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The final four Gripens purchased by South Africa would be delivered in mid September, says a news report inSAAF, the unofficial website on the South African Air Force.

South Africa had purchased nine dual seat and seventeen single-seat aircraft from Sweden in 2008 out of which all the dual seat Gripens and 13 single seat Gripens have already been delivered.

The final four aircraft were retained in Sweden to take part in Exercise Lion Effort in May this year. The aircrafts were towed by road from Kungsängens airport to the port of Norrköping on August 29.

They were loaded on the Aarchangelgracht cargo ship at the Norrkoping port. The ship is due to arrive in Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town in mid-September, from where the aircraft will be towed to the nearby Ysterplaat airforce base. 

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Swedish Air Force Gripens from the F 17 are currently taking part in the international exercise Nordic Air Meet in Norrland, reports Kent Löving in the Swedish Armed Forces websiteForsvarsmakten.

The exercise scenario involves a UN mandated force peace / ceasefire to primarily protect civilians, similar to the operation carried out in Libya last summer in which Sweden took part to maintain a no-fly zone, ensure an arms embargo and protect civilians.

The Nordic Air Meet (Noam), which runs from August 27 to September 7 involves UK, USA, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark and Sweden.  

There are almost a 1000 participants and a total of 69 aircraft including combat aircraft, refueling aircraft and fighter aircraft. Of these, up to 54 planes are in the air at the same time.

The bases used are Kallax in Luleå and Vidsel base in Sweden and Rovaniemi and Halli, Finland.Photo courtesy:Kent Löving-Försvarsmakten

Czech Gripens have started their mission to protect the three Baltic countries’ airspace: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, says a news report in the Czech DailyCeske Noviny.

At a ceremony at the Siauliai military base recently, Czech Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra said, “Airspace protection is a sensitive task.”

For this mission based in Siauliai, a group of over 60 trained personnel, headed by Petr Lanci have been appointed. This group would also train members of a military command centre in Karmelava, Lithuania, and take part in NATO air forces´ exercises in the region.

The Czechs have been appointed for the task until January 4, 2013, after which they will be replaced by the Danish air force with F-16 fighters.

swedenswissagreement.JPGOn Friday 24 August 2012, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, FXM, and its Swisscounterpart, armasuisse, signed a framework agreement on Switzerland’s procurement of 22 JAS 39 Gripenaircraft, says aFXM 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,” says FXM Director-General Ulf Hammarström.
Joakim Wallin, Market Director of FXM and Ulf Hammarström, Director-General of FXM, at the press meeting where the framework agreement was presented. Photo: FXM
It was on 30 November last year 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 has 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 has undertaken this work in close cooperation with the Swedish Armed Forces and the Defence Materiel Administration.
 On 29 June this year, Minister for Defence Karin Enström was in Switzerland to sign a declaration of intent that included ...

The latest issues of Indian Defence journalVayureporting on the keynote address of Dr V K Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Indian Defence Minister and Director General DRDO at theAerospace Forum Sweden 2012​on May 31 highlighted his invitation to collaborate and partner with India’s aerospace programmes.

In the report “Linking up in Linkoping”, Aerospace and Defence magazineVayuquotes Dr Saraswat saying, “While India has made significant progress in various programmes, it has set itself an ambitious programme for both manufacturing and developing advanced systems including UAVs and AEW&C aircraft. And these goals will be achieved only through sharing and collaboration.”

Saraswat, in his presentation ‘Vision for India’s Future Aerospace and Defence’ talked about India’s aerospace plans for the next two decades. “IT enabled development of resources to provide the skill base is our vision. I invite all of you to participate in India’s major aerospace programmes,” he said. 


In a recent presentation at Farnborough, Saab outlined its approach to proving and evaluating the suggested concept for the new avionics core.

The new avionics core is based on a few, very powerful core computers where the information from the various subsystems is processed. It provides the pilot with the optimum mix of data for situation awareness, tactical decisions, weapon aim and delivery. The core computers also manage system function monitoring and BIT. 

One of the most important benefits with the new avionics is to divide (partitioning) the functionality in flight critical and mission critical. This will allow us to significantly shorten the verification time/costs when including new mission related functionality.

New development methods and tools such as modeling of all new functions and automatic s/w coding has been used.

A major factor in the design of the Avionics System has been the need to facilitate safe expansion as well as further development of the system after initial delivery.

Consequently, it will be easy to add and integrate new functions, software, processes, new weapons and sensors etc., in close cooperation with the customer and the customer country industry.

The design is based on COTS which reduces the cost and obsolescence problems. 

The RIG Demonstration phase showed that all today available functionality in the Gripen core avionics could be ran on 10% of the new processor capacity.

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The Royal Thai Air Force Gripens based at Wing 7 in Surat Thani have flown 1000 flight hours, writesRTAFon its website. This achievement was highlighted by RTAF Commander ACM Itthaporn Subhawong when he paid Wing 7 a visit on 20th August.

The 1000th flight hour was clocked in June this year. Gripen was officially announced operational by RTAF in July 2011. RTAF currently operates six Gripen C/Ds and a second batch of another six aircraft on order will be delivered in 2013. All Gripen aircraft are based at Wing 7.

Image Courtesy:RTAF

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A first batch of 18 Czech technical and logistic personnel from a 64-member Czech military team have proceeded to Lithuania with a mission to protect the airspace of the three Baltic EU countries for the next four months.On 30 Aug, four Czech Gripen fighters will be following.

The Czechs will take over the mission from Poland on 1 September. This is the second time the Czech Air Force has been commissioned for this air policing task, the first time being in 2009. Since 2004, the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania has been protected by other NATO members, including the Czech Republic. This is the second time the Czech air force takes up this task.

The Czech Republic entered the NATO Baltic Air Policing in 2009 deploying the 1st ACR Contingent with four JAS-39 Gripen aircraft which served at the Lithuanian Siauliai Air Base from 1 May to 31 August 2009, reportsdefpro.

​Switzerland will press ahead with an order for 22 Saab AB Gripen E/F fighter jets, signing the firm contract as early as 2013 and making a first payment a year later, Defense Minister Ueli Maurer said, reportsBloomberg.

According to the report, Sweden’s government will guarantee Switzerland a 3.1 billion Swiss franc ($3.2 billion) fixed price, the delivery time frame and the technical performance of the aircraft as part of the deal, Maurer said at a presentation in Thun, Switzerland.

The Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) has signed a framework agreement with the Swedish government for the acquisition of 22 Gripen, reportsDefproquoting from a translation of a statement issues in German by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sports (DDPS).

The partnership between Switzerland and Sweden, officially concluded at Meiringen on June 29, 2012 by Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enström and Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, by the signature of a statement of intent, will now be supplemented by a framework agreement.

This framework agreement between Switzerland, represented by armasuisse and Sweden, represented by FXM, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, will set out the details of the acquisition project.

In the case that Switzerland will finally decide to acquire the Gripen fighter, all issues related to technical specifications, delivery times, total price of the equipment, as well as the ground infrastructure and the commitment to training have now been resolved.

Read the full story on Bloomberg:
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Its busy times for the Gripen as the aircraft makes its presence felt across a number of air shows around the world. Visitors queued in the rain to sit in the cockpit of a Gripen fighter jet replica during the Birrfeld airport 75th anniversary celebrations, in Lupfig August 24, 2012. On the occasion ofPistenfest Birrfeld 2012 taking place between 24-26 August, Saab joined the celebrations of the 75th Anniversary of Birrfeld Airport and presented a full-scale replica of the Gripen fighter on static display. All Pistenfest visitors were invited to take a seat in the Gripen to get a feel for the world of real Gripen fighter pilots.

Next off the block is theSlovak International Air Fest 2012which is being held on September 1-2 at the Sliač Air Force Base, Slovakia where Saab is a main partner. Saab is inviting visitors to SIAFU 2012 to its stall to meet with team members and learn more about the company and the Gripen fighters. The Saab stand this time around will have the Gripen cockpit simulator and people have been invited to test their flight skills on the Gripen  simulator.

The Air Force of the Czech Republic will be flying the JAS-39D Gripen at the show.

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