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The South African Air Force (SAAF) held a demonstration on 1st June to assess its combat readiness. At the event, SAAF showcased its air power capability through use of  its most modern acquisitions such as Gripen and Hawk aircraft.

During the demonstration, simulation of various combat scenarios with live ammunition was carried out. The demonstration also included joint exercises with air and ground units, and aerial displays by BK-117 Helicopters, A109, Oryx and Gripen fighter jets.

Besides aerial displays, Gripen fighters and Hawks also flew bomb damage assessment and engaged in a mock dogfight. In total, six Gripen fighters participated.

Read the full story here​.

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Saab is hopeful about a potential Gripen deal in Croatia, reports Reuters.

Magnus Lewis-Olsson, Head of Market Area Europe, said that Croatia is likely to start taking offers very soon for its fighter aircraft programme.

According to Lewis-Olsson, “if not urgent, then at least it is happening quicker than anticipated.”

Croatia currently operates a fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets which it is looking to replace with multi-role aircraft. Earlier this month, Saab sent a Gripen and a Gripen simulator to Croatia to present the capabilities of the fighter.

As per Pierre Gauffin, Director Gripen Croatia, Gripen has some advantages over its competitors in Croatia. First, Gripen is the latest generation aircraft and will stay relevant for years to come. Also, Gripen has been a multi-role fighter from the beginning.​

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Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) regarding the continued support and maintenance of Gripen C/D. The contract is valued at approximately SEK 1.9 billion and will be in effect from June 2017 to December 2019.

The contract primarily covers design and support, component maintenance, spare parts, the provision of logistics, and the procurement of certain equipment. In addition, the contract also allows for the requisition of technical system support, aircraft maintenance with associated spare parts, and the management of obsolescence.

"This contract will ensure effective Gripen C/D operation and availability for the coming years. Our support solutions contribute to Gripen's low life-cycle cost and provide the Swedish Armed Forces and other Gripen customers with the most effective means by which to sustain their aircraft," says Torsten Öhman, Acting Head of the Support and Services business area within Saab.

Read the full story here.

Photo: Sören Nielsen​​

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Sweden will lead the ACE 2019 exercise, reports NSD.se.

Carl-Johan Edström, Squadron Chief at Norrbotten Wing, says that ACE 17 was a successful exercise.

"The weather was great for flying. We did various advanced missions, and next time the exercise is going to be even more complex," he says.

According to Edström, one of the best parts of an exercise like ACE is that it is easy to fly at various heights and over large areas in the northern Nordic region. "That is why this exercise is so much in demand," he says.

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Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten and Luftforsvaret

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When you choose Gripen, you have the best fighter on side, meeting high operational requirements and still balancing cost efficiency needs. 

Photo: Jamie Hunter​

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Gripen's fly-past marked the new NATO headquarters handover ceremony last week.

Photo Courtesy: NATO

​Four new Royal Thai Air Force pilots have graduated now. These pilots are now qualified to fly Gripen fighters. Here are some images from the ceremony that was held to celebrate their achievement. 

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Image Courtesy: RTAF

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Caslav Open Day attracted more than 45,000 visitors this year. One of the main highlights of the event was Gripen's aerial display by new Czech display pilot Captain Ivo Kardoše.

Captain Kardoše has flown more than 500 flight hours in the Gripen aircraft. On being asked about a display pilot’s training process, he says that he has learnt everything from his predecessors. "It is up to me to continue in their footsteps and maintain the tradition of Czech Gripen's brilliant performances at airshows," he says.

Captain Kardoše also talked about what a normal day in the life of a pilot looks like. "The day starts with the distribution of flight assignments, followed by a briefing on weather, training space etc. Pilots then get ready for their training missions which may involve other aircraft from foreign countries as well. Due to this, the preparation can take several hours. After the flight, the evaluation process begins where feedback is given to everyone involved. Besides these regular training missions, we also train on simulators, train younger pilots and prepare for international exercises," he adds.

Captain Ivo Kardoše has flown various aircraft but his favourite has been Gripen. "My dream finally came true with Gripen," he says. He will be performing Gripen aerial displays at various airshows around the world for the next three years. This year alone, he has 15 performances scheduled.

Read the full story here.

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Earlier this month, Saab presented the technical capabilities of Gripen fighter aircraft to military and political authorities of the Republic of Croatia. A Hungarian Gripen fighter and a Gripen simulator were sent to be presented to a delegation led by the president of the Republic of Croatia and the Supreme Commander of the Croatian Armed Forces Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Using the simulator, the members of the delegation had the opportunity to test the flying capabilities of the fighter and get a first hand view of the control panel and display of the fighter. 

“Saab perceives Croatia as an important market, and with today's event we wanted to make the representatives of Croatian authorities and military more familiar with technical capabilities of Gripen fighter aircraft. With this we want to demonstrate preparedness in providing support to Croatian authorities in the context of making a decision on the future of combat aviation of the Croatian Air Force, “stressed Pierre Gauffin, Director Gripen Croatia.

In the coming weeks, experts from Croatian Ministry of Defence will visit Hungary and the Czech Republic to get an understanding of the procurement process and see how these airforces use Gripen.

According to Gauffin, Gripen has some clear advantages over its competitors in Croatia. First of all, unlike the other offers, Gripen is not a second had aircraft which means it will stay relevant for years to come. Also, as compared to F-16, Gripen has been a multi-role fighter from the beginning. 

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A Hungarian Air Force Gripen will be participating in the upcoming Motril airshow which will be held at the Playa de Calahonda in Motril City, Spain. 

The Hungarian Gripen fighter will be putting up an aerial display for the audience present at the airshow. About 50,000 people are expected to attend the show. Besides Gripen, participating aircraft include names like AV-8B Harrier II and Zenair CH 601.

This will be the first time a Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighter will be on display in Spain. The airshow will be held on the 10th and 11th of June.

Read more here.

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