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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

​South African Air Force pilot Captain Ndzuta talks about Gripen at the recently held Durban Land, Sea and Air Festival. He also talks about what inspired him to be a fighter aircraft pilot. Gripen's performance was one of the main attractions at the event.

“Gripen is one of the leading fighters in the world which are currently in service. One can fly at approximately 2470 kms per hour and can pull upto 9Gs i.e. nine times the normal gravitational pull,” Captain Ndzuta says.

“It is an awesome aircraft to fly,” he adds.

Swedish Air Force Gripen participated in a Baltic region training event last week, reports forsvarsmakten. This was the fourth time Sweden participated in the region’s Incident Preparedness training event operated by NATO.

The training event was designed to improve participating units’ coordination and emergency procedures. Two U.S. fighters also participated in the event along with the Gripen.

The training provided a scenario in which a transport plane loses radio contact with the supervising flight lines and is heading into Swedish airspace. The Swedish team had to identify the plane/target first, take the necessary steps and escort the plane towards the Baltics.

Once the session is over, JAS 39 Gripen landed at the air base Siauliai in Lithuania and the participating F 17 team sat to discuss the exercise, share experiences and talk to media.


Image Courtesy:NATO​

​Gripen E Chief test pilot Richard Ljungberg talks about the Gripen NG test aircraft and its testing process. 

"Gripen E will be a modern and a high performance aircraft and as a pilot in the Gripen E, I will be confident to meet any threat that shows up," he says.

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Saab has successfully performed the first flight with the new sensor IRST (Infra Red Search and Track) which will feature in Gripen E, according to schedule. The IRST does not emit a signal and can, without revealing the aircraft’s own position, silently detect, track and identify all types of targets.

The IRST for Gripen E is produced by Selex in Scotland and is called Skyward G. It is a passive sensor: it does not emit any energy but only listens for energy coming from other sources.

“The first flight in the Gripen E test aircraft with IRST has been performed with very good results. Multiple targets were detected, tracked and identified and the system works perfectly as expected. IRST is a new sensor on Gripen, which allows pilots to see great distances in several directions,” says Saab’s Wing Commander Flying Hans Einerth.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Stefan Kalm​

Cold Response, the multinational armed forces exercise in Norway, came to an end last week. Forsvarsmakten​'s Louise Levin and Mats Carlsson write about the exercise and the experience of the participating F21 team.

The goal of Cold Response was to provide the participating air forces an opportunity to train a multinational operation in the subarctic climate.

According to the report, it is very important for a pilot to have information about the enemy's terrain. Jas 39 Gripen allows multiple assignments during one sortie. It makes combat aviation a resource for ground troops. Within seconds, pilots have a direct contact with the Forward Air Controllers on the ground who can provide valuable intelligence and carry weapons effort.

According to Colonel Olof Granander, Cold Response 2014 was both educational and challenging and all the participating units got to experience what it is like to be under pressure and how to keep the combat high on equipment and personnel.

"I am very pleased with this year's Cold Response, all the participating units achieved its goals under very difficult conditions," says Colonel Granander.

Read the full story: Högintensivt, imponerande, taktiskt och säkert

Stödjer markförbanden från ovan​

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten​

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