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The Swedish Air Force joined hands with the French and Polish Air Force to organize an air refueling campaign at LSS/TUJAS 39: auspices (Air Combat School/Tactical and Technological development) this week. The drive aims to impart basic training to the pilots in air refueling and to sharpen the skills of pilots who had completed the training previously.

The air refueling will be carried out by a French KC-135, normally based at Istres in Southern France, but for the campaign is based in Poland. The tanker from there has a day to fly to the Baltic Sea practice area and upto fiver hours per day of air refueling for the Swedish Gripen JAS-39. The tanker flies under the minions an international cooperation program under which nations will contribute with different abilities including air refueling and transport. Sweden is participating with the FEEDER with C-130 as the transport aircraft.

The basic training of the Swedish pilots takes place at the F-17 wing which provides most of the flight of the JAS Gripen 39 during the air refueling operation. Gripen aircrafts from the F-21 and the FMV wing take part from the base units. With the help of air refueling, a stopover in Southern Sweden is not required.

Observers of the Gripen Users Group from the Czech Republic, South Africa and Hungary visited the F-17 Wing during the week to abide by the air refueling operations on site and to share experiences.

The practical education of Sweden aviation constitutes of four flight ...

With reports that the Royal Thai Government on Tuesday has approved the procurement of six JAS 39 Gripens for 15,4 billion baht as proposed by the Ministry of Defense after the purchase of the first six aircrafts was earlier approved, the Royal Thai Airforce is going strong on its Gripen program. Meanwhile, the first group of Thai Air Force technicians have arrived in Sweden for their initial maintenance type conversion course on the Gripen fighter.

The Defence Minister of Sweden, Sten Tolgfors formally declared the approval of the deal to the government’s cabinet. The agreement covers the six Gripen aircraft, the Erieye radar surveillance system and the accompanying data-link systems. The delivery of the jets is slated to be in 2011.​​

thaigripen2-300x190.jpgTraining is underway at the Swedish Armed Forces Technical school in Halmstad for Thai Airforce Technicians and will continue until the end of the year. The technical training also includes a On the Job Training (OJT) part at the Swedish Air Force Wings F 7 in Såtenäs and F 17 in Ronneby. As part of their training, technicians spent time at Saab’s Gripen manufacturing hub in Linköping. The technicians’ training programme forms part of Thailand’s 2008 procurement contract for six Gripen fighter jets.

In a parallel initiative, Air Chief Marshal Itthaporn Subhawong, Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), met with Lt. Gen. Carlo Gagiano, Chief of the South African Air Force to discuss areas of mutual interest, including Gripen and its introduction into the SAAF. ...

Flying the Gripen, the real thing or the simulator, is an exhilirating enough ride. When Haris Hussain of the New Straits Times got his hands on the stick in the simulator, out came a Cover Story in the New​Strait Times.  ​

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Saab AB has received a Request For Information (RFI) from the Indian Navy for the supply of carrier-borne fighter aircraft. The company, which received the RFI earlier this month, is pitching a naval variant of its Gripen NG fighter, called the Sea Gripen. India’s RfI was released to bidders over recent weeks and seeks detailed information on a common aircraft design for conventional aircraft carrier operations and short take-off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) operations, says Jane’s.

The decision to launch the programme within Saab AB was taken in the context of campaigns in two nations which are both in the beginning of developing a carrier based capability within their Armed Forces, namely Brazil and India.

The Sea Gripen Programme is aimed for naval-/carrier based operations, for both CATOBAR and STOBAR operations.

The Sea Gripen is a development programme with its origin in the Gripen NG programme.

• The main technical re-designs are: 

o New undercarriage and nose gear to cope with higher sink rate forces and catapult launches. 

o Strengthened air frame in some areas. (New designs in Gripen NG decreases the need of this re-design compare to the case and design solutions in today’s Gripen C/D). 

o Arrestor hook (re-designed and “beefed up” version of already designed emergency arrestor-hook already within the Gripen NG programme).

Speaking toStratpost, Peter Nilsson, Gripen’s Vice President of Operational Capabilities, said the Sea Gripen is intended for both CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take Off But Arrested Recovery) as well as STOBAR (Short ...


A report on aSwedish Site:

F 17 were visited on Wednesday by a technical evaluation team from the Indian Air Force along with representatives from the Defense industry. During the intensive, information-packed days held briefings on Gripen’s operational capabilities, various support and logistical functions, technical features were studied. In his talks with the pilots and technical staff, visitors had a professional dialogue on how the system operates on a user, and experience levels.

The version of the Gripen, which could be considered for export to India is based on the Gripen IN NG version. “The next generation”, the aircraft is equipped to take more fuel, armament, it has a more powerful engine and a new type of radar, etc. .

“We are here to evaluate and confirm the Gripen system based on the technical performance as presented to us earlier,” says one of the Indian representatives. He also claims that the price is not crucial at this stage but rather the function and lifetime of the aircraft system.

After a busy day at the F 17 visitors went to the F7 “Såtenäs” for continued demonstration of the Gripen system.

F 17 were visited on Wednesday because of a technical evaluation team from the Indian Air Force along with representatives from the Defense industry. During the intensive, information-packed days held briefings on Gripen’s operational capabilities, various support and logistical functions, technical features were studied.


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The Gripen fleet has now flown more than 130 000 hours. Gripen is in operational service in the Czech, Hungarian, South African and Swedish Air Forces and is also flown by the Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS).

The Swedish Air Force is the largest operator of Gripen and their first Gripen Squadron was declared operational in 1997. The Czech Air Force took deliveries of their Gripen C/D in 2005, followed by the Hungarian Air Force in 2006. Deliveries to the South African Air Force began in 2008 and are ongoing.

Included in the total number of flight hours is also the test flights made by the Saab Flight Test Department in Linköping, Sweden. Gripen C/D is being developed continuously with new equipment and software and the Gripen NG Demonstrator is also being test flown.

First Gripen C passes 1000 hours

The Swedish Air Force took Gripen C/D in service in 2005. Gripen number 39210 became the first Gripen C to pass 1000 flight hours, which happened earlier this month. The aircraft is being operated by the F 17 Wing in Ronneby and is maintained by the 171st Aircraft Maintenance Company.

​In the last week of October, the Gripen NG, the platform for the Gripen for India entered a crucial stage with the Gripen Demo aircraft making its first test flight equipped with the Vixen 1000E/ES05 Raven AESA antenna which includes elements of Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems’. The purpose of the Gripen NG Demonstrator Programme is to demonstrate the capabilities that may be included in the next generation Gripen.

gripenngdemo2.jpgThe Demo had been on the ground in refit for the last several months, during which time Saab integrated its AESA array, new satellite communications equipment and additional internal fuel capacity. The Gripen Demo has also added on the new electro-optical radar warning receivers and missile approach warning sensors developed by Saab Avitronics.

 The Demo airframe has now completed more than 80 flights since May 2008, and is being used to de-risk technologies intended for use with Saab’s future NG (new generation) production standard of the Gripen.

aesasashplatetechnology2.jpgThe Gripen NG platform has already been shortlisted in competitions in Brazil, India and Switzerland, and will equip the Swedish air force from 2014.

Selex says flight tests of its new AESA design, which uses a unique “swashplate” mounting to significantly boost the sensor’s area of coverage, will also support the technology’s possible future integration with the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The Gripen NG Demonstrator started flight testing again on October 27. Saab test pilots Magnus Ljungdahl and Anders Håkansson flew the Gripen NG Demonstrator aircraft to the skies.

The external changes, however, are minimal and ...

shivaroor2.jpgSo how does it feel to flying the Gripen for those in the media who did get the chance?


“You have control,” said Major Nordlander, and I acknowledged. I was itching to hear those three pre-agreed upon words that would put the jet into my hands. I throttled down to mil power and warmed up with a few barrel rolls to port and starboard.

The flight control system was super smooth, with beautifully actuated trim — no messy jerks, no abruptness, just seamless flight. I flipped the jet onto its back and pitched her nose down, flattening out against the sea. I pulled some quick soft-stop medium-G routines, and, aided by my pilot, some quick high-AoA manoeuvres. 

And then it was time to do what I’d never experienced before in three earlier fighter flights. I still had control. I was instructed to power up to full afterburner. As the dull roar of the reheat engaged, Major Nordlander asked me to look out for the very very slight pitch deflection that occurred when we smashed the sound barrier. The deflection was too slight to even notice. Or maybe the aircraft just cut too finely through it.

Whatever it was, in seconds, 14,000 feet above the Baltic Sea almost due south from Stockholm, we were cruising at 1.2 Mach. Watching the airspeed indicator on the HUD feed was exhilarating. We tore on at 1.2M for a ...

By Eddy de la Motte

​Network Enabled Capability

Data Link and Situational Awareness
The avionics and HMI in the Gripen allow connectivity with the operational picture that will be available on the future Indian Defence Joint network. The coupled navigation supports the pilot who can only supervise and be focused on the mission task, threats and the target ID. New data from the sensors is fed into the operational picture via the data links.

The Gripen NG’s onboard Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar can be used in role independent or combined modes when necessary to resolve targets in both Air-to-Air modes as well as SAR/ISAR/GMTI modes. The electro Optic/Infra-Red (EO/IR) sensors and an associated laser designator will be used when possible (weather permitting) to designate bombs and to provide damage assessments.

Gripen’s advanced EW Suite contributes to the SOB with emitter locations and jamming spokes on the Link net and the Fighter-Fighter Data Link (TIDLS).

The Gripen NG comprises a fully integrated data link capability that will meet the specified operational requirements. When fully integrated with the air and ground control centres, Gripen NG forms an integral part of the future Indian defence network.

The Gripen NG includes an autonomous fighter to fighter data link which is secure and jam resistant. This is designated the Tactical Information Data Link System (TIDLS) and has evolved from the experience of the Swedish Air Force system. TIDLS is independent of any network infra-structure and provides an autonomous capability for operations ...

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