Ground personel of the 211. Tactical Squadron is preparing for a discharging sharp 27mm rounds (red strip) of the Mauser BK-27 cannon and store them at ammunition box. The Gripen’s ammunition case of the BK-27 cannon enables to charge 120 rounds.
Czech Air Force Gripens meet tasks of the mission ASICIPPN III (Airborne Surveillance and Interception to meet Capabilities Iceland´s Peacetime Preparedness) from Keflavik airport (BIKF), the first time using a BVR missiles AIM-120C-5 AMRAAM.
Gripen 9237 in fully armed configuration. Czech AF received a total of 100 Sidewinders under the program FMS. First in 2002 year received a 20 pieces of the AIM-9M-2 for the L-159s, subsequently in 2005 year received a 80 pieces of the AIM-9M-8/9 variant.
During 3000km longer flight (nearly 4 hours) from Keflavik airport to home base at Caslav, the Gripens conducted air-to-air refuelling with a USAFE tanker KC-135R (callsign QUID 455) from 100th Air Refuelling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom.
QRA Gripens assigned to 211. tl (tactical sq.) / 21. zTL (tactical AFB) Caslav landing on RWY 27 from "Tango scramble". Second JAS-39C is tc.nr. 9244. Note the tc. nr. 9237 - wings are
temporarily without weapon pylons.
"Tiger", in c/s from NTM 2009 in Kleine Brogel, assigned to 211. tl (tactical sq.) / 21. zTL (tactical AFB) Caslav returns from training sortie on RWY 27. In background are on apron L-39C´s from CLV (Air training centre).