A video of the Czech defence forces captures theBaltic air-policing missionof the Czech Air Force. The mission is a NATO air defence Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) to guard the airspace over the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.Within the Alliance, preserving airspace integrity is conducted as a collective task using fighter aircraft for Air Policing. Air Policing is a purely defensive mission. The Air Force of the Czech republic guarded Baltic states in 2009 and 2012 with JAS-39C Gripen jets.
Bulgaria’s Defence Minister Anyu Angelov says that Bulgaria
will need to buy eight new or used fighter jets for its air force in 2014, and
that it might consider Gripen, reportsTengri
The purchase of new fighter aircraft has
been delayed by Bulgaria till now because of financial constraints. The report says that Angelov rules out the purchase of jets from EADS or Lockheed Martin due to price issues but confirms that there is a possibility of considering Gripen.
"The possibility to buy new Gripen jets is still
standing however and will be reviewed on an equal footing with the rest of the
second-hand offers," Anyu Angelov says.
the Royal Thai Air Force, RTAF, decided to publish a book that celebrates its
100 years of flying (1912-2012), they hired world class military aviation
photographer Katsuhiko Tokunaga.
Tokunaga spent several weeks in Thailand this year flying with the RTAF aircraft, from old
workhorses like C-130 to the brand new Gripen, shooting spectacular
air-to-air photos and equally great pictures of men and machines on the tarmac
at RTAF Wings all over the kingdom.
result is a high quality paper photography book spanning over 176 large pages,
with bilingual captions in Thai and English. And yes, there are plenty of great
Gripen shots in this volume!
Book facts: ISBN 9749752511, 176 colour pages
measuring 300 x 220 mm. Book comes in hard box. Total weight 1.5 kilo.The
book is sold at THB 895 in Asia Books stores in major Thai cities as well as
online for slightly less from Asia Books, linkwww.asiabooks.com
from South Africa, Hungary, Czech Republic, Sweden and Thailand came together
to share their experiences of operational use of the supersonic fighters at the
recently held Gripen conference in Czech Republic, says a news report inDefence Aerospace.
of the five countries discussed operational issues and maintenance, logistics
and safety issues in the use of the Gripen and shared their varied knowledge
with each other. The final document of the Conference called "Action List" represents a set of shared knowledge, information and the "know-how" for effective operational use of the aircraft.
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, “says Czech Gripen pilot, Maj. Petr Michenka.
Maj. Michenka, one of the frequently discussed topics at the conference was that
of "Aircraft Cross Servicing", which means situations in which a
pilot would be able to prepare and leave an airport that does not have the
appropriate technical support for the Gripen.
User Group conference is held twice a year.
Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic
The first days of the Czech Air Force policing of the air space of the three Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – has been characterised by increased flight activity, says a news report in Czech Armywebsite.
The report also says that the QRA (Quick
Reaction Alert) Gripen fighters succeeded in all cases; there were four starts
against the violators of the air space already. As per the orders from the
Combined Air Operations Centre in Uedem, North Germany, two Gripens always took off
within the planned 15 minutes.
“We have chosen six Gripen aircrafts for the
mission, out of which four are permanently deployed in Šiauliai. The aircrafts
received a special anti-rust treatment and have been tested consequently in
order to make completely sure that they are fully operational. We are ready for
potential defects as we have brought several sets of tools with us, “says Major
Radomír Holuša, deputy commander of the engineering air service of the 211th
Read the full story: ALFA
Already Made The Gripens Take Off Four Times
Air Chief Marshal Prachin Jantong who became Thailand’s 22nd air force commander last month says he aims to make the Royal Thai Air Force, ASEAN’s top air force in the next two years, says a news report inBangkok
"We anticipate the air force will have a leading position in the region within two years," ACM Prachin said.
The new Saab 340 AEW airborne early warning aircraft has already arrived in Thailand and an RBS-15 anti-ship missile system has also been installed. ACM Prachin said that the second phase of the Gripen project would start from next year with the arrival of three aircraft in April. All 12 Gripens would be in position by 2014.
The Commander also added that he will work with the government through the Defence Ministry and the Supreme Commander. He emphasizes that the next important task is to repair the air force base Don Muang in Bagnkok, which has been damaged due to floods last year.
Read the full story: Prachin takes helm, aims for No.1 in Asean
Also known as the 'Flying Cheetahs', the South African Air
Force (SAAF) 2 Squadron, now based at AFB Makhado was first formed at
Waterkloof in 1939 and re-formed in Kenya in 1940.
Gripen became a part of the SAAF Squadron 2 in April 2008.
SAAF completed its fleet with the delivery of its final four Gripen C single
seaters in September this year. The squadron operates all the SAAF's Gripens
except the first Gripen D, which has been assigned to the Test Flight and
Development Centre at AFB Overberg.
Watch the Gripen fly on a low level sortie mission:SAAF 2 Squadron - SAAB Gripen
- 'The Flying Cheetahs'
“It was an existential experience,” says Carina Brorman, Communications Director, Saab after flying the Gripen last week, reports Swedish magazineResume.
Carina Brorman told the Resume that she flew the Gripen to increase her own understanding of the aircraft.
“It's indescribable. The coolest experience of this kind that I've been through. During the years I have tried some different things in order to understand the incredibly complex products that we have. But to fly the Gripen tops everything,” she said.
When Resume asked if she saw the plane any differently now, Carina said that Gripen has certain abilities that makes it a favorite among pilots. It is easy to maneuver and perform advanced movements and missions and she understands it better now after having experienced flying 20 meters above the water and then, barely 30 seconds later, to be up at about 9000 meters.
The program of technology transfer in the area of aerostructures for the Gripen NG entered a new phase with the completion of the design of the rear fuselage of the aircraft and the start of production. Akaer is the first Brazilian company to participate in developing a fifth-generation supersonic fighter.
A group of five engineers from Akaer would be going to Sweden this month to monitor the production of parts developed in Brazil and start the planning for the next phase, involving the central fuselage design of the Gripen, says a post in the Brazilian blogAirpower.
Akaer is also responsible for the design of the wings of the fighter, which will be made of composite material. In 2009, Akaer was hired by Swedish Saab Gripen to develop parts of the Gripen NG.
"If the Gripen is selected by the Brazilian
government, part of the production will be in Brazil. Akaer, however, has
already been selected by Saab as one of the leading suppliers,
enabling the company to meet all requests for purchase of the Gripen in the
world,"says Kenzo Takatori, Marketing Advisor, Akaer.
Photo Courtesy:Department of Defense of Switzerlandand Akaer
the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight SwAFHF’s AJS 37 Viggen, J 29F barrel and
the Hawker Hunter from Såtenäs flew at theJersey International Air Display,
says Bert Stenfeldt in a blog post inforsvarsmakten.
aircraft, with pilots Stellan Andersson, Olle Norén and Lars Martinsson arrived
in Jersey on 11 September, to perform at the Air Display the next day.
by Jersey International Air Display A.R.L. on behalf of the Royal Air Force
Association (Jersey), the Air Display aims to help raise funds for Forces
Charities. The display was held at St. Aubin's Bay which provided a great
natural amphitheatre for the display aircraft and also offered the spectators a
wide variety of vantage points.
to the blog post, the high points of SwAFHF in 2012 include AJS 37 Viggen (with
pilot Stellan Andersson), flying for the first time on 27 March after 12 years
on the ground. This drew attention and interests from aviation enthusiasts
across the world.
been overwhelming. SwAFHF’s priority has always been to give the
spectators, collaborative partners, agencies and members pleasurable
experiences through seeing and hearing veteran aircraft in the air”, says Bert.
Photo: Jan Jørgensen / www.nordicairpower.com
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