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Tod Wolters, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, met Mats Helgesson, Chief of Air Force, Sweden earlier this month. The U.S. Commander also paid a visit to the Air Combat Training School in Uppsala to be briefed about Gripen fighters and future joint exercises.

"This was a rewarding visit. We have had discussions mainly about joint exercises especially the ACE exercise which is an example of an important component of our cooperation with both NATO and the United States, "said Mats Helgesson.

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​The 21st Tactical Air Force Base in Čáslav will host a multinational exercise 'Sky Avenger' between 18 and 29 June this year.

The Czech Air Force has confirmed the participation of Gripen and L-159 ALCA planes from the Čáslav base. Six F-16s will also participate in the exercise.

Sky Avenger is a joint exercise based on Czech Air Force's long-term cooperation with the Air National Guards of Nebraska and Texas. 

“In addition to dogfighting and cooperation with forward air controllers, the exercise will also focus on composite air missions,” discloses Major Tomáš Merta, Deputy Director of the exercise.

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RIAT2017_Gripen1.jpgThe Czech Air Force has confirmed the participation of a Gripen and an L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCA) at RIAT 2018.

This time, RIAT will also celebrate the completion of a 100 years by the Royal Air Force. Last year, Captain Ivo Kardoš from the 211th Tactical Squadron at Čáslav Air base won the award for the best flying demonstration by an overseas participant at RIAT.

The first Air Tattoo was held in the year 1971 with a participation of about a hundred aircraft. Deemed as one of the world's greatest airshow now, RIAT now attracts participation from across the globe.  About 150, 000 to 160, 000 visitors attend the show every year. 

About RIAT, Formula one racing driver Jensen Button once said, "All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air."

The flying display will take place between 13 and 15 July 2018.

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​As a Gripen pilot you will have information superiority to break your opponents’ decision loop. Here is how. 

​Highly integrated sensors in a Gripen C are the key to situational awareness. And during a fighter mission, situational awareness makes sure you stay ahead of your opponent.​

As the South African Air Force celebrates its 98th birthday, we bring you the important milestones from the SAAF Gripen programme. ​ 

  • It all started on 15 September 1999 when South Africa announced its order for 26 Gripen fighters from Saab. With this order, South Africa became the first export customer for Gripen.

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  • South Africa's first Gripen, SA01, rolled-off the Saab assembly line in October 2005 and made its maiden flight in Sweden on 11 November 2005. 

  • Gripen's 100,000th hour was completed by a South African Gripen SA02 on 28 January 2008! Saab test pilot Mats Thorbiörnson and South African Air Force (SAAF) Colonel Mike Edwards were at the controls. 

  • On April 30th, 2008, the South African Air Force received and accepted its first new Gripen fighter aircraft opening a new chapter in its modernisation. This delivery was followed by an extensive two-year flight test programme in South Africa to integrate local avionics, defence and combat systems.

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  • SAAF Gripen pilots flew their first solo in October 2008.


  • ​On 2nd October 2009, Denel Dynamics delivered the first test version of its A-Darter 5th generation short-range imaging infrared air to air missile. The first test firing verifying the integration between the missile and the Gripen aircraft was done in July 2010.

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  • SAAF completes its Gripen fleet! Final four Gripen fighters were delivered on 21 September 2012.

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Gripen's aerial display was one of the major highlights of the Singapore Airshow 2018. Besides the aerial display, an RTAF Gripen was also there for a static display.

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A South African Air Force Gripen landed at the Grand Central airport Midrand recently, demonstrating its STOL capabilities.

It was the first time a Gripen had landed on the Grand Central airport. Grand Central runway is only 1,624 meters, but the aircraft had no difficulty getting in and out of the airport, the report says.

Right from the beginning, Gripen was designed to land and take-off on regular roads and not just runways. In fact, the earlier Saab aircraft like Viggen and Draken were also designed to operate from public roads with a minimum length of 800 meters.

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A blast from the past: it has been ten years that the Hungarian Air Force received all the 14 Gripen fighters. The first set of the fighters were delivered in 2005 but it was not until 2008 when the fleet was complete.

The lease contract for the 14 Gripen fighter jets was signed in 2001 by Hungary. It was later altered in 2013 so that additional functionalities of the aircraft could be included. With the addition of Gripen fighters, Hungarian Air Force became a modern and effective NATO air force.

In the past decade, the Hungarian Gripen fighters have participated in various missions. They flew their first mission in Baltic (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) airspace in the year 2015.

According to the current leasing agreement, Hungary will operate Gripen fighters till 2026.

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​The Swedish Air Force organised a special Gripen flying demonstration for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last week.

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