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Čáslav in the Czech Republic will host tri-annual exercise Lion Effort, starring the Gripen C/D in all roles, in 2015. Several Gripen operators will participate in the exercise.

Lion Effort presents a great opportunity for various Gripen operators to not just train together but to also share best practices and operational know-how with each other.

The first Lion Effort exercise was held in 2009 in Hungary, while the second was held in Sweden in 2012. In 2012, four of the five Gripen operating nations participated in the exercise. Royal Thai Air Force Gripen were not present but observers from the Air Force attended the exercise.

Lion Effort consists of various planned and unplanned missions followed by brainstorming sessions during which participants raise questions and suggest ways of refining the plan. The exercise provides a platform for testing the operational deployment ability of the Gripen and training of air and ground crews in multinational operations.​

Image Coutesy: Peter Liander​

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Recently, Saab received three development and maintenance orders from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV).

Saab has received an order to provide maintenance of technical system support and spare parts for Gripen during 2015 on behalf of the Swedish armed forces. The contract value is approx. SEK 385 million.

The order confirms previous option of services to be provided during 2015 and includes technical system support for the Swedish armed forces and FMV in the form of operational and technical support, equipment follow-up, proposed modifications, environmental technology plus warehouse operations for replacement units.

The second order received by Saab is to provide maintenance, operational support and continuing development work for Gripen during 2015. The order is valued at SEK 355 million. It includes the operation of rigs, simulators and test aircraft for the verification and validation of the Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter aircraft systems, plus operational support for Gripen C/D.

Saab has also received a development order for Gripen E from the FMV.  This order is part of the Gripen E framework agreement from 2013 and is valued at SEK 385 million.

Besides these three orders,Saab and the Brazilian Ministry of Defence, through the Air Force Aeronautics Command (COMAER), have signed a contract for Gripen NG contractor logistics support (CLS). The total order value is SEK 548 million. The order is expected to be booked by Saab in 2021.​

Read the full story here.

​It is a Swedish Air Force Flight School tradition to send a Christmas greeting from above, by flying in a Christmas tree formation. 

Normally twelve SK 60 training aircraft take to the skies and make a formation that looks like a Christmas tree. This year, for the first time, the SK 60s will have company as two Gripen fighters may join, reports Corren.

christmas1.jpg12.jpgThe formation will fly at a speed of 375 km/h, at an altitude of about 400 meters, with five meters between each plane. Flight instructors will fly the aircraft with students as passengers. 

According to the report, the only threat to the planned flight can be the weather.

“If the cloud base gets too low, we will have to cancel,” says Michael Rosenquist, deputy manager of Flight School at Malmen.

Read the full story: Gripen dekorerar granen

Photo Courtesy: Jan Basilius/Försvarsmakten (The images and video are of the previous year and hence do not include Gripen)

​Gripen pilots from Swedish Air Force Wing F21 practiced with laser guided bombs in an exercise last week, reports Forsvarsmakten.

According to the report, the annual defense budget increase has given the Armed Forces possibility to increase the amount of flight hours, strengthen the incident standby capacity and to practice more.

Fighter Squadron at F21 has therefore been able to drop laser guided bombs over Vidsel firing range- there were two ship formations of Gripen who dropped one bomb each.

“With advanced systems, we need to practice a lot. So this extra training session is particularly welcome,” says division manager Tobhias Wikström.

Read the full story: Precision i målet

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F 7 Såtenäs, Skaraborgs Flygflottilj, the Swedish Air Wing which was established in 1940, will celebrate its 75 years in 2015, reports Airshowinfo.

The Såtenäs estate was chosen for its good location and close proximity to suitable target ranges. According to the report, F7 stepped into the jet age in 1957, with the Saab 29 Tunnan, and from 1973 to 1993, AJ 37 Viggen served the Air Force.

In 1993, one squadron at F7 was converted to the Gripen A/B and by 1997, the other squadrons followed suit. The Wing received its first C/D version of the Gripen in 2010 and the complete conversion happened by 2012. Now, the Wing is the main hub of the Gripen trainings. All pilots who fly Gripen aircraft are trained at F 7.

The F7 has 4 squadrons at the moment. Three fighter squadrons, equipped with Gripen C/D jets are called the 71 Fightng Squadron (Gustav Red), the 72 Fighting Squadron (Gustav Blue) and the 73 Fighting Squadron (Gustav Yellow). 

Read the full story:  F7 Airbase at Såtenäs, Sweden will celebrate it's 75 years in 2015

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Joint Action 2014, Nordic Battle Group’s first exercise, where all the member countries' units participated together, came to an end this Tuesday.

More than 2400 personnel from seven countries participated in the exercise which was conducted at several locations in central and southern Sweden with Uppsala as the Main Operation Base (MOB).

Swedish Air Force unit members were busy at the Nordic Battle Group’s aircraft division where continuous planning and monitoring of different flight missions were taking place. Forsvarsmakten team caught up with division manager Adam Nelson who was planning a reconnaissance mission.

“I can perform missions similar to what we normally practice at home in our division at F17 in Kallinge with various fighter units here,” Adam Nelson said.

Nelson added that getting the best intelligence possible, including aerial imagery, is crucial for the Force Commander to decide his moves.

The exercise involved the Gripen flying low over the conflict area at first to show the adversary its presence. The next exercise involved aerial reconnaissance. The Gripen’s reconnaissance pod can take high resolution ground photographs from great heights. If needed, the Gripen provides air support by launching attacks on ground targets whose coordinates have been sent across by troops on the ground. 

Read the full story: Peter basar över ett miniatyrflygvapen i Nordic Battlegroup

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Swedish Air Force Gripen, along with allied fighters from Denmark and Finland were scrambled and sent to intercept seven Russian fighter planes over the Baltic Sea, reports SVD.se.

On 28 October afternoon, NATO radars detected and tracked seven Russian combat aircraft which included MiG-31 Foxhound, Su-34 Fullback, Su-27 Flanker and Su-24 Fencer jets.

The Russian fighter aircraft had notified its flight route to air traffic control authorities and were using transponders, but did not maintain any radio contact with civilian air traffic control.

According to NATO, there has been an increased Russian activity in international airspace in several parts of Europe recently. NATO has conducted over 100 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014 to date, which is about three times more than the number of intercepts conducted in 2013.

Read the full story: Gripenplan gick upp mot sju ryska stridsplan

Check out this video from the Gotland exercise where marine units along with units from the air force and the home guard practiced protection, guarding, escorting and combat. 

Over five days, naval units practised along with units from the Air Force and the Home Guard in and around the island.  

Third and fourth naval squadron corvettes escorted units from Amfibieregementet during a journey from the mainland to the island. This was backed by Gripen fighters from F17. Upon arrival at Visby harbour, they met troops of the 32nd Home Guard battalion that guarded and protected the harbour.

The exercise tested the preparedness of Swedish units for different situations. It is important to conduct exercises, major or minor, as individual units or in conjunction with others to maintain mission preparedness, says a forsvarsmakten report.


Between 6 and 16 October 2014, Swedish Air Force Gripen pilots were at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to participate in Joint Warrior, Europe’s largest military exercise.

Joint Warrior is a multinational NATO exercise involving all three of the UK’s Armed Forces – the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

With a participation of more than 22 warships and submarines, 52 fixed wing aircraft, and a total of nearly 3,500 personnel from various countries across the globe, Joint Warrior provides a good opportunity to test the incident preparedness capabilities of the Armed Forces.

The two week drill includes a range of modern, realistic simulated scenarios. The participants are divided into red (enemy forces) and blue (coalition forces) teams for practicing air to air wars. Every participating nation gets to be a part of both red and blue team. 

"Since we are a partner nation, operating with NATO countries gives us a lot when it comes to interoperability. Also, different British squadrons have a lot of experience from operations and working abroad and we also get a piece of that knowledge when we co-operate with them," says Lt Col Adam Nelson in an interview with Forces TV​.

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Saab has received an order for Gripen E role equipment, along with support and maintenance equipment worth approximately SEK 5.8 billion.

On 15 February 2013, Saab signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) covering activity for the Gripen E from 2013 to 2026. Also during 2013 three more orders were received , linked to the development and production of Gripen E.

“Work with Gripen E goes according to schedule and budget. This order represents another important step in Saab's commitment to deliver the next generation of the Gripen system to Sweden,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President of Saab and Head of Saab's business area Aeronautics.

The order announced yesterday is the fourth one under the Gripen E agreement between Saab and FMV announced on 15 February 2013.​

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