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Gripen accommodates future technology to reflect new combat challenges. The latest development – operational with the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile – is evidence of this commitment.

Photo: Stefan Kalm

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This year Biggin Hill Festival of Flight celebrated the centenary of the airport. Here is a video of a Czech Gripen's aerial performance at the event. 

The Festival of Flight Airshow was held on 19 and 20 August. Besides Gripen, aircraft like Belgian F-16 and RAF Typhoon also performed aerial displays at the event.

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As India focusses on acquiring single-engine fighters now, Saab sees a huge window of opportunity, reports Gulf News.

The report says that within the next two years, the Indian Government will be placing an order for single-engine, medium-range fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Saab’s offer to India includes setting up of a full manufacturing facility; transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an aerospace eco-system in the country, and employment of a well-trained Indian workforce. 

“Saab has been ‘making in India’ on a variety of programmes for more than 40 years now. With a project the size of ‘Gripen in India’, we expect to build long-term partnerships with Indian companies,” says Robert Hewson, Vice-President and Head of Communications for Saab Asia Pacific.

Besides technology transfer, Saab is also banking on Gripen’s capabilities to meet the demands of future.

“Air Forces need, and must have, a future-proof aircraft. Gripen E is the future of fighter capability. Saab’s design philosophy focuses on continuous development, which means that future capabilities can be added to India’s aircraft by Indian engineers and we are looking at systems and design capabilities that will be in demand 30 years and more from now,” Hewson explained.​

Read the full story here.

​What makes Saab the best possible option to be the wingman for India's defence industry? CNBC-TV18 in its special series ‘Make in India: A New Deal for Defence’ explores Saab and Sweden’s plans in India.

gripen_siaf2017.jpegCzech Air Force airmen and their Gripen aircraft attended NATO Tiger Meet 2017 in Landivisiau, France. They were placed second in the concours d’Elegance for the best camouflage with Gripen in the “Tiger design.​

Visitors to the Slovak International Air Festival (SIAF) on August 26-27 in Slovakia can expect an exciting program. The highlight of the show will be a flight demonstration of the Gripen supersonic jet fighter by the top Czech Air Force display pilot, Captain Ivo Kardoš.

Captain Kardoš recently won one of the most prestigious international display awards. He beat an international competition at one of the world's largest air shows, the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Britain. Kardoš beat more than 60 pilots – which is quite an achievement given that he became a display pilot only at the beginning of this year. He also demonstrated his excellent flying skills at another air show - RNAS Yeovilton, Britain, where he won an award for his performance again.

We asked a few questions to Captain Ivo Kardoš.

What is the main role of a display pilot?

The main role of a display pilot is to represent the Air Force and to demonstrate his flying skills as well as the capabilities of the aircraft.

Can any Gripen pilot become a display pilot? Or does he need to fulfill certain criteria and undergo special training?

The display pilot is selected from the Gripen squadron pilots. ...

Czech International Air Fest (CIAF), the largest airshow in the Czech Republic, will be held on 2nd and 3rd September and Gripen will be one of the main attractions to the event.

The video shows Czech Gripen's performance at CIAF 2016.

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Joint exercises with other air forces make for a real test of pilot skills and aircraft capability when pitted against other types of aircraft and pilots trained in very different environments. The Arctic Fighter meet is one such exercise where Gripen pilots test out their skills. Every year, air forces of Sweden, Norway, and Finland participate in this joint exercise with different types of aircraft. 

The Baltic Post reports that the participating aircraft for this year’s exercise includes F-16 and Hornets, apart from Gripen. The Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish Air Forces will train together to develop and improve interoperability, train new pilots in joint missions and improve reaction times to airspace incursions.

According toForsvarsmakten, rigorous preparation of months goes behind this joint exercise. Special emphasis is given to flight safety in these high-risk training missions. This year, the exercise will be held between 21 and 25 August.

Read the full story here.

Photo: Sören Nielsen​​​

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One of the major deciding factors behind Brazil's selection of Gripen was Saab's technology transfer offer, says Vianney Goncalves Jr in an opinion piece in Aviation Week.

Even more decisive than the winning aircraft's lowest operational cost was its level of technology transfer. A major criterion for Brazilian engineers was the Swedish proposal for participation in the development of the two-seater version, he says. In addition to the transfer of know-how, Brazil also took the opportunity to reorganize its force structure.

The opinion piece dwells on the importance of the development of Gripen F and its potential role as a special sensor node for network centric warfare. Goncalves also discusses the wide-area display and the Link-BR2 datalink system developed in Brazil.

Read his opinion piece here.


​CNBC's Managing Editor Shereen Bhan was in Linköping last week to see what goes behind the production of Gripen E and experience a flight in Gripen.

Bhan traveled to Sweden for CNBC-TV18’s special series ‘Make In India: A New Deal For Defence’. Saab has made public its offer to develop, manufacture and assemble Gripen fighters in India should the country choose it.

Bhan flew with Saab’s Wing Commander Flying, Hans Einerth, who showed her the agility and speed of the aircraft during the 55 minutes sortie. She had the control for ten minutes.

For Bhan, it was a memorable ride. She has almost lived her entire life near air force bases as her father was a fighter pilot. "It was one of the coolest moments of my life," she says.

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The Czech Air Force Gripen fighters now have air-to-ground capabilities, reports Ceskatelevize.cz.

With the new capabilities, the Czech Gripen will be able to do more than air defence missions. They will be able to perform air-to-ground strikes and engage with ground troops as well. The new weapons will not only increase the capabilities of the Czech Air Force but also prepare Gripen fighters for advanced NATO missions.

As a part of this upgrade, Czech fighters have been integrated with laser bombs and related software updates. According to the Ceskatelevize report, laser beams are very accurate and attacks can be made between five and twenty miles of height. 

"We will have to learn how to use the full range of ammunition that will be provided for Gripen," said Czech Tactical Air Force Commander Jan Ďucha.

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