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With a plan to strengthen its Air Force capabilities by 2024, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is drawing up a new shopping list which includes procurement of more Gripen fighters, reports IHS Jane.

The RTAF has 12 Gripen aircraft in service right now. According to the report, the Air Force outlined a requirement in September for at least six additional Gripen aircraft within the next decade. 

The RTAF had ordered 12 Gripen C/Ds, two Saab 340 Erieye AEW Aircraft and one Saab 340B for training and transport duties. The first batch of six Gripen was handed over in early 2011 and the rest were delivered in 2013. 

The purchase of new fighters for the RTAF is a government-to-government agreement in which Saab is supplying the Gripen fighters to the Swedish FMV. The multi-role Gripen fighters are based at Wing 7 in Surat Thani, the only intercept jet fighter squadron in southern Thailand.

Read full story:  Thai military outline procurement shopping list

Image Courtesy: Katsuhiko Tokunaga​

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Saab will participate at Seoul International Aerospace&Defense Exhibition 2013 (ADEX 2013​) where conversations around new aerospace technologies including the latest Gripen NG fighter system will take place.

Aviation enthusiasts and trade visitors from around the world would be in full attendance to see products, features, innovative designs and to strike deals and be a part of meetings and conferences at the event.

The exhibition will be held from 29 October to 3 November 2013. The Korean government is forming a national support policy to promote the exhibition as the re-presentative aerospace and defense exhibition of the Asia-Pacific region.

The exhibition is held once in every two years.​

Gripen presented a spectacular aerial display at the CIAF 2013 last month.

Czech International Air Fest (CIAF) is held every year at the Hradec Králové airport and top military and civilian fighter planes participate in it. This year, the fest was held on 7 and 8 September. The good weather attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the event.​ 

Magnus.jpgThe Swedish Ambassador to Brazil, Magnus Robach is confident that the bid from the Swedish government and Saab to sell the Gripen to Brazil will succeed, even if the decision is delayed, reports defesanet.

"Even if the decision is made now or later, we trust our proposal," says Magnus Robach, Ambassador of Sweden.

According to the report, Sweden has strengthened its teams in Brazil, both in the diplomatic area with a defence attaché based permanently in Brazil, and in the corporate area with a new Communications Director for Saab, Latin America named Isabela Gargaro. 

With a strong presence in the SISFRON Program, MEDAV air radar, naval systems and Erieye radar system, the Swedish industry is quietly preparing with an effective proposal, the report adds.

Read the full story:  SUÉCIA – CONFIANTE E REFORÇA PRESENÇA​

Image Courtesy: Pawel Flato

Gripen performed warm up exercise at the Axalp 2013 last week. The live firing demonstration however was cancelled later due to bad weather. The video shows Gripen practising amidst the mountains of Axalp.

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Gripen took off twice from Payerne Air Base and made two passes on Tuesday as a warm up exercise for the live firing demonstration at Axalp.

It was warm and sunny at the top of Axalp’s live firing range resulting in a spectacular sight of the participating aircraft for the visitors and photographers who climbed up there.

Image Courtesy: Sven Zimmermann

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Two Gripen fighters were scrambled last week when an unidentified aircraft from Germany headed into Czech Republic, reports iDNES.cz.

The aircraft failed to make any contact and there were three passengers and a pilot on board. Explaining how such missions pan out, Gripen pilot Jaroslav Míka says that usually the fighter approaches the civilian aircraft as close as 300m for visual contact, and tries to establish communication on the international emergency frequency.

“In most cases, we are successful in establishing communication with the aircraft and it is much easier for the civilian aircraft to explain its problem. If the aircraft is unable to establish communication due to technical problems but it is following its flight plan, such an aircraft is not considered a violator of our air space,” Míka says.

Mika adds that it is not feasible to use L-159 Alca instead of Gripen in such situations as the former with its less powerful engine might be more economical, but it may not be able to catch the non-communicating object.

“It would be more expensive for the state to keep Alca on permanent alert during times of immediate danger or security threat as compared to using the Gripen which is more universally deployable at a wide range of speed, from slow speed to supersonic", Míka said.

Read the full story:  Sportovní letadlo neodpovídalo, k letišti v Kladně ho doprovodily gripeny

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Saab believes that the key to achieving efficiency lies in the way people are involved in the work process.

At the recently held Innovative Manufacturing Conference in Dübendorf ZH, Bengt Savén, Director Business Development at Saab Aeronautics talked about Gripen’s smart production process.

Bengt Savén said that it is very important to integrate new technology with human aspects at the work place. One needs to involve everyone in the everyday continuous improvement of both products and the work flow.

By intelligently engaging people in the development and production process, Saab succeeded in producing state-of-the-art military aircraft like the Gripen which is cost-efficient, both in procurement price and maintenance.

Read the full story:Excellent People Enable Excellent Production​

Gripen axalp.jpgThree Swedish Air Force Gripens are at the air base of Payerne to participate in the annual flight demonstration at Axalp on 9 and 10 October.

The Axalp air force live fire event is a perfect opportunity to experience the capabilities of the participating aircraft as the region with its high altitude and mountains provide a challenging environment. The height factor also gives the visitors a chance to get a spectacular view of the live action.

Saab is also organizing a photography contest where the entry with the best Gripen moment from the Axalp could feature in the Gripen calendar for 2014.

For more information about Gripen's participation in the exercise and the contest, please visit:Gripen at Axalp​​

Image Courtesy: Peter Liander

Gripen performed to an excited crowd at the NATO Days and Czech Air Force Days last month.

Even though the weather could have been better, the event was still attended by 145,000 people on Saturday and Sunday. According to the organizers, NATO Days are the most visited event lasting more than one day in the Czech Republic.

The most attractive of the eight-hour programme at the event included Gripen’s aerial display and its in-flight refueling with the Swedish C-130 Hercules tanker.​

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