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Frans Dely.jpgA Gripen aircraft, modified and loaded with latest software, landed at FMV's test site in Linköping in March this year, reports

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

​SwAF pilots conducted a Gripen flypast to mark the occasion of the National Day in Sweden last month.

National Day is observed in Sweden on 6 June every year. It is celebrated in honour of two historical events. King Gustav Vasa was elected on this day in 1523 and later in the year 1809, Sweden adopted a new constitution on the same day.

Here are some images of the Gripen flypast on the National Day 2015:

Image Courtesy: Norrbottens Flygflottilj F 21​​

Saab has received an order for spare parts for Gripen E from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV). The order is part of the Gripen E framework agreement which was signed between Saab and FMV in February 2013. The order value amounts to approximately SEK250 million and the order was booked as order intake in the second quarter of 2015.

The order comprises spare parts, such as components and devices, for Gripen E. Delivery is expected to take place in conjunction with initial aircraft delivery.

Read the full story here.

Around 50,000 spectators visited F7 in Såtenäs on a perfect summer day to watch the air and static displays at the Air Show 2015.

Saab was well represented at the event with a full scale replica of the new generation Gripen at its stand. Visitors at the event got to sit in the cockpit, get a hang of the new generation technology and ask questions to the Saab personnel at the stand.

The event marked the 75th anniversary of the F7 and fifty years of transport aircraft TP 84, "Hercules". 

Swedish Air Force Gripen (along with Hercules and helicopters) were also scheduled for aerial displays which included Tactical demo (Airdrop Paratroopers, Rapid Unloading, Air Combat Manoeuvring 1-1, Close Air Support, Casualty Evacuation and aerial refueling.

Image Courtesy: Skaraborgs flygflottilj F 7​


Gripen is a highly advanced multirole fighter, optimised to deliver the greatest operational and combat effect in any given situation; because the quick and the agile will always outsmart the big and the slow.

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Photo: Gunnar Åkerberg

Next month, five Czech Gripen will be heading to Iceland for the airspace protection of the country. 70 Czech personnel will also be a part of this mission.

This is the second time that the Czech Air Force Gripen have been scheduled to provide air surveillance to Iceland. Last year during September and December, five Gripen were sent to Iceland, out of which four patrolled the country’s airspace while the fifth was kept on reserve.

Air surveillance requires diligent long-term planning by participating personnel at the Caslav Air Base. Participants may be required to conduct air defence flying training missions and provide the necessary degree of training of NATO and Icelandic support personnel, besides fulfilling their air surveillance duties.

Czech Gripen have provided air surveillance to the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania before. Like these Baltic States, Iceland too does not have its own Air Force and various NATO nations take turns to provide airspace protection. 

Read the full story: České gripeny míří opět na Island

Image Courtesy: Czech Air Force

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On 11 and 12 July, Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighters will be in Croatia to participate in the Croatian International Airshow 2015.

The Airshow will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Croatian aeroclub (Our Wings). Although the airshow starts at 1pm on both days, the visitors will have many on ground activities to participate in and many aircraft on static display to look at.

Participating aircraft include MiG-21 UMD, acrobatic airplane Extra EA-300, Pilatus PC9, Soko G-2 Galeb of the Slovenian air force and latest police helicopters like Eurocopter EC-135P-2+.

The Airshow will be held in the northern Croatian city of Varazdin. Entry is free for children. Know more about the Croatian Airshow here.

This weekend, Saab will present a full scale model of the next generation Gripen at the Air Show 2015 (Flygdagen).

The visitors at the Air Show 2015 will get the opportunity to sit in the cockpit and explore the new generation technology. They will also get to see air displays by Gripen C/D.

Air Show 2015 is the largest military air show in Sweden. There will be a historical section in which the Swedish Air Force will display many of the aircraft which have flown in the Swedish Air Force  over the years.

Besides Gripen, SK 60, Tp 84 (C-130 Hercules) ASC 890 from the Skaraborg Wing will also participate in the event.

​Royal Thai Air Force recently welcomed three new combat ready Gripen pilots at its Wing 7, Surat Thani. The ceremony to celebrate the Gripen pilots' success took place on 17 June. Here are a few snapshots.

Image Courtesy: RTAF Wing 7 

Swedish Air Force Gripen escorting USAF B52 over the Baltic Sea

SwAF Gripen participated in the annual multinational exercise BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) which came to an end last week. Besides Gripen, participating countries included Finland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Canada, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

BALTOPS is NATO’s multinational maritime exercise which is being conducted since 1971 and Sweden has participated on 23 occasions so far. BALTOPS 2015 was led by the US and NATO, and was conducted in the Baltic Sea. This year, the exercise had participation from 17 nations with about 5600 men, 60 surface vessels and boats, 50 combat aircraft, a Polish Navy submarine and helicopters.

BALTOPS provides an effective platform for the U.S. Navy, NATO, and non-NATO participants to work together and develop mutual understanding and hone their maritime operational skills. The training exercises which include electronic warfare, air control and shallow water undersea warfare are targeted towards knowing the sea well and achieving interoperability among the participating forces.

BALTOPS 2015 was conducted between 5 and 20 June.

Read more about BALTOPS here.

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