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After 650 missions, almost 2,000 flight hours and more than 150,000 reconnaissance photos, the five Gripen fighters that took part in the NATO-led UN mission in Libya have now returned to Sweden, says a Saab Press Release.
The formal decision to participate in the UN mission was taken by the Swedish Parliament at the beginning of April 2011 and the first mission over Libya was flown on 8 April.
After a successful operation comprising 650 combat missions, almost 2,000 flight hours and more than 150,000 reconnaissance photos, the Swedish contribution ended on 24 October.
In total, 140 people participated in the operation based at Sigonella, Sicily, Italy. The five pilots have flown their final surveillance missions and are back in Sweden.

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The Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) in a press briefing to the Croatian Media in Zagreb presented the Swedish Gripen offer that has been submitted to the Croatian government, says a Saab press release.

Through FXM, the Swedish Government submitted an offer including the sale of either twelve or eight of the latest version of Gripen C/D. The offer also includes a support and training agreement for pilots and technicians. In order to ensure that the Croatian Air Force remains operative without interruption when its current MiG-21s are decommissioned, Sweden is initially offering a loan of older Gripen-A aircraft until the delivery of the Gripen C/Ds.

Linked to a possible Croatian acquisition of Gripen fighters Saab offers an industrial co-operation package. Supported by the combined experiences and resources of its strong industrial network, Saab and the Gripen supplier base offers Croatia a partnership through a new generation defence and industrial co-operation programme. Saab is ready to commit to an industrial co-operation obligation valued at 100 percent of the contract value.

“Saab has an excellent track record of delivering on our promises in Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa. We offer Croatia industrial co-operation programmes designed to create and sustain high tech jobs, delivering investment and generating sustainable export growth thus generating means to finance the acquisution of a new fighter system”, says Pierre Gauffin, Marketing Director Gripen Croatia, Saab. Photo: Pierre Gauffin, Marketing Director Gripen Croatia, Saab, presenting the Saab offer. Photo Courtesy: Saab

Source:Sweden Offers Gripen ...

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The Cobra is now operational in the South African Air force. South Africa was the first Gripen customer to order the state-of-the-art ”Cobra” HMD ( Helmet Mounted Display) for use on their 26 Gripen fighters. The deliveries of the system to the front line squadron has now commenced and 2 Squadron in Makhado can now boast the first operational Cobra system in the world, says a Saab release.

A HMD displays data directly onto the helmet visor, allowing the Gripen pilot to stay ‘heads up’ at crucial points in the mission. The Cobra is a binocular system that displays both air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons symbology, as well as basic flight data.

Selected to meet the stringent requirements of the Gripen, the ‘Cobra’ Integrated Display Helmet provides, all weather, all attitude operation over the full combat flight envelope. As a key component to the Gripen weapon delivery system, capabilities include weapon/sensor slaving with real world overlay of flight parameters, sensor data, target cuing and weapon status. These are designed to maximize effectiveness across the whole spectrum of tactical missions.

The Cobra will also allow the SAAF Gripen fighters to use the full potential of their IR-missiles IRIS-T and the future A-Darter, in close-in air combat. The HMD increases the with-in-visual range air-to-air capability considerably.

The two first operational flights with the HMD were performed by Officer Commanding, 2 Squadron, Lt Col Musa Mbhokota. The Instructor in the rear seat was Saab Test Pilot Robin Nordlander. Apart from the South African ...

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The Breitling Sion air show from September 16 to 18 will feature  the Gripen flying in the Sion sky.
Gripen is one of the three contenders for the replacement of the F-5 Tiger of the Swiss Armed Forces.
One of the Gripen aircraft will be on static display while the Gripen air display will be performed by Fredrik Müchler, Saabs designated display pilot for the past 13 years.

“We are really looking forward to participating with our Gripen aircraft at the Sion air show. This will be an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate to the Swiss authorities and Swiss public the real and proven qualities of the Gripen fighter,” says Richard Smith, Saab’s Regional Director.

Photographer: Frans Dely at the Aero India Air Show 2011

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The JAS 39 Gripen completed 6000 flight hours for the Hungarian Air Force on September 7. Three Gripens did a celebratory fly past over the Hungarian Army 59th Szentgyörgyi Dezso air base. Those present at the base included Pinter Zoltan, Major General of the Hungarian Army.

After the formation flight MJG Zoltán Pintér, Air Force Commander and BRG Nándor Kilián, Commander of the 59th Szentgyörgyi Dezső Air Base congratulated the pilots, the technicians and the Swedish technical support team for their professional performance during the past years.

The Gripen fleet has been operational in Hungary since 2007 via a government-to-government contract between Sweden and Hungary.

Photographs:Tóth László

Source:The Hungarian Gripen Fleet Passes 6000 Flight Hours

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Operations by the FL 01 Swedish Gripen force in Libya are historic. For the first time in 50 years, Sweden contributed with combat aircraft as part of an international mission. The last time the Swedish Air Force saw action was in the Congo in 1961. On Tuesday, 6 September, FL 01 concluded its part in the mission with a medal ceremony, says a Saab Release.

The approximately 100 military personnel that received medals were stationed at the air base in Sigonella on Sicily for about three months.

Attending the ceremony, which is the first in a series of many of an international character, were Minister for Defence Sten Tolgfors, Supreme Commander Chief General Sverker Göranson, Director of Operations Lieutenant General Anders Lindström and Chief of the Air Force Tactical Staff Major General Anders Silwer.

During the speech that the Minister of Defence Sten Togfors gave at the ceremony to personnel and their relatives, he emphasised the importance of the mission to Sweden: “FL 01, you have conducted your mission on behalf of the Swedish Parliament and the Swedish Government. I would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for the excellent manner in which you have carried out the assignment. Sweden’s international missions are fully staffed by personnel who have chosen to accept the risks to their personal safety in order to protect the safety of others. This is worthy of significant respect.”

Image: The medal bears the inscription OUP (Operation Unified Protector) Libya 2011.

Photo: Catharina Bergsell, Swedish ...

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On 3-4 September Saab joined the 100th anniversary celebration of Bulgarian aviation in the Bulgarian International Aviation Festival BIAF 2011 in Plovdiv. The Swedish Air Force demonstrated the capabilities of the Gripen fighter, both in the air and on the ground, which was very popular among the 20,000 aviation enthusiasts that attended the show during the weekend, says a Saab release.

In March 2011 the Swedish Government delivered a response to the RFI issued by the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence concerning the procurement of new fighters for the Bulgarian Air Force. The Swedish offer to Bulgaria includes eight new Gripen fighters, a flexible financial solution and industrial co-operation delivered by Saab.

During the weekend Saab and the Swedish delegation were visited by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, Defence Minister Anuy Angelov and Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force Major General Konstantin Popov.

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“We are delighted to take part in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Bulgarian Aviationtogether with our Bulgarian friends. BIAF 2011 has been an excellent opportunity for Sweden to demonstrate the real capabilities of the Gripen fighter in country”, says Daniel Boestad, Vice President at Saab, Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans.

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On the Saturday Saab organized a popular Gripen quiz for all BIAF visitors. Out of ten finalists, the top three were challenged in a mission in the Gripen cockpit simulator. After a thrilling couple of hours Ognyan Nyashkolov from Plovdiv was announced the winner and he was awarded with a personal cockpit demonstration by the ...

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The Indian Aerospace and Defence magazine Vayu reports in its current issue that Saab CEO Hakan Buskhe during his press briefing at the Paris Air Show stated the Gripen NG was the company’s “flagship programme” and basis for future combat aircraft technologies, including those for UCAVs. The Sea Gripen Design Centre in UK will be functioning from September 2011 “using UK technical expertise in maritime jet operations”.

According to Vayu, on questions concerning the Indian MMRCA programme, Hakan Buskhe confirmed meeting with the Indian MoD delegation at the Show and anumber of clarifications were provided particularly on the AESA radar status (“tremendous progress with full Swedish Government commitment on the ES-05 AESA radar”).

Says Vayu, “This clear and unambiguous statement should be of particular import to the Indian MoD and its Air Force.”

According to Vayu, “The Gripen NG Demo flew has completed over 200 flights and is considerably modified with new avionics fit to prove future distributed modular architecture. The flight control sysem and mission functions of the aircraft have been delinked to facilitate quick changes without requalifying the entire avionics system.”

Source:Vayu​

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Sweden will participate with Gripen fighters at the Bulgarian International Aviation Festival (BIAF) on 3-4 September 2011.

The Swedish Air Force will participate in the event with four Gripen fighters. SwAF pilot Martin Hansson will perform a stunning air display on Saturday and Sunday. Gripen will also be shown on static display.

In March 2011 the Swedish Government delivered a response to the RFI of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence concerning the fighter procurement. The Swedish offer includes eight new Gripen fighters, a flexible financial solution and offset to be delivered by Saab.

Representatives of Saab, the Swedish Defense and Security Export Agency (FXM) and the Swedish Armed Forces will attend the air show.

“We are looking forward to taking part in the air show and are proud to see the Gripen fighter flying in Bulgaria. It will be a show worth seeing,” says Daniel Boestad, Vice President at Saab, Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans.

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