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​​The Hungarian Gripen Squadron is serving in the Baltic air policing mission. Watch this video and discover the preparation that goes behind an air surveillance mission.

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The Swedish government has appointed Major General Micael Bydén as the Supreme Commander for Sverker Goranson.  

Micael Bydén started his career as a second lieutenant in the naval mine and boat service at Härnösands Coastal Artillery Regiment (KA 4, Gothenburg). But he always dreamt of flying and so started getting his training in Ljungbyhed to become a fighter pilot. He then served in Uppsala, Soderhamn, Lulea, Washington DC, Linköping and Afghanistan and was appointed as the Swedish Air Force Chief Major General in 2012.

“I accept the assignment with great respect. I look forward to working with the Armed Forces personnel and developing a military defense that meets society's demands,” says Micael Bydén.

Swedish Armed Forces appointed its first Supreme Commander in 1939 after the Second World War. The aim was to create a stronger system by appointing a manager who would take overall responsibility for all the elements of the Armed Forces.

Supreme Commander plays a vital role in making key decisions on the allocation resources to solve various tasks. Other important decisions include actions on Armed Forces Units, weapon procurement and training of new recruits.

Mats Helgesson succeeds Micael Bydén as the new Air Force chief Major General.

Read the full story here

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Czech Gripen pilots reached the milestone of 20,000 Gripen flight hours this month. The pilots were honoured for this achievenment earlier this month at the 2015 NATO Days and Czech Air Force Days at Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Czech Gripen pilots' roles in missions like Iceland and Baltic States were also recognised. To mark the 20,000 Gripen flight hours and successful operational deployments within NATO, Saab’s Deputy CEO, Lennart Sindhal presented a commemorative glass plaque to the 21st Tactical Air Force Squadron. The award was accepted by Colonel Petr Hromek, commander of the 21st Air Force Base, Čáslav. 

“We are proud that Czech pilots from Čáslav Air Base have surpassed 20,000 flight hours with the Gripen. It is a pleasure for Saab to be a partner to this great show, and 2015 is particularly important because Sweden is the special partner country for NATO Days. It was wonderful to see Gripen join the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight in Czech skies,” said Daniel Boestad, head of Gripen for Central and Eastern Europe.

“Gripen is an excellent option for nations in this region, as can clearly be seen from its successful operation over many years in the Czech Republic and Hungary,” adds Boestad.​

Read the full story here.

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Two Gripen fighters from F 21 Norrbotten Wing of the Swedish Air Force will arrive at Hosio in Finland tomorrow to participate in a live air exercise dubbed Baana-2015.

The Finnish Hornets and the Swedish Gripen will train together in this exercise. The collaboration with the Swedish Air Force comes under a Cross Border Training (CBT) scheme. The exercise also marks the first CBT mission flown from a road base.

Daily flying takes place between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. between September 21 and 25. One of the main goals of the exercise involves the dual and solo operations from a road base in both night and day conditions.

Read the full story here​​.

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AEL Sistemas (AEL) has now delivered the first wide area display (WAD) and the head-up display (HUD), which will be integrated in the Gripen NG for Brazil, reports Defesanet.

Saab had announced in February this year that it had selected AEL Sistemas (AEL) as a new supplier for the Gripen NG in Brazil.

The WAD for Brazil’s Gripen NG aircraft is a single intelligent and full-redundant multi-purpose display system, full-colour, large-screen (19 x 8 in) with continuous image presentation and the state-of-the-art touch-screen controls capability. It is the primary source of all flight and mission information in the cockpit. The HUD, on the other hand, provides essential flight and mission information to the pilot when looking ‘heads up’ out of the cockpit. With HUD, the pilot does not need to look down into the cockpit to read instruments which makes it easier to focus on the mission.

"This is a very important step in the development of Gripen NG for Brazil. It shows a very efficient cooperation between AEL and Saab and is a successful step in the industrial cooperation between Brazilian industry and Saab in the Gripen NG program", says Mikael Franzén, Program Director for Gripen Brazil.

To demonstrate and validate the new equipment, an extensive flight test campaign will be conducted in Linköping, Sweden.

Read the full story here.

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Czech Air Force Gripen's aerial display was a major attraction at the recently held Slovak International Air Fest 2015 at Sliač air base, Slovakia. Besides the aerial display, the visitors at the event also got to experience a Gripen simulator at the Saab stand. 

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Last week, a full scale model of Gripen NG was on display for the general public at the Anapolis Air Base, reports Jornalopcao.com.

The event was called the Open Gates and it had an attendance of about 40,000 visitors. Besides the Gripen NG model display, the visitors also got to see a flyby of the Brazilian Air Force's air demonstration squadron, popularly known as the Smoke Squadron.

The full scale Gripen NG model was presented to the Brazilian public for the first time ever at LAAD Defense Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year after which it has been on display at various occasions.

Anapolis Air Base (BAAN) is one of the most important air base opetrated by the Brazilain Air Force.The implementation project of the air base started during the end of the 1960s. The air base is strategically located to host the first "Unity interception" of South America.

Read the full story here.​

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The 22nd Czech International Air Fest (CIAF) took place on the 5th and 6th of September at the Hradec Kralove airport. The Air Fest displayed over 30 aerial as well as ground units from the Czech Air Force as well as other branches of Czech defense. 

Aircraft from the World War II era as well as modern aircraft were present in both dynamic as well as static displays. The Czech Air Force’s Gripen aerial display consisted of an aerial fly by and group formations. The Armed Forces also displayed various ground and medical equipment at the fest, and the Military Tech Institute presented a number of unmanned aircraft and drones which survey terrain and conduct search and rescue missions. 

The Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Joseph Bečvář expressed that the CIAF was an opportunity for the Czech Air Force to demonstrate its technology and capability to the general public and helped raise awareness.

The air fest attracted over 30,000 visitors over the two day period.

Read the full story here​.

Image Courtesy: airshow.cz

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rtafgripen_5000hours2.jpgThe RTAF Gripen pilots at Wing 7 making a symbolic gesture to celebrate the 5000 flight hours

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RTAF personnel and delegates with Gripen in the background

The first batch of Gripen fighters for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) was delivered in February 2011. Since then, the Gripen squadron at Wing 7 in Surat Thani has been up in the air a lot and employed at a number of different missions. Last week, a great milestone was reached when they passed 5000 flight hours with their twelve Gripen. It is an achievement made possible by a combination of many factors. 

“I’m proud of our personnel competency and very satisfied with the jets. Our personnel at the squadron, both pilots and technicians, have contributed a lot to make this happen. The fact that everyone is still new to the system means that we have to stop operating and spend some time for education as well. Another important factor is of course the aircraft availability to fly every day. Ever since we received the jets, we have been able to maintain a high serviceability of the fleet. Personally, I think we could have been flying even more than this but we have to keep the hours within the service contract,” says Group Captain Chareon Watanasrimongkol, Chief of Staff Wing 7.

The 5000 hour milestone was celebrated on September 10 with a ceremony at ...

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The South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Air Capability Demonstration (ACD) was held at the Roodewal weapons range, Limpopo province on the 10thof September. The Roodewal range, according to SAAF officials, is one of the few places in the world where live weapons can be safely fired seven minutes after takeoff.

The ACD, an annual program, is a rare opportunity to observe close range live aircraft firing and to test the SAAF’s capabilities. The exercise keeps the South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) ready for emergencies and focuses on collaboration and inter-operability among all branches of the SANDF.

The demonstration consisted of recon missions by the Gripen, also featuring its capabilities of evading anti-air defenses, simulated dog fights, cargo drops by the C-130 Hercules, tactical surveillance and insertion of ground forces. Deputy Chief of the SAAF, Major General Gerald Malinga said that the ACD was a chance for the senior command and staff course members to see air power at the strategic and operational levels of war and showcase how air power is applied.

The demonstration concluded with a flyby including all the participating aircraft with remarkable flare releases by the Gripen and C-130.

Read more for a detailed account of the demonstration.

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