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This year, Gripen fans will have multiple reasons to visit the Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF). 

First of all, there will be a full scale replica of Gripen C at the Saab stand. Then, there will be a Gripen simulator where visitors can test their flying skills. Visitors can also experience a multi-player version of the Gripen Fighter Challenge game. And on top of that, a Czech Air Force Gripen will perform an aerial display.

Every year, SIAF is kickstarted with a low pass formation flight. This year, a joint flyover of Slovak Air Force’s MiG-29s and Czech Air Force’s Gripen fighters has been scheduled. 

One of the top airshows in the Central Europe, SIAF 2016 will be held at the Sliac Air Base on 27 and 28 August.

Know more about the event here.

​Last month, a full scale replica of Gripen E was on display at a mall in North Lake, Brasilia. The video captures the process of putting it all together.

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South African Air Force Gripen pilots participated in a camp recently to test their air-to-air gunning skills, reports Defence Web​.

An annual training event for SAAF, the camp was held at the Overberg Air Force Base. Six South African Air Force Gripen and five Hawks flew for almost 140 hours during this event. The participating pilots focused on firing, navigation, battle formations and general flying skills. The area between Arniston and Infanta was used as the firing range.

According to Major Unathi Makoba, the approach controller for the camp, such air-to-air camps should be held twice a year.

“This would not only boost the morale and confidence of pilots, air traffic controllers, mission controllers and technicians but would also require them to work to ensure the necessary flying hours were available for any mission,” he says.

Read the full story here​.

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Aviation enthusiasts in Brazil were in for a pleasant surprise when they spotted a full scale Gripen model at a mall in North Lake, Brasilia recently.

FAB personnel at the mall briefed visitors on the aircraft.  Visitors were able to check out the cockpit while Project Manager for FX2, Colonel Julius Caesar Cardoso Tavares, answered their queries. 

"The interesting thing about this full scale replica is that it has the exact Wide Area Display that will be in the aircraft. This gives a real sense of what the pilot will see on the display while flying the aircraft. That apart, one can see the weapons, including A-Darter missile that will be integrated with Gripen NG,” Colonel Cardoso Tavares says. 

Read the full story here.

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​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.

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​On May 18, 2016, Saab unveiled Gripen E, the next generation fighter. Over previous versions of the Gripen, Gripen E has a significantly improved avionics system. The capability to carry more weapons and the improved range performance is possible by a more powerful engine and the ability to carry more fuel. Gripen E is equipped with a highly sophisticated sensor suite including an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Infra Red Search and Track (IRST), Electronic Warfare (EW) suite, and datalink technology, which, when combined, gives the pilot and co-operating forces, exactly the information needed at all times.

The Gripen Evolution ceremony was attended by more than 500 guests including Sweden’s Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist, Sweden’s Air Force Chief of Staff Mats Helgesson, Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, and representing Saab; Chairman of the Board Marcus Wallenberg, CEO Håkan Buskhe and the Head of business area Aeronautics, Ulf Nilsson.

“We are redefining air power for the 21st century. This will change the way air forces think, fly and fight for decades to come,” says Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

Know more about the event here​.

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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 ...

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The future is always uncertain. So the pilots of the future need an aircraft that can be easily upgraded to meet ever-changing requirements.

“Computers, processors and electronics are continuously developing and it’s important that you can upgrade these as new tech emerges in the market,” says Saab’s Wing Commander Flying and Gripen test pilot Hans Einerth.

Right from the beginning, Gripen E was developed with future progress in mind. By managing to isolate systems affecting the core flight abilities, the plane’s split avionics system allows for integration of off-the-shelf products.

“The future pilot will need the ability to continuously upgrade the hardware and software and not get stuck in old functionality; this is of increasing importance,” explains Einerth.

Read the full story here​.

​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.​

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