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​Last weekend, visitors at the NATO Days in Ostrava and the Air Force Days got an opportunity to see four generations of Saab fighters in air. Saab 32 Lansen was the first aircraft to perform, followed by Saab 35 Draken, Saab 37 Viggen and Gripen. These flights demonstrated the technological advancements that Saab has undergone in the last sixty years.

Besides the individual performances, the Saab fighters also presented a dynamic display with Danish F-16, Finnish F-18.  

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Saab 32 Lansen, which took its maiden flight in 1952, was Saab’s and Sweden’s first aircraft to break the sound barrier. Equipped with surveillance radar, navigation radar and radar elevation gauges, Lansen served as an electronic warfare platform. The attack version was developed later with an innovative and highly secret weapon, called Robot 04. It was the world’s first air-to-sea missile.

Saab 35 Draken, with its unusual dual-delta wings, was considered by many to be the most beautiful design in Swedish aviation history. But it was not aesthetics that led to the unusual wing configuration. It was the requirement of a good low speed performance. The inner wing, with its strong taper transitioned to a thin outer wing with less taper and greater span. It was the inner wing that provided good performance at high speed, while the outer wing enabled good performance at low speed.

Saab 37 Viggen was the first plane outside the US to be equipped with a computer and that could also take off and ...

​The Czech Air Force Gripen which was painted earlier this year to celebrate 100 years of the Czechoslovak Air Force, demonstrated a stunning aerial display at the Radom Airshow.


​Wing 7 had young visitors last week who came to learn about rescue operations.

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Image Courtesy: RTAF

​As summers came to a close, the Hungarian Gripen pilots conducted a night flying training session in the last week of August making use of the last of the longer daylight. The fighters took off late into the evening and practiced aerial tests in the central zone of Kecskemét. There were three single seaters and one two-seater Gripens that took part in the exercise. Check out the pictures of the night flying exercise. 

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The Hungarian Air Force has been training for night flying missions using newly-delivered night vision goggles (NVGs) for the last two years now. This has further enhanced the combat readiness of the Hungarian Air Force.

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Image courtesy: HuAF

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RAF Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth recently tried his hand at flying Czech Gripen, reports Denik.cz.

His flight was a part of his visit at the Caslav Air Base ahead of the Central Hawk, a joint exercise between the Czech Air Force and the Royal Air Force. Participating aircraft included Czech Gripen, British Hawk T1, and L-159 ALCA. The British Hawk usually performs the task of an aggressor during the exercise.

Central Hawk lasts for two weeks. During the first week, Czech and British pilots perform various combat training tasks. In the second week, the participants support the ongoing Ample Strike exercise.

The exercise helps the participants to gain insights from each other's experiences and develop interoperability. "Central Hawk 2018 is an excellent example of a mutually beneficial cooperation. It brings us an opportunity to improve our skills, exchange our knowledge and experience, and make new contacts, "said Major Tomas Merta, the Czech Deputy Exercise Director.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: RAF


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Saab and the Brazilian Air Force’s purchasing organisation (COPAC) have decided to go for new amendments to the Gripen Brazil offset agreement, reports Cavok.com

The latest updates will result in changes to 13 projects under Transfer of Technology and Industrial Cooperation agreement. The changes have been proposed to meet the latest requirements in the fields of armament integration, assembly of structure components of Gripen fuselage etc.

The document approving the changes was signed by Göran Almquist, deputy programme manager for Gripen in Brazil and Brigadier General Márcio Bruno Bonotto, the president of COPAC.

"So far, all our expectations have been met. Everything is going as per schedule. 50% of the technology transfer initiatives have been completed. This demonstrates the confidence that FAB and Saab have in each other," says General Márcio Bruno Bonotto.

The offset agreement, which is a part of the Gripen contract, was signed by Saab and the Brazilian government in 2014.

One of the major milestones of this offset program was the establishment of the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in 2016. More than a 100 engineers, out of which 90 are local, are currently working at GDDN. The next big step would be the he setting up of an aerostructure plant in São Bernardo do Campo, in Greater São Paulo by 2020.  

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Saab has been contracted to update Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS).

The upgrade will includes, among other things, new hardware and software enhancements that will expand the capabilities of ACCS for future operations.

ACCS is an integral part of network centric air defence capability. The system is based on Saab’s 9AIR C4I product and includes Gripen fighter, Erieye airborne early warning system and tactical data links.

The contract is set to run until 2020.

Read the full storyhere.

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​Flying The Flag

A Swedish Air Force Gripen rides the afterburner climbing rapidly in the sky over its homeland.

Photo: Rich Cooper/COAP Media

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Brazil's Anápolis Air Base, which will be the first Air Base in the country to receive Gripen E, is undergoing several changes ahead of the fighter's arrival.

"We are working on the enlargement of the yard, construction of hangars, and renovation of facilities. There are several other processes as well," says Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Commander Colonel Antônio Marcos Mioni.

Brazil announced the selection of 36 Gripen fighters for its Air Force on 27 October 2014. The contract covered not just the delivery of these aircraft, but a technology transfer agreement as well that aimed at the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil.

As per the report, 32 out of the total 36 Gripen fighters will be based at Ala 2 Anápolis Air Base. The Air Base will also house two KC-390 freighter units.

Read the full story here.

​Gripen presented a spectacular aerial display on 20th August in Hungary to celebrate the State Foundation Day of the country. This day is celebrated throughout the country with hoisting of the Hungarian flag, fireworks and displays like this. 

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