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Teams from various Gripen operating airforces like Hungary, Thailand and Sweden are in Czech Republic this week as the international exercise 'Lion Effort' kickstarts today at the Čáslav Air Base.

Along with Gripen, Polish F-16 and German Eurofighter are also participating from their home bases.

“It is an honour for the Czech Air Force to host this year’s Lion Effort which also marks ten years of flying the JAS-39 Gripen in our Air Force”, says Brigadier General Libor Štefánik, the Commander of the Czech Air Force. “Having NATO Allies and partner nations flying together is a great opportunity. The air and ground crews will learn from each other and further improve their interoperability”.

On 22 May, Lion Effort will coincide with celebrations of ten years of operation of Gripen in the Czech Republic. Gripen has been in service with the Czech Republic since May 2005. Last year, Sweden and the Czech Republic announced an extension of the Gripen contact for another 12 years. 

Lion Effort 2015 is taking place at Čáslav air base in the Czech Republic between May 11 and 24, 2015.

Know more about the Lion Effort here.

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Czech Gripen fighters performed a ceremonial flyover to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and victory by the Allies, reports Radio.cz.

It was the first flyover above Prague Castle in more than a quarter century as the airspace is a no-fly zone. This made the fly-by even more dramatic and unique as the no fly restrictions were lifted exclusively for the Gripen fighters to mark the beginnings of celebrations. 

The Second World War ended in Europe in May 1945. The event is also known as the Victory Day and is being celebrated across Europe with exhibitions, lectures, parades etc. The celebrations in Czech Republic included an exhibition of rare pictures of Czech soldiers during the Second World War.

Read the full story here.

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Swedish Air Force Gripen and Finnish fighters practiced some impressive missions at the beginning of the Finland-Sweden training event (FSTE) this April.

During the last few years, Swedish Air Force, in partnership with its neighboring countries, has carried out Cross Border Training exercises (CBT) almost every week. All these exercises have acted as a foundation for the FSTE.

The planning for FSTE, an exercise that focuses at carrying out joint training sessions with the NATO countries based in the Baltic region, started a year ago. Participating aircraft at FSTE include eight Swedish Air Force Gripen, along with F/A-18 Hornets from Finland, F-16 from 510 Fighter squadron in Italy and air-refueling aircraft from Mildenhall.

FTSE is a cost-effective training exercise aiming to increase the capability of the participating forces to carry out advanced air operations with other countries.

Read the full story: Med våra närmaste grannar​​

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Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Chief, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, flew the Saab Gripen during his recent visit to Wing 7, Surat Thani, Thailand.

Image Courtesy: RTAF

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Saab has sent a full scale model of Gripen NG to Santa Cruz Air Force Base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to participate in the celebration of 70 years of the Fighter Aviation Day.​

The Gripen NG model will be scheduled to be on display at future military events in Brazil where general public can get a glimpse of the future FAB fighter.

According to the Chief of Staff of the General Command of Air Operations (COMGAR), Lieutenant General Air Luiz Fernando de Aguiar, the model has been provided for a temporary period by Saab.

"For the military, getting to know the Gripen model is a form of motivation for the progression of our Air Force and for the population, it is a way to learn more about the work that the FAB does," Lieutenant General said in a report in Aereo.jor.br.

Read the full story: FAB recebe maquete em tamanho real do caça Gripen NG​

Image Courtesy: Sgt Rezende/Força Aérea Brasileira​

Alexander Galante of Aereo.jor.br explores the Gripen NG cockpit at the recently held LAAD 2015 Defense Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The cockpit for Gripen NG, being developed for the Brazilian Air Force, has a Wide Area Display. The Gripen model at LAAD 2015 shows three large displays, which is based on the current Gripen C/D’s design. 

“Taking into account that is a mock-up, the cockpit looked comfortable and the WAD display should really make a difference when you have a lot of information and you need to select the most important in short time and decide what do,’ writes Galante.

Image Courtesy: Aereo.jor.br

Saab is honored to be able to present to the Brazilian public for the first time ever, a full scale Gripen NG at LAAD 2015 Defense Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro. This is as close as it gets. Have a look at the Gripen NG model! 

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Saab continues to work on improvements and upgradation of Gripen C/D.  Last month, Ulf Nilsson, the new head of Saab’s aeronautics division, stressed that Gripen C will play an important role for years to come. Among the many upgrade options for Gripen C/D, the latest is MK4, a technologically advanced version of the renowned PS-05/A radar. 

MK4 gives Gripen C/D an improved performance and operating range. The upgraded radar comes with a new hardware configuration and a complete new radar back-end, giving significantly improved radar performance and operational range, enhancing the Gripen Weapon System capabilities and offering full AMRAAM and Meteor integration. The MK4 also equips Gripen C/D to successfully counter the challenging and advanced threats in the coming years.

“The Mk4 is a world-class multifunction radar, with excellent ECCM performance, growth capability and with very low life cycle cost,” says Lars Tossman, Head of Airborne Surveillance Systems at Saab business area Electronic Defence Systems.

Read the full story here​.

Image Courtesy: Søren Augustesen, Saab

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Saab and the Brazilian Ministry of Defence, through the Aeronautics Command (COMAER), have signed a contract for Gripen NG weapon acquisition. The total order value is approximately USD 245 million. The order is expected to be booked by Saab during the second half of 2015. 

The weapon acquisition contract includes weapon deliveries by Saab and suppliers which have been selected by the customer, for the Brazilian Gripen aircraft. The weapon deliveries will be made in relation to deliveries of the Gripen NG aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force.

Read the full story here.

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Saab’s South African facilities, Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), has emerged as a global EW player according to a report in Defence Web.

Saab SGD’s orders include delivery of microwave components for the antennas and electronic warfare components of the Gripen fighter jet for the international market, says the report. These parts are currently being assembled for Gripen fighters at SGD’s facilities in Centurion outside Pretoria.

SGD, the largest Saab subsidiary outside of Sweden, was built in the 1990s. Saab invested in SGD as a part of the offset requirements which were integral to the Gripen South Africa contract.

As per Chris Skinner, head of marketing and sales at SGD, Saab backing has helped position the company for increased international export sales tremendously and the company today has turnover in excess of a billion rand a year and employs 700-800 people. 80-90% of this revenue is from foreign orders.

Read the full story: Saab Grintek Defence growing as global EW player

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