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A blast from the past: it has been ten years that the Hungarian Air Force received all the 14 Gripen fighters. The first set of the fighters were delivered in 2005 but it was not until 2008 when the fleet was complete.

The lease contract for the 14 Gripen fighter jets was signed in 2001 by Hungary. It was later altered in 2013 so that additional functionalities of the aircraft could be included. With the addition of Gripen fighters, Hungarian Air Force became a modern and effective NATO air force.

In the past decade, the Hungarian Gripen fighters have participated in various missions. They flew their first mission in Baltic (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) airspace in the year 2015.

According to the current leasing agreement, Hungary will operate Gripen fighters till 2026.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Hungarian Airbase Blog

​The Swedish Air Force organised a special Gripen flying demonstration for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last week.

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Saab has received an order for the operational and development support of Gripen from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV. The contract is for the duration of three years from 2018 to 2020. 

The order includes operating activities in the rig, simulators and test aircraft for the verification and validation of Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter aircraft systems. It also mentions operational support for Gripen C/D.  However, the primary part of the contract concerns the operations at the Saab facilities in Sweden that are located in Linköping, Arboga and Järfälla. 

The total value of the order is SEK 1.35 billion. ​

Read the full story here

​A Royal Thai Air Force Gripen fighter has been sent to Singapore for participation at the Singapore Airshow this week. Royal Thai Air Force Chief and  Deputy Commander, Flight 7, Nattawut Luang Sungnoen, will be performing the aerial displays.

One of the biggest airshows in Asia, the Singapore airshow started in 2008 and is held after every two years.

The show starts today and will be held till 11 February.​ Below are some snapshots from the preparations.

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Image Courtesy: RTAF

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Czech mate.

Users since 2005, the Czech Air Force will receive the latest capability enhancement during 2018.

Photo: Jörgen Nilsson

​​​Flying a Gripen C requires minimal pilot workload. Hear one of our test pilots as he describes how natural the interaction is between a pilot and a Gripen.​​

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A Brazilian pilot takes a training in the Gripen simulator and flies the Gripen fighter in Linköping.

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Swedish Ambassador to India, Klas Molin believes that Gripen E is the best option for India’s single engine fighter jet requirements.

"If you want older technology, then there are alternatives. Gripen is a more modern aircraft. The fighter is also part of a system where aerial defence and surveillance are part of state-of-the-art links and communication. I think sometimes this is overlooked in the discussion,” he says.

In an interview with Business Line, Molin said that it is up to India to decide which fighter to choose. “Saab is ready when India is ready.”

"Saab knows that it has a concept that will work very well in India, and it is already cooperating with several partners in the country. So the ecosystem already exists for making and developing the new Gripen in India," he said.

Saab's comprehensive Make in India program includes setting up of a full manufacturing facility; transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an Aerospace eco-system in India; creation of a local supplier base of ancillary systems; employment of a well-trained Indian workforce.

Read the full story here.

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Saab will exhibit Gripen and a comprehensive range of Gripen support products and services at the upcoming Singapore Air Show.

Visitors can also take a look at the Arexis self-protection concept for Gripen at the Saab stand D11.

Besides Gripen, Saab will showcase its other products like GlobalEye, Swordfish, RBS 70NG, and Giraffe 1X as well.

Gripen fighters from the Royal Thai Air Force have been scheduled for both static and flying display during the show.

The Singapore Airshow will be held between 6 and 11 February. The airshow will be open to the public on 10 and 11 February.

Know more about Saab’s participation at the Singapore Airshow 2018 here.

​Popular RTAF Display Pilot 'NEON' performs at the Children's Day ceremony. The ceremony was held at Wing 6 of Don Mueang Air Force base in Bangkok on 13 January.

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