The Gripen simulator at the
Slovak Airshow (SIAF) 2012 was a big hit with visitors lining up at the Saab stall for a simulated flight.
“It is like a full mission simulator, so you would be able
to do almost everything that you can do in real life. You can try and train and
do everything you do when you are preparing for a live mission or exercises,”
said pilot Peter Fallen at the event.
Watch the video showing Gripen’s participation at the Slovak
Airshow 2012 onYouTube.
During the Nordic Air Meet 2012, the Air Combat Training School carried out training exercises with Finland, Denmark,
Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA, alongside the Swedish
Training Units F 21 and F17, reports the Swedish Armed Forces websiteForsvarsmakten.
The Tactical Development Unit, TU Jas 39 participated in the exercise as an independent division and was
equipped with six Jas 39 Gripen and supported by
the 3rd Aviation Maintenance Company from F7 in Såternäs.
The exercise provided a unique opportunity to assess the aviation system in its tactical environment. As a part of the exercise, two flight periods were conducted during the day. Around 50 aircraft were given various tasks to deploy collaborative efforts for a limited time period.
Read the full story on Forsvarsmakten
Photo:The commander of TU Jas 39, Mikael Olsson, together with Hans Einert on completion of a flight period.Photo Courtesy: Mats Gyllander-Försvarsmakten
analysts played a very important role in the success of the Libyan campaign as study of infrared images of Libyan oil storage facilities showed
the rise and fall of petroleum supplies during the conflict.
Indian Defence journalVayu, in its report “Linking up in Linkoping” reporting on Swedish Air Force's Lt. Col. Hans Einerth presentation at the Aerospace Forum Sweden in May, said that this allowed the coalition to judge the level of activity of the Libyan government forces.
Col. Hans Einerth spoke about his experience of commanding the Swedish detachment sent to Libya to provide ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) support during operations.
The report says that images from the Gripen’s SPK 39 recce pod were downloaded, analyzed and distributed within 2 hours after landing. Though the recce pod currently does not have a datalink capability for its 25 megapixel photos, it should have it in future. Col. Hans Einerth said that it would be ideal in future to have a broadband datalink that would send out data in real time to the relevant analysts at the CAOC. This would help in quicker generation of reconnaissance reports as the images would be sent faster..
He also said that ISR data provided by fighter aircraft has its own set of advantages. Though other sources of ISR data are available - from satellites through UAVs - fighter aircraft bring many advantages such as speed, self defence capability and flexibility, particularly in a non-permissive environment.
AYou Tubevideo of the ceremony at the Siauliai military base where Czech Gripen fighters officially took over from the Polish Air Force of the monitoring of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Czech Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra,his Lithuanian counterpart Rasa Jukneviciene attended the ceremony at the Siauliai military base.
Having superior systems in your fighter is good but not
enough. It is also very important to use these systems in the right way i.e.
employing the right tactics. When systems become more complex, the
possibilities to do something really smart increase – just like in chess. On
the other hand, the chances of making mistakes also increase – again like in
chess. For this reason it is of utmost importance to develop your Concept of Operations(CONOPS) in parallel with the systems. Systems and CONOPS must work together.
And this is what Saab does with Gripen NG.
Air-To-Air – WISCOM
Adapted BVR Combat
When facing an advanced adversary in a future air-to-air
scenario, chances are high that it would become a fight for information in different frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this situation it is
important to understand that sensors and communication systems work in the same
arena. They are two sides of the same coin and, if not used with care, can be
exploited by the enemy. Within the Wide Spectrum Combat concept of Gripen NG
this is recognized, and all electromagnetic emissions are looked upon as a
whole, as parts of the same game.
In practice, this means that the group of Gripens enter the
combat area silently in a randomly spread out swarm. No active emissions are
used but all sensors listen passively, including IRST, EW sensors, and the
highly advanced AESA radar antenna. This can be complemented with short and
random active emissions from the AESA radar. Any data on enemy aircraft is
shared with beamed data links, thus enabling ...
Ahead of the Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF Airshow), General Babiak, Chief of the Slovak
AF, hosted a conference for the Air Chiefs from V4, Austria and Sweden.
Air Chiefs got the opportunity to see a very happy host after he stepped out
from the Gripen Simulator.
During the weekend, more than 100,000 people could
see, among other things, a Gripen display performed by Captain Holm from F7
The crowds at the Simulator were long with people queueing from early
morning to closing time.
Top: Chief of Slovakian Airforce, General Martin Babiak in the Gripen simulator at SIAF 2012 in Sliac, Slovakia.
Bottom: Chief of Slovakian Airforce, General Martin Babiak with Swedish Chief of Staff Michael Bydén and Saab representative Robert Björklund.
The final four Gripens purchased by South Africa would be
delivered in mid September, says a news report inSAAF,
the unofficial website on the South African Air Force.
South Africa had purchased nine dual seat and seventeen
single-seat aircraft from Sweden in 2008 out of which all the dual seat Gripens
and 13 single seat Gripens have already been delivered.
The final four aircraft were retained in Sweden to take part
in Exercise Lion Effort in May this year. The aircrafts were towed by road from
Kungsängens airport to the port of Norrköping on August 29.
They were loaded on the Aarchangelgracht cargo
ship at the Norrkoping port. The ship is due to arrive in Table Bay Harbour,
Cape Town in mid-September, from where the aircraft will be towed to the nearby
Ysterplaat airforce base.
Swedish Air Force Gripens from the F 17 are currently taking part in the international exercise Nordic Air Meet in Norrland, reports Kent Löving in the Swedish Armed Forces websiteForsvarsmakten.
The exercise scenario involves a UN mandated force peace / ceasefire to primarily protect civilians, similar to the operation carried out in Libya last summer in which Sweden took part to maintain a no-fly zone, ensure an arms embargo and protect civilians.
The Nordic Air Meet (Noam), which runs from August 27 to September 7 involves UK, USA, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark and Sweden.
There are almost a 1000 participants and a total of 69 aircraft including combat aircraft, refueling aircraft and fighter aircraft. Of these, up to 54 planes are in the air at the same time.
The bases used are Kallax in Luleå and Vidsel base in Sweden and Rovaniemi and Halli, Finland.Photo courtesy:Kent Löving-Försvarsmakten
Czech Gripens have started their mission to protect the three Baltic
countries’ airspace: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, says a news report in the
Czech DailyCeske Noviny.
At a ceremony at the Siauliai military base recently, Czech
Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra said, “Airspace protection is a sensitive task.”
For this mission based in Siauliai, a group of over 60
trained personnel, headed by Petr Lanci have been appointed. This group would
also train members of a military command centre in Karmelava, Lithuania, and
take part in NATO air forces´ exercises in the region.
The Czechs have been appointed for the task until January 4,
2013, after which they will be replaced by the Danish air force with F-16
On Friday 24 August 2012, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, FXM, and its Swiss
uisse, signed a framework agreement on Switzerland’s procurement of 22 JAS 39 Gripen
aircraft, says aFXM news statement.
This framework agreement will now form the basis of political decisions, both in Switzerland and Sweden.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement, which will greatly benefit both countries’ defence. A partnership with Switzerland will give cost efficiency and enable, among other things, joint training,” says FXM Director-General Ulf Hammarström.
Joakim Wallin, Market Director of FXM and Ulf Hammarström, Director-General of FXM, at the press meeting where the framework agreement was presented. Photo: FXM
It was on 30 November last year that Switzerland announced that it had chosen Gripen as part of its future air defence. The choice was made on the basis of a tender from Saab, but in connection with the decision, the Swiss Government contacted its Swedish counterpart to look at the possibilities of joint procurement. Since then, authorised by the Swedish Government, FXM has been talking with Switzerland to find the best solution for both countries with regard to the capabilities and technical contents of the aircraft, as well as delivery times and costs. FXM has undertaken this work in close cooperation with the Swedish Armed Forces and the Defence Materiel Administration.
On 29 June this year, Minister for Defence Karin Enström was in Switzerland to sign a declaration of intent that included ...
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