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Swedish Black Hawks get set for Afghan duty

It’s a busy time for the Swedish Defence Helicopter Wing, with two of its aircraft types being readied for operations in Afghanistan and off the Horn of Africa and the Somali coast. Two of the nation’s swiftly-acquired Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks will begin flying operational missions from Mazar-e-Sharif air base on 1 April, with their […]

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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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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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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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