to performing different roles that require defensive countermeasures, attack roles or surveillance. Further, the latest developments to Electronic Warfare capabilities adds an edge to the fighter system.

A spokesperson of Saab said, “It’s a positive development for us in the Philippines, and we are encouraged by the momentum that is now building around the MRF programme.”

The requirements of the PAF, as revealed in detailed discussions with Saab, is for two squadrons to be delivered over two batches. Saab is in dialogue with PAF and AFP regarding the military requirements of the country. “We have had detailed discussions with the PAF’s technical working group that has been studying the options for the Philippines,” said the spokesperson toJanes​.

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Four students from the Brazilian Air Force Flight Test and Research Institute, IPEV (Instituto de Pesquisas e Ensaios em Voo) in São Paulo, were in Linköping recently for their final examination project, which involved an evaluation of JAS 39 Gripen. The objective was to verify the ability of pilots and engineering students in evaluating the aircraft’s air defence capabilities.

The evaluation – termed Preview – was carried out by the students of the XXVII Flight Testing Course, spanning a period of 12 days from 7th to 18th May​. During this period, the four students flew the Gripen D on eight occasions, collecting notes and data, in addition to assessing Gripen’s air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities.

These evaluations were based on an Instruction Test Request issued by the Flight Testing department of IPEV.

Once the students graduate they will eventually work in the Flight Test Squadron of the Brazilian Flight Test and Research Institute. They will mainly work on the Brazilian Air Force projects involving Gripen E and other modernisation programmes.

1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg The 172nd Squadron of the Swedish Air force participated in an air combat exercise last week, over the Baltic Sea with the French Air force (Armée de l'air française). SwAF deployed four Gripen fighters from Ronneby, Sweden while the French started with two Mirage 2000-5 from the Ämari Air Base in Estonia.

The exercise was conducted in line with the Finnish-Swedish Training Event – the Swedish government’s understanding with countries surrounding the Baltic Sea to strengthen security cooperation. Over the years, the two countries have participated in a series of drills with the air forces of the NATO members temporarily present in the Baltic states, as part of FSTE. Exercises like this are a great opportunity for pilots to train with different fighters and develop interoperability. 

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