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Upon approval of the first work plan detailing technology transfer in the Gripen project, representatives from Brazil and Sweden announced that the partnership between the two countries may extend to civil aviation, reports a Brazilian News portal​.

"The idea is that we develop not only military aircraft, but also civilian aircraft in future,” said Fernando Furlan, the executive secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services.

Furlan added that Sweden is satisfied with the project so far and it is already certain that the two countries will co-develop the two seater version of Gripen NG fighter. "In the future, we will be able to produce a fifth-generation fighter," he concluded.

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​Last month, Czech Gripen fighters participated at AirPower, one of the largest airshows in Europe. Here is a video of Gripen’s solo display at the airshow.

This year, AirPower attracted 300,000 visitors. About 240 aircraft from 20 countries participated. The airshow took place on September 2 and 3.

​Two squadrons of Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters were at RAF Leeming last week to participate in the UK's bi-annual exercise, The Joint Warrior.

According to Swedish Air Force pilot Lieutenant Colonel Jörgen Axelsson, the airspace in Britain is quite different and so the exercises were challenging and hence were very good from a training perspective.

“It’s especially good for our younger pilots, as many of them have not been abroad before flying in international airspace, so they are learning a lot from each sortie they fly,” he says.

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As a part of their Icelandic mission, the Czech Gripen fighter pilots have been training with NATO naval forces.

Along with Gripen, the joint mission had the participation of Danish patrol boat Thetis, the French frigate Languedoc and the Icelandic Coast Guard ship Thor. With this exercise, Gripen pilots learned how to effectively act against and with the maritime assets. The training also allowed the pilots to practice flying maneuvers over sea.

"We were invited to participate in this exercise, which took place at sea some 80 km southwest of Iceland,” said Czech detachment commander in Iceland, Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Tomana. "The primary task of our pilots was to perform a simulated assault on the Languedoc, one of the newest ships of the French Navy. Ships of this class are adequately equipped against attacks from the air. So our Gripens were used to challenge the readiness of the crew.”

The Czech contingent will be conducting Icelandic Air Policing till the end of this month. The team and the Gripen fighters will return to their home base in Caslav early November.

Read the full story here.

Photo Courtesy: Czech Air Force

Despite extreme weather in Iceland earlier this month, Czech Gripen fighters were successfully certified to start their air policing mission in the country. 

Here is how the evaluation system works.

The certification flights take place under the supervision of a committee of senior commanders of the Joint Multi-national Operations Center of the Air Force of NATO (CAOC - Combined Air Operations Center). To get certified, the Czech Gripen fighters had to execute a scramble as a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) to protect Icelandic airspace.

Since the certification required operating under real mission-like scenarios, the Gripen fighters were scrambled to intercept another participating aircraft acting as an intruder. Through the process, committee members monitored every step taken by the Czech contingent under a challenging situation and assessed all operational details.

The preparation for the certification flights and the mission itself started months ago at the Czech home base at Caslav. 

"I am proud of my team’s performance,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Toman, Commander of the Czech detachment. "This certification means that we have refreshed and increased our skills and proficiency of implementing peacetime air policing procedures in this very special and challenging environment.”

The Czech fighters have been deployed for protecting the Icelandic airspace until November. According to an earlier Czech Defence news report, this is the first time the Czech Gripens have been equipped with AIM-120 AMRAAM medium range air-to-air missiles for a foreign mission.

Lieutenant Colonel Toman said that the Czech decided to go for these weapons as ...

swedish gripen 02.jpg At Indo Defence 2016 (2 to 5 November), Saab will put on display cutting edge products and its commitment to partner Indonesia’s security. Saab will also showcase how Gripen holds the key to Indonesia’s future airpower. 

The Gripen cockpit simulator would also be on exhibit at the Saab stall in hall D at stand 095. Besides Gripen, Saab products on display include GlobalEye, RBS 70 NG, IDAS and Double eagle. 

Saab has offered its Gripen C fighter system with the MS20 upgrade to Indonesia. With the implementation of the MS20 upgrade, Gripen  is now the world’s first and only combat aircraft to be operational with the MBDA Meteor BVRAAM missile. The upgraded Gripen will also have an integrated Boeing GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) and a new ground collision and avoidance system (GCAS).

The proposal is flexible in terms of the version of Gripen that can be delivered and also includes a 100% commitment to meeting Indonesia's requirements for localised industrial participation.

Indo Defence 2016 will be held from 2-5 November at Jakarta International Expo (PRJ) Kemayoran. 

Know more about Saab’s participation at the event here.

Swedish Air Force Gripen are participating in Joint Warrior, the largest UK tri-service and multinational exercise of its kind in Europe which gets over on October 20th. 

Joint Warrior provides a complex environment in which UK, NATO and allied units can go through training together in tactics and skills for use in a combined joint task force. The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations - disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more. 

Almost 70 aircraft are being used in the exercise. Participating Gripen fighters have been deployed in all their roles - fighter, attack and reconnaissance.The fighters are stationed at RAF Leeming.

The UK-based exercise, held each year in April and October, has around 5, 700 personnel participating from NATO allies and partner countries, including Sweden, Norway and the USA. 

More information about the exercise can be found here​.

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Six Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters participated in the Finnish Air Force's Ruska 2016 exercise last week.

This was the first time that Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters were sent to participate in this exercise. Besides the fighters, Sweden had sent transport and command & control aircraft as well. Along with the Finnish Hornets and Hawks, the Swedish team played Red Air, i.e. opponents to the Finnish exercise units. 

Ruska is the biggest annual tactical training event of the Finnish Air Force. One of the main goals of the exercise is to train service units on how to work with other kinds of aircraft and for major operations.

The battle concepts executed in this exercise were all about deployment. The Finnish and Swedish assets were redeployed in every mission so that the attacker had difficulty anticipating the teams' moves and strategies. 

The exercise was held between October 10 and 14.

Read the full story here.

Photo Courtesy: Peter Liander​

​While on a visit to South Africa, Defence Minister of Sweden, Peter Hultqvist met his South African counterpart Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula at Pretoria, reports SABC News.

South Africa is Gripen's first export customer. It was also the first nation to order HMD (Helmet Mounted Display) for its Gripen fleet (17 Gripen Cs and nine Gripen Ds).

"I am sure you are aware of the fact that we have procured one of the strategic defence packages from Sweden. Our fighter aircrafts are from there and we are proud to say that South Africa is the only country in the African continent which has such capability," Mapisa-Nqakula said.

Hultqvist emphasized that selling or leasing aircraft to other countries is more than business. "This is one of Swedish national security interest: when we sell or lease aircrafts to other countries, it's something more than a business - it’s about security and a long term relationship," he said.

Read the full story here.

At the recently concluded ADAS 2016, in Manila, Philippines, Gripen campaign director Magnus Hagman spoke about how Gripen is a very strong contender for the Philippine Multi-Role Fighter programme.

“We see Gripen as one of the most important assets for an air force, a true multi-role fighter that can work in a real network centric environment, sharing data with various other aircraft and also incorporating that into a C4I system,” Hagman said.

For an archipelagic country like Philippines that has more than 7,000 islands, Gripen, with its STOL (short take-off and landing) capabilities, would be an ideal solution, he added.

Recently, Saab also announced that it will open an office in Manila by end of the year to support its Gripen campaign in the country. Talking to IHS Jane’s​, Carl-Eric Leek, who will head this office, said that Saab’s offer would include a package of support systems, similar to what was delivered to the Royal Thai Air Force (12 Gripen C/D aircraft).

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