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​It all started in 1965 when Sweden invited some British journalists to visit its Air Force and the Saab facilities. The journalists found the visit to be very fruitful and informative and they suggested that the Swedish Air Force should have its own fan club of international and Swedish journalists who would annually receive information about developments in the Air Force and the aerospace industry.

The Air Force and press officers liked the idea and starting 1966, a meeting of journalists is held every year either in London or at Le Bourget, near the northeastern suburbs of Paris.

This year, in July, about 150 journalists from all over the world gathered in London to attend this Swedish Air Force Fan Club Annual Meet, reports Forsvarsmakten.se.

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Brigadier General Albert Safar, Head of the Hungarian Air Force, addressing the journalists

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Swedish Air Force chief Micael Bydén was the host of the Fan Club Meeting

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Hungarian Air Force Chief, Brigadier General Albert Safar, Mats Gyllander, Chairman SAFF and Micael Bydén, Swedish Air Force Chief

Swedishairforcefanclub4.jpgSwedish Armed Forces Communications Director Erik Lagersten talks to a few foreign journalists​

Guest speaker at the meeting, Brigadier General Albert Safar, head of the Hungarian Air Force, gave the journalists an overview of Hungary's experiences in establishing the Gripen aircraft in its air defenses. 

Swedish Air Force chief, Major General Micael Bydén gave an introduction of the MS 20 upgrade of Gripen C/D aircraft followed by the latest updates on it. Bydén also talked about Gripen E and the Swedish Air ...

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Swedish Air Force has deployed two Gripen fighter aircraft in Gotland because of the increased training exercises in the Baltic Sea, reports Sverigesradio.

Last month, the Swedish Armed Forces said that it had increased intelligence gathering and had called in extra staff to its headquarters over the crisis in Ukraine.

According to Swedish Armed Forces spokesperson Philip Simon, the two Swedish fighter jets are part of a so-called incident rotation. Stationed in Gotland, they would be in a better position to react quickly to the situation in the Baltic.

Read the full story:Höjd beredskap med två Jas Gripen på Gotland

Image Courtesy: Swedish Armed Forces

The Swiss Air Force celebrated its 100th anniversary in Payerne last week. A Swedish contingent of 25 personnel and 3 Gripen were a part of the celebrations, reports Forsvarsmakten.

Amongst the three Swedish Air Force Gripen, one was for static display and the other two performed at the event. The airshow was organized on two weekends with training days during the week which also attracted crowds. According to Swedish display pilot Stefan Kaarle, who was a part of the contingent, training exercises during the week were a prerequisite for flying at the celebration displays on the weekends.

Stefan, who has been a demonstration pilot in different types of aircraft since 1999, says that AIR 14 is one of the best planned performances he has ever attended.

Pilots from all over the world flew 184 displays with a grand total of 50 hours during Air14 Payerne.

Read the full story here: Svenska flygvapnet på flyguppvisning i Schweiz

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On 4 September 2014, Gripen 39210 became the first 39-C version to complete 2000 flight hours. The aircraft belongs to the Swedish Air Force wing F17. This September, F17 also celebrates its tenth anniversary of flying Gripen C/D.

Read more here​.

Image Courtesy: Blekinge Flygflottilj

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A delegation from the Ministry of Defence of Sweden visited the aircraft carrier São Paulo in Brazil as a part of a recent trip, reports Defesanet.

The delegation was in Brazil to meet members of the Ministry of Defense to discuss comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in the area of defense.

The group, led by Commander, Captain-de-Mar-e-Guerra Rabello Alexandre de Faria, took a tour of the ship following which it attended a seminar with the theme ‘The Brazilian Naval Aviation – Current Situation and future prospects’.

As per the report, it was also discussed in the meeting that if Saab develops a naval version of the Gripen aircraft, it would be providing a good option for Brazil which is looking to replace its AF-1 aircraft.

Read the full story:  SEA GRIPEN - SUECOS VISITAM O A-12 SÃO PAULO

Image Courtesy:Brazil Navy

​Financial Times’s Carola Hoyos used to think that the movie Top Gun had influenced the way fighter aircraft pilots stride towards their aircraft, that their gait is a result of watching the movie too many times. 

When she recently test flew Gripen with Saab’s chief test pilot Hans Einerth, she realized that clearly, there were things that Tom Cruise did not tell.

There really is no other way to move in a G-suit, for the air cavities that run down each leg force the wearer to widen his – or her – gait. Add the helmet, whose oxygen mask makes carrying it anywhere other than wedged between hip and armpit almost impossible, and the Tom Cruise impersonation is complete, she says.

Carola also realizes that It took almost an hour to get dressed for the ride – six times longer than the 10 minutes it takes the Gripen to fly the 150km from Linköping to reach its training area above the Baltic sea.

“Putting on the heavy g suit and testing the oxygen mask brings home like nothing else the dangers involved in putting your body through forces it was never designed to withstand in a plane that has not undergone the safety tests all commercial jets require,” she says.

Chief test pilot Hans Einerth, however assures her that he can fly so calmly that she would think she is sitting on a sofa.

As the duo flies faster than the speed of sound, Carola is in for a surprise ...

_SKA9604 copy.jpgThe joint Parliament and the Swedish Government Committee on Defence Policy's chairman Cecilia Widegren announced at a press conference that the number of Gripen Sweden intends to order has increased from 60 to 70 as per a new proposal, reports Expressen.

According to Widegren, besides the number of Gripen, the number of submarines has also been increased to five in the new proposal. 

The Defence also wants the Swedish combat units to be more accessible and the Swedish Navy to be more active in the Baltic Sea. The new proposal aims to increase the cooperation with other countries and organizations like UN and NATO.

The proposal will be submitted to the government soon.

Read full story: Beredningen vill ha tio nya Gripenplan​

_SKA0023.jpgRecently, aviation magazine AFM took a closer look at the history of Gripen and the factors that keep it ready to meet the future challenges. AFM paid a visit to the Saab development facility in Linköping and talked to Björn Johansson, the chief engineer on the Gripen E/F project about the technology that goes into the development of the new generation aircraft.

According to Björn, when the SwAF looked at potential future threats, it came up with a list of requirements for a new aircraft, including the need for extended range; increased weapons payload and more hardpoints; a MIL-STD 1760E Class 2 weapon pylon interface and further adaptation to modern standards; an upgraded sensor suite with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar; improved communication and fighter link including satellite communications (SATCOM); an improved EW capability; a quick software-update capability; and a low life-cycle cost.

“The first thing we did was to find an engine that could do the job. It had to be powerful enough, cost effective, and reliable and fit in our existing airframe with reasonable modifications. We basically had two choices – the GE F414-400 or a modified RM 12. The choice fell on the F414, an existing and well proven engine (2.5 million-plus hours) with many of the safety features that were required on the RM 12 already implemented in the basic design. It has more thrust and approximately the same built-in centre of gravity [CoG] as the RM 12 in a similarly sized package. Some initial modifications were made to adapt ...

Gripen_Iceland.jpgIn February this year, Swedish Air Force Gripen flew over Iceland for the first time as a part of a Nordic Air Exercise, reports Expressen.se​.

According to the report, Sweden had sent seven Jas 39 Gripen aircraft from F21 in Luleå to Iceland to participate in this exercise.

“This is a further step forward in NATO’s excellent cooperation with Finland and Sweden: it is the first time that we have flown together over Iceland,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The Iceland Air Meet 2014 (IAM2014) brought together participants from NATO members Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands and the United States, and from partner countries Finland and Sweden, supported by NATO AWACS.  

The exercise continued till 21 February.

Read the full story: Nu flyger svenska Jas-plan över Island

Image Courtesy: Louise Levin/ Swedish Armed Forces​​

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Defence and security company Saab´s new self-protection system ESTL is now airborne. The premier flight was carried out on a Gripen in early June 2014.

ESTL is an efficient self-protection system for virtually any type of fixed-wing aircraft where ESTL is installable on a mission-to-mission basis. Depending on mission profile, ESTL can be configured for different threat scenarios. ESTL provides covert sustainable pre-emptive dispensing, missile warning, forward firing of flares and cocktail dispensing.

“ESTL offers enhanced survivability in combat and conflict situations. Traditional Countermeasures may encounter difficulties with the latest generation of AAMs and SAMs, but the ESTL concept includes a module of forward firing flares. This, together with the missile approach warning sensors and an optional chaff capability, makes ESTL a powerful shield against the latest missile developments,” says Carl-Johan Bergholm, Head of Business Unit Electronic Warfare Systems at Saab. 

Read the full story:Premier Flight For Self-Protection System ESTL​

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