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Last month, Royal Thai Air Force welcomed China’s August 1st Aerobatics team at its 6th Airborne Division. ACM Wongpinkaew presided over the ceremony.

On the ocasion, RTAF Gripen and August 1st aerobatic team’s J-10 aircraft flew in various formations for an aerial photography flight. Here are a few snapshots:​

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A Saab team recently presented the Initial Technical Feasibility Study of the Sea Gripen to Brazil's Department of Aeronautics of the Navy (DAerM), reports Defesa Aerea & Naval.

On 24 February, a group of Saab engineers and Brazilian Air Force officials visited DAerM to discuss the study that confirmed that a naval version of Gripen NG can safely operate in future.

During the visit, DAerM’s Director Rear Admiral Carlos Frederico Carneiro Primo stressed on the importance of FX2 for technology transfer and building self sufficiency in terms of developing defence products. He also pointed out that the development of Sea Gripen will not only consolidate this technology transfer process but also add to the capabilities of the Brazilian Navy.

The report adds that according to initial estimates, a similarity of 90-95% is expected between Gripen NG and the Sea Gripen.

Like Gripen NG, Sea Gripen will also have enhanced features like superior sensor fusion abilities, Selex Raven AESA radar and Infra-Red Search and Track.

Read the full story here.

Hungarian Gripen pilot Viktor Lango shares his experience of participating in Air Superiority 2015 in Sweden and firing his first missile.

Viktor explains that during the missions, the team had to chase an unmanned aerial vehicle/drone which deployed flares creating infra-red signature for the missile. The missile then detected the heat source and followed it.

“​This was the first time I fired a missile and it was also the first time I used an air to air gun. It was a really interesting mission. It was an important day in my career which I will always remember,” Viktor says.

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A Gripen aircraft, modified and loaded with latest software, has landed at FMV's test site in Linköping, reports Fmv.se.

According to the report, new weapons and radar functions are some of the many new features that are being tested with the Gripen C/D system at the test site.

“We are now entering into the final phase of finishing the so-called material system controls. The goal is to deliver this major update of the Gripen system to the Armed Forces as soon as possible, says Robert Noven, test engineer at FMV T & E.

Robert is responsible for testing and evaluation of various components of the MS20 upgrade. He is preparing for air exercises to verify and validate the system before the update is delivered to the Swedish Air Force troops.

According to the FMV report, the new upgrades include new Meteor missile, new weapons, new radar system, GCA (Ground Collision Avoidance System) and enhanced collaboration features like Link 16.

Read the full story: FMV provar ny mjukvara till JAS39

The video offers a walkthrough of the simulator center at the Szentgyörgyi Dezso Air Base at Kecskemét, Hungary where fighter pilots train for emergency scenarios in a risk free and cost effective manner.

“In a simulator center, pilots can practice procedural training in a really cost effective way. The simulator center helps us re-create different emergency scenarios like engine failure, hydraulic failure, severe weather etc.,” says Hungarian pilot Viktor Lango.

Viktor also talks about the Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI’s Swedish Air Force Flight Tactical Simulator Center (FLSC).

“At FLSC, we learn how to fight with two ship and four ship or even larger scenarios. In the Swedish Simulator Center, you do not learn how to fly your jet; you learn how to fight your fight in a team,” he says.

​Saab's Chief Test Pilot Richard Ljungberg throws light on the features of Gripen C/D as well as the future development of Gripen E/F in his interview with The Stratpost.

“Gripen is a pilot’s aircraft. It is extremely easy to maneuver and is a carefree machine from a pilot’s point of view. The flight control system takes care of all the limits in terms of G, angle of attack and so on,” Richard says.

Richard, who has been with Saab for 11 years now, also talks about the plans for the future development of the aircraft. He says that in Gripen E/F, Saab has replaced the radar in the front with AESA from Selex which gives a 200 degree view providing pilots an advantage of detecting threats from behind.

“With Gripen E, we have moved the landing gear on to the wings area, making a lot of space for internal fuel storage. It also gives more space under the fuselage to have two more pylons. So Gripen E/F will have 10 pylons as compared to 8 in Gripen C/D,” Richard says.

​An extensive exercise at the Vidsel base in Norrbotten in which pilots from Kecskemét Air Base participated, came to an end last week.

It was the third time that the Hungarian Gripen pilots participated in this live fire exercise. Six Hungarian Air Force Gripen participated this year. The carefully planned missions and sharp shooting exercises began on 13 March and continued till 20 March. ​

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Video Courtesy: Index.hu​

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Between 12 and 16 March, 10 Czech pilots and 30 Royal Air Force personnel participated in the Quo Vadis exercise at Čáslav Air Base.

“Typhoon is great aircraft and so is the Gripen. They are both very different and they fight differently. Their battles are interesting,” says Lieutenant Phil Bird, a Eurofighter Typhoon pilot who practiced aerial combat against Czech pilot Stanislav Čejka in the Gripen, as a part of this exercise.

As per Stanislav Čejka, the combat was rather equal where none of them had the option to shoot. The pilots could get close to each other up to 300 m during such an exercise.

“The winner is the pilot who gets his opponent to the sight. Both air forces were able to check whether their prepared fighting tactics work on the opponent or if there is a need to change something,” Čejka says.

Read the full story: Souboj českých a britských stíhačů skončil nerozhodně

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Exercise Cope Tiger 2015, a trilateral air exercise conducted by Thailand, Singapore and the United States, concluded last week. 

Five RTAF Gripen participated in the exercise along with about 90 military aircraft and 1200 personnel from the air forces of the three countries. 

In FTX (field training exercise), the participants trained in air-to-air and air-to ground combat while air defence units on the ground provided ground-to-air resistance. The latter units were provided by Thailand and Singapore.

With Cope Tiger 2015, RTAF aims to improve know-how and cooperation with modern and battle experienced foreign air forces, beef up pilot and ground crew competence and, as a by-product, improve relations between participants and locals.

Read the full story: การฝึก COPE TIGER 2015

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"We continue to upgrade and enhance the current Gripen generation," said Jerker Ahlqvist, head of the Gripen programme, at the recently held Gripen Yearly Seminar.
 
Jerker Ahlqvist and Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab business area, Aeronautics, were the two participants in the Seminar and both stressed that Saab has development programmes not just for Gripen E but also for Gripen C/D.
 
Saab continuously adds new capabilities to Gripen C/D.  Besides air to air capability, air to ground capabilities like precision guided bombs against small targets, enhanced electronic warfare suite and radar modes are being offered.
 
“We will introduce the MS20 upgrade for the first customer this year, and will continue to introduce it in the existing customers’ fleets thereafter,” Ahlqvist said. 
 
MS 20 upgrade includes integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb and improved radar modes among other things.
 

Watch the webcast of the Gripen Yearly seminar here.

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