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The joy of skiing meets the thrill of flying amidst snow clad mountains.

Skier Torgny Mogren and Gripen indulge in a contest of strength with each other as they head for Falun where the World Ski Championships 2015 will be held.

The Championships will have participation from the best athletes in the world in the Nordic disciplines of cross-country, ski-jumping and Nordic combined.

The event will be held from February 18 to March 1 2015.​

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Saab has offered a competitive and cost-effective Gripen C lease deal to Malaysia, reports Free Malaysia Today.

“The leasing deal between Saab and the Malaysian government will include the transfer of technology, which will be capable of adapting our open technology to integrate with the existing systems,” said Thomas Linden, vice-president and head of Saab Malaysia, at the recently concluded DSA exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

According to an IHS Jane’s​ report, the programme looks increasingly likely to progress as a lease or a lease-to-purchase deal.

Last year, RMAF chief General Rodzali Daud indicated a strong possibility of the MRCA requirement transforming from a purchase deal to a lease deal due to lack of available funding, the report says.

According to Linden, this is not a new idea as Hungary and Czech Republic are already operating on similar lease agreements with Saab.

The other shortlisted aircraft may include Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, Sukhoi’s SU-35E Flanker, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Boeing F/A-18EF Super Hornet.

Read the full strory: M’sia offered Saab fighter jets deal

MRCA candidates outline leasing options for Malaysia​

African Defence Review
 presents an infographic on Gripen titled 'An Enthusiast’s Guide to the Gripen'.

The infographic gives a concise account of the various operations where SAAF Gripen have been deployed at along with other information about the multirole fighter aircraft.

Vimbezela is notable as the first operational combat deployment of the SAAF Gripen. It was also the first operational deployment of SAAF fighter aircraft outside the country’s borders since 1988. Only a single refueling stop at Ndola, Zambia was required for it to reach its intended destination, the infographic says.​

Read the full story for a monitor-friendly and a poster size layout:Know Your Aircraft

Tactical Simulation Centre (TSC), where Czech Air Force and NATO pilots brush up their skills is a cost effective and world class training center equipped to create a wide range of scenarios,

According to the report, training at TSC means the real deal. The main room is dark with four large black half-domes to keep tactical simulators consisting of cockpits of JAS 39C air superiority fighters or L-159 ALCAs used for ground attacks. Pilots have access to all tactical instruments. They have information on touch screen displays, and they have a stick and throttle identical to those in a real aircraft.

The training consists of a range of scenarios, complete with radar threats, air defence systems, jamming etc. Once the mission is completed, there is a debrief and a 3D After Action Review (AAR). The mission is played from all possible angles on large screens, catching the movements of up to eight players at a time. There is also this big picture that shows all the action in one screen.

As the report puts it, “It is an impressive God’s view.” 

Read the full story:  AHF↑Inside: Tactical simulation under God’s view

Image Courtesy: TSC

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The Swedish Armed Forces might need more Gripen E to support its existing operational capacity on account of possible lending of Gripen C/D to Brazil and Switzerland in the near future, says a report in

Earlier, the Swedish Government had planned to upgrade the existing Gripen C/D fighters to the enhanced E-model configuration for the Air Force. However, it has now decided that the acquisition process will include production of the new generation aircraft as well.

“Thanks to the increasing interest in Gripen, there is a demand for hiring more C / D aircraft. To ensure that the Swedish Armed Forces' operational capacity can be maintained during this time, we want to be able to build new components and as well as entire Gripen E,” says Sweden’s Defence Minister Karin Enstrom.

Read the full story: Regeringen vill ha nya Gripen-plan​

Brazil’s Anapolis Air Base (BAAN) which recently celebrated 42 years of its inception, is waiting for the arrival of the Gripen fighters, reports the Brazil Portal​.

Last week, Saab officials visited BAAN to assess base infrastructure to identify adjustments for basing Gripen NG fighters here. 

They reviewed the squadron and maintenance supplies, the structure of the First Air Defense Group (1st AD), the alert hangar and the runways and taxiway.

Saab officials were happy with the facilities at the air base, especially with the available space. 

According to Colonel Rodrigo Santos Fernandes, Commander of Anapolis Air Base, preparations for the arrival of the Gripen fighters have already started.

Read the full story: À espera dos caças Gripen, base aérea comemora 42 anos

Representantes da SAAB fazem levantamento da estrutura da Base Aérea de Anápolis

Gripen pilot Lieutenant Martina Špačka

Czech Republic Air Force Gripen pilot Lieutenant Martina Špačka has achieved certification for performing aerobatic air displays, reports

After undergoing an arduous certification process that includes theoretical and practical training, Špačka is ready to thrill spectators at air shows. 

His theoretical training involved study of aviation regulations and the technical framework of the aircraft. It also included learning from veteran pilots who flew at air shows. 

After practicing on simulators, Špačka trained for flying at various altitudes and under various weather conditions. 

The newely certified display pilot will perform at air shows in Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Slovak, at the aviation pilgrimage in Pardubice, the Czech International Air Show in Hradec Králové, NATO Days and Days of Air Force Ostrava in future.

Read the full story: Display piloti 21. základny taktického letectva byli certifikováni!

A group of 15 Brazilian Air Force officers flew to Sweden to visit the Air Force, Saab AB and Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM), reports forsvarsmakten.

The purpose of the visit was to see and learn how the Swedish Air Force works with Gripen.

The first stop of the site survey was at F7: the main center for the entire Gripen system which is also the training centre for pilots, including that of foreign operators. The conversation at F7 focused on the flight and technician training, aircraft maintenance and support.

This was followed by a visit at F17 where the team was briefed on successfully completed exercises, especially about Operation Unified Protector (OUP) which is better known as the Libya Initiative.

Swedish Air Force had organized a dinner at Air Force Museum for the visitors.

“We look forward to greater future cooperation between our countries and the respective air forces,” said Swedish Air Force chief Major General Micael Bydén in his speech at the dinner.

Read the full story: Besök från Brasilien

Image Courtesy: Kent Löving, F17

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On Wednesday 9 April, six Royal Thai Air Force Gripen made a flight formation over Bangkok to celebrate the Royal Thai Air Force Day. 

The Royal Thai Air Force was officially established on 9 April 1937 and the day is celebrated every year as the Royal Thai Air Force Day. 

To celebrate the day, one or more of the RTAF´s aircraft and helicopters in service did an air march over the Royal Thai Air Force Academy grounds at Wing 6 in Bangkok. ​

This was the first time ever when so many Gripen made a flight formation over Bangkok.​

Image Courtesy:Christer Nilsson

Last week, Hungarian Gripen presented an exercise over Kecskemét for a documentary film shot by the Hungarian National Television. 

As a part of the exercise, an AN-26 transportation aircraft was accompanied by two Gripen for almost an hour.

What made the exercise rather difficult was the fact that the speed of the transportation aircraft was slightly over the minimum speed of Gripen. However, both Hungarian fighter jet pilots completed the exercise successfully and kept the agreed positions - precisely only a few meters next to the An-26 - for about an hour till the shooting was completed.

Read the full story: Akcióba lendültek a Gripenek

Image Courtesy: Veres Viktor

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