An Indian delegation from College of Air Warfare (CAW) visited Czech Gripen squadron last week, reports Afbcaslav.cz.
The delegation was welcomed by the 21 tactical air force base Commander Colonel Andrew Rejmanem, after which it went on a tour of the base. The group of officers was briefed about the base, its structure and tasks and was given a static demonstration of Gripen.
College of Air Warfare is a premier Indian Air Force tri-service institution of higher learning, which conducts a number of courses on Air Warfare for officers of the rank of Flt Lt to Gp Capt and equivalents from Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
Czech Republic Air Force has been operating 14 Gripen C/D since 1 June 2005. This year in May, Czech Republic signed a new Gripen lease according to which it will continue to operate the Swedish fighter aircraft for another 12 years, until at least 2027.
Read the full story: Návštěva indické delegace u 21. zTL
Two Brazilian Air Force pilots, who were appointed to participate in the conversion training to the Gripen aircraft, have reached Sweden, reports ZH News.
Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascatto, São Bernardo do Campo (SC), and Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas Lincoln, Ipatinga (MG), both 32, arrived at F 7 Såtenäs on Monday last week.
Before arriving in Sweden, Pascatto was in Group 1 Air Defense Anapolis (GO), and Fórneas was a part of the first group of fighter aviation in Rio de Janeiro. Both pilots have the experience of flying modernized F-5, a fourth generation aircraft, currently in use by Brazil.
As per a report in Dgabc.com, the two pilots were chosen from about 330 Brazilian fighter pilots - there are 11 squadrons with about 30 professionals each – to learn to fly Gripen and pass on the experience to other pilots.
“Our expectation is to transfer the knowledge to all the units back home,” Fórneas said, very formally, to a group of Brazilian journalists.
According to the report, there is still no formal agreement between the Brazilian and the Swedish air forces about the continuity of training. This is a temporary arrangement which will evolve once both countries reach an agreement over the training process.
Read the full story: Pilotos brasileiros já treinam na Suécia para pilotar novos caças Gripen NG
Photo Courtesy: Marta Sfredo
Here comes Aviation Blog’s second series of images of the prepping session of five Hungarian Air Force Gripen before their evening flights.
They cast long shadows in the evening sun
Ready to run
The first two Gripen are already on the runway
Gripen technical staff start working on another Gripen
Using a flashlight to inspect
Almost done! Cleaning the windshield
The transition between sunset and total darkness of the night
Ready to roll!
Read the full story: Októberi nyár - II. rész
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“It felt like I was in one of the world’s most modern fighters, perhaps the most modern. I have absolutely no doubt that Brazil has made the right choice. It is impressive how much information the pilot has at his fingertips. It feels like you are at the spearhead, fully equipped to defend your country”, said FAB pilot Major Renato Leal Leite who flew the Swedish fighter aircraft earlier this year.
For a successful mission, having the right information and situation awareness is very important. It is also important that the pilot has the information filtered as per his or her requirement. A Gripen cockpit is an unrivalled mix of simplicity and sophistication. Its layout has three large colour, Multi-Functional Displays (MFD) and Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) that give the pilot a superior combat advantage: ‘don’t need, don’t show’.
Gripen pilots can acquire, retrieve, process, share and display tactical information, such as positional data for hostile and friendly units, missile engagement zones, and information from radar warning receivers.
Gripen is fitted with the Tactical Information Data Link System (TIDLS) which enables the pilot to obtain qualitative data from other Gripen, increasing group information and situation awareness and eventually enhancing the capability of force interaction.
Read more about Gripen’s features here.
Swedish Air Force Gripen, along with allied fighters from Denmark and Finland were scrambled and sent to intercept seven Russian fighter planes over the Baltic Sea, reports SVD.se.
On 28 October afternoon, NATO radars detected and tracked seven Russian combat aircraft which included MiG-31 Foxhound, Su-34 Fullback, Su-27 Flanker and Su-24 Fencer jets.
The Russian fighter aircraft had notified its flight route to air traffic control authorities and were using transponders, but did not maintain any radio contact with civilian air traffic control.
According to NATO, there has been an increased Russian activity in international airspace in several parts of Europe recently. NATO has conducted over 100 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014 to date, which is about three times more than the number of intercepts conducted in 2013.
Read the full story: Gripenplan gick upp mot sju ryska stridsplan
Gripen is a truly Network Centric new generation multirole fighter with the world’s most highly developed secure and multifrequency data link. Together with its fully integrated avionic mission system providing full sensor fusion, Gripen offers total situational awareness for the pilot in all roles.
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Here comes the second part of the series of videos on the technical details of the Hungarian Air Force Gripen aircraft.
The Airshowinfo team visited the Kecskemét Air Base in June this year. A Hungarian Air Force Major answered their queries and explained about the various features of Gripen. The Major talked about tasks performed by the staff at the base, facts about Gripen and the fundamental differences between flying a Gripen and a MiG-29.
The Hungarian Air Force has 12 Gripen C and 2 Gripen D. Sweden and Hungary signed the Gripen lease contract in 2001 which was later amended in 2003. By choosing Gripen, Hungary became the first NATO member state to operate the high performance, multi-role Swedish aircraft.
The fleet of 14 Hungarian Gripen aircraft was deployed in December 2008. The aircraft have been certified to prompt action (QRA) as the unit of airspace defense preparedness of the armed services (unfinished) give NATO the Kecskemet air base.
Check out this video from the Gotland exercise where marine units along with units from the air force and the home guard practiced protection, guarding, escorting and combat.
Over five days, naval units practised along with units from the Air Force and the Home Guard in and around the island.
Third and fourth naval squadron corvettes escorted units from Amfibieregementet during a journey from the mainland to the island. This was backed by Gripen fighters from F17. Upon arrival at Visby harbour, they met troops of the 32nd Home Guard battalion that guarded and protected the harbour.
The exercise tested the preparedness of Swedish units for different situations. It is important to conduct exercises, major or minor, as individual units or in conjunction with others to maintain mission preparedness, says a forsvarsmakten report.
Winning a game of chess is about having the perfect situational awareness; sensing the possible moves of the opponent and making the right decisions. At times the strongest of the opponents can be easily defeated. At other times one finds pawns that are well placed enough to be a threat to kings.
In chess, one should be ready for the unexpected.
A fighter mission is a lot like a large scale chess game, albeit the missions can be air-to-air, reconnaissance or air-to-ground. To perform, a fighter aircraft needs information, movements and weapons. The Gripen NG fighter is equipped with the latest available technology in these key areas, making it a truly smart fighter system.
Talking about information, Gripen NG is equipped with ES-05, an AESA radar, which is state of the art for new fighters nowadays and IRST, which is a passive sensor. The tactical advantage of a passive sensor is that it will not give your position away. Opponents will have no indication whatsoever that Gripen NG is using its IRST to monitor their activities.
The performance of the fighter allows the aircraft to have the right movement dependent on the situation provided to him from its own sensors or other sensors from other units (land, sea or air).
In addition to the wide range of weapons and stores already in the arsenal, almost any weapon can be integrated to Gripen giving the aircraft very high weapon flexibility. This is partly due to the flexible avionic architecture.
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