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Sweden, the only NATO Partnership for Peace member to have sent an operational fighter squadron to Red Flag, is being hailed for the Gripen’s evolution, reportsFlightglobal.

The report quoted US Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski saying, "The Swedish air force was not invited to Red Flag as a casual courtesy. Instead, the Swedish air force and its pilots earned their seat at the Red Flag table."

"By performing ably in operations like Unified Protector over Libya, where the Swedish air force performed their reconnaissance role brilliantly, the Swedes have shown their capacity and ability to produce results," Mark adds.

Read the full story:Sweden hails Gripen's evolution at Red Flag

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In a recent Nellis Air Force Base  video​, Swedish Airforce experience from Red Flag 13-2, Nevada, USA is summarized by the Gripen Commanders. The complexity and realistic, operational verification was highly appreciated. Swedish Chief of Air Force hopes this will increase international cooperation in the future.​

Watch the video here: Swedish Air Force Participates In Red Flag 13-2​

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Not many Air Force pilots have assisted in leading an Air Force of more than fifty aircraft in attack. However, this has been done twice during the Red Flag this year, reports forsvarsmakten.

According to one of the pilots, the planning for such a mission begins about 36 hours before the aircraft takes off with an Air Tasking Order (ATO) issued.

The ATO describes the task assigned to each unit, number of aircraft that will fly along with their strategies. There is also a section describing generally what applies to the mission, acceptable risk and higher managerial objectives. In this case, it is about breaking through enemy air defenses to eliminate the enemy's ability to conduct terrorist operations and ability for chemical warfare.

After all the preparations and briefs and a final inspection of the aircraft, a group of commanders and four Gripens (loaded with missiles and GBU-49) are all set for the mission.

"War starts when the escort begins to sweep the area and I note with satisfaction that it is quite good to have stealth aircraft on our side. The escort followed by SEAD aircraft start to disrupt and destroy the enemy air defense positions. In the end it is our turn and we follow in their tracks on the way towards the target area", says blogger writing under the name Captain "Tank".  

Read the full story:  Swedish pilot leads mission on great exercise​

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​Writing about Gripen’s participation at the Red Flag, Keith Rogers of Las Vegas Review Journal ponders why Sweden, an air force from a country with a tradition of neutrality and the home of the Nobel Peace Prize that isn't even a member of the NATO alliance want to train for war. 

It's simple, says Lt. Col. Anders "Handy" Segerby, detachment commander for the 2nd Squadron, 17th Air Base in Blekinge, Sweden. "For us, Red Flag is more in line with if we need to defend Sweden, in case we meet the real enemy."

Lt Col Segerby also says that there is an "interoperable" capability that Sweden's fighter pilots need to have to interact with "protectorate partners" in the international community.

"When I fly in my fighter, I speak English. I use pounds in describing my fuel. I use the American-NATO equivalent way when I want to tell where a target is. And before I have too little fuel, I will use the same expression as an American, or British or French pilot. "So we are interoperable," he said. 

Read the full story:  Wheels up for Red Flag

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