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Selex ES has bagged a Skyward-G Infrared Search and Track (IRST) production contract and a BriteCloud milestone for Gripen E combat aircraft, reports IHS Jane's​.

As a part of this contract, Selex will deliver 60 Skyward-G infrared search-and-track (IRST) systems for Swedish Air Force’s Gripen E combat fighters.

IRST’s sensor sits on top of the nose, just in front of the canopy, and looks forward in a wide sector registering heat emissions from other aircraft, helicopters and from objects on the ground and sea surface. 

Selex ES also announced that it has conducted deployment trials of its BriteCloud expendable active decoy from the Gripen. 

Selex ES will provide 30% of the Gripen E's electronics, with other systems besides the Skyward-G IRST and BriteCloud EAD comprising the ES Raven ES-05 AESA radar, and Mode 5 identification friend-or-foe system, the report says.​

Read the full story here​

Gripen at RIAT 2014

Two Gripen fighters have been confirmed (for air and static display) to participate at Royal International Air Tattoo 2015, one of world's largest military airshows..

The first Royal International Air Tattoo was held at North Weald Airfield in 1971 and was inspired by two air traffic controllers, Paul Bowen and Tim Prince. In 1976, international flying machines debuted in the exercise and over the years, RIAT has emerged as an enormous military event with more than 250 aircraft participating each year. 

RIAT 2015 will be held between 17 and 19 July.

Know more about RIAT here.

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This year, the Swedish Air Force Gripen plays an important role in a number of training events held in the Baltic Sea region, reports Forsvarsmakten.

Baltic Region Training Event – BRTE

The first BRTE was held in 2008. The training exercise focuses on interoperability and cooperation between NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations like Sweden and Finland.

According to Forsvarsmakten, BRTE has many elements and Sweden is taking part in step exercises that aim to improve the pilot's ability to maneuver Gripen in the presence of different types of aircraft.

Finland-Sweden Training Event

This training event provides a cost-effective support for the training of the fighter pilots of the participating nations. The ongoing training exercise has preplanned mission scenarios which will be most likely performed above the sea.

Arctic Challenge Exercise – ACE

Carried out in cooperation between Finland, Sweden and Norway, Arctic Challenge Exercise (ACE) has evolved from the earlier Swedish exercises - Nordic Air Meet and Cross Border Training. The first ACE was carried out in 2013.

The exercise aims to increase ability to collaborate with other nations to solve tasks in composite joints. It also aims to develop the ability to conduct aerial refueling and improve tactical management of air forces.

ACE 2015 will be held from 25 May to 5 June.

Read the full story: Flygvapnets övningar i Östersjöregionen – vad är vad?

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A Gripen aircraft, modified and loaded with latest software, has landed at FMV's test site in Linköping, reports Fmv.se.

According to the report, new weapons and radar functions are some of the many new features that are being tested with the Gripen C/D system at the test site.

“We are now entering into the final phase of finishing the so-called material system controls. The goal is to deliver this major update of the Gripen system to the Armed Forces as soon as possible, says Robert Noven, test engineer at FMV T & E.

Robert is responsible for testing and evaluation of various components of the MS20 upgrade. He is preparing for air exercises to verify and validate the system before the update is delivered to the Swedish Air Force troops.

According to the FMV report, the new upgrades include new Meteor missile, new weapons, new radar system, GCA (Ground Collision Avoidance System) and enhanced collaboration features like Link 16.

Read the full story: FMV provar ny mjukvara till JAS39

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Once in every two years, Czech Air Force's 21st Tactical Air Base hosts an Open Day at Čáslav airport. This year, the excitement would be triple as the event is combined with celebrations of 10 years of the Czech Gripen programme and the Lion Effort 2015.

As per a report in Letectvi.cz, the event would consist of aerial and static demonstrations and various activities for children. In 2013, Open Day had 50,000 visitors, and this year, more number of visitors are expected.

Open Day will run parallel with the Lion Effort 2015 which will be held between 11 and 24 May. Lion Effort is one of the biggest Gripen exercises and it brings various Gripen users together.

For Gripen enthusiasts, Open Day is an important event this year as it provides a unique opportunity to see Gripen fighters from Hungary, Czech Republic, the UK, Sweden, Thailand and South Africa, all at one place.

Open Day is scheduled for 23 May this year.

Know more about the event here​.

TV4.se video throws light on some of the points that will be included in the upcoming bi-lateral cooperation​

In future, there will be an increased degree of interoperability between the Swedish and Finnish air forces, reports Regeringen.se.

As per the final reports on the deepened cooperation between Finland and Sweden, the concrete proposals include joint operations, joint use of air bases and joint combat command capability. 

The advantages of the cooperation between the air forces include improved operational capabilities aiming to increase security in a regional context, flexible use of resources and increased cost-efficiency.

Read the full story: Final reports on deepened defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden​

Video Courtesy:TV4Nyheterna​

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Gripen at Norrbotten Wing (F21) conducted night operations last week as a part of a training process that started in October 2014.

In Sweden, a large part of the day is dark during the winter months and hence the night trainings are actually conducted during daylight hours these days.

Image Courtesy: Norrbottens Flygflottilj F 21

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During the Cold War, Sweden heavily relied on conducting combat missions with dispersed assets. There were a number of dispersed air bases that the Swedish Air Force used, including regular as well as shorter runways that were about 800m by 16m.

It was important to develop an aircraft that could take off rapidly and take-off and land on those short and narrow road bases. STOL (short take-off and landing) capabilities were therefore needed.

Gripen was hence designed to use roads as temporary runways, allowing the Swedish Air Force to use logistical flexibility and speed to keep an invading force at bay.

Gripen’s minimal take off and landing is between 500 and 600 meters. After landing, a small ground crew can refuel and rearm a Gripen in ten minutes. To change an engine takes less than an hour and can be done by one specialist officer and five trained conscripts.

Read more about Gripen’s capabilities here​.​

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On 22 January, two dozen students, out of which eight will be future Gripen pilots, graduated at their Flight School in Malmslätt outside Linköping and received their sought after Wings, reports Forsvarsmakten​.

For the last one year, these 24 students have been flying training aircraft Saab SK 60 which has been serving the Swedish Armed Forces since 1967. A new, upgraded version of the SK 60 was introduced in autumn 2013 with features like GPS system and other navigation aids to help the pilot navigate more precisely.

In his message to the young pilots, Major General Micael Bydén said, “Getting the wings after passing the basic flying training and graduating, is a milestone in a pilot's career. The wing is a sign that you have reached a certain level. You should be very proud of these wings.”

Besides the eight pilots who will continue to train to become Gripen pilots, four graduates will move on and learn how to fly C 130 Hercules or Saab 340, and the remaining 12 graduates, two of which are women, will fly helicopters.

All the 24 graduates have to take on further courses before they are ready to be placed at an operational Air wing. The next phase is called GTU which is a Basic Tactical Training where the pilots will learn to practice more advanced and tactical exercises.

Read the full story:  Drömmen blev verklighet

Image Courtesy:Forsvarsmakten

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On January 16, Carl-Johan Edstrom took over as the flotilla manager at Norrbotten Wing. In an interview with Forsvarsmakten, the Gripen pilot talks about Nordic Cooperation and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Edstrom’s career as a fighter pilot started in 1990 and six years later he was the Group Manager at 212.stridsflygdivisionen. Since then he has held a number of positions. He was also the Operation Commander of the Swedish air operation over Libya in 2011.

“I am still active as a pilot with flight service on both the Gripen and SK 60. During my career I have flown more than 2500 hours of combat and flight school,” Edstrom says.

According to the new flotilla manager, the biggest challenge is to recruit, train and retain soldiers, civilians and officers for missions. However, he stresses that there are opportunities for the Wing as well.

“There have been major geopolitical changes in our region in recent years. F 21 and the war troops will play a central role in asserting Swedish territorial integrity, safeguarding Swedish interests and promoting safety. Wing's active involvement in the Nordic cooperation contributes to increased security in our region,” Edstrom says.

Read the full interview: Tillbaka till flottiljen – som chef

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