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Saab has received an order for spare parts for Gripen E from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV). The order is part of the Gripen E framework agreement which was signed between Saab and FMV in February 2013. The order value amounts to approximately SEK250 million and the order was booked as order intake in the second quarter of 2015.

The order comprises spare parts, such as components and devices, for Gripen E. Delivery is expected to take place in conjunction with initial aircraft delivery.

Read the full story here.

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Gripen is a highly advanced multirole fighter, optimised to deliver the greatest operational and combat effect in any given situation; because the quick and the agile will always outsmart the big and the slow.

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Photo: Gunnar Åkerberg

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Next month, five Czech Gripen will be heading to Iceland for the airspace protection of the country. 70 Czech personnel will also be a part of this mission.

This is the second time that the Czech Air Force Gripen have been scheduled to provide air surveillance to Iceland. Last year during September and December, five Gripen were sent to Iceland, out of which four patrolled the country’s airspace while the fifth was kept on reserve.

Air surveillance requires diligent long-term planning by participating personnel at the Caslav Air Base. Participants may be required to conduct air defence flying training missions and provide the necessary degree of training of NATO and Icelandic support personnel, besides fulfilling their air surveillance duties.

Czech Gripen have provided air surveillance to the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania before. Like these Baltic States, Iceland too does not have its own Air Force and various NATO nations take turns to provide airspace protection. 

Read the full story: České gripeny míří opět na Island

Image Courtesy: Czech Air Force

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On 11 and 12 July, Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighters will be in Croatia to participate in the Croatian International Airshow 2015.

The Airshow will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Croatian aeroclub (Our Wings). Although the airshow starts at 1pm on both days, the visitors will have many on ground activities to participate in and many aircraft on static display to look at.

Participating aircraft include MiG-21 UMD, acrobatic airplane Extra EA-300, Pilatus PC9, Soko G-2 Galeb of the Slovenian air force and latest police helicopters like Eurocopter EC-135P-2+.

The Airshow will be held in the northern Croatian city of Varazdin. Entry is free for children. Know more about the Croatian Airshow here.

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This weekend, Saab will present a full scale model of the next generation Gripen at the Air Show 2015 (Flygdagen).

The visitors at the Air Show 2015 will get the opportunity to sit in the cockpit and explore the new generation technology. They will also get to see air displays by Gripen C/D.

Air Show 2015 is the largest military air show in Sweden. There will be a historical section in which the Swedish Air Force will display many of the aircraft which have flown in the Swedish Air Force  over the years.

Besides Gripen, SK 60, Tp 84 (C-130 Hercules) ASC 890 from the Skaraborg Wing will also participate in the event.

​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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