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Hungarian pilots of MH 59 Szentgyörgyi Dezső Airbase took part in a 10-day Gripen night flying training exercise.  

The exercise, which was conducted between 18 and 28 October, was part of the Hungarian Puma squadron's annual training plan. On 25 October, a Press Open Day was held in which the participating Hungarian pilots presented 15 flight displays, including a two-to-one capture, one-to-one air battle, two aircraft formation flights and night flying displays.

The goal of an exercise like this is to increase the combat readiness of the Hungarian Air Force and prepare Gripen pilots for international missions. The pilots get to train using the night time vision goggles and hone their skills for missions at all hours and in all weather conditions.

Photo Courtesy: Istvan “TopiDoc” Toperczer​

Indo Defence 2016 begins today in Jakarta, Indonesia and Saab will exhibit its range of solutions at Stand D 095.

At the Saab stand, a full-scale Gripen Cockpit Simulator will give visitors a first-hand experience of the fighter’s powerful operational capabilities. Besides Gripen, on display will be Saab products like GlobalEye, Saab’s revolutionary multi-role airborne surveillance system and advanced ground based air defence systems (GBAD).

“Indonesia has great ambitions to develop its national industry; to build new levels of skill and capability in aerospace and defence through enhanced international cooperation. Future partners like Saab must deliver true technology transfer, industrial cooperation and return-on-investment, all with the highest degree of ethics and transparency. At Saab we understand and respect these goals and we are ready to work-hand-in-hand with the Indonesian government, industry and armed forces to achieve their aims for national development,” says Dan Enstedt, president and CEO of Saab Asia Pacific Co. Ltd.

Indo Defence 2016 will be held between 2 and 5 November. On 3 November, Saab’s Jerker Ahlqvist, Head of Gripen, and Lars Tossman, Head of Airborne Surveillance Systems, will brief on the latest news and developments in the Gripen and GlobalEye programmes and discuss why they are the best options for Indonesia.

Know more about Saab’s participation at Indo Defence here.


To download the calendar image of the month, please click here​.

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.

Read the full story here.

​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.

Read the full story here.

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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