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Its busy times for the Gripen as the aircraft makes its presence felt across a number of air shows around the world. Visitors queued in the rain to sit in the cockpit of a Gripen fighter jet replica during the Birrfeld airport 75th anniversary celebrations, in Lupfig August 24, 2012. On the occasion ofPistenfest Birrfeld 2012 taking place between 24-26 August, Saab joined the celebrations of the 75th Anniversary of Birrfeld Airport and presented a full-scale replica of the Gripen fighter on static display. All Pistenfest visitors were invited to take a seat in the Gripen to get a feel for the world of real Gripen fighter pilots.

Next off the block is theSlovak International Air Fest 2012which is being held on September 1-2 at the Sliač Air Force Base, Slovakia where Saab is a main partner. Saab is inviting visitors to SIAFU 2012 to its stall to meet with team members and learn more about the company and the Gripen fighters. The Saab stand this time around will have the Gripen cockpit simulator and people have been invited to test their flight skills on the Gripen  simulator.

The Air Force of the Czech Republic will be flying the JAS-39D Gripen at the show.

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The Swedish government is looking to buying 40-60 next generation Gripen E/F, and is therefore increasing the Swedish Armed Forces’ budget. Sweden has signed a partnership with Switzerland on the acquisition of the next generation Gripen. Sweden will place an order for about 40-60 new aircraft. Armed Forces appropriations consequently will be increased by 300 million kronor in the autumn budget. The leaders of Sweden's four governing parties and ministers in government have written in an opinion piece in theSvenska Dagbladetnewspaper (SvD) that the decision is necessary for Sweden's defense capability and the importance of jobs.
 
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Minister for Education and Deputy Prime Minister Education Minister Jan Björklund, Minister of Economy Annie Lööf  and Minister of Social Affairs Göran Hägglund said in their opinion piece that "Sweden has now agreed with Switzerland on the acquisition of next generation JAS Gripen. Our two countries share the requirements for high performance in relation to reasonable cost and we see good opportunities for synergies. The partnership with Switzerland means that together we can acquire and operate an advanced combat aircraft systems at a lower cost than we would have had to pay if Sweden instead purchased alone. It includes, for example, training of pilots and technicians, maintenance costs and future upgrades."
 
They go on to say, “The decision is necessary for our defense capability, and is also positive for Swedish jobs, Swedish exports and Swedish research and development. The defense industry, including contractors, employs also now up ...

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Sweden has now agreed with Switzerland on the acquisition of the next generation JAS Gripen, according to a Swedish GovernmentPress Release. The Swedish Government will propose in Budget 2013 that the Armed Forces budget would increase by 300 million kronor in 2013 and 2014 and then 200 million kronor annually. In total, it provides an increase in the Armed Forces budget by over 2 billion kronor over ten years.

"The partnership with Switzerland means that together we can acquire and operate an advanced combat aircraft systems at a lower cost than we would have had to pay if Sweden had instead purchased the fighters by itself. Hereby we find a sustainable solution for the Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish industry," said Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enstrom.

The development of the Gripen system was initiated by the Parliament's decision in 1982 to raise the JAS 39 A / B and has subsequently taken place in several stages. The fleets consist mainly of about 100 pc JAS 39 C / D. The system also includes fighter armament, basic systems, management systems, and resources for training and maintenance. According to the Armed Forces, the system is relevant - purely operational and to meet the requirements - until 2020-2030, says the Press Release. The Armed Forces have reported that the next generation JAS Gripen fighter is the system that, at least till 2040, would best meet the needs of the Armed Forces.

Saab has welcomed the Swedish government’s announcement that it has reached an agreement with Switzerland about the procurement of the next generation Gripen and its plan to acquire 40-60 planes of the next generation Gripen. 

According to a Saabpress release, this is an important step in the development of the future Swedish defence. “Gripen is a modern fighter jet system, which, through the use of the latest technology, can operate in advanced combat and recon missions. Gripen is designed to meet demands from existing and future threats as well as to keep low operational costs compared to its competitors”, says the Saab release.

According to Saab’s official statement, “The announcement by the Swedish government today is a preview of what the budget proposition, presented on 20 September, will contain. Later this year, the proposal will be negotiated in the Swedish parliament. Saab has presented the government with a tender for the next generation Gripen. There is not yet an agreement but Saab looks forward to the discussions, which will lead to a deal and an order for Gripen.” 

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The Nordic Air Meet 2012 kicks off on Monday with 65 combat aircraft from six different countries along with associated tanker aircraft taking part. The two-week exercise is being held for the fourth time and will extend from 27th August to 7th September. The second largest air exercise in Europe, NOAM will see 54 fighters taking to the skies at the same time, including 20 Swedish JAS 39 Gripen.

The goal of NOAM is for pilots from different nations to get familiar with different aircraft types in a large composite air forces and practice tactics and procedures. The exercise will also include practicing air to air refueling.

According to the Swedish Armed Forces website,Forsvarsmakten, the exercise will be conducted from four different bases; F21 in Luleå, Vidsel outside Älvsbyn and Rovaniemi and Halli, Finland. Two flight sessions a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon is planned in the unique practice area from Lycksele in the south to Kiruna in the north.

The participating countries and fighter jets include the Swedish JAS 39 Gripen, the Finnish F-18 Hornet, the Swiss F-18 Hornet, USAFE F-16, UK GR4 Tornado and Denmark's F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Besides fighters, other aircraft include the ASC 890, the C-130/T, and two KC-135 tanker aircraft.

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The 10TH FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships in Nyiregyhaza in eastern Hungary closed on August 4 with spectacular air shows featuring the Gripen fighters.TheWAAC 2012event started officially with an AWACS air show on July 26. The closing day  began with the final competition programme of the 82 pilots participating from 20 countries.

Watch a video capture of the Gripens in action onYou Tube.

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Photo courtesy: Video captures fromWAAC 2012

AAD2012-logo.jpgSaab will present its capabilities within Landward Defence, Electronic Warfare, Sensor Technology, Command and Control, Training and Simulation Systems as well as Aviation at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012.
 
Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD), the largest exhibition of air, land and sea capabilities on the African continent which showcases the most advanced technologies currently available, will be held in Pretoria, Waterkloof Air Force Base in South Africa from 19 to 23 September 2012.
 
Magnus Lewis Olsson, President Saab South Africa comments "South Africa is not just a key market for Saab; it is also home to the largest Saab presence outside Sweden. Through the South African acquisition of Gripen and other defence equipment, Saab has formed a long term strategic relationship with South Africa and its armed forces.”
 
“Saab is today one of the largest private defence companies in South Africa and contributes to the employment of a vast number of skilled South Africans. Saab in South Africa invests heavily in research and development and contributes strongly to technical advancement within many fields in South Africa. We are firmly committed to a long-term sustainable relationship with the people and the government of South Africa," he added.

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The Swedish Air Force once again enthralled the crowd with a stunning Gripen display flown by Martin Hansson from F17 at theFlygfestenairshow held between August 10-12.

The firstFlygfestenevent took place 66 years ago and was a huge success. The Gripen made its debut at the show in 2000.

Flygfesten, with its over 30,000 spectators is one of Northern Europe's largest civilian airshows. The show aims to market aviation and gives an opportunity to pilots or future pilots and those interested in aviation, to meet each other.

See the Gripen display at the Flygfesten 2012: 

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JAS 39 C Gripen Flygfesten 2012

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Wings of the Nationis a film shot during an emergency alert training program of the Hungarian Air Force recently. The movie shows the identification of an unidentified aircraft, scrambling of the Gripen fighter to intercept the aircraft and shepherd it to the nearest airport, leading to the arrest of the pilots of the errant aircraft. The film was screened recently at an official military event. 

To watch the movie, clickhere​.

Picture Courtesy: Wings of the Nation

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Major General Micael Bydén, Commander of the Swedish Air Force, recently handed out diplomas to four pilots in the Royal Thai Air Force. These pilots have completed an eleven week long conversion training for Gripen before their return to Wing 7 in Surat Thani for further training.

Photo and Text Courtesy: Swedish Air Force

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