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On Monday, Swedish Air Force Gripen flew over Iceland for the first time as a part of a Nordic Air Exercise, reports Expressen.se​.

According to the report, Sweden has sent seven Jas 39 Gripen aircraft from F21 in Luleå to Iceland to participate in this exercise.

“This is a further step forward in NATO’s excellent cooperation with Finland and Sweden: it is the first time that we have flown together over Iceland,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The Iceland Air Meet 2014 (IAM2014) brings together participants from NATO members Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands and the United States, and from partner countries Finland and Sweden, supported by NATO AWACS.  

The exercise will continue till 21 February.

Read the full story: Nu flyger svenska Jas-plan över Island

Image Courtesy: Louise Levin/ Swedish Armed Forces​

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Gripen has been featured on the cover of the Aerospace And Defence magazine's January 2014 edition.

​"Saab can immediately start working on the Gripen NG fighter development to supply the Brazilian Air Force," said Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, SAAB after meeting with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Davos last week.

“Our offer includes the delivery of the best aircraft and full technology transfer and that is what we will fulfill. We can start soon. That means there would be lots of engineering work and new plants in Brazil,” Buskhe says.

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Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to support and maintain Gripen this year.

According to FMV, the order includes support and maintenance activities and supplies like ground equipment, component maintenance and technical publications for the JAS 39 Gripen. The order is worth 174 MSEK. 

"This order is fundamental for efficient and accessible operations with the Gripen system in the current year," says Lars-Erik Wige, Head of Saab's Support and Services business area.

The support and maintenance work will take place at Saab's facilities in Linköping, Arboga, Järfälla, Gothenburg and Östersund.​

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Air Force Chief Micael Bydén with lieutenant Rebekah Haendler

A new Swedish Air Force cadet comprising 22 pilots including a woman pilot received its wings on a graduation ceremony last week, reports forsvarsmakten​.  

This was the third consecutive year when a joint degree program for pilots to fly aircraft, transport aircraft or helicopter was conducted. This year's batch was divided into 12 helicopter pilots, eight fighter jet pilots and two transport aircraft pilots.

“I have wanted to become a pilot all my life, thanks to my grandfather, who was a field aviator once,” says Nils Schylström, a proud pilot, after receiving his wings.

Among the graduated pilots was Ensign Rebecca Haendler who drew special attention for being a woman pilot.

“It is nerve-wracking but I am very happy, especially for being back home in Sweden to meet my family and my boyfriend. I still look forward to returning to Germany to complete the next part of my education,” she says.

The wings were distributed by General Micael Bydén following which the pilots and the guests at the ceremony were treated to an air show with JAS 39 Gripen and two helicopters.

The graduated Gripen pilots will now go to F7 in Såtenäs to learn about the flight system for about a year.

Read the full story: Nya piloter fick sin guldvinge​

Image Courtesy: Mats Gyllander

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Inside the plant premises, one cannot help but notice the smiles of the engineers. "We have a lot of work now" says Jonas Jakobsson, Gripen test pilot.

A report in Estadao.com describes the simplicity of the location of the Gripen manufacturing plant in Linköping and the spirit of the people involved in the making of the new generation aircraft.

The high-tech fighter jet and the political impact of the Brazilian order contrast with the simplicity of the manufacturing plant’s premises: Gripen is mounted in a modest setting of wooden houses from the '40s and '50s, the report says. 

"Sometimes we need to paint the site," said one of the technicians. In the parking lot, hundreds of bicycles dominate the landscape.

Read the full story:  Na paisagem fria e modesta, nasce o novo jato de combate

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Preparations for Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014, an exhibition of air, land and sea technologies, which is to be held in September, have started. 

South African Air Force Gripen will participate with a flying display at the event.

AAD 2014 will be held at AFB Waterkloof, Centurion in the City of Tshwane, South Africa with about 347 exhibitors from 26 countries participating. An exclusive website for the event was launched last year. 

The event will be held between 17 and 21 September with the first three days reserved for the trade visitors and the last two days for the general public to view a range of aerobatic as well as static displays.​

Photo Courtesy: AAD 2014​ website​

"To have a good surveillance capability, the possibility to move with the right equipment, to exact targeting will be very important in the future years, “says Saab CEO and president Hakan Buskhe in a video interview.

The video explores the biggest threats in the coming 10 years. The industry leaders talk about the threats as well as about the important capabilities for air forces to have in future. ​

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In a Gripen Handbook story, pilots from various air forces come forward to talk about the features of Gripen and how it has proven to be a combat ready multi role aircraft.

“Gripen is combat-proven,” says Micael Bydén, Swedish Air Force Chief Staff, adding that Gripen has shown its capabilities during the NATO mission over Libya.

“Our aircraft proved fully compatible with all NATO equipment. It was very well integrated into all systems and we were a full partner of the combined forces. Avionics and equipment were equal to those of other nations,” Bydén says.

According to Czech Air Force Commander Jiří Verner, the radar along with sensors, weapons, training and maintenance, all work smoothly together. Even the pilot’s suit, helmet and underwear are part of the system, which has a positive influence on cost and operational performance.

“We like Gripen for being a complete system,” Verner says.

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According to the Air Power Blog, Jackson Schneider, president, Embraer Defense and Security, said that the company will discuss the role of Embraer in the chain of production of 36 aircraft with Saab soon.

Schneider told Brazilian media before leaving for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in Switzerland that the role of Embraer in the production of Gripen for the Brazil Air Force is yet to be defined. 

"It is still too premature to define precisely Embraer‘s responsibility in the process. However, we will be involved in the project for sure, "said Schneider.

Read the full story:Embraer deve conversar com Saab sobre caças em fevereiro


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