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Visitor at the Slovak International Air Festival (SIAF) watched the performance of  the top Czech Air Force display pilot, Captain Ivo Kardoš this year.​ The aerial display was the highlight of the festival. 

The Swedish Air Force Gripen pilots are working on honing some old skills by practicing Gripen take-offs and landings from normal roads. The skill helps to spread the fighters on multiple locations in the event of an attack.

Gripen is a fighter which was developed keeping in mind the Cold War philosophy, which means it doesn't always need a runway to land and take-off. It can land and take-off on short, actual roads as well. Sweden has military bases that use normal roads that have been strengthened for practicing such exercises.  

According to Flight Attorney General, Brigadier General Gabor Nagy, such exercises are very important. "If a potential opponent attacks our regular flight bases and limits our take-off and landing opportunities, we should be ready with our strategy. So we have developed a concept to increase the areas of operations beyond the regular air bases. What has begun here today is an extension of this strategy, where we will measure road sections so that we can land fighter aircraft with relatively simple means," he says.

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"Gripen is the best choice for the Czech Republic," says Czech display pilot Captain Ivo Kardoše. In an interview with a local publication, he talks about his experience of flying at a recent airshow in Hradec Kralove.

Kardoše says that if one has to compare the cost and performance, Gripen is the best aircraft. It is not expensive to operate and does the same job as other advanced fighters.

About his performance at the Hradec air show, he says that the kind of demonstration a display pilot chooses for an airshow depends a lot on the weather. In Hradec, weather posed a few challenges but vertical maneuvers were still possible, so he chose a longer set. Also, a display pilot tries to demonstrate a combination of the aircraft features. The lowest altitude at which a non-maneuvering flight can be conducted is about 2km above ground. “For safety reasons, we cannot demonstrate the maximum capabilities of an aircraft at airshows," he says.  

On being asked what he likes more, performing at airshows or participating in foreign missions, Kardoše says both are great experiences. 

“It's hard to compare, everybody has their own preferences though. It was nice in Iceland, but the air shows have their magic too. A pilot just wants to fly,” he says.

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“Gripen is designed today to meet the requirements of the future,” says Håkan Buskhe, President, and CEO, Saab, at the recent press conference to announce the partnership between Saab and Indian infrastructure conglomerate Adani Group. 

Buskhe stressed that Saab has made more than 5000 fighters in the last 80 years and is the only one in the western world building a new fighter with a new technology.

“We fully utilize digitalization in design, engineering and production. So today, you don't build test aircraft anymore. You build serial aircraft for testing. There is a huge difference. We also have a unique system in which we have divided the flight critical with the non-flight critical system which enables an operator to make changes to the aircraft easily,” he said.

Buskhe said that with Gripen, an operator doesn’t have to go for a big, mid-life upgrade. “We don't wait for 50 years to make an upgrade. We do it continuously which means we will be in pace with need of the air force.”

Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab, said that the company wants to make the entire aircraft in India. It plans to create a new defence eco-system that would involve many partners, vendors, and suppliers.

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NATO aviation training exercise, Ample Strike 2017, that started last week, ends today.

The annual multinational exercise offers the perfect platform for air and ground forces to work together and be better prepared for joint missions when required. It focused on advanced air and land integration training, as well as improving interoperability between NATO allies and partner nations.

"It goes without saying that the host country has to make the most of the exercise. Almost half of all flights were conducted by Czech pilots of L-39 Albatros, L-159 ALCA, Mi-24/35, Mi-171Š helicopters, and Gripen," says Czech Colonel Zdeněk Bauer.

The exercises also included air-to-air refueling of Gripen with the US tank KC-13.

Besides the Czech Republic, participating air forces included that of Denmark, Croatia, the USA, Hungary, and Finland.

​​In case you’ve missed it – in TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, Gripen was revealed as a new character. See the movie to find out which one!​

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21151199_1480166175371968_9152644462323412624_n.jpgThe flying display by Gripenfighters

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Gripen on static display

The (main) Flight Day of Swedish Armed Forces is over. According to Carl-Johan Edström, Wing Commander of F 21, it was a very successful event. "I am impressed with the way my staff has been able to conduct their regular military exercises to increase the military capability along with preparing such an event for the public," he says.

One of the main goals of the event was to present a good mix of fighter aircraft for the visitors - which included many high school students - to see. One of the visitors, named Max Nilsson from Stockholm, experienced the Flight Day for the first time. "I think it's really cool and fun to be here and see the planes. The best part of the day was to see Gripen and Viggen. 

Image Courtesy: Försvarsmakten

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Saab and Indian infrastructure conglomerate Adani Group have announced a collaboration plan within aerospace and defence in India, aligned with the Government of India’s Make in India initiative. The intended collaboration would encompass design, development and production of Gripen for India and other high-tech products of national importance for India and also the creation of joint ventures in India in line with and in support of the Make In India policy.

Saab, in partnership with Adani Group, will discuss possibilities to offer solutions to bring required design and manufacturing capabilities in defence and aerospace to India. A collaboration between Saab and Adani will combine the technical and product excellence of Saab, along with the industrial engineering, system integration and mega project execution capabilities of Adani with the intention to manufacture defence systems locally in India.

With India’s focus on creating future-proof and home-grown capabilities across all industries, Saab and Adani will explore how to cooperate to develop a wider aerospace and defence ecosystem in India. A critical part of a joint roadmap would be to encourage the development of small and medium sized enterprises along with a robust national supply chain.

“We are committed to the India-Sweden relationship and in bringing the latest technology and skills to India,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab AB. “The Adani Group is one of India’s largest global conglomerates. Adani Group has a long history of entrepreneurship, spanning through decades of dynamic growth.”

“Our plans in India are ...

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Gripen accommodates future technology to reflect new combat challenges. The latest development – operational with the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile – is evidence of this commitment.

Photo: Stefan Kalm

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