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Here comes the second part of the series of videos on the technical details of the Hungarian Air Force Gripen aircraft.
The Airshowinfo team visited the Kecskemét Air Base in June this year. A Hungarian Air Force Major answered their queries and explained about the various features of Gripen. The Major talked about tasks performed by the staff at the base, facts about Gripen and the fundamental differences between flying a Gripen and a MiG-29.
The Hungarian Air Force has 12 Gripen C and 2 Gripen D. Sweden and Hungary signed the Gripen lease contract in 2001 which was later amended in 2003. By choosing Gripen, Hungary became the first NATO member state to operate the high performance, multi-role Swedish aircraft.
The fleet of 14 Hungarian Gripen aircraft was deployed in December 2008. The aircraft have been certified to prompt action (QRA) as the unit of airspace defense preparedness of the armed services (unfinished) give NATO the Kecskemet air base.
Check out this video from the Gotland exercise where marine units along with units from the air force and the home guard practiced protection, guarding, escorting and combat.
Over five days, naval units practised along with units from the Air Force and the Home Guard in and around the island.
Third and fourth naval squadron corvettes escorted units from Amfibieregementet during a journey from the mainland to the island. This was backed by Gripen fighters from F17. Upon arrival at Visby harbour, they met troops of the 32nd Home Guard battalion that guarded and protected the harbour.
The exercise tested the preparedness of Swedish units for different situations. It is important to conduct exercises, major or minor, as individual units or in conjunction with others to maintain mission preparedness, says a forsvarsmakten report.
Winning a game of chess is about having the perfect situational awareness; sensing the possible moves of the opponent and making the right decisions. At times the strongest of the opponents can be easily defeated. At other times one finds pawns that are well placed enough to be a threat to kings.
In chess, one should be ready for the unexpected.
A fighter mission is a lot like a large scale chess game, albeit the missions can be air-to-air, reconnaissance or air-to-ground. To perform, a fighter aircraft needs information, movements and weapons. The Gripen NG fighter is equipped with the latest available technology in these key areas, making it a truly smart fighter system.
Talking about information, Gripen NG is equipped with ES-05, an AESA radar, which is state of the art for new fighters nowadays and IRST, which is a passive sensor. The tactical advantage of a passive sensor is that it will not give your position away. Opponents will have no indication whatsoever that Gripen NG is using its IRST to monitor their activities.
The performance of the fighter allows the aircraft to have the right movement dependent on the situation provided to him from its own sensors or other sensors from other units (land, sea or air).
In addition to the wide range of weapons and stores already in the arsenal, almost any weapon can be integrated to Gripen giving the aircraft very high weapon flexibility. This is partly due to the flexible avionic architecture.
Czech Air Force Gripen have passed a certification that qualifies them to officially conduct air surveillance and interception missions over Iceland, reports NATO’s website.
"This tremendous achievement is the result of the efforts by of all of us. More importantly, it is due to the diligent long-term planning we did at our home base at Caslav, "Czech Air Force Detachment Commander, Colonel Martin Nezbeda said.
The ground crew also has an important role in the Iceland mission. During the certification flights, the ground crew got an opportunity to demonstrate its skills in ensuring efficient and safe operation of the aircraft amidst challenging climatic conditions.
German Air Force Colonel and head of the CAOC Uedem certification team, Thomas Leibinger handed over the certificates to the Czech detachment.
"Welcome to the group of NATO certified nations to execute this important mission of Alliance solidarity here in the north," Leibinger said.
The certification was conducted by NATO's Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) at Uedem, Germany.
Read the full story: Czech Gripen successfully Pass Certification
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Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Brazilian Federal Government (Ministry of Defense through the Aeronautics Command, COMAER) covering the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force. The total order value is approximately SEK 39.3 billion. Saab and COMAER have also signed an Industrial Co-operation contract to deliver substantial technology transfer from Saab to Brazilian industry.
On 18 December 2013 Brazil selected the Gripen NG to be its next-generation fighter aircraft, through the F-X2 evaluation programme. Since then all parties have negotiated to finalise a contract. Today’s announcement marks the successful conclusion of that process.
Saab and COMAER have signed a contract for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft, plus related systems and equipment. The programme comprises 28 single-seat and eight two-seat Gripen NG. The total order value is approximately SEK 39.3 billion.
Saab and COMAER have also signed a contract for industrial co-operation projects, including technology transfer to Brazilian industry, to be performed over approximately ten years.
“We are proud to stand side-by-side with Brazil in this important programme. There is already a long and successful history of industrial co-operation between our two countries, and this historic agreement takes that partnership to a new level”, says Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of Saab’s Board of Directors.
The contract with COMAER for Gripen NG and the associated Industrial Co-operation contract will come into effect once certain conditions have been fulfilled. These include, among others, the necessary ...
The Gripen will be showcased at the Indo Defence 2014 Exhibition
being held between November 5 and 10 through a scale model, the Gripen Simulator and information on the fighter.
Saab will be participating in Indonesia’s premiere international tri-service defence expo & forum – INDO DEFENCE 2014 at stand D 025& D052 between November 5–8, 2014. The exhibition will be held at Jakarta International Expo (PRJ) Kemayoran.
At Indo Defence, Saab aims to showcase the width of Saab product portfolio, Saab technology transfer and efficiency of Saab products; aimed at strengthening Saab’s commitment towards meeting Indonesia’s all civil and military requirements with good value for money and future partnership.
The Saab stand will display, among others, Gripen Fighter Model, Gripen GCS Simulator, ERIEYE Surveillance Aircraft, 340 MSA Surveillance Aircraft, 9AIR Compact C2, 9AIRBORNE Mission Management System, RBS70 NG Trainer, 9Land C2, Underwater Vehicles Double Eagle, MAPAM, Battleteck and NLAW.
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participation at Indo Defence 2014
In a significant milestone, recent tests performed by Royal Thai Navy and Royal Thai Air Force with some support from Saab and AVIA Satcom resulted in a demonstration of interoperable capabilities between the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Thai Air Force.
Both the Gripen and the Saab 340 AEW aircraft connected successfully with H.T.M.S. Chakri Naruebet over data links and shared radar and other information. This marks a significant step in the development of the Thai Armed Forces and brings Thailand into a small group of countries in the world with this advanced capability.
Saab has upgraded the command and control system on the H.T.M.S. Chakri Naruebet. The aircraft carrier has been fitted with the latest generation of command and control system, 9LV Mk4. Saab has also supplied data-link equipment to the ship, which allows communication between the ship and the Royal Thai Air Force’s Gripen fighter aircraft and the airborne radar system Erieye, carried by the Saab 340 AEW.
Between 6 and 16 October 2014, Swedish Air Force Gripen pilots were at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to participate in Joint Warrior, Europe’s largest military exercise.
Joint Warrior is a multinational NATO exercise involving all three of the UK’s Armed Forces – the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.
With a participation of more than 22 warships and submarines, 52 fixed wing aircraft, and a total of nearly 3,500 personnel from various countries across the globe, Joint Warrior provides a good opportunity to test the incident preparedness capabilities of the Armed Forces.
The two week drill includes a range of modern, realistic simulated scenarios. The participants are divided into red (enemy forces) and blue (coalition forces) teams for practicing air to air wars. Every participating nation gets to be a part of both red and blue team.
"Since we are a partner nation, operating with NATO countries gives us a lot when it comes to interoperability. Also, different British squadrons have a lot of experience from operations and working abroad and we also get a piece of that knowledge when we co-operate with them," says Lt Col Adam Nelson in an interview with Forces TV.
Over the next nine
weeks, five Gripen and a contingent of 70 ground personnel and pilots from the
21st Tactical Air Base at Caslav will be based at the Keflavik airport to
safeguard Iceland’s sovereign airspace, reports IHS Jane’s.
According toThe Aviationist, the Gripens' mission is to provide Airborne Surveillance and Interception Capabilities to meet Iceland's Peacetime Preparedness Needs (ASICIPPN) on behalf of NATO. The aircraft deployed to Iceland are carrying live AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.
Czech Republic has
been on a similar mission to protect the Baltic airspace in 2009 and 2012 as
well. Four Czech Air Force Gripen, along with 60 trained personnel, were sent
for Baltic air policing in 2012. As a part of this mission, Czech Gripen pilots
did 15 QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) take-offs and completed 326 flight hours
during 298 flights.
"In comparison to
the Air Policing mission in the Baltic there is little difference other than
the fact that we will be operating at a greater distance from our home base and
in slightly more challenging climactic conditions," said Colonel Martin
Nezbeda, commander of the mission and deputy commander of the 21st Tactical Air
Iceland is one of the
founding members of NATO and it does not have armed forces of its own. Till
2006, the United States took responsibility for its air defence followed by
various NATO members in the consecutive years.
Czech Defence Minister
Martin Stropnický feels it will be a great opportunity for the Czech pilots to
gain valuable experience. As a part of the nine week Iceland mission, the Czech
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