All Swedish Air Force articles

  • Gripen E

    Gripen E testing picks up the pace


    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

    Swedish training transition to engage Gripen C/Ds


    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

    Swedish military welcomes proposed spending boost


    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

    Sweden weighs extending Gripen C/D operations by a decade


    ​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

    Saab ready to step up tempo of Gripen E testing


    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

    Gripen E production tweak safeguards Swedish fighter fleet


    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


    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

    KC-390 tour kicks off with Swedish evaluation


    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


    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


    ​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: Why Stockholm must dig deep for defence


    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


    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

    Gripen E to gain enhanced anti-ship missile


    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

    Gripen E flight slips into 2017 as Saab puts software first


    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


    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

    Swedish air force considers trainer options


    ​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

    Meteor introduction transforms Swedish air defence


    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

    Saab ready to reveal first Gripen E


    ​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


    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.

  • Gripen NG mock-up - Brazilian air force

    Finmeccanica and Saab team for Gripen EW support


    Finmeccanica and Saab have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide electronic warfare systems support, which is initially being targeted at customers of the latter’s Gripen fighter.