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01 April 2016
Adding to the handful of interesting origin stories of the Gripen fighter, right from its name to its engine, Gripen's STOL capabilities are also said to have a direct correlation with SwAF's austere basing system during the Cold War.
Maximizing time in the air can help an air force achieve air dominance and secure their airspace better. One of the many reasons why a Gripen fighter can achieve that is its refueling capabilities.
The most important requirement for a NATO mission fighter is the ability to perform Quick Reaction Alert missions. The Baltic Air Policing mission, which aims to safeguard the airspace of the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, requires the availability of fighter aircraft and crews for 24 hours a day.