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    Crash avoided during live firing exercise

    A JAS 39 Gripen jet from F21 Airwing was hit by shrapnel from its own automatic cannon during a live firing exercise. The jet was flying close to the ground, under 100 meters, and shrapnel hit up from the ground penetrating the jet. Luckily, the pilot could land the jet.

    http://www.svd.se/dynamiskt/inrikes/did_13717995.asp

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    http://www.f21.mil.se/index.php?lang=S&c=news&id=33975

    JAS 39C Gripen is now operative at Norrbotten F21 airwing in the north of Sweden. 4.5 years after adopting the Gripen system at the wing, 2'nd division took to the skies on Monday in new NATO compatible 39C jets.

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    The three baltic states have asked the Czech Republic to help with aerial protection

    Cirtek also said that aerial protection for the Baltic states Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia - all NATO allies of the Czech Republic - was a topic at talks this week between Czech Defence Minister Jiri Sedivy and his Lithuanian counterpart Juozas Olekas.

    "On behalf of all three Baltic states, the Lithuanian minister asked the Czech Republic about aerial protection of the Baltic territory," Cirtek said.

    Unlike the Czech air force, which is equipped with Gripen fighter jets, the Baltic states have no supersonic aircraft.

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    Saab have added the Norwegian companies PolyDisplay A/S and Baneservice A/S as partners in a strategic move ahead of the jet decision. Polydisplay receive a investment of 16 million SEK and can expect new orders of SEK 500m as a result. State-owned Baneservice A/S will perform 30% of the SEK 164m order SAAB received from the Swedish rail authority.

    This cooperation also opens up for a broad industrial and knowledge based cooperation in connection with the sales of Gripen fighter planes to Norway,” says SVP and General Manager Industrial Cooperation Kjell Möller in Saab AB.
    http://www.polydisplay.no/news/PD_news.html
    http://www.corren.se/archive/2006/10...1096984640-22&

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    2006-10-05

    ETPS/Gripen partnership goes from strength to strength
    Some of the world’s best test pilots have again experienced the unsurpassed performance and reliability of the Gripen new generation fighter.

    http://www.gripen.com/en/MediaRelati...61005_etps.htm

    2006-10-03
    Gripen at Defendory
    With a long coast line to defend and a requirement to be able to react fast to any emerging threat Gripen would be the perfect solution for a future new generation fighter for the Hellenic Air Force.

    http://www.gripen.com/en/MediaRelati..._defendory.htm

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    Hope on Saturday to see the Swedish blonde that was on the SAAB stand on Defendory International, again.

    Oh, yes and the Gripens cockpit.

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    Migs will destroy gripens easily in combat

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardpresident View Post
    Migs will destroy gripens easily in combat
    Please back up your statement.... which mig specifically, and in which areas of combat (BVR, Dogfight, etc)....? So is the way of MP.NET.


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    Oh I see he was suspended. No loss.

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    Yes he was picked up in another thread but remember when children make comments like that just ignore them, report them etc.

    I want to keep this a news thread with limited discussion relative to the news-articles and nothing else...

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    Quote Originally Posted by signatory View Post
    Yes he was picked up in another thread but remember when children make comments like that just ignore them, report them etc.

    I want to keep this a news thread with limited discussion relative to the news-articles and nothing else...
    understood, just hate when twits come 'a' trolling....

    ..on topic.

    I've been following the Gripen news too, It just seems to be becoming quite a success. Makes me feel my taxes went to some good atleast....

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    [SIZE="4"]Swedish prime minister urges Norway to pick his country's jet fighters over U.S., European rivals [/SIZE]

    Prime Minister's Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden and Jens Stoltenberg of Norway.

    The Associated Press

    Published: October 25, 2006

    OSLO, Norway Sweden's new prime minister promoted his country's Gripen fighter jets to replace Norway's aging F-16s in a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart Wednesday.

    "They are cheaper, they are fully developed and Sweden is good at cooperation with buyers," Fredrik Reinfeldt said during his first official visit to Norway.

    NATO-member Norway plans to buy new fighters in 2008 in a deal worth up to 60 billion kroner (US$8.9 billion, €7.1 billion) to replace the U.S.-made aircraft.

    The Nordic country is considering buying the F-35, or Joint Strike Fighter, developed by a U.S.-led consortium, the Swedish Gripen and the Eurofighter Typhoon, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said at a joint news conference.

    "We think it is important for Norway to have the chance to consider three real alternatives," Stoltenberg said. "But no decision has been made."

    Neighboring Norway and neutral Sweden have a long tradition of tight cooperation in all areas, including industry.

    Norway has often complained that Norwegian companies were not getting expected contracts from its 1 billion kroner (US$149-million or €119-million), 10-year commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter project.
    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/...n_Politics.php

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    [SIZE="4"]Sixth Hungarian Gripen fighter successfully delivered[/SIZE]

    Gripen delivery to Hungary, take off from Malmen, Sweden

    Gripen delivery to Hungary, take off from Malmen, Sweden

    Second group of Hungarian pilots and technicians in Sweden for their Gripen training
    2006-10-25 | One more Hungarian Gripen fighter, of the latest C version, landed at Kecskémet air base today. It was flown by a pilot from Swedish Air Force. The flight, which departed from FMV´s facility outside Linköping, lasted for about two hours.

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    Olomouc, Oct 25 (CTK) - Czech optical devices maker Meopta-optika said Wednesday it had won a contract to supply components to British Aerospace (BAE) under the Gripen offset programme, part of a lease of Gripen fighters to the Czech Army.

    http://www.praguemonitor.com/ctk/?st...fset-programme

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    SAAB and Danish Aerotech has just signed a 200+ milj Dk Cooperation agreement on condition that Denmark buys the Gripen Aircraft.
    http://www.gripen.com/en/MediaRelati...h_aerotech.htm

    And a new issue of promotionmagazine:
    http://www.gripen.com/NR/rdonlyres/2...ews_2006_3.pdf

    Regards C.

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    Thanks Caprice.

    Nice read about the exercise in Alaska in that magazine.



    “Alaska was a success from beginning to end. We took seven Gripens to the other side of the world, flew in expeditionary operations for a couple of weeks, and never missed a single scheduled mission through an aircraft problem.

    We did all that with just 90 people – including 12 pilots, 35 maintenance technicians, the Army TACPs [Tactical Air Control Party, better known as forward air controllers], our own security detail and others.”

    “For the whole deployment we flew 340 hours, with 150 hours ‘on mission’ in the exercise. There were 10 days of ‘real’ exercise flying and, of our planned total of 225 sorties for the whole event we flew 220. Four were cancelled because of weather and one because of an equipment problem with a laser designation pod.”

    “Every day we flew two missions, each with four aircraft. We did offensive counter air (OCA) missions as strike package escorts, ‘swing role’ interdiction missions with a secondary OCA tasking and close air support (CAS)/OCA missions – another swing role.”

    “We dropped 16 Inert GBU–12 500-lb laser-guided bombs which were either self-designated by the launch aircraft, ‘buddy-lased’ by a second aircraft or targeted by the TACP teams on the ground. We also did strafing runs with our 27-mm cannon on CAS missions.”

    “We were flying with big packages of up to 50 aircraft. That included Canadian CF–18s, Japanese F–15Js, USAF F–16Cs, US Navy EA–6Bs, plus tankers, transports and always an E–3 AWACS.”

    “During OCA missions we used our datalink between four-ships which gave us fantastic situational awareness – better than we were getting from the E–3. We were always on top of the air battle. We also found that our warning and electronic warfare (EW) systems are really, really good. It was almost impossible for the Red air forces to get through our EW systems. And we always had a good picture of where the air defences were, could avoid them and still do our work – even in very dynamic situations, with the threat getting more complex each day.”

    “After the exercise the US side told us that they would have to reassess the Swedish Air Force and its capabilities – they ended up with a lot of respect for us.”
    Lieutenant Colonel Ken Lindberg was the Detachment Commander for the Swedish Air Force deployment to Cope Thunder/Red Flag Alaska.



    In July and August seven Swedish Air Force Gripens (five JAS 39Cs and two JAS 39Ds) made an unprecedented deployment to Alaska, to participate in a major US Air Force-led exercise. Supported by two C-130 Hercules
    and a team of about 90 personnel, the Swedish jets flew 5,495 nautical miles (10,176 km) from SwAF Ronneby to Eilson AFB for Exercise Cope Thunder 2006.

    The Swedish team was known by the nickname ‘Tango Red.’ Cope Thunder (now renamed Red Flag Alaska) is a major multinational air power exercise that tests ground and airborne forces in complex real-world scenarios, over a large area of northern Alaska. Taking part were aircraft from Sweden, the United States, Canada and Japan – plus air defence assets from the US, Slovakia, Japan and even Mongolia. Seven other nations sent working level observers.

    The exercise scenario was based around a national UN peace enforcement operation between warring neighbours embroiled in ethnic strife. Air assets were deployed to support UN forces on the ground and to strike at the aggressor’s military and infrastructure targets. The friendly ‘Blue’ forces faced a sophisticated ‘Red’ air defence network of radars, guns and missile systems. Some of the most lethal air defence weapons in the world were deployed against the Gripens in the shape of Slovak S-300 (SA-10) surface-to-air missile systems.

    Operating with the Blue air forces, the job of the Gripens was to provide air interdiction and close air support using precision guided munitions, plus an offensive and defensive counter air capability. The Swedish Army deployed its own forward air controllers, who worked with the Gripens (and all Blue forces) marking targets on the ground for laser-guided bombs (LGBs). Throughout the exercise the Gripens were armed with GBU-12 Paveway II LGBs and Litening III laser-designation pods for attack missions. In the air-toair role the Gripens employed AIM–120 AMRAAM and AIM–9 Sidewinder missiles.

    For Gripen, Cope Thunder/Red Flag Alaska was yet another demonstration of the aircraft’s ‘expeditionary’ capability. It showed that Gripen, and the Swedish Air Force, is deployable and interoperable with NATO and non-
    NATO forces alike. The exercise also provided valuable experience for planning, maintenance and logistics – all of which will flow back to the Gripen community.

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