Swedish Gripen is flying for SIAF 2015

24. July 2015 Aktuality

The roar of a jet fighter JAS 39 Gripen could be heard by aviation lovers at MLD SIAF several times. Last year it represented the Army of the Czech Republic. Also this year Gripen has confirmed its participation and will arrive right from Sweden.

JAS 39 Gripen at Sliač Airbase

The abbraviation "JAS" means JAKT (air-air) - ATTACK (air-ground) – SPANNING ( reconnaissance) – simply a multirole jet fighter. The Gripen is a single-engine multirole jet fighter developed by the Swedish company Saab AB with the aim to replace ageing aircraft Saab 35 Draken and Saab 37 Viggen.

JAS 39A is a single-seat and JAS 39 B a double-seat primary version of Gripen. The version "C"(D) also in the inventory of the Air Forces of the Army of the Czech republic is equipped with an air -refuelling system. A jet fighter is a delta-wing aircraft with a canard-wing adjusted also to land on and take off from motorways, grass strips or alternates. JAS Gripen is capable of carrying a heavy load of arms used for fulfilling various combat missions – air combat, attacks on ground and maritime targets. Safety, reliability, low production costs and effectivness are synonyms of this top-notch aircraft. The maiden flight of the prototype was performed in December 1988. It came into the service of the Swedish Air Forces in the year 1997.

Source: Stefan Kalm http://mediaportal.saabgroup.com

The aircraft Gripen has gone to see service with more countries in Europe, such as Hungary, the Czech Republic or the British Aviation School ETPS (Empire Test Pilot School) which also runs Gripens for training of test pilots. Nowadays also Croatia is considering Gripens as one possible alternative for replacement of ageing jet fighters MiG-21. Gripen represents prospective and competitive aircraft in the world market. Its inclusion in the inventory of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic is a question of the near future.

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