Thailand Gripen Lastest Update
[QUOTE=hukcuk;2818968]I heard Thai will purchase 12 Gripens.
I understand that but...
some say Sweden is giving 2 radar surveillance planes for [U][B]free[/B][/U].
is that true? can you conform this?[/QUOTE]
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AIR FORCE / PROCUREMENT OF GRIPEN FIGHTERS
[i][b]Chalit insists purchase of Swedish jets appropriate, also the best deal[/b][/i]
[b]Air force chief ACM Chalit Phukphasuk insisted yesterday the bid to purchase Saab Gripen jet fighters from Sweden was appropriate, saying the Swedish government offered the best deal.
He also said the jets' capacities suit geographical aspects in the deep South, where they would be deployed. [/b]
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the air force's plan to buy 12 Gripen multi-role fighters from Sweden at a cost of 34.4 billion baht.
ACM Chalit said before seeking approval from the cabinet the air force had appointed a committee to manage the procurement of new jet fighters, intended to replace its aging American-made F-5E fighters.
[b]Before finally choosing the Gripen jets, the committee considered three jet fighter models in total. The two other models were the American-made F16 C/D and the Russian-made SU 30 MK. [/b]
[b]Under the air force's selection criteria, the jets must be equipped with advanced technology with the potential for future upgrades. The technology must be comparable or no less sophisticated than those jet fighters used or to be purchased by governments in neighbouring countries, said ACM Chalit.
The jets must also suit the geographical aspects of military operations in the South, where the jets would be deployed over Thai territorial waters, both in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
Besides, he said the air force must be able to develop its own control over future aircraft maintenance.
ACM Chalit said that the Burmese junta had bought F16 jets but could not get them off the ground at the moment due to sanctions imposed by the US.
In addition, the aircraft must suit the air force's needs in its attempt to develop a jet fighter command and control system and also a warning system for its future defence operations, he said.
ACM Chalit said Sweden had been more generous in its offer than the US and Russia in attempting to meet all the air force's procurement criteria. [/b]
[u]Besides giving five additional aircraft for free, the producer of the Gripen jets also agreed to give the air force confidential details on the operations of the fighters called ''source code data'' that enables the air force to upgrade the defence capacity of the aircraft on its own in the future. [/u]
[u]Scholarships for air force technicians to be trained exclusively in the maintenance of Gripen fighters were also offered, he said, adding that the US and Russia had not made such offers. [/u]
Gripen-JAS 39C/D aircraft are small jet fighters that are more technologically advanced than the US-made F16 fighters, he added.
[b]ACM Chalit said Sweden would deliver Gripen jet fighters to the air force three years after the procurement contract is signed. Then, air force pilots would need about a year's training to pilot them. [/b]
Thailand Gripen Lastest Update
Umm....RTAF gonna use Gripen as a F-5 replacement, mate. :) We've got 2 F5s Sqn. and the 701 sqn. will be decommissioned in 1 - 2 year. Another sqn., 211 sqn., we be retired in 5 - 7 years (211 sqn. was upgraded by Israel) This means that we may have to order more Gripen in the future.
But we will keep our 59 Falcons. Maybe if we have money we may conduct MLU on at least 1 Sqn. We will replace F-16 when we have a permission to buy F-35. Suppose in 2030, Gripen will fly along side F-35 in the future.
RTAF have an annual training with USAF, USMC, USN, Singapore AF. (Cobra Gold and Cope Tiger...largest exercise in region) Bianual training with Malaysian AF (Air THAMAL), Indonesian AF (ELANG THAINESIA), Australian AF, France AF (Both in Pitch Black Australia). Gripen will have a chance to meet F-16 Block50/52+, F-15SG, F/A-18A/BC/D/E/F, F-15C, A-10, F/A-18D+, Su-30MKM, Hawk 208, Su-30MK2, Hawk 209, F-111, etc. Good chance to show how good the Gripen will be ..... woot