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Exercise Cope Tiger 2015, a trilateral air exercise conducted by Thailand, Singapore and the United States, concluded last week. 

Five RTAF Gripen participated in the exercise along with about 90 military aircraft and 1200 personnel from the air forces of the three countries. 

In FTX (field training exercise), the participants trained in air-to-air and air-to ground combat while air defence units on the ground provided ground-to-air resistance. The latter units were provided by Thailand and Singapore.

With Cope Tiger 2015, RTAF aims to improve know-how and cooperation with modern and battle experienced foreign air forces, beef up pilot and ground crew competence and, as a by-product, improve relations between participants and locals.

Read the full story: การฝึก COPE TIGER 2015

Image Courtesy: RTAF​

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"We continue to upgrade and enhance the current Gripen generation," said Jerker Ahlqvist, head of the Gripen programme, at the recently held Gripen Yearly Seminar.
 
Jerker Ahlqvist and Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab business area, Aeronautics, were the two participants in the Seminar and both stressed that Saab has development programmes not just for Gripen E but also for Gripen C/D.
 
Saab continuously adds new capabilities to Gripen C/D.  Besides air to air capability, air to ground capabilities like precision guided bombs against small targets, enhanced electronic warfare suite and radar modes are being offered.
 
“We will introduce the MS20 upgrade for the first customer this year, and will continue to introduce it in the existing customers’ fleets thereafter,” Ahlqvist said. 
 
MS 20 upgrade includes integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb and improved radar modes among other things.
 

Watch the webcast of the Gripen Yearly seminar here.

​This week, two RTAF Gripen are on display for visitors at LIMA 2015. Visitors can also have a look at the Gripen Cockpit Simulator (GCS2) at the Saab stand B642. 

Organized after every two years, LIMA offers strategic opportunities for traders and industry members to network and showcase their latest products.

The Malaysian event was first organized in 1991 and it was LIMA 2011 which marked the first time an RTAF Gripen aircraft was displayed outside Thailand.

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Gripen at LIMA 2015

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Saab team at stand B642

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Richard Ljungberg, Chief test pilot at Saab shows the Gripen cockpit simulator

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“I have flown about 40 different fighters and none of them is as responsive and precise as Gripen,” says Richard Ljungberg, Chief test pilot at Saab.

Ljungberg has worked as a test pilot since 1998, first for FMV, the Swedish Defence Material Administration, and then for Saab from 2004. He has flown all versions of Gripen, from A to D through to the two-seater Gripen NG test aircraft. “Flying is one thing, but flying a mission is something else,” he explains. “Every pilot needs to train for missions. Because Gripen is so responsive and easy to fly, the pilot can concentrate fully on performing the mission.”

“In a modern fighter jet, there is an enormous amount of information for the pilot to deal with. But Gripen offers significant advantages.”  Ljungberg – who has 2,800 flight hours under his belt – explains further: “The cockpit computer only shows me the information at the specific time that it is needed. I never feel overloaded and can concentrate fully on my task.”

“If I’m flying an attack mission for example, I don’t need to know anything about the hydraulic system or the standby instruments. As a result, the pilot becomes more efficient. In addition, if a system fails, the backup system pops up digitally on the display. This means that the display area is used to maximize the chance of mission success.”

Right now, Richard is at the LIMA exhibition in Langkawi, Malaysia. Meet Saab as well as Richard at Stand No. B642 if you are ...

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Once in every two years, Czech Air Force's 21st Tactical Air Base hosts an Open Day at Čáslav airport. This year, the excitement would be triple as the event is combined with celebrations of 10 years of the Czech Gripen programme and the Lion Effort 2015.

As per a report in Letectvi.cz, the event would consist of aerial and static demonstrations and various activities for children. In 2013, Open Day had 50,000 visitors, and this year, more number of visitors are expected.

Open Day will run parallel with the Lion Effort 2015 which will be held between 11 and 24 May. Lion Effort is one of the biggest Gripen exercises and it brings various Gripen users together.

For Gripen enthusiasts, Open Day is an important event this year as it provides a unique opportunity to see Gripen fighters from Hungary, Czech Republic, the UK, Sweden, Thailand and South Africa, all at one place.

Open Day is scheduled for 23 May this year.

Know more about the event here​.

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Gripen will participate in Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2015 in Malaysia this week.

Besides Gripen and a Gripen Cockpit Simulator (GCS2), products on display by Saab at stand B642 includes RBS15 Mk3 (naval), Erieye AEW&C, Surface radar solution combining Giraffe AMB & Sea Giraffe systems, BOL, IDAS, Smart SIGINT, ESTL, Saab 2000 Swordfish MPA and Saab 340 MSA.

“I am delighted to share that two Royal Thai Air Force Gripen aircraft will be at LIMA. Visitors to the show will get a chance to see the aircraft up close and watch the spell-binding capability of the aircraft,” says Thomas Linden, Vice President, Head of Saab Malaysia.

“We will also be engaging with Malaysian students during LIMA in coordination with the LIMA Career Day Programme Secretariat. Saab will be organizing presentations and some of the students will get to test out the Gripen simulator. We hope that this experience with Swedish technology will give them insights into the world of defence technology,” Thomas Linden adds.

LIMA 2015 will be held between 17 and 21 March.

Learn more about Saab’s participation at the event here.

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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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