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The South African Air Force (SAAF) will organize Gripen User's Group at AFB Makhado this month, reports Defence Web.

Attendees at the week-long event include South Africa as host, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden and Thailand.

Gripen User's Group brings together representatives of countries that fly the Gripen fighter, giving them a platform to discuss their experiences of operational use of Gripen including maintenance, logistics,  engineering and safety measures.

Czech Gripen pilot Maj. Petr Michenka, who attended a previous conference held in the Czech Republic, summed up the event, “Individual users accumulate different experiences in operating these aircraft, for example, due to different climatic conditions. We share different experiences and information during the conference and found that some of them are very similar. After the evaluation, we can be better prepared for the challenges ahead.”

In May 2013, Saab held the Gripen User's Group in Sweden in which it got an opportunity to listen to user feedback and share its vision for the Gripen fighter. Through the seminar, Saab also presented planned upgrades and informed the group on how the Gripen C/D and E systems can benefit from each other.

The Gripen User's Group is held twice a year.

Read the full story: South Africa hosts Gripen User Group​

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Gripen pilots operate in some of the most dangerous parts of the world – and they have to be the best. For every flight they need to wear specialised clothing and carry equipment that protects them and helps them to complete their mission.

Saab is offering you the chance to find out what it takes to enter the cockpit by dressing your own pilot – you’ll even get the chance to see what you look like as a Gripen fighter pilot and share the image with your friends.

To start, click here.​

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Radar Warning Receiver 

Gripen is built for high survivability in a combat environment. Gripen tactics are based on smart use of a variety of electronic warfare capabilities. The RWR (Radar Warning Receiver) is the source for an accurate sensor for detecting emitting threats such as radar. 

Missile approach warning system

Gripen E has a sophisticated Missile Approach Warning (MAW) system. The MAW system uses passive sensors and can detect and track incoming missiles of all types!  Not only radar-guided missiles but also passively guided IR missiles can be detected and the correct defensive actions taken.

Countermeasures

Gripen is a survivor. There are many reasons for this, one of them being the fact that it can carry a vast number of chaff packets and flares – substantially more than many competitors. For the Gripen E, this ability is further enhanced with an even greater number of chaff, flares and pyrophoric chaff – so called hot chaff.

If ever attacked, a Gripen pilot can rely on the strong protection provided by all the defensive countermeasures released, tricking incoming missiles to change their course.

Survivability and countermeasure summing up:

  •  Effective system awareness with
  •  AESA Radar
  •  IRST
  •  EW system
  •  RWR – Radar Warning Reicever
  •  MAWS – Missile approach warning system
  •  Large amounts of countermeasure dispensers
  •  Chaff, hot chaff, flares in pre-programmed sequences

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A photo exhibition featuring Gripen was held at the Kecskemét College of Aviation for an entire week, reportsMh59.hu.

As a part of the Aviation Week’s thematic series of programs, school children got an opportunity to learn about aircraft, visit the photo exhibition hall, participate in the aircraft folding competition and pose with Gripen!

The series of programmes were aimed at improving children's imagination and increasing their interest in flying and technical subjects.

Read the full story:The Aviation Week​

Photo Courtesy: Macro Csaba Toth Robert HDGY

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KEFO Motorsports’ new promotional material features a racing car competing against Gripen fighter aircraft, reports MH 59.

With 0 to 100 km/hour acceleration in 3.2 seconds, the racing car was a serious opponent to the aircraft, the report says.

The idea behind the feature was to perfectly symbolize the car's performance. Take a look at the pictures.

Read the full story: Versenyautó vs. vadászgép

Image Courtesy: Major Zoltán

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Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka took the opportunity to witness Gripen’s capabilities when he visited the Čáslavská Air Base and watched the aircraft's flight demonstration on 20 May, reports Afbcaslav.cz.

Mr. Sobotka was accompanied by Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnického and Chief of Staff Major General Francis Malenínského, 21st Tactical Air Force, Čáslav.

The delegation of the ministers watched the flight demonstration of a pair of Gripen, including their landing on the Caslav airport runway. 

Read the full story: Návštěva předsedy vlády na čáslavské letecké základně

Have a look at the video of the visit and the Gripen demonstration here.​

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Seven Gripen fighter aircraft put on a spectacular show for visitors at the Air Capability Demonstration (ACD) held by the South African Air Force (SAAF) at the Roodewal weapons range outside Polokwane in Limpopo last week, reports Defence Web.

The demonstration started with Pathfinders from 44 Parachute Brigade parachuting to the ground and taking positions in the veld. Two Gripen performed an air combat patrol overhead followed by a display of simulated air to air engagement with Hawk.

At the end of the event, all the participating aircraft and helicopters flew past assembled visitors while an Oryx and a C-130 released flares.

It was SAAF's first Air Capability Demonstration​ this year.

Read the full story:Strong Air Force presence at Air Capability Demonstration​

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The Blekinge Wing, F 17, of the Swedish Air Force was established during the Second World War, in 1944. The 70th anniversary was celebrated with a big air show on the 1st of June and approximately 40,000 people took the opportunity to visit the base, which is located near the town of Ronneby in the south east corner of Sweden. 

Flying with Saab aircraft since the 1940s, the F 17 Wing today has two operational Gripen squadrons. Both squadrons are important cornerstones in the Swedish air defence, being strategically based close to the Baltic Sea. 

Visitors to the air show got the opportunity to take a close look at Gripen on static display and to meet pilots and ground crew. A team of technicians showed visitors how easy it is to maintain Gripen by performing an engine exchange outside an inflatable hangar. 

The grand finale of the air display program was a fly past of a five aircraft formation of classic Saab aircraft: Tunnan from 1948, Draken from 1955, Viggen and Saab 105 from the 1960s. And, of course, the formation was led by a Gripen.​


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​The Gripen project has quietly built momentum since it began in the early 1980s and now stands as arguably the most promising export-oriented combat aircraft programme in the world, says Angad Singh in an exclusive report on the fighter aircraft which featured as the cover story “The Gripen Forges Ahead In Super Mode” for the May-June issue of the Vayu magazine.

Gripen made its first flight in December 1988, and the first production aircraft was delivered to the FMV in 1993. In total, Sweden had ordered 204 fighter aircraft which were delivered in three batches. Though the first batch was delivered under a fixed price contract, Saab and FMV agreed on a ‘target price’ concept for the second batch. Taking it even further, the third batch was delivered in 2008 at a cost that was 10 per cent less than the agreed-upon price, impressively increasing the efficiency of the programme.

For Gripen’s new variant, Saab and its partners have invested heavily in cutting edge technologies such as gallium nitride (GaN) for sensors such as AESA radars and electronic warfare (EW) systems. Selex Skyward-G infrared search and track (IRST) sensor and a new IFF (identification friend or-foe) system have added to the buzz around Gripen E development.

The Gripen E test aircraft which has already shown its supercruise ability in 2009, has logged around 300 flights ratifying its vital systems and airframe attributes and generating unprecedented interest across the globe.

Gripen is being successfully operated in six countries- Czech Republic, Hungary, ...

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Gripen E represents that rarest of capability improvements, one that does not come with a correspondingly hefty price tag, says Angad Singh in an exclusive report on the fighter aircraft which featured as the cover story “The Gripen Forges Ahead In Super Mode“ for the May-June issue of Vayu magazine.​.

Gripen E development, right from the start has been focused on producing an aircraft that combines high performance and low cost. For example, GE F414 engine, with its high performance and reliability was the obvious choice for the new generation aircraft. Also, sensor development for Gripen E focuses on leveraging a mix of innovative solutions and proven technologies which eventually keep the cost down.

Gripen E would have sensors that are enhanced, not just in comparison to its earlier variants, but also to contemporary fighters worldwide. It would also feature GaN-based EW suite that provides tremendous situational awareness and BriteCloud which is an onboard active decoy from Selex.

All this, according to the report, results in an aircraft that looks much the same – and feels much the same – but brings a quantum leap in performance and combat ability to the type.

Saab has not only drawn on its experience from the Gripen A/B to C/D conversion programme, but also on industry best practices acquired from manufacturing work done for Airbus and Boeing commercial products.

More emphasis on pre-production design work has led to reduced parts count for the new airframe, and shorter component manufacturing times, making each aircraft less ...

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