Hungary and Slovenia have entered into a military cooperation, according to which, Hungarian Air Force Gripen will now protect the Slovenian airspace, reports Magyarhirlap.hu.
Slovenia joined NATO in 2004. Like Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, Slovenia also does not have air policing capabilities and in accordance with NATO standards, it does not plan to develop such capabilities either. Italian Air Force has provided air cover to Slovenia so far.
The Hungarian Air Force has 12 Gripen C and 2 Gripen D. At a NATO conference in November 2011, Hungary showed an interest to join hands with Italy in protecting Slovenian airspace.
In January this year, an agreement regarding Hungarian Gripen’s involvement in Slovenian air defense was finalized between Defence Minister Csaba Hende and his Slovenian counterpart Ales Hojs Lendava in Slovenia. This agreement was ratified on 4 October 2014 after which Hungary and Italy will now jointly provide air policing coverage to Slovenian airspace.
Read the full story: Magyar gépek is védik Szlovénia légterét
Swedish Air Force Gripen pilots recently participated in exercise MACE XVI, a leading international electronic warfare training event hosted by Slovakia, reports forsvarsmakten.
The purpose of the exercise was to train methods of overcoming anti-air defences by the use of tactical aircraft in conditions of radio-electronic interference and to practice air combat in fighters.
More than 650 personnel from various NATO countries and Australia and Sweden participated in the exercise. Besides Gripen, participating aircraft included F-16 from Belgium, Denmark and Norway , the German Learjet 40 and the French Rafale.
All the air equipment was being looked after by Sliac Airbase, with the command located in Zvolen and the ground equipment stationed at the training facility at Lest in Central Slovakia.
According to the report, the exercise was a unique opportunity for the participating Swedish Air Force members to test and develop their countermeasure response and effectiveness.
“The Air Force has once again proved itself at international exercises. Thanks to our competent staff who ensured 100 percent availability of the aircraft. We have flown in a variety of missions in different countries. Other nations have appreciated our flexibility and expertise. The experience we bring is invaluable, both in terms of validation of capabilities and improvement needed,” says Pierre Ziherl, Contingent Commander, Swedish Air Force.
This is the second time that Slovakia hosted this exercise. The previous one was held in 2012.
Read the full story: MACE XVI
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Four Gripen from Air Wing 17 (F17) in Ronneby were at the Estonian airbase Ämari to participate in the 19th BRTE training event between 30 September and 1 October, reports forsvarsmakten.
BRTEs (Baltic Region Training Event) are routine training events to hone NATO's air capability and exercise rotational NATO Air Policing assets.
It was the first time that the Swedish Gripen were in Estonia to participate in the event along with aircraft from Portugal – F16, Canada’s CF-18, Germany’s EF-2000, Estonia’s L-410, F18, Netherlands’ F16 and Finland’s F18.
"An important goal of this exercise is to practice in cooperation with other countries and thereby increase interoperability,"said Lieutenant Colonel Jorgen Axelsson.
One of the exercise scenarios includes an aircraft that loses radio contact with the radio aircraft control. Other aircraft are then sent to intercept and if needed, escort the unknown aircraft out of the prohibited airspace.
BRTEs are planned and executed by NATO and Sweden was invited as a member of the Partnership for Peace.
Read the full story: Flygövning i Estland
Photo Courtesy: Christian Timmig (first image) and Kent Löving/ Swedish Armed Forces (second image)
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has decided to send a contingent, which includes two Gripen fighters and a mobile air operations team, on standby to the newly-established African Union’s African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (Acirc), reports IHS Jane's.
According to the Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Vusi Masondo, the joint combat group, with a strength of more than 1,500 personnel, will include a composite mechanized car squadron, a light artillery battery and a troop from 2 Field Engineer Regimen.
The South African Navy will also support with its inshore craft and Marines as per the requirement.
Acirc is a temporary, stand-by force capable of responding quickly to crisis situations in Africa. It will be replaced by the African Standby Force when it becomes fully operational.
Read the full story: South Africa to place troops on standby for African crisis response
Saab´s local South African company, Saab Grintek Defence (Pty) Ltd. has been chosen to develop and manufacture parts for the Electronic Warfare (EW) System for Gripen E for Sweden. Development work, including prototype manufacturing, for antennas and micro wave modules is on-going at the Saab Grintek Defence facility in Centurion, Gauteng.
Saab has signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for next generation Gripen E fighters. Sweden’s requirement is for 60 Gripen Es that now are in development.
“This is important assignments for Saab Grintek Defence and a testimony to the local capabilities and exceptional local knowledge within electronic warfare in South Africa .The work will further strengthen our capabilities and secure and protect jobs at SGD for a long time and we hope for further orders for the Gripen E going forward” says Magnus Lewis-Olsson, CEO Saab Grintek Defence
Recently, Saab Grintek Defence has also agreed to a contract with Rheinmetall Waffe Munition in Germany to provide Naval Laser Warning Systems as sensors to Rheinmetall's MASS Softkill System in a frigate upgrade programme in Asia Pacific.
Saab Grintek Technologies (SGT) is a telecommunications company offering a comprehensive range of end-to-end Services and Solutions to Operators, OEM’s, Enterprise and Government. Various defence forces across the globe are using South African electronic warfare and avionics technology being designed and produced at the company’s facilities in South Africa.
The Czech Air Force has decided to send five Gripen and a total of 80 aircrew and ground personnel to Iceland to protect its airspace during the last quarter of 2014, reports NATO’s website.
The main body of the Czech contingent departed from 21st Tactical Air Force Base, Čáslav today and five Czech Air Force’s Gripen aircraft will leave for Iceland on Thursday, 9 October.
According to the report, on their way up north, the Czech Gripen aircraft will be supported by an Italian KC-767 tanker aircraft which will provide both transport capacity for the personnel and material for the Czech contingent. It will also conduct air-to-air refueling for the Gripen fighters.
Besides providing airborne surveillance and interception capabilities, the Czech Air Force will also conduct air defence flying training missions and provide the necessary degree of training of NATO and Icelandic support personnel.
The extension of Czech Republic’s autumn mission was announced earlier this year. In May, Czech Defense ministry's spokesman Jan Pejsek told the Czech media that though Czech Republic has not received any official request from the NATO headquarters yet, it is ready to comply with NATO’s request for extending Gripen’s air policing period.
Read the full story: CZECH JAS-39 GRIPEN DEPLOY TO ICELAND ON NATO MISSION
In a rare display of its kind, three generations of Saab's fighter aircraft - Gripen, Viggen and Draken - came together to perform a flypast at the recently held NATO Days in Ostrava & Air Force Days at Mošnov airport.
Four Czech pilots - Michal Danek, Ervin Um, Merta and Martin Pelda were awarded at the event for flying a thousand hours in Gripen.
To see the three aircraft together, one usually needs to travel to Sweden. Hence, it was a unique opportunity for more than 200, 000 visitors at the NATO Days in Ostrava & Air Force Days to witness the three Saab fighter aircraft in a flypast.
It was a demonstration that celebrated the past and the present.
Draken takes us to the days of a new beginning; the jet era had already started. Sweden wanted to develop an aircraft that could undertake a combat role unique to the country. It was important for the aircraft to be able to operate from reinforced public roads used as part of wartime airbases and to be refueled and rearmed as quickly as possible. Manufactured between 1955 and 1974, the Draken was first built to replace the Saab J29 Tunnan. The one of its kind aircraft entered service with the Swedish Air Force in 1960 and was successfully exported to Austria, Denmark and Finland as well.
More than a decade later, Viggen was conceptualized with an aim to replace the Saab 32 Lansen in the attack role and later the Saab 35 ...
Last month, several Swedish Gripen fighter aircraft were sent from Ronneby airbase to intercept two Russian Su-24 Fencer combat planes that violated Sweden’s airspace, reports Expressen.
According to the report, on 17 September, the two Russian combat planes skirted the Polish coast before heading north at low altitude towards the island Öland, in the Baltic Sea. The planes flew a couple of kilometers on the wrong side of the border and quickly turned eastward when a Swedish Gripen intercepted.
The Swedish Armed Forces have refused to comment on the incident before a proper analysis of the situation. According to Expressen’s sources, however, this incident was aimed at testing Sweden’s air defense readiness.
As early as August this year, the Swedish Armed Forces had announced that it had increased intelligence gathering and had called in extra staff to its headquarters over the crisis in Ukraine.
The developments in Ukraine have led to increased training activity in the Baltic Sea. In August, the Swedish Air Force deployed two Gripen fighter aircraft in Gotland where the jets would be in a better position to react quickly to the situation in the Baltic.
Read the full story: Svenskt luftrum kränkt av ryska attackplan
Gripen's aerial display was the main attraction at AAD 2014 which was held at AFB Waterkloof, Centurion in the City of Tshwane, South Africa between 17 and 21 September.
Besides Gripen, flying programme at the event included performances by Silver Falcons, Cheetah and Hawks.
South Africa was Gripen’s first export customer. Its fleet consists of 9 two-seat and 17 single seat versions of Gripen. The fleet is flown and maintained by the crews and personnel of 2 Squadron, stationed at AFB Makhado in Limpopo Province.
South Africa was also the first Gripen customer to order the state-of-the-art ”Cobra” HMD ( Helmet Mounted Display).
An HMD displays data directly onto the helmet visor, allowing the Gripen pilot to stay ‘heads up’ at crucial points in the mission. The Cobra is a binocular system that displays both air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons symbology, as well as basic flight data.
At AAD 2014, South African manufacturing company Denel Dynamics officials revealed that its imaging infrared-guided A-Darter has completed integration tests for SAAF’s Gripen C/D multi-role fighter, and trials are ongoing for the Hawk advanced trainer.
Denel is preparing to begin pre-integration flight trials of the missile on the Gripen NG in November.
Launched in 1975, AAD is held every two years in different parts of South Africa. The next AAD is expected to be held in 2016.
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