ACE 15, the two weeks long exercise in which pilots from Sweden, Finland and Norway are participating, will be over tomorrow.
About 115 aircraft, including tanker planes and support planes are a part of the exercise. More than 3600 people from nine countries are working together and up to 90 aircraft have been in the air at the same time during some missions. It is one of the largest air exercises in the world this year. Here are a few snapshots from the ACE15.
A great exercise needs a detailed planning
SwAF Commanders and Deputy Ex Director addressing the media
Taking off for a complex exercise
Participating fighters in action
A fly past of 10 Czech, Hungarian and Swedish Gripen over the Czech Air Force’s 21st Tactical Air Base at Čáslav marked the celebration of 10 years of the fighter in service in the Czech Republic, reports Afbcaslav.cz.
Amongst those present at the ceremony were Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnický, Air Force Commander Brigadier General Libor Štefánik and representatives from the air forces of Sweden, Hungary and Croatia.
The Czech Defence Minister, in his speech, said that Gripen is a reliable aircraft and the Czech Air Force pilots are very satisfied with it, adding that they have logged in 20,000 flight hours during the last 10 years. The Minister also announced that NATO has requested for the deployment of the Czech Gripen in Iceland this summer.
General Libor Štefánik, who also addressed the audience, thanked all the people associated with the program, especially the Swedish team for their training of specialists and support during the last ten years.
"The introduction of Gripen has significantly changed our approach to the tasks of the Air Force. Gripen is not a just modern aircraft with different combat capabilities, but an important impetus for new missions and a huge motivation for all who are involved in the project," said General Štefánik.
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Three first prize winners of a contest arranged by Saab and AVIA Satcom at Thailand’s Children´s Day 2015 got an opportunity to fly the Gripen simulator.
This was the second year in a row in which Saab and AVIA Satcom organized a contest exclusively for children with the top prize being a flight in Gripen simulator.
“We hope to make this a yearly tradition,” says Anna Lindh, Head of Communications, Saab Asia Pacific.
First Prize Winner Tanaphat Permpool with his family
First Prize Winner Patcharapol Thanachotikanativat with his family
First Prize Winner Soranant Lalipalit with his family
The actual simulator flights were conducted at AVIA Satcom´s head office, just off Don Muang airport in Bangkok on 16 May.
The fact that Gripen is built to be serviced by just a handful of soldiers in the field makes it extremely service-friendly. Together with very long MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) levels, this means easy maintenance and high availability.
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Czech Republic might be the future training destination for all international Gripen fighter pilots, reports Airheadsfly.com.
As per the report, moving the Gripen Training Centre from Såtenäs in Sweden to Čáslav in Czech Republic would mean that the SwAF’s aspiring fighter pilots will have to move south after training on the Saab SK60 advanced jet trainer at Linköping.
The report adds that outsourcing pilot training from Sweden to Czech Republic would be a logical decision as the Czech Air Force has been using the Swedish fighters for more than a decade now, and is very proud of its experience and knowledge of the Gripen system.
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"Gripen meets Brazil’s demands," says Brigadier Jose Crepaldi Affonso, FAB.
In an interview with Defesanet, Crepaldi, who was the president of the Coordinating Committee of Combat Aircraft Program (COPAC), said that the signing of the FX2 deal took place after ten months of intense contract negotiations.
About the number of single and double-seater aircraft that FAB may order in future, Crepaldi says, “The number of units required in the next two batches has yet not been decided. A two-seater Gripen can do much more than conversion training. We have had discussions with the South African Air Force (SAAF) as they also operate Gripen two-seater and use C2 function. So, having more two-seater Gripen is a possibility.
When asked if Gripen was an ideal choice for a huge nation like Brazil, Crepaldi says that they had two Brazilian teams appointed for the assessment of the competing fighters. The fighters had to start from a Brazilian Air Force Base for a specific task and then return. The aircraft completed the task without any refueling. So it is incorrect to say that the Gripen has less range. It is an entirely new aircraft with a new engine and it does not consume fuel at the rate of a twin-engine fighter.
“Brazilian Air Force is preparing to receive Gripen NG,” Crepaldi says.
Read the full interview: Entrevista com o Brigadeiro Jose Crepaldi – FAB se prepara para receber o Gripen
“We are well on our way to present the best fighter there is,” says Saab deputy chief executive Lennart Sindahl of the new model, which has already secured firm orders from Sweden and Brazil for a combined 96 units.
As per a report in Flightglobal, the important elements of Gripen NG like the new F414G engine, the repositioned main landing gear and the Selex ES Raven ES-05 active electronically scanned array radar, are already being tested in flight. Till date, Gripen NG test aircraft has flown 315 sorties (about 281hours). Systems like a new air data computer, wingtip-mounted radar warning receivers are being tested using Gripen C/D test assets.
“We are collecting data, so we can put it in our models for the simulators and know how the sensors perform,” says Hans Einerth, wing commander flying at Linköping. “The work we are doing now will define the human-machine interface for 2019.”
After the success in Brazil, Saab is offering potential deals that include Gripen NG as well as Gripen C/D with enhancement options, to various countries. The report says that Saab’s existing customers like Hungary and Czech Republic have expressed an interest in increasing their Gripen fleet. A lease deal with Slovakia may happen as well, though the Slovak Government has not confirmed anything yet.
Ahlqvist believes that Gripen NG could potentially meet the future requirements of Austria, Belgium and Portugal. Last month, Saab presented information about its Gripen offer to Finland as well.
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Four new students from the 172 combat aircraft division, complete their Combat Readiness Training (CRT) to become Swedish Air Force Gripen pilots this month, reports Forsvarsmakten.
CRT is the final step of a fighter pilot training process. It is a long training consisting of various stages. After seven years of theoretical and practical education, these four students can now call themselves Mission Readiness pilots.
As a part of their exams, these four pilots had to individually go through a JAS-training mission (Fighter, Attack and Reconnaissance missions) which they performed successfully.
The pilots were congratulated and honored with a diploma from the F 21 Wing Commander. They can now join their colleagues in the squadron and develop their own skill in the art of fighter training.
Read the full story:CRT-elever blir riktiga piloter
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Saab recently held a press tour in Sweden. As a part of this tour, Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab aeronautics and Jerker Ahlqvist, Saab Gripen's vice president for business area aeronautics talked to the reporters about the Gripen Brazil deal, upgradation plans for Gripen C/D and the future markets Saab is looking at.
Ahlqvist said that starting this year, the MS20 upgrade is being offered, which includes the first operational capability of the highly-rated MBDA Meteor air-to-air missile.
"The addition of Meteor air-to-air capability makes Gripen the most formidable counter-air platform in service," Ahlqvist declared. The missile will become operational with Swedish Air Force Gripens in 2016.
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