“Hungary has one of the most experienced air forces”: Budapest has increased its fleet of Gripen fighters

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“Hungary has one of the most experienced air forces”: Budapest has increased its fleet of Gripen fighters

Hungary has signed a contract with the Swedish government for the supply of additional JAS 39 Gripen multi-role aircraft, Saab announced.

Thanks to the Gripen fighter, Hungary has one of the most experienced air forces in Europe

- said in a statement from the Swedish manufacturer.



Budapest signed an agreement to lease 14 JAS-39C/D aircraft in December 2001. Since then, two incidents involving them have occurred. In May 2015, a modification D aircraft crashed at the Czech base in Caslav, and in June of the same year, a modification C aircraft crashed at the Hungarian base in Kecskemét. In both cases, the crews survived. Despite these accidents, Hungary managed to maintain the Gripen fleet at 14 units.

The current agreement, signed on February 23, envisages an increase in the fleet of aircraft by four units to 18 at the expense of single-seat C version aircraft.

In Europe, outside of Sweden, which currently operates the 92 Gripen, two other countries have chosen the vehicle: the Czech Republic and Hungary. Both decided to lease 14 units each, without strengthening their fleets with AWACS aircraft and air command posts. As a result, the combat capabilities of their air force are quite limited due to the small number of vehicles and aircraft parameters that can be classified as light fighters.

However, the Czech Republic has decided to purchase 24 F-35A, which should be delivered before 2032. Hungary chose to continue operating the Gripen, slightly expanding their fleet.

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  1. 0
    23 February 2024 20: 09
    I'm also experienced... I've flown hundreds of hours on simulators... Just kidding... From a real one - 1 flight on a cracker... 27ub.... after that I didn't fly again. Impressions for life! good drinks I drank aviation alcohol for the first time then
  2. +2
    23 February 2024 20: 15
    And what's the news? Why do the Hungarians use one and a half squadrons of Griffins? So they don’t need any more, and they won’t take any more. By the way, we didn’t make the worst choice, perhaps the best Euroletak at the moment
    1. +2
      23 February 2024 20: 44
      The news is that Ukraine needs to tighten up. The Hungarians are laying claim to Transcarpathia and are strengthening their Air Force.
      1. 0
        23 February 2024 21: 56
        I also had this thought. The Hungarians have already invested heavily in Transcarpathia. It’s time to tear a piece off the dead Ukrainian pig.
    2. 0
      23 February 2024 23: 03
      Quote: KVU-NSVD
      By the way, we didn’t make the worst choice, perhaps the best Euroletak at the moment

      I agree that it is potentially the best, but they did not let him spread his wings.
      You need to buy F16 and F35, and not suffer through nonsense.
      Oh what a SAAB car it was!!!!
  3. 0
    23 February 2024 21: 31
    And what are they the most “experienced” at - speaking Hungarian? laughing
  4. +1
    23 February 2024 22: 51
    Not the most experienced, but the smallest air force among the EU countries that, in principle, have an air force.
  5. +1
    23 February 2024 23: 37
    Thanks to the Gripen fighter, Hungary has one of the most experienced air forces

    How does having a certain amount of technology (even quality technology) make you experienced?
  6. 0
    24 February 2024 08: 56
    said in a statement from the Swedish manufacturer.
    Well, you can’t praise yourself, no one will praise you