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The Swedish Air Force Gripen were busy during the Iceland Air Meet 2014. Here are a few photos of Gripen getting ready for another mission in the sky over Iceland.
At runway, all set for take-off
Heading for the CAP (Combat Air Patrol) station over the
A 3-ship formation with a Gripen as the leader
Image Courtesy: Swedish Armed Forces, 212 Fighter Squadron
Recently, 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 it ...
Iceland Air Meet 2014, which came to an end last week, proved to be a successful exercise barring some weather issues. A wide range of air defence related exercises including interoperability exercises and aerial refueling were conducted.
A Swedish JAS 39 Gripen (left), a Norwegian F-16 and a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participating in an air exercise at Iceland Air Meet 2014
On Thursday, 20th February, the last Swedish Air Force Gripen left Iceland and headed towards Luleå.
“Unlike a regular exercise, IAM2014 lets participants choose what they want to practice along with a control on the level of threat. It is also a very good exercise for the younger staff of the participating flight divisions,” Louise Levine, a participating pilot from the Swedish Air Force says.
“Flying against aircraft other than our own JAS 39 Gripen gives an excellent training to the younger pilots,” Louise adds.
“We thank Iceland for its hospitality, beautiful and harsh weather and the nice flights. But we especially thank for the fish, which is always in plenty in this dramatic country,” says another participating pilot, in a forsvarsmakten report.
Image Courtesy:Iceland Air Meet
Flygflottilj F 21
Read the full story: Adjöss och tack för fisken! Tomma tankar
The Iceland Air Meet which is being held starting February 3, at Keflavik involves a high degree of collaboration between Finland, Sweden and Iceland, reports forsvarsmakten.
The report on the Iceland Air Meet says that the effort started in mid-December when heavier equipment were transferred followed by other intensive logistics requirement. The exercise is conducted within the framework of Nordic cooperation.
The Iceland Air Meet 2014 is the first exercise in which the air forces of Finland and Sweden have been deployed in Iceland. The objective of the exercise includes improving deployment and interoperability, providing additional training opportunities and further integration of the Swedish air force units under NORDEFCO and PFP cooperation, with a view to meet future security challenges. Around 300 people took part in the Iceland Air Meet 2014.
According to News of Iceland, the Nordic Foreign and Defence Ministers met last Thursday in Keflavík and had discussions focusing on recent developments in Nordic security cooperation, practical cooperation in the Arctic, NATO partnerships as well as cooperation in international crisis management.
Read the full story: Rapport från Iceland Air Meet 2014
Image Courtesy: Louise Levin
These are some snapshots from the Iceland Air Meet in which Gripen fighters from the Swedish Air Force are participating for the first time.
The Iceland Air Meet 2014 (IAM2014) brings together participants from NATO member nations Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands, and from partner countries Finland and Sweden, to conduct a wide range of air defence-related flying activities.
Image Courtsey: Norrbotten air wing F 21
On Monday, 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 has 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) brings 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 will continue till 21 February.
Read the full story: Nu flyger svenska Jas-plan över Island
Image Courtesy: Louise Levin/ Swedish Armed Forces
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to support and maintain Gripen this year.
According to FMV, the order includes support and maintenance activities and supplies like ground equipment, component maintenance and technical publications for the JAS 39 Gripen. The order is worth 174 MSEK.
"This order is fundamental for efficient and accessible operations with the Gripen system in the current year," says Lars-Erik Wige, Head of Saab's Support and Services business area.
The support and maintenance work will take place at Saab's facilities in Linköping, Arboga, Järfälla, Gothenburg and Östersund.
Pilots posing for pictures after receiving their wings
Air Force Chief Micael Bydén with lieutenant Rebekah Haendler
A new Swedish Air Force cadet comprising 22 pilots including a woman pilot received its wings on a graduation ceremony last week, reports forsvarsmakten.
This was the third consecutive year when a joint degree program for pilots to fly aircraft, transport aircraft or helicopter was conducted. This year's batch was divided into 12 helicopter pilots, eight fighter jet pilots and two transport aircraft pilots.
“I have wanted to become a pilot all my life, thanks to my grandfather, who was a field aviator once,” says Nils Schylström, a proud pilot, after receiving his wings.
Among the graduated pilots was Ensign Rebecca Haendler who drew special attention for being a woman pilot.
“It is nerve-wracking but I am very happy, especially for being back home in Sweden to meet my family and my boyfriend. I still look forward to returning to Germany to complete the next part of my education,” she says.
The wings were distributed by General Micael Bydén following which the pilots and the guests at the ceremony were treated to an air show with JAS 39 Gripen and two helicopters.
The graduated Gripen pilots will now go to F7 in Såtenäs to learn about the flight system for about a year.
Image Courtesy: Mats Gyllander
Tina Thorner, a professional co-driver and a businesswoman fulfills her dream of flying a fighter aircraft.
"My life became complete this week! I got to fly the Swedish Air Force and Saab’s pride: JAS 39 Gripen! What an aircraft! It showed me that one should never give up on their dreams," she says.
“I could actually fly the plane myself. I did a roll, I did a loop, I crossed the sound barrier and I was up there for an hour, not feeling ill, nothing and I just loved every second of it,” Thorner says.
"If you go back to 1950s, what was important was how fast you could fly an aircraft and how well you could control a combat situation. But that is not enough for today,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics, at a Saab presentation on Innovation on the occasion of Nobel Week in New Delhi, India.
Sindahl, in his speech explained how aircraft designing and manufacturing process have undergone a change in the last few decades.
“Situational awareness is extremely important in a combat situation now. You need to have a very good view of the environment around you. So consequently the sensors have become very important.”
“We have been working since the early 1980s on the Gripen system. And we are now contracted by the Swedish government to develop the third generation of Gripen. We started working in the 1980s, building a very Swedish Gripen. Then we saw an opportunity to export the fighter aircraft, and we knew we needed to develop a new version of Gripen. Technology was going forward, customer’s needs were going forward and that is why we started working on Gripen C/D,” Sindahl says.
Sindahl adds that when a system is designed, it should be designed for many years and hence one needs to be very flexible with weapon integration, surveillance system etc.
“In the 1950s when you designed an aircraft, you could say that five per cent of the design would be useless soon as technology was growing very quickly. ...
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