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KEFO Motorsports’ new promotional material features a racing car competing against Gripen fighter aircraft, reports MH 59.

With 0 to 100 km/hour acceleration in 3.2 seconds, the racing car was a serious opponent to the aircraft, the report says.

The idea behind the feature was to perfectly symbolize the car's performance. Take a look at the pictures.

Read the full story: Versenyautó vs. vadászgép

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Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka took the opportunity to witness Gripen’s capabilities when he visited the Čáslavská Air Base and watched the aircraft's flight demonstration on 20 May, reports

Mr. Sobotka was accompanied by Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnického and Chief of Staff Major General Francis Malenínského, 21st Tactical Air Force, Čáslav.

The delegation of the ministers watched the flight demonstration of a pair of Gripen, including their landing on the Caslav airport runway. 

Read the full story: Návštěva předsedy vlády na čáslavské letecké základně

Have a look at the video of the visit and the Gripen demonstration here.​

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Seven Gripen fighter aircraft put on a spectacular show for visitors at the Air Capability Demonstration (ACD) held by the South African Air Force (SAAF) at the Roodewal weapons range outside Polokwane in Limpopo last week, reports Defence Web.

The demonstration started with Pathfinders from 44 Parachute Brigade parachuting to the ground and taking positions in the veld. Two Gripen performed an air combat patrol overhead followed by a display of simulated air to air engagement with Hawk.

At the end of the event, all the participating aircraft and helicopters flew past assembled visitors while an Oryx and a C-130 released flares.

It was SAAF's first Air Capability Demonstration​ this year.

Read the full story:Strong Air Force presence at Air Capability Demonstration​

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The Blekinge Wing, F 17, of the Swedish Air Force was established during the Second World War, in 1944. The 70th anniversary was celebrated with a big air show on the 1st of June and approximately 40,000 people took the opportunity to visit the base, which is located near the town of Ronneby in the south east corner of Sweden. 

Flying with Saab aircraft since the 1940s, the F 17 Wing today has two operational Gripen squadrons. Both squadrons are important cornerstones in the Swedish air defence, being strategically based close to the Baltic Sea. 

Visitors to the air show got the opportunity to take a close look at Gripen on static display and to meet pilots and ground crew. A team of technicians showed visitors how easy it is to maintain Gripen by performing an engine exchange outside an inflatable hangar. 

The grand finale of the air display program was a fly past of a five aircraft formation of classic Saab aircraft: Tunnan from 1948, Draken from 1955, Viggen and Saab 105 from the 1960s. And, of course, the formation was led by a Gripen.​

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​The Gripen project has quietly built momentum since it began in the early 1980s and now stands as arguably the most promising export-oriented combat aircraft programme in the world, says Angad Singh in an exclusive report on the fighter aircraft which featured as the cover story “The Gripen Forges Ahead In Super Mode” for the May-June issue of the Vayu magazine.

Gripen made its first flight in December 1988, and the first production aircraft was delivered to the FMV in 1993. In total, Sweden had ordered 204 fighter aircraft which were delivered in three batches. Though the first batch was delivered under a fixed price contract, Saab and FMV agreed on a ‘target price’ concept for the second batch. Taking it even further, the third batch was delivered in 2008 at a cost that was 10 per cent less than the agreed-upon price, impressively increasing the efficiency of the programme.

For Gripen’s new variant, Saab and its partners have invested heavily in cutting edge technologies such as gallium nitride (GaN) for sensors such as AESA radars and electronic warfare (EW) systems. Selex Skyward-G infrared search and track (IRST) sensor and a new IFF (identification friend or-foe) system have added to the buzz around Gripen E development.

The Gripen E test aircraft which has already shown its supercruise ability in 2009, has logged around 300 flights ratifying its vital systems and airframe attributes and generating unprecedented interest across the globe.

Gripen is being successfully operated in six countries- Czech Republic, Hungary, ...

Gripen E represents that rarest of capability improvements, one that does not come with a correspondingly hefty price tag, says Angad Singh in an exclusive report on the fighter aircraft which featured as the cover story “The Gripen Forges Ahead In Super Mode“ for the May-June issue of Vayu magazine.​.

Gripen E development, right from the start has been focused on producing an aircraft that combines high performance and low cost. For example, GE F414 engine, with its high performance and reliability was the obvious choice for the new generation aircraft. Also, sensor development for Gripen E focuses on leveraging a mix of innovative solutions and proven technologies which eventually keep the cost down.

Gripen E would have sensors that are enhanced, not just in comparison to its earlier variants, but also to contemporary fighters worldwide. It would also feature GaN-based EW suite that provides tremendous situational awareness and BriteCloud which is an onboard active decoy from Selex.

All this, according to the report, results in an aircraft that looks much the same – and feels much the same – but brings a quantum leap in performance and combat ability to the type.

Saab has not only drawn on its experience from the Gripen A/B to C/D conversion programme, but also on industry best practices acquired from manufacturing work done for Airbus and Boeing commercial products.

More emphasis on pre-production design work has led to reduced parts count for the new airframe, and shorter component manufacturing times, making each aircraft less ...

​Czech Republic Air Force Gripen performs a stunning air display at ILA Berlin Air Show. The country sent two Gripen, one for static and the other for flying display at the event. 

ILA Berlin Airshow was held from 20 to 25 May.​

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On Sunday, June 1, Gripen demo pilot Martin Hansson will perform his last aerial display in Sweden.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to attend Hansson’s aerobatic display at the Swedish Air Force’s Flight Day 2014 in Ronneby this weekend.

“It is a special feeling when you know that so many people will be coming to watch the display.  Since no one can usually see us, being in the limelight gives us an extra adrenaline rush,” he says.

About the flight demonstrations, Hansson says that it is a standard program. Sometimes he adds something extra while performing the stunts. A demonstration program includes the most advanced maneuvers that pilots can do with Gripen and it can be mentally tiring.

“Flying is okay, however, it is the curves that are stressful. During an airshow, my body is subjected to g-forces between minus 1.5 and 9 g. This means that my body weighs nine times more than it is. It is not physically strenuous, but is mentally tiring."

This year marks 70 years of F17 and the theme for the day is: F17 Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow.

Read the full story:  En sista uppvisning på F17

​Gripen has a very moderate life cycle cost compared to its competitors. Life cycle cost equals acquisition cost plus operational costs during the entire lifetime. Flight hour cost is a parameter included in operational cost. When comparing these costs, it’s important to calculate with equal conditions, i.e. to compare “apples with apples”. An independent study based on open source ordered by Saab was conducted by IHS Jane’s with the following results:

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Gripen has a considerably lower flight hour cost than its competitors. Some competitors are even several times more expensive than Gripen. There are three main reasons for this:

Cost consciousness from the start:

  • Cost has always been a design parameter and Saab’s engineers are asked to maximise performance at a given cost, not just to maximise performance freely.
  • Cost is a design parameter
  • Maintenance and mean time between failure is part of the design variables

We select the best suppliers

  • Saab is a systems integrator for Gripen
  • For every system category, we look for the best price-performance, choose freely, and select the suppliers that best meet our high standards

Lean and model based development

  • The models provide early design validation which reduces risk
  • ​The models help engineers to visualise systems’ behaviour and thereby help avoiding misunderstandings

Cost Summing up:

  • Cost is not something that is added later. It is built in from the very beginning “as a design feature”
  • Gripen is breaking the cost curve
  • Lowest life cycle cost on the market
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On Saturday, as Jacob Zuma swore to protect the Republic of South Africa and serve the nation, the occasion was gloriously marked by an aerial display, including a formation flypast by the South African Air Force, showcasing its Gripen fighter jets, reports

The lead Gripen, painted in the colours of the African national flag, was flown by the Commanding Officer of 2 Squadron based in Air Force Base Makhado, Limpopo, Luitenant Colonel Musa Mbokota.

The unique formation flypast was in the shape of "20", marking South Africa's 20 years of democracy.

The aerial display was a hit with the crowd at the inauguration who cheered with ululation and vuvuzela blasts.

Read the full story: 20 Years flypast wows inauguration crowd

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