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​The Air Base Blog recently presented a series of pictures of the actual technical maintenance of the Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighters, most of which takes place indoors.

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The staff prepares for the maintenance of the engine and the nose gear

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The sign on the side of the aircraft reminds the team about the work in progress and signals them not to let the aircraft down as the work on the hydraulic system is not complete yet

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The new nose gear waiting to be installed by the engineers

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That interesting moment when the aircraft's wheels are pulled in, while the plane is standing in the hangar. This happens only when Gripen is lifted with special equipment.

Image Courtesy: Air Base Blog

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Selex ES has bagged a Skyward-G Infrared Search and Track (IRST) production contract and a BriteCloud milestone for Gripen E combat aircraft, reports IHS Jane's​.

As a part of this contract, Selex will deliver 60 Skyward-G infrared search-and-track (IRST) systems for Swedish Air Force’s Gripen E combat fighters.

IRST’s sensor sits on top of the nose, just in front of the canopy, and looks forward in a wide sector registering heat emissions from other aircraft, helicopters and from objects on the ground and sea surface. 

Selex ES also announced that it has conducted deployment trials of its BriteCloud expendable active decoy from the Gripen. 

Selex ES will provide 30% of the Gripen E's electronics, with other systems besides the Skyward-G IRST and BriteCloud EAD comprising the ES Raven ES-05 AESA radar, and Mode 5 identification friend-or-foe system, the report says.​

Read the full story here​

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It is so easy to fly a Saab Gripen that even someone with no training can fly it with the aid of an instructor," says reporter Arman Ahmed of the New Straits Times.

Ahmed, who recently got an opportunity to fly a Gripen, had a bit of apprehension in the beginning, but after a minimal coaching by Gripen chief test pilot Richard Ljungberg, he was confident to get advanced fighter airborne. After 15 minutes of flight time, Ahmed was instructed by Ljungberg to locate three enemy aircraft and shoot them down.

Ahmed notes that Gripen’s ability to trim and stabilize itself was apparent as it was easy to lock on the enemy aircraft and squeeze the trigger. All three targets were dispatched in the first burst of gunfire. 

“We made Gripen easy to fly so that the pilot can focus on different threat scenarios. The pilot is a decision maker. The plane can basically fly itself without requiring too much attention from the pilot,” says Richard Ljungberg.

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The last Swedish military experts who have been providing Gripen conversion training to Czech pilots for ten years now, will leave the Caslav Air Base soon, reports Prague Daily Monitor​.

The Czech government signed a contract on a 10-year lease of 14 new Gripen aircraft in 2004. With the delivery of Gripen in August 2005, all personnel at the air base in Caslav had to go through a Gripen conversion training.

As a part of the contract, 10 Swedish military experts (pilots and ground personnel) were sent to the Caslav Air Base to train the pilots to fly the Gripen aircraft and technical staff to repair them. Over the years, the number of the Swedish experts at the Czech Air Base has decreased to three. 

The three Swedish military experts will leave the Czech Air Base in the beginning of September.

Read the full story here.

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Denel Dynamics has bagged a five-year production contract for the A-Darter air-to-air missile, to be integrated with SAAF Gripen C/D fighters, reports IHS Jane's.

According to the report, the missiles have been developed under SAAF’s Project Kamas which commenced in 2011. The missiles will complement the small batch of IRIS-T missiles which are already integrated with SAAF Gripen C/D.

A-Darter is a fifth-generation Imaging Infrared (IIR) SRAAM air-to-air missile system with capabilities like a lock-on after launch, memory tracking and thrust-vector control that gives it a very high angle of attack. The missile also features countermeasures resistance with a 180-degrees look angle and 120-degrees per second track rate.

Besides Gripen, A-Darter missiles will be integrated to SAAF’s Hawk Mk120 lead-in fighter trainer. Denel is also discussing a production contract with Brazil which may use A-Darter for its upgraded F-5s and Gripen E/F in future.

Read the full story here.

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Brazilian TV channel Fantastico’s journalist Roberto Kovalick flew in the Gripen, joining the select ranks of about 600 people who have flown the Swedish fighter so far. Among those are the Brazilian pilots Gustavo Pascotto and Ramon Fórneas who will be among the first from the Brazilian Air Force to fly the fighters. Among the grueling tests that prepares them for their mission is the centrifugal which simulates 9G conditions and is a critical test for the ability to fly the plane. 

The Brazilian fighter pilots have spent three months learning to operate the Gripen and now they are undergoing combat training, which, in modern fighters, with all the technology, can take place outside visual range. "We are also provided visual combat training as you see in the old movies, which is really eye-to-eye fighting," says Captain Ramón Fórneas.

Roberto Kovalick prepared for his flight on the simulator. Once he learned the basics, the commander at the simulator gave him the go ahead for more intricate maneuvers: “The simulator is fantastic. We see the earth spinning and I see rivers on top of me and I'm giving a full turn with the plane. It is a spectacular sensation. It's like it's happening in reality, but in total safety. If something goes wrong, no one gets hurt," he says.

Roberto Kovalick now gets an opportunity to fly the aircraft. "We're finally taking off with the Gripen. One of the features of this aircraft is that it needs a very short runway to ...

​​Last month, Royal Thai Air Force welcomed China’s August 1st Aerobatics team at its 6th Airborne Division. ACM Wongpinkaew presided over the ceremony.

On the ocasion, RTAF Gripen and August 1st aerobatic team’s J-10 aircraft flew in various formations for an aerial photography flight. Here are a few snapshots:​

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Image Courtesy:RTAF​

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A Saab team recently presented the Initial Technical Feasibility Study of the Sea Gripen to Brazil's Department of Aeronautics of the Navy (DAerM), reports Defesa Aerea & Naval.

On 24 February, a group of Saab engineers and Brazilian Air Force officials visited DAerM to discuss the study that confirmed that a naval version of Gripen NG can safely operate in future.

During the visit, DAerM’s Director Rear Admiral Carlos Frederico Carneiro Primo stressed on the importance of FX2 for technology transfer and building self sufficiency in terms of developing defence products. He also pointed out that the development of Sea Gripen will not only consolidate this technology transfer process but also add to the capabilities of the Brazilian Navy.

The report adds that according to initial estimates, a similarity of 90-95% is expected between Gripen NG and the Sea Gripen.

Like Gripen NG, Sea Gripen will also have enhanced features like superior sensor fusion abilities, Selex Raven AESA radar and Infra-Red Search and Track.

Read the full story here.

Hungarian Gripen pilot Viktor Lango shares his experience of participating in Air Superiority 2015 in Sweden and firing his first missile.

Viktor explains that during the missions, the team had to chase an unmanned aerial vehicle/drone which deployed flares creating infra-red signature for the missile. The missile then detected the heat source and followed it.

“​This was the first time I fired a missile and it was also the first time I used an air to air gun. It was a really interesting mission. It was an important day in my career which I will always remember,” Viktor says.

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A Gripen aircraft, modified and loaded with latest software, has landed at FMV's test site in Linköping, reports Fmv.se.

According to the report, new weapons and radar functions are some of the many new features that are being tested with the Gripen C/D system at the test site.

“We are now entering into the final phase of finishing the so-called material system controls. The goal is to deliver this major update of the Gripen system to the Armed Forces as soon as possible, says Robert Noven, test engineer at FMV T & E.

Robert is responsible for testing and evaluation of various components of the MS20 upgrade. He is preparing for air exercises to verify and validate the system before the update is delivered to the Swedish Air Force troops.

According to the FMV report, the new upgrades include new Meteor missile, new weapons, new radar system, GCA (Ground Collision Avoidance System) and enhanced collaboration features like Link 16.

Read the full story: FMV provar ny mjukvara till JAS39

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