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​Financial Times’s Carola Hoyos used to think that the movie Top Gun had influenced the way fighter aircraft pilots stride towards their aircraft, that their gait is a result of watching the movie too many times. 

When she recently test flew Gripen with Saab’s chief test pilot Hans Einerth, she realized that clearly, there were things that Tom Cruise did not tell.

There really is no other way to move in a G-suit, for the air cavities that run down each leg force the wearer to widen his – or her – gait. Add the helmet, whose oxygen mask makes carrying it anywhere other than wedged between hip and armpit almost impossible, and the Tom Cruise impersonation is complete, she says.

Carola also realizes that It took almost an hour to get dressed for the ride – six times longer than the 10 minutes it takes the Gripen to fly the 150km from Linköping to reach its training area above the Baltic sea.

“Putting on the heavy g suit and testing the oxygen mask brings home like nothing else the dangers involved in putting your body through forces it was never designed to withstand in a plane that has not undergone the safety tests all commercial jets require,” she says.

Chief test pilot Hans Einerth, however assures her that he can fly so calmly that she would think she is sitting on a sofa.

As the duo flies faster than the speed of sound, Carola is in for a surprise ...

​Czech Air Force Gripen, with a colourful tiger scheme, presented an amazing aerial display at the opening day of Airshow Laage in Germany last week.

Airshow Laage marked the 55th Anniversary of Tactical Air Force Wing 73 "Steinhoff" and 30 years of flight operations at Laage Airbase. About 15 aircraft performed simultaneously in the air and there were more than 30 aircraft on static display at the airshow.

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Gripen NG has an array of advanced and enhanced features, one of which is that it offers extended range and can stay in the air for longer. 

Flying for longer missions requires more fuel. Gripen NG’s internal fuel tanks are approximately 40 per cent larger than Gripen C/D’s. With its powerful engine and smart design, this new generation aircraft can fly at supersonic speed without using its afterburner. This is called supercruise, and it means that less fuel is used, allowing the aircraft to remain in the air for longer.

Also, Gripen NG has 10 external hardpoints allowing it to carry more weapons, pods and additional fuel tanks, which means that during a mission, more fuel is available. Most of the increased volume has been made available in the fuselage by moving the landing gear from the fuselage of the aircraft out to the inner wings.

If Gripen NG needs to remain even longer in the air, it can be refueled in the air from a tanker plane as well.

Gripen NG is equipped to conduct air-to-air refueling via the NATO standard probe-and-drogue system. This ability increases its combat radius and/or time on station considerably – in fact, missions of up to eight hours or more can be flown.

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Czech Republic Air Force Gripen will participate in Ample Strike 2014, a NATO aviation training exercise to be held next month in the country, reports Prague Post.

The report quoted Magdaléna Dvořáková, from the general staff press department saying, “A joint training of allied troops is the goal of the exercise. Pilots and soldiers will train the guidance to the ground targets when supporting ground operations.”

According to the report, Ample Strike 2014 would be the biggest international exercise to be held this year in Czech Republic.

“The flights will take place daily between nine in the morning and eleven in the evening, mainly in the military areas of Náměšť, Libava, Boletice and Bechyne,” Commanding Officer Miroslav Svoboda said.

Ample Strike 2014 will be held between September 3 and September 15. Participants include Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands.

Read the full story: NATO air force training slated for Czech Republic

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In the first week of August, the Czech Air Force flew an exclusive mission to photograph the 21st Tactical Air Force aircraft, reports the Czech Army website.

According to the report, several months’ preparation came to an end on 6 August when the one and a half hour photographic flight was conducted. 

L-39ZA Albatros light combat aircraft took off from the Čáslav airbase and shortly the CASA C-295M transport aircraft from the Kbely airbase took off with well known and respected aviation photographers on board. Two subsonic ground attack L-159 aircraft and three supersonic fighters LAS -39 Gripen followed.

Within a minute, the CASA aircraft reached the required three kilometers flight level and set the heading. Three aircraft types from 21 Tactical Airbase followed it and formed an air to air formation with the transport aircraft.

The formation was changed after ten minutes. The formation was flying below the photographer level. The photographers took pictures from the side windows of the CASA aircraft.

At the end, the photographic mission was judged as a very successful mission by the participants.

Read the full story: Podívejte se na nové fotografie letounů české armády​

Image Courtesy: Czech Republic Army website​ 

​Royal Thai Air Force Gripen participated in an Air to Air formation with Mirage 2000-9 from the United Arab Emirates Air Force, FA-18F Super Hornet and an F/A-18A Hornet from the Royal Australian Air Force during Pitch Black 2014.

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Image Courtesy: Department of Defence, Australia​​

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Some fast facts on Gripen: The Swedish fighter aircraft was originally designed for flexible deployment with a small logistical footprint. This was due to the Swedish Air Force’s policy during the cold war to operate out of a number of dispersed bases across the country. This made it vital to keep staff resources, support systems and spares to a minimum. As a result of this, Gripen was designed to operate from runways only 800x16 metres in length. This means it can land on a regular highway, which further improves its logistical flexibility. 

This capability has been carried over to Gripen NG.

There is more. High availability is vital for small air forces who rely on aircraft that offer a long Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and short Mean Time To Repair (MTTR). Gripen NG has been designed with this in mind. Gripen NG has also been designed for minimal turnaround time. For example, an air-to-air combat set up takes only 10 minutes to perform, including refueling and rearming.

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Gripen NG, whose flexible and modular design makes continuous development and enhancements, is designed for combat scenarios in the 21st Century Net Centric Warfare (NCW) environment.

The new generation aircraft can not only accumulate information from different sources, but also process it and present it in a manner that is useful for the pilot during a mission. It has highly developed net-centric warfare capabilities, including an advanced sensor suite and strong focus on data links for sharing information within a Gripen NG tactical unit or with NATO forces.

The information advantage does not end here. The pilot can also receive data from controllers on the ground or in the air. A digital CAS and video link enables further communication benefits.

Gripen’s Data Link System (TIDLS), along with a Link 16 or National Data Link provide the following capabilities:

Data link within the Tactical Air Unit

Data link between Gripen, AEW&C and C2 centers on ground or at sea

Data link with Forward Air Controller

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Six RTAF Gripen are flying for two daily missions of up to 2.5 hours over the vast Bradshaw and Delamere Ranges south of Darwin at exercise Pitch Black 2014.

The aim of the exercise is to practice Offensive Counter Air and Defensive Counter Air combat in a simulated yet complex war environment. The exercise divides the participating aircraft into a 'red team' and a 'blue team' based at separate locations, with one attacking the other.

According to a news report in IHS Jane’s​, Pitch Black’s primary focus is offensive counter air/defensive counter air missions between the attacking (Blue) forces staging from Darwin against defending (Red) force at Tindal. However, a wider range of missions have been added which include increased participation by ground elements such as attacking ground targets in conjunction with Joint Terminal Air Controllers, tactical airlift missions, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance elements.

It is RTAF Gripen’s first participation in the exercise. Prior to Pitch Black 2014, the RTAF Gripen were displayed at the LIMA defence show in Malaysia, and the BRIDEX in Brunei last year.

Image Courtesy: Department of Defence, Australia​​

Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Wing Commander Nattavut Duangsungnaen briefs Jessee Dorset of ABC Channel2 about Gripen and talks about his experience at Exercise Pitch Black 2014.

“We have to fly very far and we have to stay in the air for quite a long time. Without the three fuel tanks, we cannot fly that long,” explains Commander Duangsungnaen while giving a rundown of Gripen parts to the ABC journalist.

According to a report in Flightglobal, the RTAF Gripen have been conducting primarily air-to-air missions at Pitch Black 2014, carrying simulated AMRAAM and AIM-9X AAMs for blue force offensive counter air and red force defensive counter air missions.

The six participating Gripen have operated without any tanker support at the exercise. The fighter aircraft instead use three auxiliary tanks for their two daily missions of up to 2.5 hours over the vast Bradshaw and Delamere Ranges south of Darwin.

Exercise Pitch Black 2014 ends on 22 August.

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