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Swedish Air Force Gripen are participating in Joint Warrior, the largest UK tri-service and multinational exercise of its kind in Europe which gets over on October 20th. 

Joint Warrior provides a complex environment in which UK, NATO and allied units can go through training together in tactics and skills for use in a combined joint task force. The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations - disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more. 

Almost 70 aircraft are being used in the exercise. Participating Gripen fighters have been deployed in all their roles - fighter, attack and reconnaissance.The fighters are stationed at RAF Leeming.

The UK-based exercise, held each year in April and October, has around 5, 700 personnel participating from NATO allies and partner countries, including Sweden, Norway and the USA. 

More information about the exercise can be found here​.

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Ramstein Alloy Baltic training, previously known as the Baltic Regional Training Event (BRTE), was held last week. Two SwAF Gripen fighters participated in the event.

The training scenarios were aimed at enhancing policing procedures and Allied-Partner relationships using NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) assets and regional air forces. It included air-to-air intercept and search and rescue and communication loss (COMMLOSS) training.

The planning for the exercise took place over a period of a few months during which the participating air forces worked on the training scenarios and met for coordination meetings.

‘It is amazing how we carry hunt and attack exercises as a part of a NATO exercise on one day and the second day we come home and show some incident preparedness. That shows the flexibility and readiness of our Gripen fighter system’, a report in Forsvarsmakten says.

Read the full story here​.

Swedish Air Force Gripen participated in the Finnish exercise Baana 2016 and practiced the art of landing and taking off from a road base.

As a part of the exercise, both Finish and Swedish fighters carried out many "touch and go" exercises. 

Gripen has been designed on the Cold War philosophy which means it has the unique ability to land and take off on short, actual roads and not just on regular runways. Gripen can take off and land in less than 500 meters.

"We have the best equipped fighter in the world," says Maj. Gen. Mats Helgesson, Chief of the Swedish Air Force  In an interview with Defense & Aerospace Report, he talks about the 90 years of Sweden´s Air Force, the Gripen C/D upgrade and Gripen E.

​More than 130,000 visitors attended the event that celebrated 90 years of the Swedish Air Force. Besides Gripen, more than 100 aircraft including Viggen, Draken and Tunnan also participated.​

Saab Experience offered virtual & augmented reality and a Gripen simulator among other things. Here are a few snapshots from the event.29285832335_ceda24179a_z.jpg

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 Gripen test pilot Hans Einerth and a young visitor posing with a full scale Gripen E replica

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The Air Force of Sweden celebrates 90 years this weekend and as part of the celebrations, there will be an airshow at Malmen Air Base, Linköping. The event, called Flygdagarna, will focus on the capabilities of the Swedish Air Force.

Saab will present its Saab Experience concept, an immersive space that showcases its unique and sometimes revolutionary products. At Saab Experience, visitors can see products like Gripen and Deployable Aircraft Maintenance Facility.

There will be a full scale Gripen E replica at the event as well. For those who love games, there will be a multi-player version of the Gripen Fighter Challenge game.

An impressive program of flying displays of both Gripen and legendary Saab and international fighters is also lined up. The Swedish Air Force Historic Flight team that flies and maintains old SwAF aircraft has confirmed that aircraft like Viggen, Draken, Tunnan, Sk-16 and Sk-60 will participate.

Know more about Saab’s participation in the event here.

​Fresh off the printer! Here are some pictures of Swedish Air Force ‪‎Gripen‬ flying with the latest operational upgrade and combat enhancement for the Gripen fighter, MS20.



Seen by many as a series of giant leaps in innovation the story of flight is, in fact, one of fantastic evolution. More than anyone the Gripen team at Saab know this. It is evolutionary thinking that has kept the Gripen system more than one step ahead.

Most military aircraft are built with the present and future in mind. Fighters are ordinarily commissioned decades in advance of completion. These needs are usually defined by military planners. The planners draw on as much intelligence and strategic thinking as possible to make the right decisions for what are massive multi-billion dollar projects. During the cold war many nations considered the military of the highest economic priority. Matters of defence were given huge budgets. When it came to air forces there were some with seemingly bottomless pockets.

Swedish prudence and the birth of Gripen

Sweden was one country that did not believe in blank cheques when it came to its military. The Swedish Air Force was to be no exception. 

In 1980 a requirement was issued to Swedish manufacturers for a new multi-role aircraft. The bar was set high. Excellent performance, agility and speed were all necessary to combat the threats at that time. However, the high-level Swedish strategists did not only put in a request for a new fighter. They pushed for a new way of thinking. They had decided it would be costly and difficult to adapt many of the aircraft on the market. They realised that the fundamental requirements ...

​Gripen E was presented to the world on 18 May 2016. This aircraft presented was the first of the three test aircraft which will support the Gripen E programme. Attended by more than 500 guests, the Gripen Evolution event also included an aerial display by a Gripen C and a static display of a SwAF Gripen upgraded to the MS20 configuration.​ Here are some images from the roll out.

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For more images and videos, visit Saab.​


A fighter aircraft should be able to operate 24 hours. However, night flying is slightly different and comes with its own set of challenges. Hence, night flying trainings are extremely important. 

With the integration of the latest in technology, Gripen is able to detect and destroy a wide variety of targets, even at night or in poor weather conditions. As the human eyes have only limited night vision capabilities, night vision goggles are crucial. The usage of night vision devices goes back as far as World War II. Technological advancements over the years have made these devices more accurate and user friendly for today’s fighter pilots.  

Besides being Night Vision Goggles (NVG) compatible, Gripen is also equipped with high intensity LED landing lights that are NVG friendly and emit significantly less infra-red radiation than a standard halogen light. The New Generation Gripen fighters will be integrated with LED landing lights that will deliver a peak intensity greater than 200,000cd and taxi lights that will have a peak intensity performance greater than 27,000cd.

Along with technology, getting used to the skies during night hours is also very important. The pilots need to get used to visibility difference, extra weight of night vision goggles and limited pilotage (as compared to day-time). 

For the Norbotten Wing, October usually marks the start of the night flying training sessions. The training usually continues for six months with a dedicated day every week. ​

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