Hungarian Gripens will perform air policing over Slovenia and the Baltic states in the near future, under the terms of NATO agreement, says a news report on thewebsite of the Hungarian Government.
Hungarian Minister Csaba Hende announced at an event held in Miskolc last week that while Hungarian Gripens are expected to participate in the Baltic Air Policing between 2015 and 2018, they will also perform air policing over Slovenia soon.
“Like Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia do not have air forces. On their accession to NATO, it was decided that instead of the costly development of air forces and procurement of aircraft, Slovenia and the Baltic states would focus on other units of their armed forces and declare them to the North Atlantic Alliance. As the airspaces of these states must be defended and guarded too, this task will be carried out by the aircraft of the Hungarian Air Force,” Csaba Hende said.
Chief of Staff Swedish Air Force Major General Micael Bydén writes in theforsvarsmakten
blog about his participation in the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)’s “Chief
of the Air Staff’s Air Power Conference” in London. The theme of the conference
was “Strategic Partnerships for Air Power in the future”.
British Defence Minister
Philip Hammond and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Danish
General Knud Bartels in their speeches noted
that many European countries are facing reduced defense budgets where they
would need to reduce volumes both in terms of personnel and material.
Bydénin his presentation on "A Partner Air Force Contribution to Future Conflicts" spoke of the Swedish air force;
what it does (actions) and how it does (personnel and equipment).
“It is obvious that we are attracting attention among our
international partners. Sweden and Swedish Armed Forces are mentioned in several
contexts, including operations in Afghanistan and Libya. This is a positive picture
painted by us. Generally speaking, we form a good example for many countries. Although
we are a "little country" with limited resources, we supply capability
both nationally and internationally. I note that it impresses others”, Bydén concludes in his blog post.
Read the full story:Conference
Sweden is participating inCRUZEX 2012, being held at Natal Air Base, Brazil, between 4 and 16 November. About 280 personnel from 12 countries and 1800 personnel from BANT have participated in the event that provides a virtual environment for practicing exercise commands and control capabilities.
With personnel from Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, United States, France, United Kingdom, Peru, Sweden, Uruguay and Venezuela, this year's edition of CRUZEX has the largest number of participants ever in the exercise.
This year's CRUZEX, the
largest combined air combat exercise in South America, does not have
real flights for the first time in its history.
CRUZEX, coordinated by
the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), aims to train air forces in planning
joint operations. FAB follows the model used by the North Atlantic Treat
Organization (NATO) for international conflicts. Brazilian and foreign
military will be able to practice inside the context of a modern unified
command and control structure, as well as to exchange experience and
Watch the videos of Cruzex 2012
Sweden will participate in the Red Flag air exercise 2012 to be held between 19 January and 2 February 2013, says aSwedish Government Press Release. Red Flag is a multinational air exercise held alternatively at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.
The Armed Forces have previously participated in Exercise Red Flag with fighter units in 2006 in Alaska and 2008 in Nevada.
According to Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enstrom, the Red Flag air exercise is important to fully practice with the JAS 39 Gripen and to simultaneously interact with other countries. About 8-10 Gripens would participate in the exercise.
The purpose of the exercise is to train and prepare pilots for sharp combat situations. The exercise is made up of different parts, performed with increasing difficulty.
Czech air force pilots completed nine sorties against Russian aircraft that violated the airspace of the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, says deputy commander David Schreier in a report inCTK.
These three Baltic States do not have air forces of their
own. Various NATO country pilots are appointed to protect their airspace. This
year, the Czechoslovak air force took over the mission from the Polish air
force in September.
"We have conducted nine sorties that resulted in us providing valuable information for the NATO anti-aircraft defence system, “Commander
Martin Pelda said.
Czechs were appointed to protect the Baltic area for the
first time in 2009. As compared to that time, they saw an increased number of
violations of the airspace during this year's mission. During the whole period of the last
mission, they only had eight sorties.
Read the full story: Pilots
started nine times to protect the skies over the Baltics
Kecskemét neighborhood in Hungary saw an amazing sight as the 14 Hungarian Gripens gave a spectacular in flight display last week.
A news program onRTL Klubshows an extensive report about the Hungarian Gripens in operation. According to Brigadier General Nándor Kilián, it was an unusual formation flight as all the 14 Hungarian Gripens took part in it.
The report explains the importance of the fleet of Hungarian Gripens and also mentions several successful Alpha Alerts of the past few weeks (4 successful alerts in 60 days).
Various TV reporters and journalists got the opportunity to watch the historic moment from the board on an An-26 flying at the altitude of 4000 meters.
According to the leaders present at the event, both the pilots and the Gripens performed well during the maneuvers.
Watch the extensive report:Patrolling the Sky
Watch another video of the display:Hungarian Air Force JAS-39 Gripen 14 ship formation flyby over LHKE
Photo Courtesy: TOPIDOC
A video of the Czech defence forces captures theBaltic air-policing missionof the Czech Air Force. The mission is a NATO air defence Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) to guard the airspace over the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.Within the Alliance, preserving airspace integrity is conducted as a collective task using fighter aircraft for Air Policing. Air Policing is a purely defensive mission. The Air Force of the Czech republic guarded Baltic states in 2009 and 2012 with JAS-39C Gripen jets.
Bulgaria’s Defence Minister Anyu Angelov says that Bulgaria
will need to buy eight new or used fighter jets for its air force in 2014, and
that it might consider Gripen, reportsTengri
The purchase of new fighter aircraft has
been delayed by Bulgaria till now because of financial constraints. The report says that Angelov rules out the purchase of jets from EADS or Lockheed Martin due to price issues but confirms that there is a possibility of considering Gripen.
"The possibility to buy new Gripen jets is still
standing however and will be reviewed on an equal footing with the rest of the
second-hand offers," Anyu Angelov says.
the Royal Thai Air Force, RTAF, decided to publish a book that celebrates its
100 years of flying (1912-2012), they hired world class military aviation
photographer Katsuhiko Tokunaga.
Tokunaga spent several weeks in Thailand this year flying with the RTAF aircraft, from old
workhorses like C-130 to the brand new Gripen, shooting spectacular
air-to-air photos and equally great pictures of men and machines on the tarmac
at RTAF Wings all over the kingdom.
result is a high quality paper photography book spanning over 176 large pages,
with bilingual captions in Thai and English. And yes, there are plenty of great
Gripen shots in this volume!
Book facts: ISBN 9749752511, 176 colour pages
measuring 300 x 220 mm. Book comes in hard box. Total weight 1.5 kilo.The
book is sold at THB 895 in Asia Books stores in major Thai cities as well as
online for slightly less from Asia Books, linkwww.asiabooks.com
from South Africa, Hungary, Czech Republic, Sweden and Thailand came together
to share their experiences of operational use of the supersonic fighters at the
recently held Gripen conference in Czech Republic, says a news report inDefence Aerospace.
of the five countries discussed operational issues and maintenance, logistics
and safety issues in the use of the Gripen and shared their varied knowledge
with each other. The final document of the Conference called "Action List" represents a set of shared knowledge, information and the "know-how" for effective operational use of the aircraft.
users accumulate different experiences in operating these aircraft, for
example, due to different climatic conditions. We share different experiences
and information during the conference and found that some of them are very
similar. After the evaluation, we can be better prepared for the challenges
ahead, “says Czech Gripen pilot, Maj. Petr Michenka.
Maj. Michenka, one of the frequently discussed topics at the conference was that
of "Aircraft Cross Servicing", which means situations in which a
pilot would be able to prepare and leave an airport that does not have the
appropriate technical support for the Gripen.
User Group conference is held twice a year.
Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic
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