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Eight Swedish Gripen fighters and three Rafale fighters were part of a two-week long exercise called Bernadotte. The joint exercise, which was held in France, was an opportunity for both the air forces to test their inter-operational capabilities.
The exercise consisted of missions that depicted general threat scenarios. The idea was to learn to operate under unfamiliar conditions, and with different kinds of fighters.
"When we train with foreign nations, the goal is always the same - to be interoperable," said Guillame, Commander of the 3/30 "Lorraine" Squadron, and organizer of the exercise.
The exercise lasted for two weeks.
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Image Courtesy: French Air Force
When Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto flew Gripen for the first time in 2015, he was very impressed with the way Gripen managed the pilot work load. "What I liked the most was the highly advanced human-machine interface," he said.
Pascotto was one of the first few Brazilian pilots who left Anápolis for F7 in Såtenäs to learn all about the future fighter of their Air Force and pass on this knowledge to his colleagues and newly qualified Gripen instructors.
Fast forward to today, and more than 140 professionals have been trained in Sweden till date. They have already returned to Brazil, and most of them are working at the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN).
Today, there is an excitement amongst everyone at the Brazilian Air Force about the arrival of new fighters with people eagerly waiting for Gripen to become operational in Brazil.
“There is a desire and a thrill that has not been seen for a long time. Today we have a group dedicated to studying this aircraft, which asks us a lot of questions. The pilots know they will have the opportunity to operate a modern machine that will enable them to complete their missions successfully. FAB is restructuring and training the squadron to operate Gripen,” says Lieutenant Colonel Renato Leal Leite.
Those who have flown it never forget it. “Flying Gripen was challenging, rewarding and an operational crowning experience,” says Major Gustavo Pascotto.
Teams are working diligently on ...
Flying The Flag
A Swedish Air Force Gripen rides the afterburner climbing rapidly in the sky over its homeland.
Photo: Rich Cooper/COAP Media
Sweden has been experiencing one of the hottest summers in a long time due to which wildfires have become a common phenomenon all throughout the Arctic circle.
To control one such forest fire which had spread near the military range in the country, Swedish emergency management authorities took Gripen's help to drop a single 500-pound class GBU 12 bomb. The strong air pressure from the explosion can help extinguish the blaze just like a puff of air can blow out a candle.
The Gripen fighters flew 3000m above ground, and with high precision, the pilots targeted the front of the line of the fire where they dropped the bomb. Once they hit the target, the 500 pound explosives managed to extinguish the flames.
Who needs an airstrip when a public road can do the job? Gripen is tailor-made for short take off and landings like this example from exercise Aurora 17, Sweden.
Photo: Per Kustvik
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With every passing year, the signal environment for Electronic Warfare (EW) systems is becoming more and more complex. There are more signals out there, both military and civilian. Hence it becomes imperative to have a smart EW systems which can quickly differentiate a threat signal from other signals.
All around us, there is an Electromagnetic (EM) spectrum which covers all energy radiated by means of electromagnetic waves including radio communication and radar transmission. According to Inga Bergstrom, Sales Director of Gripen EW, Electronic Warfare is the combat for control of the EM spectrum.
“EW may not be the primary function of a fighter, but it is an enabler to conduct a successful mission,” Inga says.
Some of the tactics used by pilots of fighter aircraft to avoid detection include silent flight by reducing emissions, or by flying at low heights. Even then, detection by enemy devices is a possibility, and in the event that Gripen E’s location has been compromised, EW system provides countermeasure techniques, such as Dispensing – in which decoys are released into the air, creating a false target to fool the enemy.
Elaborating on the features of Gripen’s EW system, Inga says that it is all about listening, detecting, identifying, and if you are detected first, about deterring, defending and defeating.
EW has been an important part of Gripen from the beginning. Today, Saab has a small, compact system that does a number of things while also reducing drag and increasing ...
The Swedish Air Force Gripen in a summer flight over its natural habitat – Sweden’s unique lakes and forests.
Photo: Rich Cooper/COAP Media
The Finnish Air Force celebrated their centenary on the 6th of March, 2018. During the weekend of 16-17 June, the Finnish Air Force held an Airshow at Tikkakoski, close to Jyväskylä, to commemorate the milestone.
One of the biggest crowd pullers was the Gripen Full Scale Replica. Around 30 000 people attended the air-show so as to get a closer look at the aircraft. Display pilot “Sunshine” from Swedish Air Force Wing F21 putting up a scintillating show, much to the delight of the audiences.
The 172nd Squadron of the Swedish
Air force participated in an air combat exercise last week, over the Baltic Sea
with the French Air force (Armée de l'air française). SwAF deployed four Gripen
fighters from Ronneby, Sweden while the French started with two Mirage 2000-5
from the Ämari Air Base in Estonia.
The exercise was conducted in line
with the Finnish-Swedish Training Event – the Swedish government’s
understanding with countries surrounding the Baltic Sea to strengthen security
cooperation. Over the years, the two countries have participated in a series of
drills with the air forces of the NATO members temporarily present in the
Baltic states, as part of FSTE. Exercises like this are a great opportunity for
pilots to train with different fighters and develop interoperability.
Swedish Air Force
The fifth generation of fighter aircraft was defined in the 1980s and was characterized by an emphasis on positional awareness and stealth. However, it’s been quite a while since then, and the focus has gradually shifted from overtly relying on stealth and tactical positioning to Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, collectively grouped as ISR capabilities. Since the Gripen E/F is being developed to have these capabilities, and with several advanced software features that are considered breakthroughs in defence, Bill Sweetman of Aviation Week had argued that it could well be called a sixth generation fighter.
Explaining some of the key concepts of Gripen evolution in a recent interview with HushKit, Richard Smith, Head of Gripen Marketing, points out that the pace of technology probably makes the concept of “generations” redundant: “We have understood that the future of air combat is going to be defined by technology – and we have built a system that truly adapts and embraces new technologies in a way that will keep us ahead of 21st century threats – fast. This is achieved through our deep and long experiences in sensor fusion and a revolutionary avionics system. For me, it means that the talk of generations, I hear so much of from within the industry just no longer means anything at all. The technology we have now, the ideas Saab engineers are working on, ensure that Gripen quite literally transcends all generations.”
About Gripen's thrust-to-weight ratio, Smith says that it is certainly enough. "The ...
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