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​Royal Thai Air Force recently welcomed three new combat ready Gripen pilots at its Wing 7, Surat Thani. The ceremony to celebrate the Gripen pilots' success took place on 17 June. Here are a few snapshots.

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Image Courtesy: RTAF Wing 7 

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Swedish Air Force Gripen escorting USAF B52 over the Baltic Sea

SwAF Gripen participated in the annual multinational exercise BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) which came to an end last week. Besides Gripen, participating countries included Finland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Canada, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

BALTOPS is NATO’s multinational maritime exercise which is being conducted since 1971 and Sweden has participated on 23 occasions so far. BALTOPS 2015 was led by the US and NATO, and was conducted in the Baltic Sea. This year, the exercise had participation from 17 nations with about 5600 men, 60 surface vessels and boats, 50 combat aircraft, a Polish Navy submarine and helicopters.

BALTOPS provides an effective platform for the U.S. Navy, NATO, and non-NATO participants to work together and develop mutual understanding and hone their maritime operational skills. The training exercises which include electronic warfare, air control and shallow water undersea warfare are targeted towards knowing the sea well and achieving interoperability among the participating forces.

BALTOPS 2015 was conducted between 5 and 20 June.

Read more about BALTOPS here.

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There is nothing like the thrill of catching the Gripen in flight. Or, on the ground. Making an intricate aerial display. Or just a routine flypast. The beauty of the Gripen can be captured just about anywhere. One such became the winning image by Mirco Knecht which went on to be featured in the Gripen Calendar 2014.

Now that time of the year has come when your capture of an extraordinary Gripen moment can become a part of history by being celebrated in the 2016 Gripen calendar.

If you enjoy photography and like Gripen, this is your chance to claim some fame by entering the competition and your photo could feature in the next exclusive Gripen calendar for 2016.

All you have to do is to follow @saab on Instagram, catch an extraordinary Gripen moment, tag it with #Gripenphotocompetition and keep your fingers crossed. You need to enter the competition no later than 1 September 2015.

To know more details of the competition, read here​.

Good luck!​ 

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GE Aviation will deliver the first flight test F414-400 for a single-engine application for the Gripen E to Saab later this year, reports Aviation Week.

GE vice president and general manager of its Aviation’s military systems, Jean Lydon-Rodgers confirmed the delivery schedule last week, adding that the production of the F414-400 engine will begin in 2017.

We will have 90 engines on order by the end of this summer for Gripen fighters for Sweden and Brazil,” he says. “And we expect that to increase as the Swedish order grows.”

The F414 fighter engine offers 35 percent more thrust and significant improvements in aircraft performance, survivability and payload as compared to its predecessor F404. The engine not only gives Gripen supercruise but also plays an important role in reducing the fighter’s life cycle cost.

The engine boasts of features like Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) that improve its operational characteristics. The F414 fan also provides 16 percent more airflow than the F404 fan with improved bird strike and foreign object damage resistance features. 

Read the full story here

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Once Gripen NG is delivered to Brazil, it will be the first aircraft in the Southern Hemisphere to have the ability to undertake a "supercruise flight", reports Defesanet.

The report says that usually fighter aircraft fly above the speed of sound only during a combat mission. Gripen, however, can fly at a supersonic speed not just during aerial battles, but also during long duration flights; range of 4,000 kilometers.

Gripen is also designed to have net centric warfare capabilities. The high-end sensor suite and strong focus on data links ensure quick sharing of information between tactical unit members.

According to Captain Gustavo Pascoto, one of the first two FAB pilots who have been trained to fly the Swedish fighter, Gripen NG is a big leap from the aircraft currently in use by the Brazilian Air Force.   

"Gripen NG is a combination of high performance, supersonic acceleration and the capability to fly at high altitudes," he says.

Read the full story:Gripen NG poderá realizar supercruzeiro​ 

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At Paris Airshow 2015, Saab told the reporters that it has planned for continued development and support of the Gripen C/D fighter, even though it is actively promoting Gripen E/F, reports IHS Jane's.

"We won't stop promoting the C/D. It is still, and will continue to be, a very capable aircraft which will be in continuous development. It really doesn't matter if you join [the Gripen programme] with the C/D or with the E/F, there will always be a way for us to grow your capability through incremental upgrades," said Saab’s head of the Aeronautics division, Ulf Nilsson.

As per the report, after the last delivered Gripen C/Ds to Sweden, there are no more of the aircraft variant available at the moment. However, Nilsson stresses that Saab is very much offering Gripen C and there will be options for potential new C/D customers.

"The first opportunity to accommodate orders on the E line beyond Sweden and Brazil will be in 2022. There are many near-term fighter requirements that won't wait until then, and so the C/D is a very viable proposal for those nations. Of course, just because they go for C/D now, does not mean they have to stay with it in the future - they can always go onto the E/F if they want to," Nilsson adds.

Read the full story here.

​ACE 15, the two weeks long exercise in which pilots from Sweden, Finland and Norway participated, got over last week. Have a look at some more images from the multinational exercise:

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Image Courtesy: Norrbottens Flygflottilj F 21, Louise Levin/Försvarsmakten

​Gripen performed a spectacular aerial display at the recent Finnish event, Turku Airshow 2015.

Turku Airshow, organized by Turku Flying Club with support from Finnish Air Force and Finnish Aeronautical Association, is one of the most important aviation events in Finland. 

Turku Airshow was held on 6 and 7 June. 

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Air Show 2015, the year’s largest military air show in Sweden, will be held on 4 July and on display will be capabilities of the Swedish Air Force and how they contribute to the overall ability of the Swedish Armed Forces. The Air Show will be hosted by the Skaraborg Wing F-7.

Visitors will get to see aircraft both on static and spectacular air displays. Gripen air displays planned would include aerial refueling as well. Besides Gripen, L-159 Alca (Czech Air Force), F-18 Hornet (Finnish Air Force), AJS 37 Viggen and J 29 Tunnan will take part in air displays.

It will be a great opportunity for visitors to know the Swedish Armed Force as there would not just be aircraft on display, personnel on ground including aeronautical engineers, pilots, ground controllers, airbase safety officers and soldiers will be present to answer questions on anything; from basic military training to life as a soldier. 

Also, there will be a ‘Future Section’ in which Saab will showcase future products. For more information on the Air Show, click here.

A full scale model of Gripen NG was on public display at an exhibition at the Ministries Esplanade in Brazil until 14 June, reports Aereo.jor.br.

The full scale model is made of fiberglass, wood and metal. The panel can be connected to view some of the multi-tasking capabilities of the new generation aircraft. As per a report in Aereo.jor.br​, there are 14 tons of equipment in total and the model takes two days to get assembled.  

"It is a puzzle where all the pieces have a very specific place. If the sequence is not correct, nothing will fit, "says engineer Divaldo Soares.

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