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The Instituto de Fomento e Coordenação Industrial (IFI), Brazil and the Swedish Military Aviation Safety Inspectorate (FLYGI) recently formalized the mutual recognition of certification-related activities in order to ensure the airworthiness of the Gripen E/F to be manufactured by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). 

In between the 6th and 9th of October they signed an Implementation Procedure (IP) which was preceded by a visit to FLYGI and Saab facilities. The initial draft of the document began in July 2004 and involved numerous email exchanges as well as international meetings. It was finally signed by Col. Anders Janson, director of FLYGI and Col. Marcelo Franchitto, director of IFI on 9th October.

The mutual recognition aims to make more efficient use of skilled labor from both organizations in order to keep the government spending to a minimum. The recognition further enables any future aeronautical projects involving both countries. Read the full story here.

To counter security threats, it is very important for an Air Force to have its combat readiness in place. Last weekend, F21 conducted an exercise to check its readiness, reports the Forsvarsmakten.

“We have done the exercise with speed, precision and panache,” says Joakim Hjort, Chief of the fleet.

According the Forsvarsmakten report, the participating personnel were not aware about the exercise till they were called in by the senior management. As a part of this exercise, a Gripen fighter was sent for an immediate rotation while an airbase security platoon patrolled the area.

In the past few years, in response to increased Russian activity over the Baltic Sea, Sweden has had an increased number of quick reaction alerts in its airspace. Squadron readiness hence has been a top priority for a while now.

“We have completed the task successfully, ensuring our availability and readiness. We have delivered operational efficiency. With the high availability of our units, both ground and air, we have proved that that we are all ready to deliver here and now,” Joakim Hjort says.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Louise Levin/Swedish Armed Forces

toms-fekete-jorgen_axelsso-jaroslav_mika__chayot-sawansan_sid-18-copy.jpgGripen pilots, from left: Lt Col Tomás Fekete (Hungary), Lt Col Jörgen Axelsson (Sweden), Lt Col Jaroslav Míka (Czech Republic) and Captain Chayot Sawansan (Thailand)

jan_ducha_sid-19_web.jpgMaintenance manager Jan Ducha carries out a service check on a Gripen during the Lion Effort exercise.
Technician Jaroslav Slezak and pilot Pavel Svec carry out final checks on the Gripen prior to take-off from the Čáslav airbase in the Czech Republic.

The Czech Gripen fleet has been around for ten years now and has proved its capability via its participation in numerous exercises and NATO deployments. "It was we Czechs who proved that Gripen was fully NATO-compatible, "says Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Mika, Commander of Caslav's 211 Squadron.

“Apart from the Swedes themselves, the Czech air force was the first to fly Gripen,” notes the Lieutenant Colonel.

Czech Gripen’s first flight took place in 2005. The contract which was signed a year earlier included a ten year lease agreement for 12 Gripen Cs and two Gripen D model trainers. During the initial years of the agreement, thirteen Swedish military experts were sent to the Czech Republic to provide Gripen conversion training and technical support to Czech pilots. This included personnel from SwAF and Saab. Gradually, the number of these experts was decreased and this month, the last three experts came back to Sweden as well.

In the last ten years, Czech Gripen have been deployed to a number of exercises that are designed to promote solidarity between NATO air forces. For example, between October and ...

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The Methodist University of São Paulo will conduct a seminar tomorrow on the economic and technological benefits from the acquisition and manufacturing of Gripen, reports

The seminar on "Aerospace Industry, regional development and business opportunities: International cases of the production chain of the Gripen" will cover technology transfer, employment opportunities and industrial co-operation programs. The experiences of current Gripen operators will also be presented. 

One of the key speakers, Ana Lima from LAB Consulting, will make a presentation on "Defense as Social Investment: Technological Spillovers From Gripen".

Brazil announced the selection of Gripen for the FX2 requirement on 18 December 2013. The finalized contract covers the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft, plus related systems and equipment. This year, Brazil and Sweden signed the financing contract that will facilitate the acquisition. 

The seminar will be held at Auditorium Sigma, Methodist University of São Paulo, Campus Rudge Ramos, Alpheus Street Tavares, 149, Sao Bernardo do Campo. 

Click here for more information.

Personnel and six Gripen aircraft from the F21 wing of the Swedish Air Force are participating in NATO’s Trident Juncture 2015.

Trident Juncture is the largest military training exercise conducted by NATO since 2002. 36,000 personnel from all NATO states, as well as seven non-NATO members including Sweden, are participating in the exercise. The exercise encompasses land, air and naval domains.

The SwAF Gripen aircraft are being deployed out of the Beja Airbase in Portugal and will participate in Air Defese (interceptor), Fighter Bomber (light bomber in tactical bombing and ground attack) and Air Reconnaissance roles, throughout the course of the exercise.

Trident Juncture is being hosted by Italy, Portugal and Spain and has two parts: a Command Post Exercise (CPX) from 3-16 October and a Live Exercise (LIVEX) from 21 October to 6 November.

To know more about the exercise, click here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten​

The video shows a SwAF Gripen landing on a road in Finland. Two Gripen fighters from F 21 Norrbotten Wing were in Finland recently to participate in a Cross Border Training. One of the main goals of the exercise involved dual and solo operations from a road base in both night and day conditions.

Gripen, like its predecessors the Viggen and the Drakken, has been designed from Cold War strategic philosophy which put a lot of emphasis on the ability to take off and land on very short, actual road conditions. Gripen has STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) capabilities which means it can take off and land in less than 600 meters.

The Finnish and the Swedish air forces have trained together since the early 2000s, with aviation exercises and exchanges of divisions. This, however was the first time when Gripen pilots landed on a road base in Finland.

The Hungarian Gripen fighters have completed their 100th flight hour over the Baltic States. Four HuAF Gripen fighters are operating in the Baltic region starting September this year. The pilots have already received honours for their great performance during the mission so far. The Hungarian Contingent will provide air policing to the Baltic states till December.

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Saab and Boeing are working in collaboration to develop a trainer aircraft for the USAF. Saab has been working on this project for a couple of years with a team both in St Louis and in Linköping and Saab CEO, Håkan Buskhe has complete confidence in their entry into the T-X competition. 

Along with the T-X trainer, Saab is working on the development of the new generation of Gripen fighters and there will also be a two-seater variant of the Gripen NG. 

"We really have not been doing so many aircraft types since the 50s," Buskhe says.

On being asked about new markets for Gripen, Buskhe says that there are many possibilities but he cannot say much. Swedish Air Force had earlier announced that it cannot lend any more Gripen C/D. Buskhe says that Saab can still export Gripen C/D variant adding that it is possible to supply new C/D fighters in 18 months. 

 Read the full story here.

​A full size model of Gripen NG was on display at the recently held Open Gates 2015 at the Brazilian Annapolis Air Base. Open Gates attracted about 40,000 visitors who got an opportunity to have a close look at the model of their future fighter aircraft.

SwAF Gripen at the Siauliai air base, Lithuania

Last week, four Swedish Air Force Gripen were at Šiauliai, Lithuania to participate in the Baltic Region Training Event 22 (BRTE22), reports the Forsvarsmakten Blog

The training event includes search and rescue missions, practice of standard interoperability and cooperation and coordination procedures. Air-to-air combat training and air-to-air refuelling were conducted on both days.

“It is an important exercise that gives us a lot of experience as we collaborate with other aircraft types with different capabilities," says Jörgen Axelsson, F17 division.

The first BRTE happened in 2008. The exercise aims at training personnel on rotational Baltic Air Policing duties and improving interoperability and takes place three times a year.

The two day training event took place on 29 and 30 September.

Read the full story here​.

Image Courtesy: Thomas Mårtensson​ Swedish Armed Forces

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