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The Swedish Air Force Gripen will be on static display and performing at the Royal International Air Tattoo airshow in July this year.

The first Air Tattoo was organized in 1971 with only 100 participating aircraft. The show became international in 1976 and gained prominence with each passing year. 

Now, with over 250 aircraft participating and almost 130,000 visitors attending the show, the Royal International Air Tattoo is considered not only the world's largest military airshow but also one of the UK's premier outdoor events for families.

As Formula 1 racing driver Jenson Button puts it, “All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix- but in the air!”

The operational theme at the Air Tattoo this year is ‘Partnership’. The Air Tattoo provides an important focal point for global military engagement at both the strategic and tactical level.

You can watch Gripen’s performance at RIAT 2013 here.

The airshow will be held between 11 and 13 July at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England.

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Norrbotten Wing conducted Gripen flypasts at a number of locations in north and western Sweden to celebrate the National Day on Sunday.

National Day of Sweden is celebrated in honour of the election of King Gustav Vasa on 6 June 1523 as well as the adoption of a new constitution on the same date in 1809.

Image Courtesy: Norrbottens Flygflottilj F 21

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) will organize Gripen User's Group at AFB Makhado this month, reports Defence Web.

Attendees at the week-long event include South Africa as host, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden and Thailand.

Gripen User's Group brings together representatives of countries that fly the Gripen fighter, giving them a platform to discuss their experiences of operational use of Gripen including maintenance, logistics,  engineering and safety measures.

Czech Gripen pilot Maj. Petr Michenka, who attended a previous conference held in the Czech Republic, summed up the event, “Individual users accumulate different experiences in operating these aircraft, for example, due to different climatic conditions. We share different experiences and information during the conference and found that some of them are very similar. After the evaluation, we can be better prepared for the challenges ahead.”

In May 2013, Saab held the Gripen User's Group in Sweden in which it got an opportunity to listen to user feedback and share its vision for the Gripen fighter. Through the seminar, Saab also presented planned upgrades and informed the group on how the Gripen C/D and E systems can benefit from each other.

The Gripen User's Group is held twice a year.

Read the full story: South Africa hosts Gripen User Group​

Gripen pilots operate in some of the most dangerous parts of the world – and they have to be the best. For every flight they need to wear specialised clothing and carry equipment that protects them and helps them to complete their mission.

Saab is offering you the chance to find out what it takes to enter the cockpit by dressing your own pilot – you’ll even get the chance to see what you look like as a Gripen fighter pilot and share the image with your friends.

To start, click here.​

Radar Warning Receiver 

Gripen is built for high survivability in a combat environment. Gripen tactics are based on smart use of a variety of electronic warfare capabilities. The RWR (Radar Warning Receiver) is the source for an accurate sensor for detecting emitting threats such as radar. 

Missile approach warning system

Gripen E has a sophisticated Missile Approach Warning (MAW) system. The MAW system uses passive sensors and can detect and track incoming missiles of all types!  Not only radar-guided missiles but also passively guided IR missiles can be detected and the correct defensive actions taken.


Gripen is a survivor. There are many reasons for this, one of them being the fact that it can carry a vast number of chaff packets and flares – substantially more than many competitors. For the Gripen E, this ability is further enhanced with an even greater number of chaff, flares and pyrophoric chaff – so called hot chaff.

If ever attacked, a Gripen pilot can rely on the strong protection provided by all the defensive countermeasures released, tricking incoming missiles to change their course.

Survivability and countermeasure summing up:

  •  Effective system awareness with
  •  AESA Radar
  •  IRST
  •  EW system
  •  RWR – Radar Warning Reicever
  •  MAWS – Missile approach warning system
  •  Large amounts of countermeasure dispensers
  •  Chaff, hot chaff, flares in pre-programmed sequences

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A photo exhibition featuring Gripen was held at the Kecskemét College of Aviation for an entire week,

As a part of the Aviation Week’s thematic series of programs, school children got an opportunity to learn about aircraft, visit the photo exhibition hall, participate in the aircraft folding competition and pose with Gripen!

The series of programmes were aimed at improving children's imagination and increasing their interest in flying and technical subjects.

Read the full story:The Aviation Week​

Photo Courtesy: Macro Csaba Toth Robert HDGY

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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