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Saab has signed an order to provide Deployable Aircraft Maintenance Facility (DAM) to the Hungarian Air Force for their fleet of Gripen C fighter aircraft. 

DAM is a mobile hangar solution that enables enhanced aircraft maintenance capacity allowing rapid deployment anywhere and anytime. The mobile hangar solution provides the same capabilities as a stationary maintenance infrastructure but at a fraction of the cost.

“This is an important breakthrough for Saab as it marks the first order of the DAM, a fairly new offering in our product portfolio. It is a proof of our continued capability to deliver support solutions allowing air forces to combine operational availability with cost efficiency,” says Ellen Molin, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s business area Support and Services.

While operating out of remotely located and dispersed forward bases, availability of a fighter aircraft depends on a lot of maintenance related factors. To ensure high availability of a fleet, a well-equipped hangar is a must.

Saab’s First Line Maintenance Hangar provides enhanced aircraft maintenance capacity, whilst the multispectral camouflage provides protection of the aircraft and personnel. The hangar is designed for docking to the Maintenance Containers, providing a sealed and protected environment for maintenance.

The DAM facility will be delivered to the Hungarian Air Force this year.

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​Here's another nice video sent by the Hungarian Air Force from the time they trained in Visdel with their MS20 upgraded Gripens.


During a two-week training at the Vidsel Air Base, Hungarian Gripen fighters were put through various training exercises to test the new capabilities that come with the MS20 update.

With its huge test and training area, the Vidsel Air Base is an ideal place for the six Hungarian Gripen fighters to train. "Technically, the MS20 capabilities have already been integrated to the fighters. But it is time to train the team to use the new features," says Lennart Zettergren, who is responsible for training at FMV, export division.

As a part of the MS20 update, Hungarian Gripen's engine control system, aircraft control system, and avionics system have gone through a software update. Pilot-machine interface, link functions, and radar functions have been updated as well. 

"So many changes are not easy to incorporate in a short span of time. There are several challenges. But the seamless cooperation between Saab, FMV and Hungary has made the modernisation of the Hungarian Gripen fleet possible despite a tight schedule," says Kristian Saf Pernselius, Project Manager for Gripen, Hungary at FMV.   

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The two week international triannual Gripen exercise Lion Effort, that was being held at the Kecskemét airbase, Hungary has ended. Apart from practicing various missions together, the users also shared experiences of operating Gripen and best practices. 

For more images from the event, click here​.

The biggest multinational Gripen Exercise, Lion Effort 2018 starts today. Swedish, Czech and Hungarian Air Forces have sent their Gripen fighters for participation while representatives from the Royal Thai Air Force and the Brazilian Air Force will participate as observers.


The two week long exercise comprises of things like familiarity flying, aerial photography missions, aerial refueling and combat missions with participants divided into Red and Blue teams. But the participants do not just train together, they also get an opportunity to share their experiences of operating Gripen, best practices, and exchange information.

​As summers came to a close, the Hungarian Gripen pilots conducted a night flying training session in the last week of August making use of the last of the longer daylight. The fighters took off late into the evening and practiced aerial tests in the central zone of Kecskemét. There were three single seaters and one two-seater Gripens that took part in the exercise. Check out the pictures of the night flying exercise. 

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The Hungarian Air Force has been training for night flying missions using newly-delivered night vision goggles (NVGs) for the last two years now. This has further enhanced the combat readiness of the Hungarian Air Force.

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​Gripen presented a spectacular aerial display on 20th August in Hungary to celebrate the State Foundation Day of the country. This day is celebrated throughout the country with hoisting of the Hungarian flag, fireworks and displays like this. Gripen-Performs-At-Hungary-State-Foundation-Day-2018.jpg

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For the first time ever, Hungarian Air Force Gripen and Royal Air Force Typhoons trained together by participating in the exercise Flying Sword. 

The objective of Flying Sword, which was held at the Kecskemet Air Base Air Base between 30 July and 3 August, was to develop and enhance the operational effectiveness of Hungarian Gripen fighters, with the aid of several practice and training missions conducted with RAF Typhoons.

The air forces jointly planned and implemented several NATO operations and drills, with a goal to increase the combat readiness of the airplanes, especially from an interoperational perspective. 

Though the Hungarian Air Force and the Royal Air Force have participated in joint training exercises before as well, it was the first time the RAF Typhoons and HuAF Gripen fighters trained together. The two fighters conducted both visual combat and beyond visual range missions on all days of the exercise.

“While the Typhoon is a twin-engine plane and Gripen is comparatively smaller in size, the two fighters performed seamlessly during the training drills,” said Csaba Ugrik, Brigadier General and Base Commander at MH 59. Dezső Szentgyörgyi Air Base.

According to RAF Squadron Leader Ellis Williams, Flying Sword was a great opportunity to learn from each other's experiences.

“We work on the same rules and tactics, so to operate with a different nation is quite comforting. It is exciting to train with different fighters, and different group of people. But ultimately, we are all growing, we ...

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Six Hungarian Air Force Gripen practiced air-to-ground and air-to-air live firing last month at the Air Superiority 2018 exercise held at the Vidsel Air Base. 

The Vidsel Air Base, located just a hundred km from the Arctic Circle, is the largest firing range in Sweden as well as the European Union. Since it was their fourth visit, the Hungarian pilots were familiar with the air base. During their last visit in 2015, the pilots were trained for their first Baltic Air Policing mission. It was, in fact, their first major international mission in 70 years. 

The Air Superiority 2018 lasted for two weeks; in the first half of which the participants performed planned air-to-air and air-to-ground firings using AIM-9L type Sidewinder missiles, AGM-65 type air-to-ground missiles and Gripen's internal cannons.

One of the major goals of this exercise was to develop capabilities for Close Air Support missions which requires seamless coordination with forces on the ground.

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Image Courtesy: Dr. Lt. Colonel Toperczer​

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The Hungarian Air Force sent five Gripen fighters to participate in this year's NATO Tiger Meet (NTM 2018). The fighters flew 60 hours during the 12 day exercise.

The Tiger Meet this year involved 24 squadrons contributing 70 fighters and 10 helicopters. The exercise saw 1500 personnel from the 16 participating countries coming together for joint air exercises which involved different aircraft types and operational procedures. The Tiger Meet gave pilots an opportunity to collaborate and learn from senior pilots of other air forces.

Hungary has been participating in the Tiger meet since 2014. This year too the participating team took away learnings from joint operations and complex air combat simulations with 70 aircraft operating simultaneously in air-to-air and air-to-ground tasks. The Ground staff too were a part of the operations, manning the ‘war rooms’ during the exercises.

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