All Swedish Air Force articles

  • M-346 IFTS

    Sweden signs 10-year deal with Italy for military flight training


    Sweden has become the latest country to sign up for the military flight training services offered by the Italian air force, contracting for the tuition of 100 students and four instructors over the next decade.

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    Bombardier delivers sixth Global 6000 for Saab GlobalEye


    The Canadian airframer is supplying its multi-role, long-range business jet to serve as the backbone of Swedish aircraft maker Saab’s GlobalEye airborne early warning and control platform.

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    Saab includes 64 Gripens and GlobalEye pair in best and final offer for Finnish HX contest


    Saab is offering 64 Gripen E fighters, a pair of GlobalEye surveillance jets, and an extensive weapons package to Finland as its best and final offer for the nation’s HX Boeing F-18 replacement contest.

  • Saab Gripen in wooded flightline position c Saab

    How Sweden’s austere basing system influenced the Gripen


    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

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.