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Hungarian Gripen fighters were on a quick reaction alert on New Year's eve after a 747-8 failed to properly contact air traffic control.

The aircraft, with an unspecified number of passengers aboard, came from Slovakia and entered the Hungarian airspace at 10:29 CET. The HuAF Gripen fighters managed to establish contact with the Boeing which then continued on its journey to the Middle East.

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Czech Republic’s Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová, who recently assumed office, visited the 21st Tactical Air Force base in Čáslav on December 22, reports She was accompanied by Chief of Staff of Army, General Josef Bečvár and Air Force Commander, General Major Jaromír Šebesta.

During the visit, the minister surveyed the activities at the air base, the technology and the NATO integrated air and missile defence systems. She met with the pilots and crew of the control and operation centre, and discussed in detail the readiness of the Gripen fighters. The minister observed the entire process; from the initial emergency signal to the final take-off of two Gripen aircraft.

The Defence Minister remarked at the end of her visit, “I knew our airspace was well secured, but I'm sure today!”

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Image Courtesy: Czech Armed Forces

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Home from home

On the way back from Aero India, Gripen landed at the island of Crete. It was a sought-after stop for the pilots and the snow almost made them feel at home.

Photo: Henrik Paju


From Gripen C's series of test flights to Gripen E's first flight at a supersonic speed, here are the highlights of the year 2017.​

"Saab's plan is to build a new plant here in India and recruit new personnel and set up a full facility. Probably, the first planes will be built in Sweden and quickly the production could be done more or less in India," says Swedish Defence Secretary Jan Salestrand.

According to a report in the Times Now, Salestrand added that Sweden sees India as a strategic partner and the number of fighters to be supplied will be totally up to India.

According to the report, the Indian Air Force is likely to roll out a Request for Information (RFI) early next year.  

If selected, Saab is planning to build a modern aerospace facility and ecosystem in India. The company is committed to full technology transfer to India in connection with Indian procurement of Gripen E.

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Saab has received a contract from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding new Gripen E equipment. This is a supplemental contract to the previously entered Gripen E contract and is valued at approximately SEK 400 million.

The original contract, which was signed with FMV during 2013, regarding the development and modification of Gripen E, is based on the terms that certain equipment from the existing aircraft fleet/stock within the Swedish Armed Forces should be reused. This new contract means that the equipment that was to be reused will now be acquired new.

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All Gripen operating countries participated at the annual Gripen conference in Prague recently which focused on knowledge sharing on how to effectively use all the features of the fighter.

The topics discussed usually include operational issues and maintenance, and logistics and safety issues in the use of the Gripen. Gripen User's Conference is also an event wherein Saab can listen to feedback by Gripen users and share information of new upgrade options.

The meeting was divided into three working groups. The first group was all about the acquisition, development and operational use of the Gripen system. The second group focused on things like flight security and daily operation and the third group comprised of Gripen maintenance specialists.

The Czech Air Force participated in the Gripen's User's Group for the first time in the year 2007. "It can be said that during the first few years of our Gripen operations, we drew mainly from the knowledge of our colleagues. And we are now in a position where we can pass on a number of experiences to new members," said the Czech Air Force Commander, Major General  Jaromír Šebesta.

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Last week, SwAF Gripen fighters flew in a Christmas tree formation over parts of Sweden. Watch the video to see the perfect coordination between the fighters. 

The Christmas tree formation is an old tradition that is followed every year during December. The group of Gripens flew over Stockholm and Uppsala before returning to Såtenäs for landing. ​ 

Photos: Louise Levin/Försvarsmakten​

​Gripen took the Hungarian Air Force into the 21st century. Learn more about how Gripen has changed their capability.​


Gripen Pilots at the Kecskemét Air Base in Hungary, took part in #Movember initiative, in which they raised money for cancer patients.

Movember is a popular worldwide initiative, with men growing beard and/or moustache and raising prostate cancer awareness.

The money raised will be used to train medical staff and buy medical supplies.

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Photos: MH59

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