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To promote the Kecskemét Air Show 2013 in Hungary, a lorry is travelling to 10 cities with four-dimensional digital demonstrations, telling the story of the Hungarian Air Force, Gripen fighters and the training process of Hungarian Gripen pilots.

According to Hungarian daily Szekesfehervar, the four-dimensional digital demonstration includes aircraft simulators, aviation-related memorabilia and pictures. The visitors can also take part in blue box photography where they can get their pictures clicked as Gripen pilots.

Hungarian military aviation completes 100 years in 2013 and in this year the Kecskemét Airshow is going to be huge with around 25 countries participating.

Another Hungarian daily, MNO quoted Hungarian Defence Minister Csaba Hende saying, “Our soldiers deserve to be seen and met by hundreds of thousands of people and it is important for us to show the general public just how committed, value-added work is done within the framework of the Hungarian army, and of course we also hope that an increasing number of young people feel they should join the Army. "

The Kecskemet International Air Show will take place on August 3 and 4. 

Read the full story:  INTERAKTÍV KAMION NÉPSZERŰSÍTI PÉNTEKTŐL A KECSKEMÉTI REPÜLŐNAPOT​

Image Courtesy:International Air Sow and Military Display 

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FMV’s shop in Dubai is providing maintenance services to a Czech Air Force Gripen at the moment. 

According to an FMV  news report, the aircraft reached Dubai during late April after 1200 flight hours, when the Czech and Swedish personnel conducted a joint arrival inspection.

Describing the maintenance process, Joakim Shield, one of the flight engineers working in the shop says, “In addition to supervision, we make modifications. For example, the antenna is moved to get a better reception, ILS (Instrument Landing System) is modified and we do a modification of the pilot OBOG (Onboard Oxygen Generator) which produces the aircraft's own oxygen supply.”

The report explains that once the monitoring is complete, the aircraft is tested in a special test hall where it is held by heavy ropes. The technicians working in the cockpit are instructed from the control room about systems to be examined.

“We check that there is no vibration in the engine and we go through different emergency systems to ensure that they work. We also run the engine right through, from idle to maximum power. It usually takes four seconds,” says Åsa Boström, maintenance engineer.

Read the full story:  FMV gör underhåll av tjeckiska Gripenplan​

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About 180 class eight students in Ronneby, a small town in the south west of Sweden, visited the F17 to know how armed forces work and to get professional information about career in defence, reports forsvarsmakten​

The students were divided into nine groups spread over nine stations where they were explained about the different professions that defense can offer.

Armed Forces members who described their job roles included pilots from the F 17 and the third helicopter squadron, the air traffic controllers in transportable air traffic control towers and the maintenance team working on a fully armed Gripen. 

Besides getting professional information from the experts, the students also got an opportunity to try airbase hunters’ uniform and equipment, masks etc.

“I can imagine becoming a technician, I like to fiddle with things,” said Kajsa Engblom, one of the students.

Read the full story:  Ronneby testing industry days instead of TET

Image Courtesy: Kent Löving, forsvarsmakten

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As a part of Saab’s commitment to deliver SIP of at least 300 million, its specialists met industrial companies in Payerne, Switzerland recently to discuss business opportunities in the Gripen E programme, reports  4 traders.  

Former Swiss Air Force commander Christophe Keckeis, in his welcome note, explained how Gripen E meets all the requirements of the Swiss Air Force and how these requirements also mean great business opportunities for Swiss companies.

"The need of the Swiss Air Force to replace the aged Tiger aircraft is not questioned. It is necessary and urgent. At the same time this need offers an opportunity to many Swiss enterprises, especially Small and Medium Sized companies to position themselves for Industrial Participation," Keckeis said.

The report says that the Gripen programme comes with great business opportunities in both defence and non-defence industry and Saab has also visited Zurich, Geneva and Lucerne in recent past to look for new business partners.

"We look for long-term, commercially viable business partnerships with a sustainable impact. It is one of the criteria specified by armasuisse. The work has to be carried out systematically and with great detail, which also takes time," said Henry Johansson, Vice President Gripen Switzerland. 

Saab will visit a total of ten cities including St. Gallen, Lugano, Bern and Basle to meet various defence companies for industrial co-operation. 

Read the full story:  Saab meeting industry in Payerne​

Image Courtesy: Peter Liander

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Norrbotten Air Force Wing (F21) has reached Bodo, Norway, to participate in the Arctic Fighter Meet 2013, reports Louise Levin of  forsvarsmakten

The Arctic Fighter Meet is carried out over one week every year by the air forces of Norway, Finland and Sweden. Fighter aircraft pilots get to match their skills against different aircraft types. 

Pilots practicing against the same type of aircraft soon get to know everything about the aircraft. The Arctic Fighter meet enables them to test their skills against aircraft with different performance parameters and capability. The Meet becomes a learning ground for pilots as they take on aircraft with different thrust, different performance at different altitudes, varying weapon systems and radar systems, says Levin.

The exercise is especially useful for young, less experienced pilots as they get an opportunity to fly against older and more experienced pilots from other countries flying a different type of aircraft. The flight sessions are followed by a briefing from senior pilots helping the young pilots to learn a lot.

In addition to the tactical lessons we draw at the Arctic Fighter Meet, the exercise helps increase the confidence among the participating units and their countries. 

Also, by practicing together, we get to know each other which helps us to work together more affectively and solve any tasks we may face in the future, Levin says.

Read the full story:  Approaching the border, from across the border

Image Courtsey:  forsvarsmakten

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A recent article on Atlantic Community's website​ has good things to say about Gripen’s capabilities demonstrated during the Libyan mission.

The mission in Libya was Sweden's first air deployment after the 1960’s United Nations operation in the Congo. During the mission, the Swedish planes flew 570 operations and some of these missions were simply police enforcement of the no-fly zone. 

Overall, Sweden provided 2,770 reconnaissance reports to NATO. Due to past training exercises with the Allies, and because of the excellent capabilities evident in its Gripen aircraft, Sweden deserves high marks for the quality of its interoperable defences and excellent troops, the article says.

Read the full story here

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This June, Saab will present some of the results of over 75 years’ development and production of world-leading air defence solutions and commercial aviation at the 50th International Paris Air Show 2013.

Paris Air Show began more than a century ago and is the world's oldest and largest aviation show. The event will be held at the Le Bourget exhibition centre on 17-23 June 2013. The show will be open for general public on June 21-23.

Besides Gripen fighter system and Gripen Cockpit Simulators, Saab’s products on display would include Saab 340 Maritime Security Aircraft, Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C and Skeldar V-200 Land.

Visitors can find Saab in its pavilion and static display position D-146 and at chalet no. A-278, where it will be holding some thought-provoking briefings.​

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Gripen’s aerial display at the Kecskemet Air show to be held on 3-4 August is expected to be a major draw for thousands of visitors expected at the event.  In this year’s Air Show, Captain Viktor Langó is expected to lead the Gripen displays. In an article in honvedelem, Viktor Langó recalls his childhood growing up in the vicinity of the Kecskemét military air base.

Langó recounts his childhood experience of attending the first ever air show in Kecskemét with his father. 

Langó started flying at the age of 16 with a glider. At 18 he applied for the Kilián College and for the transportation engineering course at the University of Technology in Budapest, with the intention of studying there at the aircraft engineering faculty. However, when he heard about a Canadian training opportunity, he applied there as well, and after several theoretical and practical preparatory courses, in 2005, he travelled to Canada to join the programme. 

His training consisted of aerobatics, formation flights, low-altitude navigation and visits to a number of civil and military air bases. The Hungarian trainee pilot mastered his basic flying skills on Harvard II and Hawk. Combat training took place at the Cold Lake air base. After returning home, Langó joined up as a pilot in 2007.

“At present, one of my major tasks is to compile this year’s aerobatics programme based on my fellow pilots’ experiences. The routine will be built on the choreography followed by my excellent predecessors, with some additions ...

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Saab has announced a contest in which the winner will get to fly a Gripen Simulator in Linköping!

As a part of this contest, Saab has created a webpage to reach out to the people in Sweden and to tell them what Saab is really doing.  

The page invites people who know Saab as a global defence and security company with businesses all over the world to test their knowledge about Saab and a get a glimpse of what one of the world’s leading tech companies is doing.

One can participate in the quiz by visiting the webpage​  and answering a few set of questions.  The winner will be picked out in the second week of June. The Simulator is normally used to educate and train pilots. Soon, it may be your turn to be in the pilot's seat!

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Czech Air Force Gripens might be sent to protect the Baltic countries again in 2015, says a news report in ceskenoviny

"We are ready to repeat the mission in 2015," Prime Minister of Czech Republic Petr Necas said. 

Petr Necas, after meeting with his Latvian counterpart Valdis Dombrovskis, told the journalists that both he and Dombrovskis agreed that the Czech-Latvian relations are good and the two countries also want to intensify bilateral economic cooperation.

Czech Republic has been on a mission to protect the Baltic airspace in 2009 and 2012 as well.

Read the full story:  Czechs May Protect Baltic Countries' airspace again in 2015-Necas​​

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