Thailand receives more Gripen fighters

April 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

LINKOPING, Sweden, April 29 (UPI) -- Sweden's Defense Export Agency FMV has delivered three more Saab JAS 39 Gripens to Thailand, bringing Thailand's Gripen fleet to nine.

Three additional Gripen fighters are to be delivered to the Thai air force this year, completing the procurement process.

Thailand first ordered six of the multirole fighter in 2008. The deal included a Saab 340 AEW and a Saab 340 for transport and training. Comprehensive logistic support, pilot and technician were also part of the package.

A second agreement was in late 2010 for six additional Gripens of the C variant, as well as a a Saab 340 with Erieye radar and the Swedish RB 15F missile system.

The Gripen is a single-engine aircraft with a maximum speed of 1,320 miles per hour at altitude and a service ceiling of 50,000 feet. Its combat radius is 432 miles. Weaponry includes a cannon, rockets and a variety of missiles and bombs.

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