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Sweden supplied the Thai Air Force last batch of Gripen JAS-39 fighters

Sweden supplied the Thai Air Force last batch of Gripen JAS-39 fighters

Sweden has completed the delivery to the Thai Air Force of multi-purpose fighters JAS-39C / D "Gripen" manufactured by "Saab" (Saab).

According to Janes Defense Weekly, citing information from the Swedish Defense Export Promotion Agency (FXM), the last three aircraft performed a ferry flight from Sweden and landed at the Surat Thani airbase 4 in September.

As TSAMTO previously reported, the Thai government approved the acquisition of a single air defense system in October, including the JAS-2007 Gripen fighter jets and two Saab-12 airplanes equipped with the Eriai system in October.

The total cost of purchasing aircraft related equipment and services is estimated at 34,4 billion baht (1,1 billion dollars). The acquisition procedure was divided into two stages.

According to the contract signed with Saab in February 2008, at the first stage, the Thai Air Force acquired 6 airplanes Gripen, JAS-39 airplanes, Eriay Saab-340 airplanes, Saab-340 transport aircraft, and management and control, auxiliary equipment and services. The cost of this piece of equipment amounted to 19 billion baht (531 million dollars). The delivery of the aircraft under this contract was completed in February 2011.

Agreement on the supply of 6 additional JAS-39 Gripen fighters, an AWACS system based on the Saab-340 aircraft, as well as aviation anti-ship missiles RB-15F Sweden and Thailand signed on November 23, 2010. By agreement of the parties, the full cost of the purchase is not disclosed. According to media reports, it is about $ 541 million.

The first batch of three fighters JAS-39 "Gripen" was transferred to the Thai Air Force in April 2013 year.

JAS-39 "Gripen" are designed to replace the outdated F-5E "Tiger-2" fighter in the Thai Air Force.

In addition to Thailand, the fighter JAS-39 "Gripen" are in service with the Air Force in Sweden, South Africa, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The aircraft proposed by Malaysia. Switzerland chose Gripen-E to replace the F-5 Tiger-2.
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  1. Atenon
    Atenon 9 September 2013 11: 58
    In addition to Russian, one of the most beautiful aircraft, in my opinion and in terms of combat capabilities, is also not bad for its size. "Pacifistic" Swedes are not bad weapons.
  2. denson06
    denson06 9 September 2013 12: 00
    In general, SAAB is great .. their planes are of course lagging behind, however, as many experts have said, high-quality birds .. made by themselves, and not "licked" from somewhere ..
    1. sven27
      sven27 9 September 2013 12: 09
      They and SAAB cars were distinguished by aircraft quality and dynamics)
  3. smiths xnumx
    smiths xnumx 9 September 2013 12: 17
    Three Gripen fighters will arrive in Thailand two days after the scheduled time after one of them was struck by lightning during a flight over India. It is reported by The incident caused minor damage to the electronic system, said Thai Air Force spokesman Monton Satchukorn.
    He denied the earlier report that the fighter was seriously damaged and had to make an emergency landing in India.
    Three fighter jets landed at an Indian airport to refuel. Technicians also took the opportunity to inspect the effects of a lightning strike on the fighter and replace some parts. Monton said the delivery of three fighters, which are the last batch of the Thai Air Force purchased from Sweden, is a total of 12 Gripen fighters and their arrival was originally scheduled for Tuesday, the Nation newspaper writes.

  4. goldfinger
    goldfinger 9 September 2013 12: 59
    But by the end of the 19th century Sweden was a drunken country, on the verge of a demographic catastrophe. Fortunately for the Swedes, they did not have a political bureau with Gorbachev, and the treatment of the country was gradual. Very interesting, by the way. There is an Internet, you can see. And what things do! And the wagon with Lenin’s Yid-Bastards .., in 1917. transferred to Russia! Do not forget, do not forgive!
    1. Atenon
      Atenon 9 September 2013 18: 07
      But now it is again becoming stagnant with its tolerance.
  5. King
    King 9 September 2013 13: 15
    by its characteristics, this aircraft thaws from all European American and Russian classmates.
    1. Akim
      Akim 9 September 2013 13: 21
      Quote: King
      from all European American and Russian classmates.

      Only the Czech Republic rented them and was happy, like an elephant after swimming.
  6. Akim
    Akim 9 September 2013 13: 17
    This is to deny that Thailand is a poor country and is buying cheap equipment. RCC, frigates - they also did not buy in the secondary market.