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The way to experience Gripen entered a new era two years ago when the fighter was featured in a mobile game for the first time. Now an updated version is available with new features adding even more fun to the game.

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The user of the game will have to take on the challenge and fly Gripen and complete several missions at different levels of difficulties. It’s a fast “racing” flight game which offers multiple choices when it comes to tailor made Gripen in terms of skins and decals. The updated version includes a "Free Flight" mode where the user can explore the area and collect “stars” in order to unlock new skins and decals. 

Gripen Fighter Challenge is available for free on App Store and Google Play


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For the first time ever, the Czech Air Force sent one of its 14 Gripen fighters to Turkey to participate at the Eurasia Air Show last month.

Star Czech display pilot Captain Ivo Kardoše presented Gripen aerial displays during the airshow. The specially designed Gripen was adorned with decals that set it apart from other fighters, making it a treat for watching eyes. Ardent fans of Gripen could immediately recognize the camouflage as Wildcat, a design that features model and actress Simona Krain and a tiger. 

In the 12 minute long display, Caption Kardose successfully implemented 25 dynamic aerial manoeuvres. Throughout the display, the adaptability of Gripen E was highlighted, with it plunging in as close to the ground as 30 meters. Kardose had been training for this performance with his team at the air base situated in Caslav for a month. 

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Image Courtesy: Eurasia AIr Show

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Recently, the Czech Air Force successfully completed the MS20 capability upgrade to its fleet of Gripen fighter aircraft, greatly increasing its combat and communication capabilities. The upgrade is part of the Gripen design philosophy to evolve continuously and tailor solutions according to customer’s various needs.

One of the key features of the MS20 upgrade is that the Gripen has acquired air-to-ground capability, thanks to the integration of unguided and laser-guided bombs into the aircraft payload. There will also be a significant software update which permits the integration of NATO-standard Link 16 datalink and laser designator pods (LPDs). The LPDs will greatly aid air-to-ground missions.  

The MS20 upgrade is characterized by both software and hardware augmentations. Other key elements of the update include enhanced radar modes, electro-optical pods Litening III, and crypto-modules for fast, secure and efficient communication.

Jonas Hjelm, Saab’s Area Business Head, said, “We are very pleased with the success of this capability upgrade. We are honoured to have a long-term partner in the Czech Air Force.” After the update, “The aircraft is capable of addressing the demands of current and future threats, while meeting strict requirements”, according to Mr. Hjelm.

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A throw back to one of our popular videos, showing our display pilot André from the inside of the Gripen cockpit as he shows part of his display programme.


​You don't have to be a fan of heavy metal to like this video. Being a fan of Gripen and great aerial displays will do. Video by Mustasch in cooperation with the Swedish Airforce.  

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The Czech Air Force Gripen have now been upgraded to MS20 which gives the fighter enhanced capabilities, most important of which is the addition of ground strike features.  

As a part of the upgrade, Gripen fighters have been integrated with unguided and laser-guided bombs, enabling Gripen to easily perform air-to ground attacks. Besides, air-to-ground capabilities, new radar modes will also improve the effectiveness of air-to-air attacks. Other additions include that of electro-optical pod Litening III and NATO-standard Link 16 datalink and laser designator pods.

The Czech Air Force signed the lease for 14 Gripen fighters in June 2005. Within a year, the Gripen fighters were delivered. When the decision to extend the lease till 2027 was taken, it was also decided that the fighters will be upgraded to MS20 post 2015.

"Thanks to the modernization of the Czech Gripen aircraft, the operational capabilities of the Czech Air Force will be significantly increased. Our staff has appreciated a close and fruitful cooperation with the Swedish side on this specific modernization project as well as the cooperation during the 13 years that we have operated Gripen aircraft," said Colonel Petr Tománek, Commander of the Czech Air Force’s Caslav Air Base.

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The future of air combat is going to be far more complex and technologically advanced than it is today. So, it is imperative to create air power that is adaptable in the future. It is not enough to integrate the latest technology and the best software that the market can provide today, but the fighters have to be ready for the technology of tomorrow as well. Technology that will enable the fighters to adapt to circumstances and get ahead of the enemy, will be the winner of tomorrow’s air combat. 

Traditionally, aircraft are operated for 10-15 years before being sent for a mid-life upgrade. However, with reconfigurable avionics platforms in Gripen C and E series, new applications can be added without having to requalify them. In fact, the hardware can be upgraded without affecting the overall application layer. This makes both these fighters relevant for a longer period of time and remain updated with the latest technology. 

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Gripen calendar image of the month – April

Extreme versatility.

At high and low altitudes, over land and water, day and night, Gripen is at home in all conditions. 


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This summer, Hungarian Air Force Gripen will take part in a joint training exercise with Royal Air Force's Typhoon fighters in Kecskemét , reports kecskemetilapok.hu.

British Ambassador to Hungary, Ian Lindsay said that the Typhoon fighters will relocate to Romania after the exercise in Hungary. The ambassador also said that in the light of increasing security risks, the European countries and the UK should strive for closer cooperation.

The training will also carry out combat tasks and capture tactics. The British Royal Air Force Hawk aircraft and the Hungarian Gripen participated in a joint exercise last year, in August, where they decided to continue the training this year as well. Joint exercises with other air forces are good from a training perspective as they help pilots train in different environments and understand the capabilities of other aircraft. 

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