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According to Slovakia’s Defence Minister Peter Gajdos, Slovakia may decide to buy Gripen instead of leasing it from Saab,reports Reuters. The government has been in talks with Saab regarding the lease of Gripen jets to replace Slovakia’s aging Russian Mig-29 fighters.

Slovakia is expected to sign a Joint Sky agreement with Czech Republic this year, which includes bilateral cooperation between the two countries to safeguard their skies. The final shape of the agreement would decide Slovakia’s choice of aircraft to secure its defence. Czech Republic at present flies a fleet of leased Gripen.

Czech Republic and Slovakia are both NATO members, and the Joint Sky deal will enable the two to share the cost of maintenance and pilot training. Areport by Prague Monitorquotes Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky who has said that if Slovakia decides to lease Gripen, its pilots could use the specialised training centre in the Czech Republic.


The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) showcased the Gripen NG at the 4th Mostra IDB Brazil, the Brazilian Defence Industrial exhibition where over 80 organizations participated. The FAB booth displayed a full-size replica of the Gripen NG which is being developed by Saab with the participation of six Brazilian companies, reports Cavok. Currently, 90 Brazilian engineers are in Sweden under the technology transfer program. Of the 36 aircraft ordered by the Air Force, 15 would be made in Brazil. In addition to the Gripen model, visitors could view information on touchscreens and 3D displays.

According to Major Marco Antonio Aidar Riberio, “The armed forces are working for Brazil to stop being a mere buyer and to become a developer of technology, leveraging (the strengths of) the domestic industry. This technology is not restricted to defence products, but spills over to other sectors. It is committed to the development of the country.”

According to Colonel Julio Cesar Cardoso Tavares, F-X2 project manager, the importance of participation in the IDB Brazil is to show the Brazilian society how public resources are being invested. Also, says the report, he sees the projects under development at FAB as being a two-way street, on the one hand promoting the equipping of the Air Force and, on the other, enabling transfer of knowledge. “The technology transfer under the Gripen NG project will enable Brazil, in the future, to develop its own supersonic fighter,” says Colonel Tavares.

Read full story here.​ 

Swedish Air Force Gripen participated in the Finnish exercise Baana 2016 and practiced the art of landing and taking off from a road base.

As a part of the exercise, both Finish and Swedish fighters carried out many "touch and go" exercises. 

Gripen has been designed on the Cold War philosophy which means it has the unique ability to land and take off on short, actual roads and not just on regular runways. Gripen can take off and land in less than 500 meters.

The development of the two-seater version of Gripen NG is important not only for the absorption of technology by Brazil's domestic defence industry, but also because it means obtaining new capabilities and building the future of the Brazilian Air Force, says Defesanet.

Under the terms of the Gripen NG contract, Saab will deliver 28 single-seater and eight two-seater fighters to Brazil. The contract also offered true transfer of technology to Brazil under which Brazil and Sweden will co-produce the aircraft. The first phase of the technology transfer has already begun; a number of Brazilian professionals are working side by side with Saab professionals in Sweden. Short courses, based on their roles in the project, have been designed for the Brazilian engineers.

According to the report, the most unique feature of Brazilian Gripen, both E and F, will be that of the Wide Area Display (WAD), a multi-purpose display system with full-colour, large-screen that gives continuous image presentation and a state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability.

The report adds that Brazilian Air force will use Gripen F not just as a training fighter, but also in live missions. The eight two seaters can be used for more complex missions. 

Read the full story here.

Five Czech Air Force Gripen fighters have been deployed for the NATO Air Policing mission of guarding the airspace of Iceland. These Gripen fighters will be stationed at the Naval Air Station in Keflavik from 29 September to 10 November. 

This is the fifth deployment of Czech Gripen fighter jets for a NATO air mission. Previously, Czech Air Force has sent its Gripen fighters to guard the airspace over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 2009 and 2012. In 2014 and 2015, the Czech Gripen fighters were deployed for Allied missions in Iceland.

More news on the Czech Gripen's Icelandic Air Policing will follow. Until then, have a look at what the Czech Air Force has to say about Gripen.

Know more about the mission here​.​​​​​

Photo: Jörgen Nilsson​

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“The reason for Gripen E's success is relatively simple - it has been developed as a robust and cost-sensitive plane. The fighter builds on the successful design of earlier versions and is not completely redesigned,” a report in Stern says about why the Gripen fighter system became the choice of a number of air forces.

Gripen was developed keeping in mind the Cold War philosophy. The idea was to have a cost-efficient multi-role fighter which could take-off and land on short landing strips. Once developed, Gripen was not just used for the Swedish Air Force, but also exported to countries like Thailand, South Africa, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The latest big order from Brazil has made Gripen the most talked about fighter of the recent times.

The all new Gripen E is super flexible, has an enviable 10-minute operational turnaround time, and boasts of split avionics and a modular system. The split avionics also means that new upgrades and products can be easily added to Gripen at any point in future, without much hassle.

The report also talks about Gripen F, the two seater version of Gripen E that Sweden will produce jointly with Brazil. Gripen F will not just be used as a training aircraft, but also as a fighter for complex missions. After Brazil, India has also shown great interest in the Gripen fighter system. Saab has offered Gripen NG to India under the 'Make In India' initiative with transfer of technology.

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Taking steps to further secure communication in the defence forces, the Czech Ministry of Defence plans to buy encryptors for the Gripen fighters, reports Echo24​

Encrypted communication prevents unauthorized interception by encoding transmissions sent out which can only be decoded by the intended receiver. Petr Medek, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry of Czech Republic, announced the ministry’s intentions of awarding the contract for the Gripen encryptors to Leonardo Finmeccanica, the Italian aerospace, defence and security company. 

According to reports, the Defence Ministry is looking to buy 30 units of  voice encyptors and 15 control panels. 

“This move will ensure logistical support for system operations at least until 2027,” Petr Medek says.

The order is expected to be delivered by November 2018.

The largest and the most popular air-defence technology event in the Czech Republic and Central Europe, ‘NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days’ was held on September 17 and 18, 2016, at Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport. A Czech Gripen fighter performed a spellbinding aerial display for visitors at the airshow. 

It was a treat for the eyes, with a variety of air and land technology shows displaying the extent of global defence technologies in a recreational manner. Perhaps the most attractive part of the programme belonged to the flying displays, with highlights such as Gripen’s elegant maneuvers – which included a quick take-off, rising to an immense height before falling into a dive and then somersaulting and spinning back close to the ground before rising back up and giving a display of its quick grace. Aerial displays such as the famed RAF Falcons’ choreographed descent from the skies and other enchanting flying displays also awed the large audience.

‘NATO Days in Ostrava’ has gained popularity among aviation enthusiasts all over the world due to its eye-catching exhibitions, flying displays, existing and latest aircraft displays, in-flight refueling exercises and a wide range of air and land defence equipment display used by NATO member countries. 

​During the recent celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the Swedish Air Force, Defense & Aerospace Report​ took the opportunity to speak to Ulf Nilsson, Senior Vice President and Head of Aeronautics, Saab, on the philosophy that drives the making and development of Gripen E and what makes the approach fundamentally different.

Future technology is, of course, hard to predict even three to four years down the line. Looking back 10-15 years, the pace of technology development could be predicted, but not so with the coming of the digital revolution. “Earlier, the pace of development of technology was setting the pace of development of capabilities of the fighter system. Not anymore though. This is a big change and the development platform has to be able to cope with this kind of a change,” says Nilsson. 

Keeping that in mind, Gripen E is created to be relevant even if the technology of today becomes obsolete tomorrow. That is one of the best features of the new Gripen: its flexibility, preserved in a balanced design, makes it extremely adaptable. 

Built upon the strong base of proven C/D platform, Gripen E redefines air-defence systems with its exciting new capabilities and significant cost reduction. Not only does Gripen E have what it takes to fly safely, when it comes to tactical and functional developments, it has more of an ‘app-based development’ approach, which makes it easier to upgrade the aircraft from time to time. “This is one of the major leaps forward when ...

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