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In the last week of February 2015, a Thai Air Force delegation visited the 21st Tactical Air Base at Čáslav, reports Afbcaslav.cz.

The Royal Thai Air Force delegation, led by Air Chief Marshal Pratanem Sirisapem was welcomed by Deputy Commanders of the 21st Tactical Air Base: Colonel Andrew REJMAN and Colonel Jaroslav Miko. The commanders gave a brief on the main tasks and functioning of the Air Base to the Thai delegation.

After the brief, the delegation went to have a look at the three aircraft used by the Air Base: Gripen, L-159A ALCA and L-39ZA.

As per the report, this is not going to be the only visit by RTAF members at the Čáslav Air Base this year. RTAF pilots will also participate in the international exercise Lion Effort 2015, which will held in May.

Read the full story: Thajská delegace hostem u 21. zTL

Image Courtesy: afbcaslav.cz​

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Get the latest updates of the Gripen programme. This morning, watch the Saab's annual Gripen seminar live at 08.30 CET. 

Click here to watch the live webcast.

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Brazil will have the Anapolis Air Base (BAAN) as the headquarters of its Third Air Defense Group (3rd GDAAE) this year. BAAN will be the first Brazilian unit to receive Gripen NG fighters, reports Fab.mil.

According to the report, the Third Air Defence Group members inaugurated a KONUS simulator last month. The simulator would allow the members to train for handling the Anti-Aircraft Weapon system IGLA-S. The training includes a live-fire exercise.

“The KONUS will help with courses and internships required for effective operational preparedness. With the help of the simulator, the Third Air Defense Group will be able to provide prompt air defense of the Anapolis Air Base which  currently houses the F-5M aircraft and, in future, will be a base for the Gripen NG,"says Major Flávio Schiatti, Commander of the 3rd GDAAE Center.

Read the full story: Futura base dos caças irá receber grupo de defesa antiaérea

Photo Courtesy: Fab.mil​

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Cooperation for joint protection of the airspace of the Czech Republic and Slovakia is likely to be continued in future, reports Afbcaslav.cz.

Members of 21st Tactical Air Force Base Čáslav met with Defence Committee members from Czech Republic and Slovakia and confirmed that mutual cooperation within the airspace protection and joint training will be explored.

"Since last year, we have conducted mutual protection of the airspace of the Czech and Slovak Republics. However, it is necessary to continue to set cooperation and deepen mutual possibilities of flight training," said Colonel Peter Tomanek, Chief of combat training Headquarters, Czech Republic Air Force.

Talking about Gripen during his presentation, 21st Tactical Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Mika said, "This is the Gripen system, not just an airplane. The term system includes the software and hardware that ensures the operation of aircraft, training aircraft and ground personnel, collaboration with the Swedish team, and support and training in tactical simulation center in Pardubice.”

Read the full story: Spolupráce při ochraně vzdušného prostoru České a Slovenské republiky bude pokračovat

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Saab’s Yearly Gripen Seminar will be held tomorrow. During the seminar, Saab will give an update on the current status of the Gripen programme.

The live broadcast of the seminar can be watched here​. It is possible to post questions also over the web. All presentations, the webcast included, will be published on Saab’s website​. The seminar will be held in English.​

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"Saab will continue to work on improvements and upgradation of Gripen C, even after the launch of Gripen E," says Ulf Nilsson, the new head of the company's aeronautics division.

According to a report in Svd.se, while the first Gripen E is still in the development phase at the Saab plant at Linköping, the Swedish Defence and Security Company continues to develop systems for Gripen C, providing upgrade options to existing operators to enhance the fighter’s capabilities. 

“The development (of Gripen E) is proceeding according to plan. We are flying at full speed right now and are testing the radar system and the new avionics. Everything indicates that we can handle the deliveries on time,” says Ulf Nilsson.

Development of the C/D platform will continue along side that of the Gripen E. In practice, one can say that there will be two Gripen models. Although they have much in common, yet they are two different planes, the report adds.

Read the full story: Saabs flygchef byter strategi

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Members of Swedish Military Aviation Safety Inspectorate (FLYGI) met members of Brazil's Institute of Industrial Coordination and Fostering (IFI) recently to make plans for the certification of Gripen NG fighter, reports Fab.mil.br.

Members from both organizations presented their respective rules, regulations and forms of work, in order to allow mutual recognition of activities related to accreditation and quality assurance of aeronautical products.

"It is expected that the agreement will allow mutual recognition of activities and even joint work between Brazil and Sweden, both during certification and production, as in the aircraft operation phase," explained the IFI technical advisor, Lieutenant Colonel José Renato de Araújo Costa.

A discussion on Gripen NG certification between IFI members and Saab officials happened last year in September in São José dos Campos. 

According to Defense Aerospace.com, it was discussed that the certifications of Gripen NG aircraft with respect to airworthiness requirements and fulfillment of the mission will be carried out by Swedish government agencies. The IFI will monitor these processes and, after validating them, will issue a Type Certificate to the Gripen NG aircraft project.

Read the full story: Brasil e Suécia começam a planejar a certificação dos novos caças

5144895_2161652.jpegAt a time when some of the biggest names in the global defence industry have decided to end production of their well known fighter planes, Sweden’s Defense and Security company, Saab, gets going, says The Wall Street Journal.

With little in the way of a global marketing machine, Sweden has had outsize success in winning export orders. That is thanks to Saab AB’s Gripen combat jet, it adds.

WSJ interviews Saab’s Chief Executive Håkan Buskhe who points out, that unlike before, weapon buyers are becoming more cost-conscious now.

“Seven to eight years ago, no one discussed affordability when it comes to arms equipment. There was a paradigm, when I started, that if it is not expensive, it is not good. The cost component—that was not really the big deal in the past—has really caught up with each and every economy around the world. That does not mean you can sell an aircraft that is not good enough. There is no point in sitting in an aircraft that gets shot down and saying ‘at least it’s affordable’. So I think that is the key part of our success, and I believe we have a window going forward,” Buskhe says.

Read the original story here

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FAB pilots Gustavo Oliveira Pascotto and Ramon Santos Fórneas have entered the 'land flight without instructors’ phase of their training process, reports Ovale.com.br​.

Pascotto is most impressed by the data integration capacity of the Gripen system.

"Gripen is a platform that will integrate all of our employment doctrine. The key word is integration. Everything has data fusion. It is like they have combined the performance of the Mirage, the F-5 combat systems and the system of recognition of A-1 in a single aircraft. But much better," Pascotto said.

The missions of the new phase began in late January. For these missions, the flights depart from F7 Airbase at Såtenäs in south western Sweden. 

F7 Såtenäs is the prime training center for the Gripen system.  Pilot trainings, including that of foreign operators, are carried out here. This year in July, F 7 will celebrate its 75th anniversary. According to the report, on an average, the Swedish Air Force trains 30 pilots every year.

"The training is intense, but Gripen is easy to use,” says Colonel Michael Cherinet, Commander of the Såtenäs Base.

Read the full story: Pilotos brasileiros iniciam nova fase de treinamento no Gripen​

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Saab is pleased to invite media, financial analysts and investors to the yearly Gripen seminar in Stockholm, 12 March 2015. During the seminar, Saab will give an update on the current status of the Gripen programme.

Sweden has ordered 60 Gripen E and a contract with Brazil on 36 Gripen NG was signed in October 2014. The interest for both Gripen E and Gripen C/D is increasing around the world.

The yearly Gripen seminar gives an update on the status of the programme.

Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab business area Aeronautics and Jerker Ahlqvist, head of business unit Gripen will be the participants. 

The seminar is scheduled between 8.30 and 9.30 CET on 12 March 2015.

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