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Swedish Air Force has deployed two Gripen fighter aircraft in Gotland because of the increased training exercises in the Baltic Sea, reports Sverigesradio.

Last month, the Swedish Armed Forces said that it had increased intelligence gathering and had called in extra staff to its headquarters over the crisis in Ukraine.

According to Swedish Armed Forces spokesperson Philip Simon, the two Swedish fighter jets are part of a so-called incident rotation. Stationed in Gotland, they would be in a better position to react quickly to the situation in the Baltic.

Read the full story:Höjd beredskap med två Jas Gripen på Gotland

Image Courtesy: Swedish Armed Forces

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With over 45,000 spectators, CIAF airshow was a huge success this year, reports Letectvi.cz​. According to CIAF spokesman Tomáš Bran, Czech Air Force Gripen and L-159’s performance grabbed the most limelight at the event.

Nine European countries participated in CIAF 2014 which is less as compared to the previous years. Despite that, the excitement at the Hradec Králové airport was exceptional.

The 2 day airshow started with a flight formation by Czech Air Force Gripen with C-295 and L-159 ALCA on Saturday at 11 am. Display pilot Martin Spacek later performed a solo display with Gripen as well.

Czech Air Force had 18 aircraft and almost seven dozen pieces of ground equipment on display. The visitors at the event enjoyed six hours of aerial displays on both days which consisted of 29 aerobatic flight demonstrations. 

Read the full story: Letošní CIAF vidělo 45 000 diváků

Image Courtesy: CIAF​

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Czech Ministry of Defence, along with partners from several other countries, has signed a NATO summit agreement according to which it would buy 200 affordable air-to-ground missiles for its fleet of Gripen fighters, reports IHNED.cz.

"It is a typical example of the so called smart defense, which NATO promotes," said Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnický, after signing the agreement.

The Czech air force’s fleet of Gripen fighters, based at Caslav air base, has 12 single seat Cs and two D-version trainers. This year, the Czech government decided to lease 14 Gripen C/Ds till 2027 with an option for another two years, the report says.

The NATO summit agreement has been signed together with partners from Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Read the full story:Česko chce levně koupit téměř 200 raket vzduch-země. Na summitu NATO podepsalo dohodu

The Swiss Air Force celebrated its 100th anniversary in Payerne last week. A Swedish contingent of 25 personnel and 3 Gripen were a part of the celebrations, reports Forsvarsmakten.

Amongst the three Swedish Air Force Gripen, one was for static display and the other two performed at the event. The airshow was organized on two weekends with training days during the week which also attracted crowds. According to Swedish display pilot Stefan Kaarle, who was a part of the contingent, training exercises during the week were a prerequisite for flying at the celebration displays on the weekends.

Stefan, who has been a demonstration pilot in different types of aircraft since 1999, says that AIR 14 is one of the best planned performances he has ever attended.

Pilots from all over the world flew 184 displays with a grand total of 50 hours during Air14 Payerne.

Read the full story here: Svenska flygvapnet på flyguppvisning i Schweiz

​RTAF Wing Commander Chareon “Tonic” Watanasrimongkol, who has the experience of participating in Pitch Black exercise for a long time now, talks about his experiences and the objective of the exercise. 

Exercise Pitch Black 2014, the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) largest and most complex air exercise, was held in the Northern Territory from 1-22 August 2014.​

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In an important step to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, Defence Ministry of Brazil and Sweden have signed a technical Memorandum of Understanding on partnership in the field of military aeronautics, reports Defesanet.

The MoU has been designed to build enhanced cooperation on access and use of fields and test facilities, support in the Gripen aircraft user group, training and expertise of pilots and technicians and assistance for certification and quality assurance.

The agreement was signed by the Chief of Joint Staff of the Armed Forces (EMCFA), General Jose Carlos De Nardi, and Deputy Minister of Defence of Sweden, Carl von der Esch.

“This is a big step in the cooperation between our countries. The agreement was eagerly awaited by Brazilians, especially Brazilians in the Air Force," said General Nardi.

Read the full story: BRASIL E SUÉCIA ASSINAM MEMORANDO DE COOPERAÇÃO EM AERONÁUTICA MILITAR

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The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden have signed a letter of intent agreeing to co-operate on using the Saab Gripen fighter, reports Flightglobal.

“Today's signing will lay the foundation for bilateral co-operation around a common airspace surveillance of Slovakia and the Czech Republic,” a translation of a statement from the Swedish defence ministry on 30 August said.

According to the report, signing of the letter of intent by Slovakia paves the way for a potential Slovakian acquisition of the Gripen fighter aircraft.

Slovakia is looking forward to replace its aging fleet of ten Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29AS (single-seat) and two MiG-29UBS (two-seat) fighter aircraft in the next few years and it is believed it may look to lease the Gripen, like its regional counterparts Hungary and the Czech Republic.

An earlier news report in IHS Jane’s​ quoted Slovak National Armament Office Director Róbert Tibenský saying that Slovakia will seek to emulate the neighboring Czech Republic and Hungary and lease a new type of combat aircraft to prevent a gap in its supersonic fighter capability.

Since January 2014, Slovakia is in discussions with the Swedish Government regarding leasing Gripen C/D. However, as per the report,  there will be an open competition and therefore nothing is final yet.

Read the full story: Slovakia creeps closer to Gripen agreement

It took several months of preparation to conduct this one and a half hour photographic mission successfully. The video shows Czech Air Force aircraft Gripen, L-159 Alca and L-39 Albatros in an air to air formation for the mission.

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On 4 September 2014, Gripen 39210 became the first 39-C version to complete 2000 flight hours. The aircraft belongs to the Swedish Air Force wing F17. This September, F17 also celebrates its tenth anniversary of flying Gripen C/D.

Read more here​.

Image Courtesy: Blekinge Flygflottilj

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A delegation from the Ministry of Defence of Sweden visited the aircraft carrier São Paulo in Brazil as a part of a recent trip, reports Defesanet.

The delegation was in Brazil to meet members of the Ministry of Defense to discuss comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in the area of defense.

The group, led by Commander, Captain-de-Mar-e-Guerra Rabello Alexandre de Faria, took a tour of the ship following which it attended a seminar with the theme ‘The Brazilian Naval Aviation – Current Situation and future prospects’.

As per the report, it was also discussed in the meeting that if Saab develops a naval version of the Gripen aircraft, it would be providing a good option for Brazil which is looking to replace its AF-1 aircraft.

Read the full story:  SEA GRIPEN - SUECOS VISITAM O A-12 SÃO PAULO

Image Courtesy:Brazil Navy

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