All Swedish Air Force articles

  • Saab Gripen in wooded flightline position c Saab
    News

    How Sweden’s austere basing system influenced the Gripen

    2020-07-16T01:58:00Z

    The Bas 90 system, which often nestled air strips amid forests and used highway roads as back-up runways, was partially dismantled after the end of the Cold War. However, in recent years the ideas behind the system are receiving renewed focus as Stockholm again has to face the specter of attacks by Russia.

  • Gripen E
    News

    Gripen E testing picks up the pace

    2020-03-31T15:47:00Z

    Saab’s Gripen E test fleet recently passed the combined 300 flight hour milestone, the company says, as the programme moves into more advanced territory.

  • Saab 105
    News

    Swedish training transition to engage Gripen C/Ds

    2020-03-31T13:55:00Z

    The Swedish air force is poised to begin modernising its pilot training system, with the process from later this decade to involve the interim use of Saab Gripen C/Ds during advanced instruction phases.

  • Gripen E - Saab
    News

    Swedish military welcomes proposed spending boost

    2019-05-15T12:39:08Z

    Sweden's defence committee has published its white paper on proposed spending and equipment priorities for the 2021-2025 period, as Stockholm looks to further strengthen its defensive capabilities.

  • Gripen C MS20 - Saab
    News

    Sweden weighs extending Gripen C/D operations by a decade

    2019-05-01T12:04:55Z

    ​Sweden could be poised to approve an extension to operations with part of its Saab Gripen C/D fleet until beyond 2030, in a step that would bolster the size of its fighter inventory beyond the 60 E-model examples currently on order for its air force.

  • Gripen E 39-8 - Saab
    News

    Saab ready to step up tempo of Gripen E testing

    2019-03-27T16:00:11Z

    Saab is to significantly raise the tempo of its flight-test programme for the Gripen E fighter this year, with the activity to be expanded from the current two aircraft to five.

  • Gripen C - Stefan Kalm/Saab
    News

    Gripen E production tweak safeguards Swedish fighter fleet

    2019-01-02T12:08:23Z

    Sweden has dropped a plan to reuse some parts from its air force's in-service fleet of Saab Gripen C/Ds during production of new-generation Gripen Es, citing operational considerations.

  • News

    PARIS: Swedish new trainer programme moves forward

    2017-06-19T11:24:25Z

    The process to replace the Swedish air force’s ageing trainer fleet is likely to take a step forward this summer with the expected issue of a Request for Information for a replacement for the 50-year-old Sk.60 (Saab 105). In the interim, the service is implementing a life extension programme ...

  • KC-390 - Brazilian air force
    News

    KC-390 tour kicks off with Swedish evaluation

    2017-06-14T15:34:06Z

    Embraer has embarked on a 40-day international sales tour with its KC-390 tanker/transport, which will bring the twinjet to Sweden before making a debut Paris air show appearance next week.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: Swedish air force returns to Cold War footing

    2017-05-24T08:31:52Z

    Sweden is changing. After a lengthy period of shrinking investment in its armed forces and a tactical shift from national defence to developing expeditionary capabilities, Stockholm's focus has reverted to protecting its population against invasion.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: How 'Skibox' unit defends Swedish skies

    2017-05-22T08:42:00Z

    ​More than 30 years ago, the Swedish military determined a need to maintain long-range surveillance coverage if part of its ground-based air defence radar network was out of action. From a description seeking "a radar on a tall mast", its airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system was born.

  • Armed Saab 105 - Saab
    Opinion

    OPINION: Why Stockholm must dig deep for defence

    2017-05-19T08:24:57Z

    It is astonishing to think that at the height of the Cold War, the world’s fifth-largest air force belonged to non-aligned Sweden.

  • News

    Sweden extends jet trainer use to consider T-X outcome

    2017-05-15T10:13:28Z

    Sweden is to further extend the operational use of its Saab 105 (SK60) jet trainers until the middle of the next decade, to enable it to consider the Boeing/Saab T-X platform as a potential replacement.

  • Gripen RBS15s - Saab
    News

    Gripen E to gain enhanced anti-ship missile

    2017-03-31T14:43:42Z

    Sweden will equip its future fleet of Gripen E fighters with an extended-range version of the Saab/Diehl Defence-produced RBS15 anti-ship missile, under a project worth SKr3.2 billion ($358 million).

  • Gripen E - Saab
    News

    Gripen E flight slips into 2017 as Saab puts software first

    2016-11-24T11:09:36Z

    Saab has opted to delay the first flight schedule for its Gripen E by up to six months to meet self-imposed software qualification requirements, but says the fighter remains on schedule for delivery to the Swedish and Brazilian air forces from 2019.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: Swedish air force hails Meteor missile introduction

    2016-07-11T12:49:32Z

    MBDA's Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has achieved operational status, with the Swedish air force's MS20 software-standard Saab Gripen the first to field the European weapon.

  • Saab 105 - Saab
    News

    Swedish air force considers trainer options

    2016-05-25T13:16:54Z

    ​Sweden’s air force commander hopes to advance a competition to replace the service’s Saab 105 (Sk 60) jet trainers from late this decade, while it also works to extend the life of its veteran air transport fleet.

  • Gripen C MS20 - Saab
    News

    Meteor introduction transforms Swedish air defence

    2016-05-19T11:56:50Z

    Sweden’s air force has begun fielding the new MS20-standard software for its Saab Gripen C/D fleet, representing a significant increase in operational capability.

  • Gripen E teaser - Saab
    News

    Saab ready to reveal first Gripen E

    2016-05-18T05:33:44Z

    ​Saab is on course to conduct the first flight of its lead Gripen E test aircraft before year-end, with the jet to be revealed at its Linköping site in Sweden on 18 May.

  • News

    SINGAPORE: New IFF system ordered for Gripen NG

    2016-02-17T10:26:10Z

    Saab Gripen NGs destined for Sweden and Brazil will benefit from a new Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system developed for integration on the fighter.