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Gripen is designed to meet the demands of current and future threats, while at the same time meeting strict requirements for flight safety, reliability, training efficiency and low operating costs. The aircraft’s fully integrated avionics creates a built in flexibility and development potential that will maintain and enhance Gripen’s operational capabilities and potential well into the 21st century.

Three Swedish Gripen

Image: Swedish Gripen. Photo: Katsuhiko Tokunaga

When Gripen was declared operational by the Swedish Air Force (SwAF) in 1997 it was the world’s first new generation, multi-role combat aircraft to enter into service.

The new fighter was capable of performing an extensive range of air-to-air and air-to-surface operational missions and employed the latest weaponry. Empowered with state-of-the-art technology, it was equipped to counter existing as well as future threats, while simultaneously meeting the Swedish Air Force’s strict requirements for flight safety, reliability, training efficiency and low operating costs.

Over 160,000 hours in service

The SwAF Wing F 7, based at Såtenäs, was the first unit to become operational with Gripen. Today, with 204 Gripen fighters delivered including 28 two-seaters, and more than 160,000 hours in service, the Swedish Air Force operates its Gripen fleet successfully in four fully operational frontline squadrons and three operational & conversion training units.

A uniform and more capable Gripen fleet

Since being introduced into the SwAF, the Gripen system has been developed continuously to provide sufficient capability growth. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) recently placed a contract with Saab to commence the upgrade of the Swedish Air Force Gripens to the very latest standards. This will ensure that the SwAF remains at the leading edge of operational capability, with a uniform Gripen fleet with greater functionality and improved cost effectiveness. This will enhance its ability to contribute to international peace support operations worldwide.

In service

Gripen is in service with the Swedish, Czech Republic, Hungarian and South African Air Forces and has also been ordered by Thailand. The UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) is also operating Gripen as its advanced fast jet platform for test pilots worldwide.

6 customer formation Gripen

Image: Six customer formation Gripen. Photo: Katsuhiko Tokunaga. 


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