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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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Gripen is the first combat fighter aircraft system in the world to be integrated with an operational Meteor capability. This year, Saab conducted the last major trials task required to clear the new missile for operational service on the Gripen C/D multi-role fighter. Full Meteor capability will be delivered as part of Gripen’s latest MS20 (Materiel System 20) combat systems update for the Swedish Air Force.

A report in Medium.com outlines the features of what it calls the best air to air missile in the world.

The missile’s ramjet propulsion system gives Meteor its high-speed performance and the energy to defeat fast, moving targets at long range.

The ramjet powerplant means that the Meteor is an air-breathing air-to-air munition—the first to enter service. Thanks to its efficient ramjet motor, the Meteor is a true very-long-range missile, a class that, since the retirement of the Phoenix-and-F-14 combination, is entirely absent from the U.S. military, the report says.

It is not just the reach of the missile which is critical. End game performance - the ability of a missile to muster up enough energy at the end of its flightpath to battle a maneuvering target that is doing all it can to shake off the homing missile is equally important.

According to the manufacturer, in a head-on engagement the Meteor provides a no-escape zone (the area in which an enemy aircraft will not be able to use pure agility to evade a missile) three times greater than that of a convention

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Czech Air Force Gripen which were displayed at SIAF 2014 this weekend have a jam packed September as they are all set to participate in Czech International Air Fest (CIAF) 2014 and NATO Days In Ostrava and Czech Air Force Days as well.

Over 30 aircraft will be on static and dynamic display at the 21st anniversary of the Czech International Air Fest. The event will be held at Hradec Králové airport on 6 and 7 September. There would be seven hours of flight program on both days.

One of the largest events of its kind in Czech Republic and Central Europe, ‘NATO Days in Ostrava and Czech Air Force Days’ will be held on 20 and 21 September this year. It would be organized at Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport and would include static aircraft displays, flying displays, in-flight fuel refueling exercises, exhibitions and a wide range of air and land defence equipment used by NATO member countries.

Both SIAF 2014 and NATO Days In Ostrava and Czech Air Force Days are considered as very significant event in Czech Republic and last year, they were both launched with a rare flight formation in which Czech Republic’s Gripen and combat aircraft L-159 Alca flew with MiG-29 and training aircraft L-39 Albatros of the Slovak Air Force. 

Image Courtesy:Czech Army Website​

​Financial Times’s Carola Hoyos used to think that the movie Top Gun had influenced the way fighter aircraft pilots stride towards their aircraft, that their gait is a result of watching the movie too many times. 

When she recently test flew Gripen with Saab’s chief test pilot Hans Einerth, she realized that clearly, there were things that Tom Cruise did not tell.

There really is no other way to move in a G-suit, for the air cavities that run down each leg force the wearer to widen his – or her – gait. Add the helmet, whose oxygen mask makes carrying it anywhere other than wedged between hip and armpit almost impossible, and the Tom Cruise impersonation is complete, she says.

Carola also realizes that It took almost an hour to get dressed for the ride – six times longer than the 10 minutes it takes the Gripen to fly the 150km from Linköping to reach its training area above the Baltic sea.

“Putting on the heavy g suit and testing the oxygen mask brings home like nothing else the dangers involved in putting your body through forces it was never designed to withstand in a plane that has not undergone the safety tests all commercial jets require,” she says.

Chief test pilot Hans Einerth, however assures her that he can fly so calmly that she would think she is sitting on a sofa.

As the duo flies faster than the speed of sound, Carola is in for a surprise ...

​Czech Air Force Gripen, with a colourful tiger scheme, presented an amazing aerial display at the opening day of Airshow Laage in Germany last week.

Airshow Laage marked the 55th Anniversary of Tactical Air Force Wing 73 "Steinhoff" and 30 years of flight operations at Laage Airbase. About 15 aircraft performed simultaneously in the air and there were more than 30 aircraft on static display at the airshow.

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Gripen NG has an array of advanced and enhanced features, one of which is that it offers extended range and can stay in the air for longer. 

Flying for longer missions requires more fuel. Gripen NG’s internal fuel tanks are approximately 40 per cent larger than Gripen C/D’s. With its powerful engine and smart design, this new generation aircraft can fly at supersonic speed without using its afterburner. This is called supercruise, and it means that less fuel is used, allowing the aircraft to remain in the air for longer.

Also, Gripen NG has 10 external hardpoints allowing it to carry more weapons, pods and additional fuel tanks, which means that during a mission, more fuel is available. Most of the increased volume has been made available in the fuselage by moving the landing gear from the fuselage of the aircraft out to the inner wings.

If Gripen NG needs to remain even longer in the air, it can be refueled in the air from a tanker plane as well.

Gripen NG is equipped to conduct air-to-air refueling via the NATO standard probe-and-drogue system. This ability increases its combat radius and/or time on station considerably – in fact, missions of up to eight hours or more can be flown.

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Czech Republic Air Force Gripen will participate in Ample Strike 2014, a NATO aviation training exercise to be held next month in the country, reports Prague Post.

The report quoted Magdaléna Dvořáková, from the general staff press department saying, “A joint training of allied troops is the goal of the exercise. Pilots and soldiers will train the guidance to the ground targets when supporting ground operations.”

According to the report, Ample Strike 2014 would be the biggest international exercise to be held this year in Czech Republic.

“The flights will take place daily between nine in the morning and eleven in the evening, mainly in the military areas of Náměšť, Libava, Boletice and Bechyne,” Commanding Officer Miroslav Svoboda said.

Ample Strike 2014 will be held between September 3 and September 15. Participants include Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands.

Read the full story: NATO air force training slated for Czech Republic

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In the first week of August, the Czech Air Force flew an exclusive mission to photograph the 21st Tactical Air Force aircraft, reports the Czech Army website.

According to the report, several months’ preparation came to an end on 6 August when the one and a half hour photographic flight was conducted. 

L-39ZA Albatros light combat aircraft took off from the Čáslav airbase and shortly the CASA C-295M transport aircraft from the Kbely airbase took off with well known and respected aviation photographers on board. Two subsonic ground attack L-159 aircraft and three supersonic fighters LAS -39 Gripen followed.

Within a minute, the CASA aircraft reached the required three kilometers flight level and set the heading. Three aircraft types from 21 Tactical Airbase followed it and formed an air to air formation with the transport aircraft.

The formation was changed after ten minutes. The formation was flying below the photographer level. The photographers took pictures from the side windows of the CASA aircraft.

At the end, the photographic mission was judged as a very successful mission by the participants.

Read the full story: Podívejte se na nové fotografie letounů české armády​

Image Courtesy: Czech Republic Army website​ 

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