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The Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighters have got distinguished company at the Load Diffuser 17 exercise being held at Kecskemét Air Base. Training participants included US OHANG (United States Ohio Air National Guard) nine F-16 fighter jets and two C-130 Hercules, the Slovakian Air Force’s  MIG-29, L-39 and Mi-8 aircraft, the Croatian Air Force’s Mi-8/17 helicopters and the Slovenian Defence Force’s PC-9 aircraft fulfilling its duties from the Kecskemét Air Base. 

Load Diffuser, which focusses on the joint training of the air-to-air and air-to-ground manoeuvres and the development of interoperability between the participating nations, is being hosted by the Hungarian Air Force.

The exercise started on 22 May and ends today.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Topidoc

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A Hungarian Air Force Gripen will be participating in the upcoming Motril airshow which will be held at the Playa de Calahonda in Motril City, Spain. 

The Hungarian Gripen fighter will be putting up an aerial display for the audience present at the airshow. About 50,000 people are expected to attend the show. Besides Gripen, participating aircraft include names like AV-8B Harrier II and Zenair CH 601.

This will be the first time a Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighter will be on display in Spain. The airshow will be held on the 10th and 11th of June.

Read more here.

​A Hungarian Gripen fighter and a Gripen simulator were sent to Croatia last week to demonstrate the capabilities of the fighter at a presentation event.

The visitors at the event included Croatia’s deputy prime minister and minister of defence Damir Krstičević, and commander of the air force. The visit was organised so that the Croatian delegation could get familiarised with the Gripen fighter.

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Image Courtesy: Mr. Cacic​

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The Hungarian Air Force has made numerous achievements during their years with Gripen – everything from international exercises to air policing. That deserves a thumbs up.

Photo: Daniel Nilsson

You can download the calendar here​.

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At Kecskemét Air Base, Hungarian Air Force personnel maintain sufficient combat-readiness levels all year round to fulfil their commitment to protect and defend the airspace of Hungary. Aviation blogger Matteo Sanzani talks about the Kecskemét air base, and the roles and responsibilities of the three squadrons there.

Puma Tactical Fighter Squadron

Named after the Royal Hungarian Puma Fighter Wing of World War II, the squadron was established in October 1935. The squadron houses Gripen aircraft equipped with air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. The main goal of this squadron is to protect and defend Hungarian and Slovenian airspace, with the latter being added in the framework of NATO commitment in October 2014. Other tasks of the squadron include conducting regular training flights, and participating in international airshows.

Dongo Tactical Training Fighter Squadron

The pilots of this squadron have all graduated from NATO flying training school in Canada after participating in a Gripen training programme in Sweden. The primary purpose of this squadron is to provide training to young Gripen pilots. The training covers the theory part which includes understanding Gripen technology, avionics system, and communication system, simulator training, followed by training flights.

Air Transport Squadron

This is the transport squadron of the Air Base and it operates five An-26. This squadron is supposed to carry out a number of tasks like transporting airborne troops and cargoes, participation in humanitarian relief operations and international exercises and airshows.

Read the full story here​.

Image Courtesy: Topidoc

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When Aviation blogger Matteo Sanzani reached Kecskemét Air Base to start his photo shoot of HuAF Gripen fighters, he was impressed with the fast paced activities that started at 9 am. 

Matteo's plan was to get into an An-26, a twin-engined turboprop civilian and military transport aircraft, and take pictures of two Gripen fighters. Before the flight, Matteo discussed the position and maneuvers of Gripen, intersections etc. with the Chief of Flight Operations at the Air Base.

At noon, the transport plane and the Gripen fighters were airborne. After reaching the agreed altitude, the Gripen fighters got into their positions. Without wasting a minute, Matteo started taking pictures. 

"The agility and power of the aircraft are amazing; during the maneuvers, in a second, the Gripen fighters were hundreds of meters away from the An-26,"Matteo noted.

After the shoot, Matteo talked to the Base Commander who gave him an overview of Hungarian Gripen's past, present and future activities. The Gripen Demo Team will perform at some of the most important European public events like Motril Airshow, AWACS 35th Anniversary, Air Tattoo, Sanicole Airshow and Ostrava Airshow, he said.

Read the full story here.

Photo@TopiDoc ​

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A fighter aircraft pilot’s life is full of tough challenges and experiences. In a profession where mistakes can lead to life-or-death situations, it is imperative that they are equipped with the best facilities in order to perform their task to the best of their abilities. 

The nature of a pilot’s job sometimes requires flying high and in extreme conditions. Atmospheric pressure and composition at certain heights put the pilot in situations where the lack of proper equipment could be very harmful. To face such conditions, pilot suits have to be equipped and built with the capability to sustain the pilot under duress.

Due to the stress that the suit faces as a result of being exposed to rough conditions, it has to be checked and approved every 6 to 12 months. Such tests include assessing the equipment hoses and pipes which are prone to leaks, condition tests and pressure tests.

The pilot can choose a three lettered code for each piece of equipment and accordingly, a unique serial number is assigned to each piece. A Gripen pilot’s suit works as a system with each piece having a very specific function, thus making it necessary to wear and maintain each of them. Each pilot also wears absorbent innerwear that absorbs sweat and humidity while preventing condensation. The suits also come in fire and water resistant variants.

Each part of the suit serves a very specific purpose e.g. the jacket has multiple storage options for emergency (medical kits, tools etc.), floatation ...

Hungarian pilots of MH 59 Szentgyörgyi Dezső Airbase took part in a 10-day Gripen night flying training exercise.  

The exercise, which was conducted between 18 and 28 October, was part of the Hungarian Puma squadron's annual training plan. On 25 October, a Press Open Day was held in which the participating Hungarian pilots presented 15 flight displays, including a two-to-one capture, one-to-one air battle, two aircraft formation flights and night flying displays.

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The goal of an exercise like this is to increase the combat readiness of the Hungarian Air Force and prepare Gripen pilots for international missions. The pilots get to train using the night time vision goggles and hone their skills for missions at all hours and in all weather conditions.

Photo Courtesy: Istvan “TopiDoc” Toperczer​

​Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighters and British Hawks participated in a joint exercise at Kecskemét’s Szentgyörgyi Dezső Air Base on 25 August 2016.

Mr. Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador to Hungary and Mr. Tamás Vargha, Hungarian Secretary of State for Defence, were the guests at the joint exercise. The exercise aimed to further strengthen defence cooperation between the UK and Hungary.

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During the air display which concluded the ceremony, the Hungarian Gripen fighters formed the number ten in the sky above Kecskemét airbase.

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Taxing to the runway.GRIPEN10years_79.jpg The flight line with ready to go Gripen fighters.

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This is the Gripen model that was handed over to the base commander.

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The audience listens to the presentation on the first ten years with Gripen in the Hungarian Air Force.

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The ceremony included a hand-over to the Hungarian Air Force by the Swedish Air Force support group. 

This year marks ten years of Gripen in the Hungarian Air Force. To celebrate this milestone, a ‘Gripen decade’ ceremony was held in March this year at Szentgyörgyi Dezső Airbase in Kecskemét. Representatives of the Hungarian Government, the Hungarian and Swedish Armed Forces and Saab were present at the ceremony.

In 2001, the Swedish and Hungarian governments entered into a lease-purchase agreement, with a further modification in 2003, which included 14 Gripen C/D (12 single-seat plus two twin-seat) aircraft. All Gripen fighters were delivered in 2006 and 2007 and, by the end of 2008, the 14 aircraft were in operational service with the Hungarian Air Force. In January 2012, the leasing agreement with Sweden was extended until 2026. 

With Gripen, the Hungarian Air Force has established itself as a modern and effective NATO Air Force. Last year, the Hungarian Air Force had sent four Gripen fighters and about 80 personnel to guard the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The four months long Baltic Air Policing mission ...

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