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The Iceland Air Meet which is being held starting February 3, at Keflavik involves a high degree of collaboration between Finland, Sweden and Iceland​, reports forsvarsmakten​​. 

The report on the Iceland Air Meet says that the effort started in mid-December when heavier equipment were transferred followed by other intensive logistics requirement. The exercise is conducted within the framework of Nordic cooperation.

The Iceland Air Meet 2014 is the first exercise in which the air forces of Finland and Sweden have been deployed in Iceland. The objective of the exercise includes improving deployment and interoperability, providing additional training opportunities and further integration of the Swedish air force units under NORDEFCO and PFP cooperation, with a view to meet future security challenges. Around 300 people took part in the Iceland Air Meet 2014.

According to News of Iceland​, the Nordic Foreign and Defence Ministers met last Thursday in Keflavík and had discussions focusing on recent developments in Nordic security cooperation, practical cooperation in the Arctic, NATO partnerships as well as cooperation in international crisis management.

Read the full story: Rapport från Iceland Air Meet 2014

Image Courtesy: Louise Levin​

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These are some snapshots from the Iceland Air Meet in which Gripen fighters from the Swedish Air Force are participating for the first time. 

The Iceland Air Meet 2014 (IAM2014) brings together participants from NATO member nations Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands, and from partner countries Finland and Sweden, to conduct a wide range of air defence-related flying activities.​

Image Courtsey: Norrbotten air wing F 21​

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The oldest Hungarian veteran fighter jet pilot, János Szentiványi got a ride in Gripen last month when he was invited to visit the Kecskemét Air Base for his birthday, reports Blikk.hu.

When the 94 year old retired lieutenant colonel reached the air base, he had no idea that he would have a chance to wear a G-suit and sit in a moving Gripen.

“It was one of my biggest joy to sit in a Gripen cockpit and roll on the runway paths,” said János Szentiványi to the local press.

Read the full report:  Begurult a vitéz pilóta​

Image Courtesy:Blikk.hu​

Dan_Jangblad.jpgIn an interview with the Brazilian daily Carta Capital, Dan Jangblad, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at Saab talks about the possibility of a plant in São Bernardo and manufacturing pilot-less aircraft in future.

“It will be a 'win-win' investment for both Sweden and Brazil because sales volumes will grow. The potential for Gripen has been confirmed by the market, and I am very optimistic. It is a great opportunity for everyone,” Dan Jangblad says.

Dan added that Saab also works with unmanned aircraft and on being asked if such equipments can be manufactured in Brazil, he says that it is certainly possible.

“As said before, Brazil is a very advanced country in terms of its aviation industry. And we do see a potential for partnerships here, even in the case of unmanned vehicles.  The expertise is definitely available in Brazil, we simply need a partner who is interested in drones.

Read the full story:  Nas asas da Saab

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On Monday, Swedish Air Force Gripen flew over Iceland for the first time as a part of a Nordic Air Exercise, reports Expressen.se​.

According to the report, Sweden has sent seven Jas 39 Gripen aircraft from F21 in Luleå to Iceland to participate in this exercise.

“This is a further step forward in NATO’s excellent cooperation with Finland and Sweden: it is the first time that we have flown together over Iceland,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The Iceland Air Meet 2014 (IAM2014) brings together participants from NATO members Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands and the United States, and from partner countries Finland and Sweden, supported by NATO AWACS.  

The exercise will continue till 21 February.

Read the full story: Nu flyger svenska Jas-plan över Island

Image Courtesy: Louise Levin/ Swedish Armed Forces​

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Gripen has been featured on the cover of the Aerospace And Defence magazine's January 2014 edition.

​"Saab can immediately start working on the Gripen NG fighter development to supply the Brazilian Air Force," said Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, SAAB after meeting with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Davos last week.

“Our offer includes the delivery of the best aircraft and full technology transfer and that is what we will fulfill. We can start soon. That means there would be lots of engineering work and new plants in Brazil,” Buskhe says.

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Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to support and maintain Gripen this year.

According to FMV, the order includes support and maintenance activities and supplies like ground equipment, component maintenance and technical publications for the JAS 39 Gripen. The order is worth 174 MSEK. 

"This order is fundamental for efficient and accessible operations with the Gripen system in the current year," says Lars-Erik Wige, Head of Saab's Support and Services business area.

The support and maintenance work will take place at Saab's facilities in Linköping, Arboga, Järfälla, Gothenburg and Östersund.​

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Air Force Chief Micael Bydén with lieutenant Rebekah Haendler

A new Swedish Air Force cadet comprising 22 pilots including a woman pilot received its wings on a graduation ceremony last week, reports forsvarsmakten​.  

This was the third consecutive year when a joint degree program for pilots to fly aircraft, transport aircraft or helicopter was conducted. This year's batch was divided into 12 helicopter pilots, eight fighter jet pilots and two transport aircraft pilots.

“I have wanted to become a pilot all my life, thanks to my grandfather, who was a field aviator once,” says Nils Schylström, a proud pilot, after receiving his wings.

Among the graduated pilots was Ensign Rebecca Haendler who drew special attention for being a woman pilot.

“It is nerve-wracking but I am very happy, especially for being back home in Sweden to meet my family and my boyfriend. I still look forward to returning to Germany to complete the next part of my education,” she says.

The wings were distributed by General Micael Bydén following which the pilots and the guests at the ceremony were treated to an air show with JAS 39 Gripen and two helicopters.

The graduated Gripen pilots will now go to F7 in Såtenäs to learn about the flight system for about a year.

Read the full story: Nya piloter fick sin guldvinge​

Image Courtesy: Mats Gyllander

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Inside the plant premises, one cannot help but notice the smiles of the engineers. "We have a lot of work now" says Jonas Jakobsson, Gripen test pilot.

A report in Estadao.com describes the simplicity of the location of the Gripen manufacturing plant in Linköping and the spirit of the people involved in the making of the new generation aircraft.

The high-tech fighter jet and the political impact of the Brazilian order contrast with the simplicity of the manufacturing plant’s premises: Gripen is mounted in a modest setting of wooden houses from the '40s and '50s, the report says. 

"Sometimes we need to paint the site," said one of the technicians. In the parking lot, hundreds of bicycles dominate the landscape.

Read the full story:  Na paisagem fria e modesta, nasce o novo jato de combate

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