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"Brazil’s acquisition of 36 Gripen NG gives greater visibility to the Swedish fighter in the world market," said the Defense Minister of Sweden, Peter Hultqvist.

According to the report, the first phase of Gripen NG development will involve about 200 engineers in Sweden. In the second phase, these engineers will transfer their knowledge to the teams in Brazil.

"We are very motivated to work with the Brazilian engineers. Our people are very excited," said Hans Häggrot, production director at Saab.

As per the Swedish Defence Minister, Gripen NG’s joint development with Brazil will allow Sweden to reduce investment costs of the project, besides establishing a promising partnership with Embraer, one of the most important aerospace companies in the world.

"Gripen is more than the sale of a fighter. It is closely related to generation of new jobs, resources and technologies transfer," Mr. Hultqvist said.

Read the full story: COMPRA DO BRASIL DEU VISIBILIDADE AOS CAÇAS GRIPEN, DIZ MINISTRO SUECO

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Czech Republic wants to lease an additional six Gripen aircraft, due to the deteriorating security situation in its region, reports Radio.cz.

“The reinforcements are needed amidst rising tensions in the east of Europe,” commander of Czech Republic Air Force, Brigadier General Libor Stefanik says.

"As a commander of the Air Force, which is responsible for protecting the airspace, I shall seek to strengthen the defense capability of the state," Stefanik adds.

Gripen is operational with the Czech Air Force since June 2005. Czech Gripen have clocked up more hours in the air than any other Gripen anywhere else and they have also successfully conducted several NATO missions. In 2009 and 2012, Czech Gripen were on a mission to protect the Baltic airspace. 

Five Czech Gripen are currently based at the Keflavik airport to safeguard Iceland’s sovereign airspace.

Read the full story: ВВС необходимо расширить and Czech military wants to raise number of Gripen fighters​​ 

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Joint Action 2014, Nordic Battle Group’s first exercise, where all the member countries' units participated together, came to an end this Tuesday.

More than 2400 personnel from seven countries participated in the exercise which was conducted at several locations in central and southern Sweden with Uppsala as the Main Operation Base (MOB).

Swedish Air Force unit members were busy at the Nordic Battle Group’s aircraft division where continuous planning and monitoring of different flight missions were taking place. Forsvarsmakten team caught up with division manager Adam Nelson who was planning a reconnaissance mission.

“I can perform missions similar to what we normally practice at home in our division at F17 in Kallinge with various fighter units here,” Adam Nelson said.

Nelson added that getting the best intelligence possible, including aerial imagery, is crucial for the Force Commander to decide his moves.

The exercise involved the Gripen flying low over the conflict area at first to show the adversary its presence. The next exercise involved aerial reconnaissance. The Gripen’s reconnaissance pod can take high resolution ground photographs from great heights. If needed, the Gripen provides air support by launching attacks on ground targets whose coordinates have been sent across by troops on the ground. 

Read the full story: Peter basar över ett miniatyrflygvapen i Nordic Battlegroup

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Recently signed contract for the supply of 36 Gripen NG between Brazil and Sweden gives way to a potential development of the naval version of the aircraft for Brazilian Navy, reports Defesaaereanaval.com​.

According to the report, volume 7 (Industrial, Commercial and Technology and Industrial Cooperation Offset Proposal) of the signed contract contains the proposition for additional projects which includes the preliminary feasibility study of the naval version of Gripen NG (Sea Gripen).

Saab has long considered the potential for its Gripen fighter to be adapted for maritime use from STOBAR and CATOBAR aircraft carriers. Saab revealed the concept of Sea Gripen for the first time in 2010 featuring enhancements that include a strengthened undercarriage, bigger brakes, and a beefed-up tail hook.

Read the full story: Sea Gripen – O futuro caça da Marinha do Brasil

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Saab stall at Indo Defence 2014

indo_defence_(1).jpg Chief of Indonesian Air Force visits the Saab stall

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Chief of Indonesian Air Force takes a ride in the Gripen simulator
Last week, Saab participated at Indonesia’s premiere international tri-service defence expo & forum – INDO DEFENCE 2014 at stand D 025 and D052 and it displayed a Gripen Fighter Model and a Gripen GCS Simulator among other products.

Saab is working on the details of its Gripen offer to present to Indonesia which is looking to modernize its fighter fleet.

According to an IHS Jane’s report, there are indications that a request for proposal could be issued by Indonesian Air Force in the coming weeks.

Indonesia aims to have 200 fighter jets by 2024 to form a minimum effective force and an initial requirement has been drawn up for 16 multirole aircraft to replace the ageing F-5s.  

Read the full story: Gripen gears up for Indonesia - Indo14-Day3​

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An Indian delegation from College of Air Warfare (CAW) visited Czech Gripen squadron last week, reports Afbcaslav.cz.

The delegation was welcomed by the 21 tactical air force base Commander Colonel Andrew Rejmanem, after which it went on a tour of the base. The group of officers was briefed about the base, its structure and tasks and was given a static demonstration of Gripen.

College of Air Warfare is a premier Indian Air Force tri-service institution of higher learning, which conducts a number of courses on Air Warfare for officers of the rank of Flt Lt to Gp Capt and equivalents from Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

Czech Republic Air Force has been operating 14 Gripen C/D since 1 June 2005. This year in May, Czech Republic signed a new Gripen lease according to which it will continue to operate the Swedish fighter aircraft for another 12 years, until at least 2027.

Read the full story: Návštěva indické delegace u 21. zTL​​

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Two Brazilian Air Force pilots, who were appointed to participate in the conversion training to the Gripen aircraft, have reached Sweden, reports ZH News.

Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascatto, São Bernardo do Campo (SC), and Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas Lincoln, Ipatinga (MG), both 32, arrived at F 7 Såtenäs on Monday last week.

Before arriving in Sweden, Pascatto was in Group 1 Air Defense Anapolis (GO), and Fórneas was a part of the first group of fighter aviation in Rio de Janeiro. Both pilots have the experience of flying modernized F-5, a fourth generation aircraft, currently in use by Brazil. 

As per a report in Dgabc.com​, the two pilots were chosen from about 330 Brazilian fighter pilots - there are 11 squadrons with about 30 professionals each – to learn to fly Gripen and pass on the experience to other pilots. 

“Our expectation is to transfer the knowledge to all the units back home,” Fórneas said, very formally, to a group of Brazilian journalists.

According to the report, there is still no formal agreement between the Brazilian and the Swedish air forces about the continuity of training. This is a temporary arrangement which will evolve once both countries reach an agreement over the training process.

Read the full story: Pilotos brasileiros já treinam na Suécia para pilotar novos caças Gripen NG

Photo Courtesy: Marta Sfredo​

​Here comes Aviation Blog’s second series of images of the prepping session of five Hungarian Air Force Gripen before their evening flights.

Hungarian_Gripen11.jpgThey cast long shadows in the evening sun

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Hungarian_Gripen13.jpgThe first two Gripen are already on the runway

Hungarian_gripen14.jpgGripen technical staff start working on another Gripen

Hungarian_Gripen15.jpg Using a flashlight to inspect

Hungarian_Gripen16.jpgAlmost done! Cleaning the windshield

hungarian_gripen17.jpgThe transition between sunset and total darkness of the night

Hungarian_Gripen18.jpgReady to roll!

Read the full story: Októberi nyár - II. rész

Image Courtesy: Aviation Blog

​The Aviation Blog presents the prepping session of five Hungarian Air Force Gripen before their evening flights in images.

The Gripen technical staff members prepare and check the aircraft, fuel them, look for errors and make decisions. Here are some of the images:

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The "sym" car carrier arrives in the J zone of the Kecskemet air base

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Gripen technical staff members carry the missile simulator

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Cartridges ready to be loaded to the aircraft
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Cartridges being secured with the help of a torque wrench
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Pilot fills in documentary forms 
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Kerosene tank wagons for fuel filling
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Connecting the filling tube to Gripen
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Technical staff wraps up the fuelling process
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Signal to start the APU
The Hungarian Air Force reached several milestones this year. The Air Force participated in the RIAT 2014, the JAWTEX 2014 and the Tiger Meet 2014 and was selected as a member in these exercises this year. Hungarian Gripen also played a major role in the air policing of Slovenia.  Next year, Hungary will be responsible for a four month long air policing of the Baltic States.
Read the full story: Októberi nyár – I. rész
Image Courtesy: Aviation Blog​

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“It felt like I was in one of the world’s most modern fighters, perhaps the most modern. I have absolutely no doubt that Brazil has made the right choice. It is impressive how much information the pilot has at his fingertips. It feels like you are at the spearhead, fully equipped to defend your country”, said FAB pilot Major Renato Leal Leite who flew the Swedish fighter aircraft earlier this year.

For a successful mission, having the right information and situation awareness is very important. It is also important that the pilot has the information filtered as per his or her requirement. A Gripen cockpit is an unrivalled mix of simplicity and sophistication.  Its layout has three large colour, Multi-Functional Displays (MFD) and Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) that give the pilot a superior combat advantage: ‘don’t need, don’t show’.

Gripen pilots can acquire, retrieve, process, share and display tactical information, such as positional data for hostile and friendly units, missile engagement zones, and information from radar warning receivers.

Gripen is fitted with the Tactical Information Data Link System (TIDLS) which enables the pilot to obtain qualitative data from other Gripen, increasing group information and situation awareness and eventually enhancing the capability of force interaction.

Read more about Gripen’s features here.​

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