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​Saab display pilot André  Brännström reveals facts about g-forces and what it's like to perform a flying display. 

​Gripen fighters on flying display at the Dubai Airshow 2017. Two Gripen fighters attended the airshow, with one on static display and the other taking part in the daily flying display, flown by one of Saab’s Gripen pilots.​

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Croatia, which issued Request for Proposals (RFP) for the acquisition of up to 12 modern multirole fighter aircraft in July this year, is close to deciding which fighter aircraft will become part of its Air Force. The choice is ultimately down to the F-16 or the upgraded Gripen C/D, reports DEFENDER.hr.

Responding to the RFP, Saab has offered the new Gripen C/D with the latest MS20 package which is currently operated by the Swedish Air Force. According to Pierre Gauffin, Director Gripen Croatia, Gripen has some clear advantages over its competitors in Croatia. Unlike the other offers, Gripen is not a second hand aircraft which means it will stay relevant for years to come. Also, as compared to F-16, Gripen has been a multi-role fighter from the beginning. It also has a history of successful operation in other countries of the region.

The MS20 upgrade makes Gripen a technologically superior aircraft for many reasons. The upgraded Gripen are integrated with the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb, improved radar modes and a new laser designation pod (LDP), among other things.

As per the bid, Saab will supply the first two Gripen planes in 2020 just before the anniversary of Operation Storm, the last major battle of the Croatian War of Independence. The company also said that air policing capability will be available in late 2021 and full operational capability will come in 2024.

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Saab has taken to the sky over Dubai with the Gripen fighter appearing at the Dubai Airshow between 12 and16 November 2017, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Dubai Airshow was first held in 1986. It was called The Arab Air then. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the biggest defence events in the world. The previous airshow in 2015 had a participation of 1,103 exhibitors from 63 countries.

"The Dubai Airshow is one of the last few really, really big international airshows," Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab's aeronautics business, says in an interview with Aviation Week. "The reason we took Gripen this year was that it is a gathering place for many of our existing customers, and also, we hope, for our potential future customers from all around the world.”

About the status of the Gripen E programme, Hjelm says, "So far, everything is as per the plan. We're even a little bit ahead. A couple of weeks ago, we flew supersonic for the first time. We're now getting some very good test data out of the program; we also have two more test aircraft that are now in production."

This year, Gripen will be seen in Dubai after an absence of about 12 years. Saab is exhibiting at Stand 540. Two Gripen fighters are at the airshow: one is on static display outside the exhibition hall and the other one is performing aerial display on all days of the ...

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Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces to provide support and maintenance services for Gripen C/D in 2018. The order exercises a contractual option within the framework of a previously signed agreement pertaining to performance-based support and maintenance.

The order includes support and maintenance services essential to aviation operations with Gripen. The order encompasses, for example, technical system support and maintenance, publications, spare parts, repairs, ground support equipment and pilot equipment.

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It has been two decades since the Gripen fighters entered operational service with the Swedish Air Force. In the last 20 years, SwAF Gripen has undertaken a variety of mission roles including that of air defence, ground attack and reconnaissance.

According to a report in Defesaaereanaval.com, Gripen C/D was developed with interoperability in mind so that the Swedish Air Force could fully participate in joint UN and NATO operations and integrate air forces from other countries. Gripen was also developed to be able to have short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities. The fighter doesn't always need a runway to land and take-off. It can land and take-off on short, actual roads as well.

Gripen's substantial contribution (which included 650 missions, almost 2,000 flight hours and more than 150,000 reconnaissance photos) to the Libyan mission in 2011 was noted by NATO. Gripen, being compatible with various international equipment, was successfully integrated into all systems during the missions. Recently, in a joint exercise named Ruska, the participating SwAF Gripen were successfully integrated with the air defense system of Finland.  

The first Gripen entered service with the Swedish Air Force in June 1996. In autumn 1997, the first squadron became operational at F7 Såtenäs. Today, SwAF has 72 Gripen C/D fighters in service and has placed 60 Gripen E variants on order.

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Aurora, one of the main Swedish military exercises, had the Air Force taking on both sea and ground targets this year. Here are some images from the exercise.

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Image Courtesy: Luftstridsskolan and Forsvarsmakten

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Since 1952, Swedish borders have been monitored day and night, all year around. No matter what time it is, Swedish territorial borders are being monitored. All over Sweden, there are radar stations constantly scanning the air and over land and sea.  When needed, the armed forces alert Gripen fighters to identify and intercept foreign aircraft. 

Several units of the Air Force are made up of Gripen fighters. It is the first operational fighter equipped with Beyond-Visual-Range-Air-To-Air-Missile, Meteor. Today, there are three air wings and six divisions equipped with Gripen fighters in the Swedish Air Force. The fighter aircraft has the ability to carry out operations against targets on the ground, in air and over water, with extreme precision, a high degree of flexibility and power. These units also conduct intelligence gathering missions and are always ready to defend Sweden's territory.​

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Aurora 17, one of the main Swedish military exercises, is underway. About 19,000 personnel are participating in the exercise.

One of the main tasks during the exercise was that of dispersed operations in which Gripen pilots practised take-offs and landings from normal roads.

The exercise is aimed at building a stronger defence and increasing the overall capability of the Air Force to face an attack on Sweden. Military units from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Lithuania, Norway and the USA are also participating in the exercise.

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