Am i allowed to ask, what the difference between IN and NG is?
Am i allowed to ask, what the difference between IN and NG is?
There might also be a request for a fundemental costumisation like it was done to the Su-30 MKI avionics. It could even go further with an integration of an Israeli radar, but its all speculations.
Switzerland: More information
Offical release this time.
Continue readingBern, 17.06.2008 - During the second half of 2008 flight and ground tests for the succession of the F-5E/F Tiger - the so-called Partial Tiger Replacement (TTE) will take place at the Emmen airbase. For about four weeks each of the three candidates - Gripen, Rafale and Eurofighter - will be tested in a severe selection process. armasuisse is in charge of the evaluation and will perform it together with the Swiss Air Force.
Czech air force details operational experience with Saab Gripen
Missed news from last week.
Continue ReadingCzech Gripens had by 9 June performed more than 6,180 sorties and logged 6,050 flight hours, and "every aspect is according to the plan", says Caslav base commander Col Petr Mikulenka. Average flying time per pilot per year is now 120-150h, but this is increasing as the air force takes on a more active role within NATO. The biggest problem facing 21 Sqn is a lack of pilots, with only 20 now available to operate the fleet.
What news magazine Ny Teknik describes as a 'tripple-delta' Gripen variant has emerged as one of the configuration alternatives in the early 1980s.
The article doesn't say much other than that the designer Torsten Örnberg (örn=Swedish word for eagle) had to go on sick leave over gallstone problems and when he returned another design had already been decided on.
Other more well known configurations can be seen here in simple drawings over at Urban Fredrikssons web.
Heading home from Bodř Air Show
link to more pics
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Successful Missile Tests By Hungarian Gripens
Some info from the Vidsel campaign.
Six jets from Puma Sqn Kecskemét Air Base successfully verified missile integration with AIM-9 sidewinder by shooting towed targets. One afternoon during just two sorties they managed to shot six missiles.
Photos on the link.
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Swedish delegates visit Wing7 of Royal Thai Air Force
11 June 2008 - Brig. Gen Arne Heden and his staffs from Swedish Air Force and Vice Chief-of-Staff of RTAF ACM Ittha**** Subhawong along with RTAF staffs of Gripen program visit Wing7 of Royal Thai Air Force in Surat Thani for 2008's 2nd Gripen meeting. RTAF plan to upgrade facility in Wing7 this year to prepare for the commission of Gripen in 2011.
ACM Ittha**** Subhawong, the first F-16 sqn. leader of RTAF.
I found an article about the European market for fighters and Gripen is mentioned quite much. It is a nice summary and gives a good overview.
What surprised me is that according to the article Gripen and F-16 is on the shortlist in Romania, so Eurofighter should be out.
Are there any confirmation on this?Romania
A decision on new aircraft is fast approaching in Romania. The national Armaments Directorate has completed its technical evaluations from a short-list of Saab Gripen and Lockheed Martin's F-16. Romania's selection process, described to Show News as "a detailed and far-reaching process, that evaluated suppliers and operators and quietly got on with it" is expected to lead to an order for up to 48 aircraft, probably in two phases. On May 16, via the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Romania registered its potential interest in acquiring 24 F-16C/D Block 50/52s and 24 refurbished F-16C/D Block 25s (total package value up to $4.5 billion/EUR2.85 billion). Gripen International has made equivalent offers, including a Gripen/Gripen NG package. Romania is believed to be looking for several financing options to make its acquisition possible. With elections due at the end of 2008 a fighter decision is expected either before the summer or otherwise in early 2009.
Edit: This is the link http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gener...Fighter%20Boom
About the same thing is said on a Swedish forum, and the guy that said it is pretty reliable.
Where did you find the article, can you read it on the internet?
EDIT: Think i found it
which other countries can be interesting for future sales , outside europe? except, brazil,india and colombia.
and how many futher sales do you think is needed to secure a strong aviation industry in Sweden?
(i´m aware SAAB always will continue, but probably in joint programs)
the latest programs tells us joint projects doesnt automaticly decrease costs, and works as expected.
JSF and EF for exampel.
when Rafale and Gripen has been more successful from the development point of view.
Thanks Skyman, is that building on the last pic the air force academy ?
The United States Air Force's 159th Fighter Wing with the 122nd FS is now at Hungary's Kecskemét AFB this week with 10 x Eagle's according to reports.
Thanks to Stg_hu who uploaded these photos of JAS-39 and F-15's to flickr.
You can see simulator missiles installed on the jets.
Czech EWS tests
Thanks to 211Sqn Caslav for uploading this pic of last week's tests.
Last week also saw a unfortunate accident.
linkSaturday, 21 June 2008
Hungary's Defence Minister Imre Szekeres expressed regret over the death of the two pilots whose L39 Albatros fighter trainer jet crashed near Fehergyarmat on Friday.
The pilot lieutenant Zoltan Ignacz, 31, and his trainer lieutenant colonel Andras Janicsek, 47, were on a practice session aboard the Czechoslovak-made aircraft, when the jet crashed and burst into flames. The two pilots had attempted but failed to eject to avoid the crash, ministry spokesman Istvan Bocskai said earlier.
Janicsek had completed over 2,700 flying hours and a trainer course in Canada. He left behind a wife and three children. Ignacz, who had also trained as a pilot in Canada, was completing training to become a MiG-29 or Gripen pilot, Szekeres said, adding that both men had been excellent pilots and a great asset to the Armed Forces. He said the ministry would provide assistance to the bereaved families.
Oh man! I love those photos of the F-15 and Gripen together! Great news as always sig!
[news deleted because of poor reporting]
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