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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

SeaGripen_032_landb copy.jpgIHS Jane’s​ ​reports that Saab has completed feasibility and phase one design work on an aircraft carrier-capable version of its Gripen NG multirole fighter aircraft.

Tony Ogilvy, Saab’s Aeronautics UK General Manager and Head of the Sea Gripen Design Centre, told IHS Jane’s that after years of preliminary design and pre-feasibility work, plans for a carrier based version of the platform would be brought to fruition by a team of Swedish and UK engineers by the end of August.

“Our job was to take the design to a point where we could say ‘yes, Saab can build a marine variant’, and we have achieved that “ he said. 

The Gripen needed a number of changes to make it carrier compatible, according to Saab.These included strengthened landing gear, an arrestor hook, an attachment mechanism for the aircraft to the catapult launch shuttle, as well as making sure the aircraft is marinised to prevent salt water erosion.

According to Saab, the Sea Gripen will be configured to operate from both CATOBAR (catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery) and STOBAR (short take-off, but arrested recovery) ships. In a CATOBAR launch, Gripen will be capable of getting airborne at its maximum take off weight. In both CATOBAR and STOBAR recovery into the arrestor wires, Sea Gripen will have a very respectable fuel and unexpended weapons load capability.

Potential customers include India and Brazil. Saab responded to a request for information from India in 2009, and remain engaged with the Indian Navy staff in Delhi and ...

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To meet the requirements of the next generationJAS 39E/F and C/D Plus,Saab has unveiled its concept of “Wide Spectrum Combat” (WISCOM) which offers total system solution. Writing in theAviation Week, Bill Sweetman says in his article,"Saab Takes Next Step in Fighter Development",that Sweden's determined entry onto the world fighter also sees Saab showcasing its networked air combat capabilities that rest on decades of experience.

AESA transmissions are restricted and random with aircraft in a flight transmitting at different times, thereby making it difficult to track them by emissions. According to Bill Sweetman ofAviation Week, Swedish engineers have noted that data-linked radars can share plots—not just tracks—and take simultaneous range-rate measurements, allowing two radars to determine a target's velocity almost instantly.

The original Tactical Information Data Link System (Tidls) fitted to the JAS 39A/B was designed to display the position, bearing and speed of all four aircraft in a formation, including basic status information such as fuel and weapons status. Tidls information, along with radar, EW and mapping data, appears on the central multi-function display. Detailed symbols distinguish between friendlies, hostiles and unidentified targets and show which member of the flight has targeted each hostile. Wiscom blends this capability with AESA, IRST and improved electronic support measures.

Read the Full Story:
Saab Takes Next Step in Fighter Development

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Thailand launched a special commemorative stamp featuring the Gripen in a series of stamps launched as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Thai aviation. 

The history of Thai aviation dated back to the times of King Rama VI. Back then, the Far East Aviation Company held an airshow by a Belgian pilot during January 31 to February 6, 1910. Impressed by the airshow, the Thai Defense Ministry sent three officers - Major Luang Sakdi Sanlayawut (Sunee Suwanprateep), Captain Luang Arwut Sikikorn (Long Sinsuk) and First Lieutenant Tip Ketuthat - to train in France. Major Luang Sakdi Sanlayawut became the first Thai person to handle an aircraft on July 2, 1912. Thus, the day has been marked as an important date on the Thai aviation calendar. 

HRH Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanadh, who was the Chief of Staff of the Royal Siamese Army during that period, viewed aircrafts as a necessary instrument in the defense of the country. Giving his full support to aviation, HRH Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanadh later became known as the "Father of the Royal Thai Air Force". 

Read more at:Special Report: Air Force to celebrate 100th anniversary of Thai aviation

Also, see the Gripen in a flight display during the celebrations in this video: JAS39 Gripen Thai Air Force 100th Anniversary Air Show​​


The Gripen makes for some amazing art. 

Two renditions of the Gripen NG and the Viggen by Distant Starr make for a captivating picture:

http://distantstarr.deviantart.com/#/d599n40 ​

http://distantstarr.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4ufodx 

Also take a look at some of these Gripen art works from around the world:

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/saab-gripen-saaf-anton-nel.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossart12/4060547793/

http://www.alexhamilton.net/content/gripen_launch

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