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Gripen_Iceland.jpgIn February this year, 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 had 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) brought 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 continued 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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"It is an opportunity for Brazil to reduce its dependence on technology in the industry. The choice of Gripen is the basis for the development of a Brazilian supersonic military aircraft," says Professor Abdalla Alvaro Martins, School of Engineering of São Carlos-USP.

In an interview in Noticias, Professor Martins talks about the opportunities that come with the Gripen Brazil contract in terms of sharing technology and co-developing a fighter aircraft with Sweden.

 “More than technology transfer, it is important that Brazil could be a partner in the development of the aircraft. The Gripen NG is not quite ready. We can learn to design, modify and improve a combat aircraft.” Martins says.

Martins adds that depending on the agreement between Embraer and Saab, the partnership may result in benefits not only for military aviation, but also for civil aviation.

Another news report in Dinheiro​ also highlights that FAB’s agreement with Saab can put Brazil among the select group of countries that produce supersonic aircrafts.

The report adds that the Gripen contract is not restricted to just the import of aircraft but is much broader as it includes the development of Swedish - Brazilian military jets, which may even be sold to other countries.

The choice of Saab’s Gripen NG gives an impetus to the revival of the Brazilian defense industry, the report says.

Read the full story: Tecnologia de caça Gripen pode ser usada em jatos comerciais​

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Gripen has the world's most advanced military technology, says Muni Perez, a former Brazilian Air Force pilot in a report in canaltech.com.

Perez first talks about Gripen’s fly-by-wire system which enables everything to be controlled by a computer. For example, if the pilot gives a command to turn an aircraft, it goes through a computer first which analyzes if the aircraft can move safely at that time without damaging its structure.

A Gripen cockpit boasts of various advanced features including HUD, HMDS, multifunction displays and HOTAS. An HUD (Heads Up Display) helps a pilot to concentrate on flying the aircraft without having to look down for information. An HMDS (Helmet Mounted Display System), on the other hand enables the pilot to get all the information on the helmet itself, making it easier to focus on the mission even while looking outside the cabin.

The report adds that Gripen is made to be network connected i.e. it is in constant contact with other aircraft, stations and units on land and ships, sending and receiving data from sensors, radar and imaging through the DataLink system.

“Technology is constantly evolving. Saab provides an access to the source code of the system which makes it possible to upgrade the aircraft according to Brazil’s needs, and at a cost much lower than competitors,” the report says.

Read the full story: Computador voador: conheça o Gripen, novo caça comprado pelo Brasil​

"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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Mirco Knecht´s winning photo made its entry into Gripen Calendar 2014.

In an interview with Saab, Mirco says that he was always fascinated by aircraft and when he got his first camera he found a second passion i.e. photography.

Read Mirco's interview here.

Hans Einerth, Chief Wing Commander, Saab talks about what it is like to fly a Gripen and what makes the next generation aircraft unique.

“Gripen is a lovely plane to fly. The flight control system is simply terrific and the performance is outstanding. The next generation Gripen comes with a bigger engine that gives us better performance. It also comes with AESA radar that gives us the possibility to take targets farther away and also stealth targets,” Einerth says.

​Gripen presented a stunning aerial display at the the Danish Air Show 2014 Air Base Karup, Denmark last week.


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Defence and security company Saab´s new self-protection system ESTL is now airborne. The premier flight was carried out on a Gripen in early June 2014.

ESTL is an efficient self-protection system for virtually any type of fixed-wing aircraft where ESTL is installable on a mission-to-mission basis. Depending on mission profile, ESTL can be configured for different threat scenarios. ESTL provides covert sustainable pre-emptive dispensing, missile warning, forward firing of flares and cocktail dispensing.

“ESTL offers enhanced survivability in combat and conflict situations. Traditional Countermeasures may encounter difficulties with the latest generation of AAMs and SAMs, but the ESTL concept includes a module of forward firing flares. This, together with the missile approach warning sensors and an optional chaff capability, makes ESTL a powerful shield against the latest missile developments,” says Carl-Johan Bergholm, Head of Business Unit Electronic Warfare Systems at Saab. 

Read the full story:Premier Flight For Self-Protection System ESTL​

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Hungarian Air Force Gripen are in Germany to attend the NATO Tiger Meet 2014. The event is being held at the Schleswig-Jagel air base.

For Hungary, the participation at the NATO Tiger Meet is very important this year as it is the third time they are attending the event. The full membership of NATO Tiger Association can be obtained only after the third continuous presence and participation at the meet.

An mno.hu report quoted Hungarian contingent commander saying, “For two years, we were probationary members with hundreds of heads observing our work. Yesterday they chose us for full membership of the Association.”

According to the report, NATO Tiger Meet is mostly about communication. The annual meeting aims to develop cooperation between air forces and NATO for better understanding and developing interoperability between the units.

NATO Tiger association has a 45 year old history during which it has developed many traditions and customs. One of the traditions is to paint one of the Tiger Meet host’s aircraft in a Tiger scheme. Last year, the Czech Air Force Gripen got a colourful tiger scheme on its tail. According to the NATO Tiger Association, the introduction of this tradition has resulted in a large 'fan base' within the aviation enthusiast fraternity.

Read the full story: Németországba tartanak a Gripenek​

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Danish Air Show was held last weekend at Karup Air base in Denmark. Saab had a tent in the exhibit area where visitors could get information about the company and Gripen. 

The Swedish Air Force was also there with three Gripen from wing F17 in Ronneby.

The crowd at Karup was mostly Danes but there were quite a few Swedish and German visitors as well. Around 120, 000 people visited the show and they could see an impressive air display from Gripen and also from many other airplanes.

Gripen was also on static display so people could take a closer look and ask questions to pilots and technicians. For the fans of historical airplanes, there were also retired Saab Draken fighters on the ground from the Danish Air Force.

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