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Czech Air Force Gripen pilots have a week to go before ending their mission in Iceland and flying home to Čáslav.  In the meantime, they make the most of their time and airspace. They explore the icy, rocky wilderness of Iceland through their GoPro.

We can see a Czech Gripen pilot taking the camera, moving slowly in the barren landscape of the Keflavik airbase before taking off. The Czech pilot takes pictures of his wingman in another Gripen, equipped with live AIM-9 air-to-air missiles and long range fuel tanks. The pilot then takes pictures of the tough yet scenic volcanic landscapes of Iceland before returning to the aircraft shelter.

The Czech Air Force has deployed five Gripen fighter aircraft along with 80 air and ground personnel to monitor the airspace of Iceland till 3 December.

The five Czech Air Force Gripen are supported by an Italian Air Force KC-767 tanker in this mission.

Image and video courtesy: Airheads Fly

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South African Gripen participated in IBSAMAR IV exercises which were designed to create a framework for an integrated Naval Force based on cooperation between the Indian Navy, Brazilian Navy and South African Navy.

According to a South African Navy Official website report, IBSAMAR IV was divided into various stages. The 2nd Sea phase, scheduled between 03 November 2014 and 06 November 2014, was directed by Exercise Control Centre in Silvermine as the phase was dubbed “free play” week.

In this phase, the scenarios were aimed to train the forces deployed at the sea for unplanned attacks. They were also designed to simulate real time war situations based on the idea that during war, 80 per cent of the time is spent waiting.

South African Air Force Gripen acted as a bomber attack aircraft which had to be detected by the radar operators on board SAS SPIOENKOP from 120 miles away. The Super Lynx Helicopter was deployed from SAS SPIOENKOP to search for SAS ‘MANTHATISI, the attacker/enemy submarine.

The 2nd Sea phase concluded with boarding of SAS UMHLOTI by members of Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) and Special Force team at Saldanha North Basin during the anti-piracy exercise. This exercise involved a challenging situation where the MRS team had to test its skills against the Special Force team.

Read the full story: The end of a successfully executed EX IBSAMAR IV

Image Courtesy: South African Navy Official website

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Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascatto with his Swedish instructor

Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascatto and Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas became the first Brazilian Air Force pilots to complete a training mission on a Gripen aircraft last week, reports Brazilian government website.

The two Brazilian Captains, accompanied by Swedish Air Force pilots, flew a Gripen D aircraft for 50 minutes in Sweden and near the Baltic Sea. 

Noting the aerodynamic advantage provided by the canards as one of the best features of Gripen, Captain Fórneas praised Gripen for being an obedient aircraft. 

"It was better than I expected," he said.

Unlike the other Brazilian pilots who have flown the Gripen aircraft before, these two pilots will have the responsibility for the aircraft and are training to master the Gripen system.

The two pilots went for another training session in a Gripen simulator after this mission.

Read the full story: Pilotos da FAB voam pela primeira vez em caça Gripen

Image Courtesy: Brazilian Air Force

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Brazil’s Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto and Captain Ramon Santos Forneas expect to start flying Gripen in three weeks, reports Defesaaereanaval.com.

Currently, the two pilots are attending lectures and are training on simulators at the Skaraborg air base in the western part of Sweden, known as F7 wing which specializes in pilot training. Their training starts at 7:30 every morning and stretches till 5 in the evening.

"We first went through physical examination, and electrocardiogram and treadmill tests after which we were allowed to train on simulators and the centrifugal (a device at f7 that simulates the pressure of gravity in flight)," says Forneas. 

Equipment management is different in Sweden as compared to Brazil. There are different air bases in Sweden and they do not have exclusivity on the aircraft. The fighters are moved from one base to another as per the requirement and availability.

"We are attending lectures on equipment management," Forneas adds.

Brazil announced its decision to buy 36 next generation Gripen aircraft on 27 October. As a part of the deal, 28 single-seat Gripen E and eight twin-seat Gripen F aircraft will be delivered to Brazil over the next decade. Saab and Brazil also signed a 10-year agreement for industrial co-operation projects, including technology transfer to Brazilian industry.

"I always wanted to become a pilot and what motivates me is the desire to guard and defend my country. All peaceful national need forces to defend its borders, "says Pascotto.

Both pilots will be in Sweden for ...

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"Brazil’s acquisition of 36 Gripen NG gives greater visibility to the Swedish fighter in the world market," said the Defense Minister of Sweden, Peter Hultqvist.

According to the report, the first phase of Gripen NG development will involve about 200 engineers in Sweden. In the second phase, these engineers will transfer their knowledge to the teams in Brazil.

"We are very motivated to work with the Brazilian engineers. Our people are very excited," said Hans Häggrot, production director at Saab.

As per the Swedish Defence Minister, Gripen NG’s joint development with Brazil will allow Sweden to reduce investment costs of the project, besides establishing a promising partnership with Embraer, one of the most important aerospace companies in the world.

"Gripen is more than the sale of a fighter. It is closely related to generation of new jobs, resources and technologies transfer," Mr. Hultqvist said.

Read the full story: COMPRA DO BRASIL DEU VISIBILIDADE AOS CAÇAS GRIPEN, DIZ MINISTRO SUECO

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Czech Republic wants to lease an additional six Gripen aircraft, due to the deteriorating security situation in its region, reports Radio.cz.

“The reinforcements are needed amidst rising tensions in the east of Europe,” commander of Czech Republic Air Force, Brigadier General Libor Stefanik says.

"As a commander of the Air Force, which is responsible for protecting the airspace, I shall seek to strengthen the defense capability of the state," Stefanik adds.

Gripen is operational with the Czech Air Force since June 2005. Czech Gripen have clocked up more hours in the air than any other Gripen anywhere else and they have also successfully conducted several NATO missions. In 2009 and 2012, Czech Gripen were on a mission to protect the Baltic airspace. 

Five Czech Gripen are currently based at the Keflavik airport to safeguard Iceland’s sovereign airspace.

Read the full story: ВВС необходимо расширить and Czech military wants to raise number of Gripen fighters​​ 

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Joint Action 2014, Nordic Battle Group’s first exercise, where all the member countries' units participated together, came to an end this Tuesday.

More than 2400 personnel from seven countries participated in the exercise which was conducted at several locations in central and southern Sweden with Uppsala as the Main Operation Base (MOB).

Swedish Air Force unit members were busy at the Nordic Battle Group’s aircraft division where continuous planning and monitoring of different flight missions were taking place. Forsvarsmakten team caught up with division manager Adam Nelson who was planning a reconnaissance mission.

“I can perform missions similar to what we normally practice at home in our division at F17 in Kallinge with various fighter units here,” Adam Nelson said.

Nelson added that getting the best intelligence possible, including aerial imagery, is crucial for the Force Commander to decide his moves.

The exercise involved the Gripen flying low over the conflict area at first to show the adversary its presence. The next exercise involved aerial reconnaissance. The Gripen’s reconnaissance pod can take high resolution ground photographs from great heights. If needed, the Gripen provides air support by launching attacks on ground targets whose coordinates have been sent across by troops on the ground. 

Read the full story: Peter basar över ett miniatyrflygvapen i Nordic Battlegroup

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Recently signed contract for the supply of 36 Gripen NG between Brazil and Sweden gives way to a potential development of the naval version of the aircraft for Brazilian Navy, reports Defesaaereanaval.com​.

According to the report, volume 7 (Industrial, Commercial and Technology and Industrial Cooperation Offset Proposal) of the signed contract contains the proposition for additional projects which includes the preliminary feasibility study of the naval version of Gripen NG (Sea Gripen).

Saab has long considered the potential for its Gripen fighter to be adapted for maritime use from STOBAR and CATOBAR aircraft carriers. Saab revealed the concept of Sea Gripen for the first time in 2010 featuring enhancements that include a strengthened undercarriage, bigger brakes, and a beefed-up tail hook.

Read the full story: Sea Gripen – O futuro caça da Marinha do Brasil

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Saab stall at Indo Defence 2014

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Chief of Indonesian Air Force takes a ride in the Gripen simulator
Last week, Saab participated at Indonesia’s premiere international tri-service defence expo & forum – INDO DEFENCE 2014 at stand D 025 and D052 and it displayed a Gripen Fighter Model and a Gripen GCS Simulator among other products.

Saab is working on the details of its Gripen offer to present to Indonesia which is looking to modernize its fighter fleet.

According to an IHS Jane’s report, there are indications that a request for proposal could be issued by Indonesian Air Force in the coming weeks.

Indonesia aims to have 200 fighter jets by 2024 to form a minimum effective force and an initial requirement has been drawn up for 16 multirole aircraft to replace the ageing F-5s.  

Read the full story: Gripen gears up for Indonesia - Indo14-Day3​

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An Indian delegation from College of Air Warfare (CAW) visited Czech Gripen squadron last week, reports Afbcaslav.cz.

The delegation was welcomed by the 21 tactical air force base Commander Colonel Andrew Rejmanem, after which it went on a tour of the base. The group of officers was briefed about the base, its structure and tasks and was given a static demonstration of Gripen.

College of Air Warfare is a premier Indian Air Force tri-service institution of higher learning, which conducts a number of courses on Air Warfare for officers of the rank of Flt Lt to Gp Capt and equivalents from Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

Czech Republic Air Force has been operating 14 Gripen C/D since 1 June 2005. This year in May, Czech Republic signed a new Gripen lease according to which it will continue to operate the Swedish fighter aircraft for another 12 years, until at least 2027.

Read the full story: Návštěva indické delegace u 21. zTL​​

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