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​You don't have to be a fan of heavy metal to like this video. Being a fan of Gripen and great aerial displays will do. Video by Mustasch in cooperation with the Swedish Airforce.  

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Alternative power.

Multiple test flights have shown that Gripen can fly with 100 percent biofuel. This gives us valuable insights into future use of alternative fuel.

Photo: Linus Svensson​


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Tod Wolters, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, met Mats Helgesson, Chief of Air Force, Sweden earlier this month. The U.S. Commander also paid a visit to the Air Combat Training School in Uppsala to be briefed about Gripen fighters and future joint exercises.

"This was a rewarding visit. We have had discussions mainly about joint exercises especially the ACE exercise which is an example of an important component of our cooperation with both NATO and the United States, "said Mats Helgesson.

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Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten​

​The Swedish Air Force organised a special Gripen flying demonstration for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last week.

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Saab has received an order for the operational and development support of Gripen from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV. The contract is for the duration of three years from 2018 to 2020. 

The order includes operating activities in the rig, simulators and test aircraft for the verification and validation of Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter aircraft systems. It also mentions operational support for Gripen C/D.  However, the primary part of the contract concerns the operations at the Saab facilities in Sweden that are located in Linköping, Arboga and Järfälla. 

The total value of the order is SEK 1.35 billion. ​

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Saab has received a contract from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding new Gripen E equipment. This is a supplemental contract to the previously entered Gripen E contract and is valued at approximately SEK 400 million.

The original contract, which was signed with FMV during 2013, regarding the development and modification of Gripen E, is based on the terms that certain equipment from the existing aircraft fleet/stock within the Swedish Armed Forces should be reused. This new contract means that the equipment that was to be reused will now be acquired new.

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Last week, SwAF Gripen fighters flew in a Christmas tree formation over parts of Sweden. Watch the video to see the perfect coordination between the fighters. 

The Christmas tree formation is an old tradition that is followed every year during December. The group of Gripens flew over Stockholm and Uppsala before returning to Såtenäs for landing. ​ 

Photos: Louise Levin/Försvarsmakten​

​What is it like to fly faster than  sound? Listen to one of our test pilots as he describes breaking the sound barrier in Gripen E.​

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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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