Six Hungarian Air Force Gripen practiced air-to-ground and air-to-air live firing last month at the Air Superiority 2018 exercise held at the Vidsel Air Base.
The Vidsel Air Base, located just a hundred km from the Arctic Circle, is the largest firing range in Sweden as well as the European Union. Since it was their fourth visit, the Hungarian pilots were familiar with the air base. During their last visit in 2015, the pilots were trained for their first Baltic Air Policing mission. It was, in fact, their first major international mission in 70 years.
The Air Superiority 2018 lasted for two weeks; in the first half of which the participants performed planned air-to-air and air-to-ground firings using AIM-9L type Sidewinder missiles, AGM-65 type air-to-ground missiles and Gripen's internal cannons.
One of the major goals of this exercise was to develop capabilities for Close Air Support missions which requires seamless coordination with forces on the ground.
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Image Courtesy: Dr. Lt. Colonel Toperczer