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Saab has been contracted to update Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS).

The upgrade will includes, among other things, new hardware and software enhancements that will expand the capabilities of ACCS for future operations.

ACCS is an integral part of network centric air defence capability. The system is based on Saab’s 9AIR C4I product and includes Gripen fighter, Erieye airborne early warning system and tactical data links.

The contract is set to run until 2020.

Read the full storyhere.

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​Flying The Flag

A Swedish Air Force Gripen rides the afterburner climbing rapidly in the sky over its homeland.

Photo: Rich Cooper/COAP Media

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Brazil's Anápolis Air Base, which will be the first Air Base in the country to receive Gripen E, is undergoing several changes ahead of the fighter's arrival.

"We are working on the enlargement of the yard, construction of hangars, and renovation of facilities. There are several other processes as well," says Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Commander Colonel Antônio Marcos Mioni.

Brazil announced the selection of 36 Gripen fighters for its Air Force on 27 October 2014. The contract covered not just the delivery of these aircraft, but a technology transfer agreement as well that aimed at the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil.

As per the report, 32 out of the total 36 Gripen fighters will be based at Ala 2 Anápolis Air Base. The Air Base will also house two KC-390 freighter units.

Read the full story here.

​Gripen presented a spectacular aerial display on 20th August in Hungary to celebrate the State Foundation Day of the country. This day is celebrated throughout the country with hoisting of the Hungarian flag, fireworks and displays like this. 

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Ample Strike 2018 will start next week in the Czech Republic. 

A major NATO training exercise, the Czech L-159 ALCA, L-39 ZA, Gripen, German Eurofighters and Tonadoes as well as the US B-52 bomber will participate.

Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain , Germany, Hungary, Italy , Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, United States and Sweden are participating in this exercise which will start from Náměšť nad Oslavou. With 1200 soldiers and from 19 countries coming together, it will be one of the largest training exercises in Czech Republic. 

"We are focused on providing the right support to all participating countries during the exercise," says Colonel Zdeněk Gabriel from the Czech Air Force.

The main goal of the exercise is to improve the skills of forward air controllers in coordinating and directing actions of combat aircraft, and support ground operations.

This will be Czech Gripen fighters' first participation in this exercise after it acquired air-to-ground capabilities through the MS20 upgrade earlier this year. The upgrade included integration of laser-guided bombs, targeting electro-optical pod Litening III, and Alliance datalink - Link 16.

The exercise will be held between 3rd and 14th September.

Read the full story here.

​As the Brazilian Air Force goes through an extensive restructuring process, the Gripen E programme is all set to deliver significant operational leaps.

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Gripen Pilot Stanislav Čejka is no stranger to breakneck speeds, the smell of gasoline, and executing gravity defying stunts mid-air. In an interview with a Czech daily, Čejka talks about his journey as a pilot, and his office i.e. Gripen cockpit. 

Čejka was interested in flying ever since he was 3, and this can be attributed to the fact that the local barracks were a short distance from his home in Dvůr. He always enjoyed gazing into the sky to look at planes, and by the time he was 16, he was paying regular visits to the local aero-club to fly glider planes. 

Cejka's main job is that of a Gripen pilot. On days when he isn’t busy flying Gripen, he leads his Flying Bulls Aerobatics team.

While he has flown several types of aircrafts over the course of his illustrious career, he maintains that his favorite aircraft is the Gripen C/D, which he considers to be his office. His career-cum-hobby as a pilot, he notes, takes him to some of the most beautiful scenic locations known to humankind, which he enjoys from the best seat in the house – a Gripen cockpit. 

But how is flying a fighter like Gripen and an aerobatics plane related? Well, according to Čejka, the two go hand in hand – the more one gets acquainted to flying fighter planes, the better one gets with maneuvering. 

"The two types of flying complement each other. The more you fly a ...

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RTAF Gripen has completed 10,000 flight hours now. The milestone was achieved at the Pitch Black 2018 exercise.

"We owe this success to our people, everyone who has been on duty with dedication," an RTAF Commander said.

It’s been ten years since the RTAF placed the order for the first time for the delivery of 6 Gripen fighters from Saab, back in February 2008. Deliveries began around 2011 for two single seaters (Gripen C) and four two seaters (Gripen D). They further ordered 6 more around 2010, which were delivered in two phases in 2013. 

Since then, Gripen has been a mainstay of the Royal Thai Air Force.

At the recently concluded Exercise Pitch Black, the fleet of Thai Gripen performed various drills and exercises alongside Air Force fleets of India, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, United States, and Singapore. 

One of the major goals of the exercise was to increase the combat readiness of the participating air forces. More than 4000 personnel and 140 aircraft participated in the exercise.

The exercise proved to be very fruitful for the RTAF pilots as they enhanced their knowledge and experience while dealing with new battle tactics and major, tactical, combat, modern weapons. Further, it strengthened their relationship with the other participating nations. 

For more information of RTAF Gripen’s participation at Pitch Black 2018, click here.

Image Courtesy: RTAF

Located in the city of São Bernardo do Campo in São Paulo, SAM will be one of the main future production plants under the Brazil gripen programme. So what will be its exact role? Watch the video to find out.

​For someone like Julia who always wanted to build something, a career as an assembly operator at Saab has been a great learning experience. 

Drilling machines in different shapes and sizes is the most common tool used at the stations. Julia has always been careful and precise. And these qualities come in handy while using these machines while building the central fuselage, the biggest part of Gripen E. 

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