Czech and Hungarian Gripens recently participated in combined air operations, mainly in the night-time missions, of the Multinational Air Group (MAGDAY) exercise in Jagel, Germany.
This was the first of the four MAGDAYs that have been planned for this year. These are regular training events for which Germany is the framework nation. The events typically consist of two rehearsal days and two live-fly days. MAGDAY’s goal is to increase interoperability between the participating allies. The exercise comes under NATO’s Framework Nations Concept for which Germany and other Allies have committed on ensuring the standing up of larger sets of forces, and providing NATO with military formations that are interoperable, well-trained and operational flying assets.
The participating Gripens were stationed at the Tactical Air Force Squadron 51 “Immelmann” at Jagel Air Base in Schleswig-Holstein. Besides the Hungarian and the Czech Air Forces with four Gripens each, more than 18 other Air Forces participated in the MAGDAY.
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