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Could Saab make Gripen go unmanned? And why bother?

One of the more surprising bits of news at the Paris air show was the disclosure by Saab’s chief executive of early studies into enabling the Gripen to fly as an unmanned asset. Here’s a company-provided image showing how that might look: The only time that combat aircraft usually go unmanned is when an aged […]

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Red Flag role highlights Gripen’s evolution

Big thanks to writer and photographer Gunnar Åkerberg for filing and illustrating an ace feature in the new issue of Flight International about the Swedish air force’s involvement in exercise Red Flag 13-2 earlier this year. Eight Gripen Cs from the 172nd Fighter Squadron made the long trek from Ronneby air base to Nellis AFB, […]

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Who will win the great Danish dogfight?

Has Lockheed Martin’s grip loosened on the next-generation fighter opportunity in Denmark, as Copenhagen’s new approach to three of its rival bidders might suggest? Beyond its long-held interest in Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Danish defence ministry has now asked for information on the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Eurofighter consortium’s Typhoon and Saab’s […]

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Special report: Savvy Swedes

Our new issue of Flight International contains an eight-page Sweden country special report, with a stunning cover image of an air force Gripen taken by Gunnar Åkerberg. I contributed an 1,800-word piece on the Swedish air force’s current activities, including a look back at the Gripen’s reconnaissance role over Libya (the nation’s first operational commitment with […]

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Next-gen Gripen gets orders boost

Launched back in 1982, Saab’s Gripen programme already looked set to have a good few years left in its production run, but a new agreement between Sweden and Switzerland has given the firm a real boost in marketing the next-generation E/F model. The Swiss defence ministry on 28 August provided a load more detail to […]

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Czech Republic air force makes AAR debut

Two pilots from the Czech Republic air force have taken part in the service’s first ever air-to-air refuelling exercise, operating Saab Gripen fighters behind the Swedish air force’s Lockheed Martin KC-130H tanker. Performed recently over central Sweden, the manoeuvres involved two aircraft from Caslav air base, piloted by Maj Jaroslav Tomaňa and Capt Petr Dřevecký. […]

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BREAKING: Swiss selection makes Saab Gripen an export ‘ace’

Switzerland has reportedly made the first move to become the fifth country outside Sweden to acquire the Saab Gripen fighter. If export sales were dogfight kills, the Gripen would now be an ace. [Update: Counting the Gripen sale to the UK Empire Test Pilot School, Switzerland is actually the sixth export customer. The foreign air […]

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#DXB11: Certain victory for Rafale turns uncertain

So much for the rampant rumours (well, rampant throughout France anyway) that the UAE’s long-delayed fighter contract was a done-deal for the Rafale.Everything we know about the United Arab Emirates fighter modernisation plans have turned upside down within the first 24h of the Dubai Air Show. Quick summary: Dassault Rafale still in, Saab Gripen still […]

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VIDEO: Swedish Air Force unveils new Viggen capability – sledding!

[CORRECTION: The video shows the Viggen, not the Gripen. Still, I'm sure it's available as a retrofit option.] I hope Saab updates its Gripen sales pitch. The never-revealed-before sledding feature of the Swedish Air Force fourth-generation fighter could be decisive in a close sales competition with the F-35. Forget AESA. If only the Norwegians knew […]

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Wikileaks shows US played AESA trick on Gripen in Norway

It was September 2008 in Oslo, and a member of the US embassy named “Whitney” was very worried about the Saab Gripen’s bid for Norway’s fighter contract. “Public opinion has swung away from the F-35 due to negative coverage,” he wrote in a non-classified cable titled “Norway Fighter Purchase: High-Level Advocacy Needed Now”. The consequences […]

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