South African Air Force (SAAF) has been delivered its final four Gripen C single seaters.
IHS Jane reports that these four Gripens were held at Linköping to take part in the Lion Effort exercise. After that, they were first ferried to Norrköping and then loaded on to the vessel Archangelgracht to reach its landing point in Cape Town, South Africa.
Flightglobal reported Magnus Lewis-Olsson, president of Saab South Africa, saying, “The Gripens delivered to South Africa are 'probably the most modern' versions of the aircraft.”
Read the full story: Final Gripens Delivered To South Africa
On Friday 24 August 2012, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, FXM, and its Swiss
uisse, signed a framework agreement on Switzerland’s procurement of 22 JAS 39 Gripen aircraft, said a FXM news statement.
This framework agreement will now form the basis of political decisions, both in Switzerland and Sweden.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement, which will greatly benefit both countries’ defence. A partnership with Switzerland will give cost efficiency and enable, among other things, joint training,” said FXM Director-General Ulf Hammarström.
It was on 30 November in 2011 that Switzerland announced that it had chosen Gripen as part of its future air defence. The choice was made on the basis of a tender from Saab, but in connection with the decision, the Swiss Government contacted its Swedish counterpart to look at the possibilities of joint procurement. Since then, authorised by the Swedish Government, FXM had been talking with Switzerland to find the best solution for both countries with regard to the capabilities and technical contents of the aircraft, as well as delivery times and costs. FXM undertook this work in close cooperation with the Swedish Armed Forces and the Defence Materiel Administration.
The framework agreement covers three aspects. It covers the purchase of 22 Gripen E aircraft itself. The agreement means that Switzerland will make a first payment of CHF 300 million in 2014. The framework agreement also covers long-term cooperation with regard to maintenance, support and further development during the system’s lifetime. The third aspect is an interim solution – ...
On 6 December 2012 in the Riksdagen (Swedish Parliament), politicians across parties voted overwhelmingly in favour of Gripen's next generation fighter aircraft.
“It is an historic day for the Gripen, with unequivocal home political support securing the next generation fighter, Gripen is now even better placed on the export market.” states Eddy de la Motte, Head of Gripen Export at Saab.
“We see an immense interest for Gripen more than ever before from countries around the world due to its unrivalled price/performance capability. At the same time defence budgets are ever more squeezed due to the current economic climate.” states Eddy de la Motte.
The total cost including maintenance and operation is estimated to SEK 90 billion up until 2042.
Report 2012/13: FöU1 Expenditure 6 Defence and contingency measures - financial year 2013
2012 has been a very successful year for the Hungarian Air Force, Pierre Farkas, Campaign Manager Gripen Export at Saab emphasizes. First of all they decided to prolong the Gripen contract for another 10 years i.e. until 2026. This year the HUAF also managed to reach 8000 flight hours with their Gripens and they also took the decision to perform air policing over Slovenia and the Baltic states. This is the very first time that Hungary and its Gripen will protect and monitor the skies over other territories under the terms of a NATO agreement.
“We are delighted that Hungary has taken a long term strategic decision to continue operating Gripen and has thereby chosen to continue in partnership with Sweden and other Gripen operators,” said FXM Director General Ulf Hammarstrom after signing the contract.
“The news that Hungary extends the Gripen contract by ten years is extremely positive. Once again it confirms that Gripen is one of the world’s leading fighter aircraft that meets the operational, technical and cost requirements of the market,” said Lennart Sindahl, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area, Aeronautics, Saab.
The Hungarian Gripens practiced eight planned missions in the Lions Effort 2012. Lion Effort, being the biggest Gripen exercise of all time, gave Hungarian Gripen pilots a chance to hone their skills and two of them even got an opportunity to experience their first COMAO exercises. One of the main focus areas for Hungary in Lion Effort was also to validate ...
This year, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) proudly celebrated its 100 years of flying (1912-2012). To mark the event, they launched a centennial book with breathtaking pictures of Gripen, shot by world class military aviation photographer Katsuhiko Tokunaga. They also launched a special commemorative stamp featuring the Gripen as a part of the celebrations.
In June, the RTAF Gripens completed 1000 flight hours. This achievement was highlighted by the RTAF Commander ACM Itthaporn Subhawong when he paid a visit to Wing 7 where all Thai Gripen aircraft are based.
In September, Air Chief Marshal Prachin Juntong took over as Thailand’s 22nd air force commander and in his speech he said that he aimed to make the Royal Thai Air Force, ASEAN’s top air force in the next two years.
This year, the Thai cabinet approved a 3.29 Billion Baht budget for the Royal Thai Navy to modernize its frigate HTMS Naruesuan´s combat management system and enable it to link up with RTAF Gripens. The electronic communication systems on the twin frigates “Naresuan -Taksin’ will allow communication between the frigates and Thailand’s JAS-39 Gripens.
In October, the Royal Thai Air Force, RTAF, received its second Saab 340 AEW aircraft from Sweden at Wing 7 in Surat Thani. Officials from FMV, Sweden´s Defence Material Administration, participated in the handover ceremony. The aircraft, equipped with the Erieye radar, was part of phase 2 of the government-to-government air defence system contract signed in 2010 between Sweden and Thailand.
Phase two includes six Gripen ...
2012 proved to be very eventful for the CZ Air force with several operational milestones reached and celebrated. Robert Björklund, Campaign Director for Czech Republic, Gripen Export Team at Saab, is very proud of the achievements and international cooperation which, he emphasizes, creates a great bank of experience for all Gripen airforces. This is a short summary of the Czech Gripen year.
Earlier this year in February, Major Jaroslav Tomaňa and Captain Petr Dřevecký of 21 tactical air base in Čáslav, the Czech Republic became the first pilots in the history of the Czech Air Force to perform air-to-air refueling.
Later, Saab announced its Gripen Czech Offset Program annual performance report that declared a delivery of 25.6 billion CZK as of December 2011. The report also said that 100% of the value of total offset obligation to the Czech Republic was delivered ahead of schedule.
Starting 1 September, Czech Air Force took over the mission of protecting the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from Poland. The Gripens are on a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) in this NATO led mission. The Czechs have been appointed for the task until January 4, 2013.
Czechs were appointed to protect the Baltic area for the first time in 2009. As compared to that time, they saw an increased number of violations of the airspace during this year's mission.
In October, Gripen users from South Africa, Hungary, Czech Republic, Sweden and Thailand came together to share their experiences of operational use of the ...
The year 2012 will go down in
the history of the Gripen as the year when Sweden affirmed its commitment to
the next generation of a platform that has redefined the category. A resounding
yes for the Gripen in Swedish Parliament came from 264 Members of Parliament
who voted in favour of procurement of between 40-60 Gripen fighters.
“It is an historic day for the Gripen, with
unequivocal home political support securing the next generation fighter, Gripen
is now even better placed on the export market.” said Eddy de la Motte, Head of
Gripen Export at Saab.
The much awaited parliament discussion ended
favourably for Gripen, making it even more attractive for interested countries
around the world.
The decision for the next generation capped a year
that can be best characterized as one where the global popularity of the Gripen
was demonstrated time and time again. It was a year that saw countries that fly
the Gripen take their appreciation to even higher levels. For Sweden, it was
time to be a party to the celebrations.
In March and early April, Sweden hosted the very
successful Lion’s Effort at F17 air base in Ronneby. For nearly two weeks the five
countries flying Gripens operated together. With a rich experience from
Operation Karakal, (NATO’s Operation Unified Protector over Libya), the Swedish
personnel had a lot to share at the event, not only the experience of working
in a combat environment from a tactical viewpoint, but also the experience of
operating as an integrated part of a large multi-national force.
In May, history and ...
On 13 December 2012, an era ended at the F 7 Wing, when the last sortie of the Gripen A and B was conducted. This last flight was coordinated as a “Christmas Tree flight” according to tradition - the oldest versions of Gripen were flying in a Christmas tree formation. The flight marked the end of
an era that started in 1996 with the addition of JAS 39 Gripen to the F7 Wing,
Read the full story:Christmas marks the end of an era
weapon systems and avionics of RTAF Gripen 39 C/D are the latest available
technology, or we can even say ‘state of the art’,” says the RTAF
Commander-in-Chief, ACM Prajin Juntong, in an interview with the editor of
Battlefield Magazine, Sompong Nondhasa.
Chief Marshal Prachin Jantongtook over as the country's 22nd Air Force Commander
recently, saying his target was to make the RTAF Asean's best air
force within two years. In his interview with the Battlefield magazine, he
gives an overview of the RTAF and how he plans to enhance the potentials and
capabilities of the air force.
is the translated version of his interview:
future upgrade, how will the RTAF enhance Gripen performances and capabilities,
in terms of pilot, weapon system, radar, etc.?
Prajin Juntong: RTAF will continuously upgrade performances
and capabilities of the whole Gripen system:
Pilots and Support Personnel
the years, RTAF has been conducting professional military pilot training,
focusing on knowledge, flying skills and experiences. For Gripen pilots, after completing their
training in Sweden, they were assigned to SQ 701, completed combat readiness
training, and continued tactical training, as well as participated in
multilateral exercises. Recently, we
sent pilots and technicians to observe the flying training in the Lion Effort
exercise. Once every three years, this
exercise is conducted among the Gripen user countries with the main purpose of
sharing knowledge and experiences in both flying and aircraft maintenance.
a part of the Gripen 39 C/D Procurement Program, RTAF sent pilots and fighter
controllers to train at the Swedish Air Force Tactical Simulation Center, or
FLSC, with the objective of further developing flying skills, ...
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