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Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Jiří Rusnok paid a visit to the 21 Caslav Air Force base last week where he came to know that the Czech Air Force pilots are satisfied with the Gripen technology, reports afbcaslav.

"I am glad to know that the pilots are very happy with the technology used and according to the tactical and combat, as well as the operational and economic aspects, Gripen appears to be optimal for our defence forces", said the Czech Prime Minister.

As a part of this visit, Mr. Rusnok got himself acquainted with Gripen and its weapons. Lieutenant Martin Spacek, member of the 211 tactical squadron, was there to demonstrate the capabilities of the aircraft.

In addition to sharing their experience with the operation of Gripen, Mr. Rusnok met with the pilots serving at the NATINAMDS (NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System) to know more about the functioning of the entire air defense system in the Czech Republic and cooperation in this area within NATO.

Read the full story:  Předseda vlády navštívil 21. základnu taktického letectva Čáslav

The procurement of Gripen in Switzerland received a strong endorsement this week when the Defence Committee of the Swiss two-chamber parliament's National Council recommended the Gripen deal with a 14-9 vote. 

As noted inThe Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, the procurement is now expected to continue its journey through the Swiss Parliament, moving to the plenum of the Nationalrat for votation on 11 September.

“We are naturally very pleased by the decision of the security committee of the Nationalrat. This is a very positive endorsement of the Gripen programme. Whilst we continue to respect and follow the political process, we also continue to assemble the pre-production Gripen E. Also, our Swiss industrial participation programme aiming at creating business between the suppliers to Saab and Swiss companies is progressing. It has today seen 456 contracts signed between our suppliers and 117 Swiss companies valued at 315 MCHF,” said Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Saab’s Aeronautics business area.​

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Three Hungarian Air Force Gripens welcomed 100 Army officers as they took their oath at the Heroes Square in Budapest last Tuesday, reports Hungarian dailyIndex​.

At the event, Hungarian Defence Minister Csaba Hende praised the soldiers and acknowledged their steadfastness during disaster management and international missions.

According tohonvedelem, the ceremony which takes place in the order and form prescribed under regulations is however a majestic, impressive and a solemn event in the Hungarian officer training and it now boasts 141 years of history that has changed several times.

Gripen formation flight above the Hero Square was the high point of the ceremony.

Read the full story: Ludovikás kardrántással esküdtek a tisztek​

​"A Gripen simulator is not just for training," says Anders Lotsson of  Computer Sweden, emphasizing that unlike earlier, simulators are now playing a crucial role in the development of the Gripen.

Lotsson recently took a tour of Saab's Gripen factory in Linköping and he explains that a lot has changed in the way an aircraft is developed now.

“Earlier they built the airplane first and then the simulator. Nowadays, it is the other way around. An aircraft now begins its life as a simulator,” he says.

According to Lars M Karlsson, Head of Training and Systems at Saab, it is very important to test fly an aircraft on a computer screen before flying it in air.

"Simulate first, then fly," Karlsson, says. "The later one discovers an error, the more expensive it will be to fix it."

A simulator’s role is not limited to just training any more. Simulators continue to play a role even after the planes have been delivered. Data from aircraft in active service are used to recreate problems and defects in order to improve the product, Lotsson explains.

Read the full story:  Flygplanet byggs med hjälp av mjukvara​

​Gripen made two stunning displays in Roskilde last weekend where the bi-annual Roskilde Air Show was held. The Gripen C that carried out the flight display was piloted by Martin Hansson from the Swedish Air Force F-17 wing and the Danish crowd was presented with the magnificent flight capabilities of the Gripen multirole fighter. 

Saab’s stand was perfectly located in the centre of the ground display and the two-seater Gripen D on display just outside the Saab tent attracted a lot of interest from the visitors. Saab officials and personnel from the Swedish Air Force were present to inform about Gripen’s excellent qualities.


Although the weather could have been better, a lot of people had gathered to see the different types of helicopters and aircraft, both on static display and in the air​.

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Gripen will participate in the Iceland Fighter Meet 2014 (IFM14) which will bring together fighter aircraft from NATO member Norway (F-16 Fighting Falcon) and from partner countries like Finland and Sweden, to conduct a wide range of air defence-related flying activities, reports

These activities, according to the report, would include air combat training between dissimilar aircraft types, defensive and offensive counter-air operations and high-value airborne asset attack and protection.

The exercise will be held as a part of the NATO's Iceland peacetime preparedness mission and aims to train the pilots and fighter controllers in the joint Nordic operating environment and to develop the crisis-management capability of the air forces. 

Read the full story:  NATO and partners to conduct air-defence flying training over Iceland​​

After their first air to air refueling (AAR) experience over Czech Republic in April this year, Czech Gripen pilots participated in a similar exercise over the Krkonoše mountains recently,

According to one of the airmen, Petr Dřevecký, the relatively difficult manoeuvre during an AAR requires full attention and precision. The whole operation takes place at a speed of over 500 kmph and the edge of the basket is at 20 cm from the aircraft´s canopy at the moment of the connection. It is also important to take turbulence into account as it may complicate the connection. 

Dřevecký explains that participating in AAR training is necessary for potential deployment in NATO´s air operations and various missions. 

“Today, when missions take more than two hours, this ability is required. It increases both the time of aircraft operation in the air as well as the effectiveness of aircraft use. During the campaign in Libya, flights of the Swedish Gripen lasted for four to six hours,” he says.

The AAR was divided into two phases and the pilots managed to connect with the tanker five times on an average during each phase. Three Gripens were a part of this training.

Read the full story:  Tři a půl hodiny v gripenu. Stíhači se zdokonalují v tankování za letu

Czech and Hungarian Gripens will be participating in the upcoming event Ramstein Rover 2013 which would start on 2 September and will go on for three weeks. About two hundred Forward Air Controllers from nineteen NATO countries will be taking part in the exercise.

According to Ramstein Rover 2013’s official website, the NATO exercise for Forward Air Controllers (FACs), Ramstein Rover 2013 (RARO13) draws on the facilities and training environment presented to the Alliance by the Czech Republic, the host nation, and the participation of NATO FAC teams and aircraft to Namest nad Ozslavu.

With so many nations participating, the exercise provides a solid platform for “collective” training. The exercise is managed by the Allied Air Command - AIRCOM located in Ramstein, Germany. All allied forces present at the event will train together with the Czech Air Force and Ground Forces.

Image Courtesy:Ramstein Rover 2013​

Gripen pilots in Hungary are currently participating in a water survival course in the swimming pools of the Szolnok Helicopter Base. The training prepares them for emergency ejection over water. These pilots would next be trained in the cold sea waters of Sweden, reports a NolTV programme​.

Trainees have to become familiar with the use of the survival kit and they must follow a specific procedure in order to stay alive in the freezing cold water until the rescue team arrives. According to the training officer, the challenge lies in the weight of the equipment which, together with the flight suit, weighs as much as 17 kg. Submersion in water only adds to the weight.

Gripen from Wing F17 in Ronneby will participate at the Roskilde Air Show, the biggest air show in Denmark, this weekend.

One Gripen will perform air displays while one Gripen will be on static display so there are great opportunities to watch the advanced multi role fighter live. 

Saab’s exhibition stand will have Gripen on display and Saab officials will talk to visitors and answer their queries about the fighter aircraft. The Gripen air display is scheduled on both days. The displays will take place at 1600 hours on Saturday and at 1232 hours on Sunday.

Held first in 1995, the Roskilde Air Show which is organized at the Roskilde Airport every alternate year, aims to promote interest in aviation. The event also aims to inform students about training opportunities within aviation, both civilian and military. Students present at the event would get to know about career options in the field.

The event promises to offer a thrilling experience to visitors of all ages with its airshow and exhibitions. About 15,000 to 20,000 visitors are expected to attend the event, depending on weather.

To know more about the Roskilde Air Show, please visit the air show website.

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