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The demonstration of the unique display of refueling in flight of two JAS-39 Gripen from KC-130 tanker.​

Major Jaroslav Tomaňa from 211th wing of Tactical Air Force in Čáslav received a special memorial crystal plaque award from Daniel Boestad, Head of Gripen Export, CEE.


Chief of General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic, Lieutenant general Petr Pavel handing over the Scholarship diplomas to Staff Sergeant Pavel Hammer and Corporal Vladimir Krejci. . 

During the weekend Saab participated as a general partner of the NATO Days 2013, the largest public air, military and security show in Central Europe, at LeošJanáček Airport Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Almost 145, 000 visitors that attended the air show had the opportunity to enjoy the Gripen fighter on static display as well as a fly by performed by Czech Air Force, especially the demonstration of the unique display of refueling in flight by two JAS-39 Gripens from KC-130 tanker. Another highlight of the air show was the Swedish Air Force Historical Flight dynamic display with its Saab AJS-37 Viggen aircraft.

Czech pilot awarded for 1,000 flight hours 

On Saturday, 21st September, Major Jaroslav Tomaňa from 211th wing of  Tactical Air Force in Čáslav received a special memorial crystal plaque award for 1,000 flight hours with JAS-39 Gripen fighter jet.

“I really appreciate this award and I would like to express my gratitude  for a very good cooperation between the Czech Republic and the Kingdom of Sweden, which lasts since 2004“, says major Tomaňa, the awarded ...

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Gripens from the 21st Tactical Air Force Base Čáslav are all set to perform aerial displays and an in-flight refueling together with Swedish KC-130 tanker at the 13th NATO Days in Ostrava this weekend. 

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SAAF has decided that 2 Squadron at Air Force Base Makhado, in the north of South Africa will rotate all its 26 aircraft through its routine flying programme, reports  IHS Jane​.

According to the report, the rotation would be an economical option as compared to preservation, and it would also ensure that all the aircraft get an even spread of flying hours and remain perfectly operational.

The report also adds that the Gripen has been an economical aircraft and has proved extremely simple to deploy, with little need for support. Four Gripens were deployed to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo at very short notice in March this year to provide air support had the African Union decided to reverse the rebel seizure of power in the Central African Republic.

Read the full story: SAAF to rotate Gripens​

Image Courtesy: Frans Dely

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About 90 aircraft from five different countries, including 22 Swedish Air Force Gripens are participating in the exercise Arctic Challenge 2013 that started yesterday.

Arctic Challenge is being held for the first time under the cross-border agreements between Finland, Sweden and Norway.

According to  forsvarsmakten​, the exercise is being conducted from four different air bases and countries - Norrbotten Wing in Luleå (Norrbottens flygflottilj), Bodø airbase (Bodø hovedflystasjon) and Örland airbase (Ørland hovedflystasjon) in Norway and Lapland Air Command (Lapin lennosto) in Rovaniemi, Finland. The main base for the exercise is Bodø.

Combined operations like Arctic Challenge 2013 provide a cost-effective and high-quality opportunity to the fighter pilots of participating countries to develop national capabilities, tactical know-how and various forms of cooperation. The exercise also aims to train the participating service personnel for command and control, aircraft maintenance and ground support duties in combined operations.

Arctic Challenge 2013 will continue till 27 September.​

Image Courtesy: Frans Dely

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In a military engagement that aimed to integrate the capabilities of air and ground forces, Swedish Air Force pilots and U.S. Marine Corps Aviators took part in an introduction to Forward Air Controller (Airborne) operations and Close Air Support recently, reports  DVIDS.

According to the report, a Forward Air Controller (FAC) coordinates attack elements and ensures accurate fire on the intended target while mitigating fratricide. An FAC (Airborne) also takes the role of the ground-based Joint Tactical Air Controller (JTAC) and operates on a fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter.

“The thought of Marine Corps troops requiring CAS and a Gripen showing up on-station or a Swedish Black Hawk controlling fires in-and-around Marines drives us to make sure they are good at what they do,” says Capt. Thomas J. Duff, AH-1W Cobra FAC(A), Subject Matter Expert, MAWTS-1.

The report also mentions that this training was the first of its kind in SwAF history. It was organized between 5-23 August at Malmen Military Base, Linköping, Sweden. 

Read the full story:  MAWTS-1 Marines introduce FAC (A) to Swedish Air Force

Thai News Agency (TNA) reported recently that with the delivery of the final three Gripens, the Royal Thai Air Force aspires to become a leading force in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) by 2019.

According to a report in, General Thanasak told journalists that other countries have praised the Royal Thai Air Force's procurement of Gripen fighters, and that it will integrate its information system with the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Navy in the future.

On 11 September, the Royal Thai Air Force declared the Gripen Integrated Air Defense System commissioned as a fully operational part of the air force at its home base, Wing 7 in Surat Thani. The Gripen Integrated Air Defense System (GIADS) paves the way to develop RTAF’s network to connect all three military services so that they are able to jointly operate under the concept of Network Centric Operations (NCO).

“The Gripen fighters will become part of Asean's peacekeeping forces when the Asean Community (AC) is formed by 2015,” General Thanasak said.

Read the full story:  Royal Thai Air Force Targets To Become Regional Leading Force By 2019

Just five and a half years after the signing ceremony in Stockholm February 2008, the undertaking by Sweden to provide the Royal Thai Air Force with 12 Gripen C/D aircraft, two SAAB 340 AEW, radar and other systems, training and on-site support in a project called Peace Suvarnabhumi nears completion.


Members from Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Navy, Royal Thai Air Force, the Police Force and the Swedish Ambassador Klas Molin in front of the Gripen fleet

Supreme Commander of the Thai Armed Forces, General Thanasak Patimaprakorn and Thai Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong

Lunch at the inauguration ceremony

Swedish Ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Klas Molin hands over a Gripen model to Supreme Commander of the Thai Armed Forces, General Thanasak Patimaprakorn


Despite the technological and logistic complexity, geographical distance and time difference, this project has run on time, thanks to dedicated stakeholders and skilled staff in both countries. It is the first large defense project by Sweden in Asia. 

The latest stamp of approval of this bilateral success came on 11 September as the Royal Thai Air Force declared the Gripen Integrated Air Defense System commissioned as a fully operational part of the air force at its home base, Wing 7 in Surat Thani.

General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, officiated over the ceremony along with RTAF Commander ACM Prajin Juntong and high ranking representatives from the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Navy, watched by Thai and Swedish guests, diplomats, press and foreign military attachees stationed ...

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The outgoing Czech Government yesterday decided to mandate the Ministry of Defence to prepare and process amendments to the lease contract of 14 Gripen JAS 39 aircraft that would extend the lease by a further 12 years with an option for an additional two years. The outgoing Government’s recommendation will, if accepted, be signed by the Czech government that takes office following the October 25-26 general elections in the Czech Republic.

Vlastimil Picek, the Czech Minister of Defence in resignation, has been tasked with preparing the amendments to the contract that would enable the lease to be extended by 12 (plus two) years. It will however be down to the next Government to adopt the amended contract. The next step is for the contract to be detailed and formalized in an agreement to be signed by both the Czech Republic and Sweden. 

A news report in IHS Jane had recently quoted Czech Defence Minister Vlastimil Picek saying, "Gripen has proven to be excellent and I want to emphasize that the type of contact - the long-term lease - has proven good as well."

Daniel Boestad, Head of Gripen, Central and Eastern Europe, said, “There can be no doubt that Gripen is the best supersonic fighter solution for the Czech Republic and we are very pleased with the decision of the current Czech Government. The Gripen has proven capability and had provided excellent service to the Czech Air Force over the previous 10-year lease, and as the Gripen producer we ...

​Earlier today the National Council (Nationalrat), which is one of the two chambers in the Swiss Parliament, reached a majority “yes” vote regarding the procurement of Gripen E.

There were several motions and votations made in the Parliament, all positive for the Gripen procurement. The main votation was the endorsement of the procurement with 113 votes for and 68 against. The financing and Gripen fund law were also passed with strong majorities.

The procurement now moves to the other chamber in the Swiss Parliament, the Council of States (Ständerat), where a vote on financing is scheduled for the 18 September, and where a positive vote for Gripen E had been made earlier this year.

​Read more here​.

Swiss company Starrag will supply milling machines worth 7 million Swiss Francs for Gripen E production, reports the Air Power blog.  

"Starrag is both a competent and competitive partner,” says Roland Spiegel, Senior Purchasing Manager at Saab Aeronautics.

According to a  Saab note, Starrag CEO Frank Brinken says, “We share common values, see customers at the centre of our thinking and actions, believe in sustainable long-term business and go the extra mile to surpass customers’ expectations.”

“Working with Saab is a natural match.”

Saab and Starrag have been working with each other since 1992. Starrag’s high tech machines will be delivered in 2015. These machines will produce aluminum details that would need less key and slot joints and fewer notches, allowing bigger and fewer pieces to construct the Gripen E fuselage.

Read the full story:  Empresa suíça fornece à Saab máquinas para produção do Gripen E

Starrag Contract Valued At 7 Million Francs​

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