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SKY'S THE LIMIT
Enabled by the latest available technology, Gripen gives the Royal Thai Air Force South Asias’s most agile swing-role fighter aircraft.
Photo. Katsuhiko Tokunaga
Royal Thai Air Force Gripens flew at the ASEAN International Fleet Review 2017. The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) International Fleet Review, hosted by the Royal Thai Navy, was held in Pattaya City, Thailand last month.
This year, the participating navies celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN.
The Royal Thai Air Force and the Royal Thai Navy conducted a joint training exercise between 30 April and 10 May 2017 to improve interoperability between the two divisions.
The exercise was held at the upper gulf of Thailand’s coastline, the coastline of U Tapao International Airport and the training ground of the Royal Thai Navy in Ban Jan Klam district, Chantaburi province.
Among other things, the Royal Thai Air Force Gripen pilots were tasked with providing reconnaissance images to the Royal Thai Navy personnel. The marine operational support included targeting aerial targets in the ocean.
It has been two years that the Royal Thai Air Force and the Royal Thai Navy successfully linked data systems between a surveillance-early warning aircraft equipped with Erieye radar system and Gripen fighter and HMS Naresuan. The integrated radar signals help increase the tactical capacity of both military forces to coordinate operations with improved efficiency.
The observations made during the assessment of the exercise would help in improving the skills and proficiency of aerial and ground operation units of The Royal Thai Air Force and Royal Thai Navy in future.
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Image Courtesy: RTAF
Video: Matichon tv
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has recently placed an order with the Defense Material Administration (FMV) for support of their Gripen aircraft which they acquired from FMV in 2008. The order contract is for a span of three years (2017-2019) and it includes maintenance and spare supply along with technical support and more.
“It feels very good that we have managed to achieve a longer contract with RTAF. Previously, we had a one-year order and a further order gives FMV better opportunities for planning,” said Martin Mann, FMV's Project Manager for Gripen Thailand. “The new support order marks a successful transition from the delivery phase to the operational phase in Thailand” he said.
The FMV, besides Gripen, also provides support for combat control of two Saab 340 AEW airborne reconnaissance radar, and a transport aircraft Saab 340B to the RTAF.
The first batch of 12 Gripens were ordered in 2008 and 2011 by the RTAF and delivered in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
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Missiles and missile systems manufacturer MBDA has offered its Meteor BVRAAM (Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile) for the Royal Thai Air Force Gripen fighters.
According to a Thai Military and Asian Region report, the Meteor BRAAM production is underway and should enter service on Gripen aircraft of the Swedish Air Force by the end of this year. The Meteor capability is a part of Saab's latest MS20 (Materiel System 20) combat systems update.
The report says the Meteor has been designed to counter the most sophisticated airborne threats of the 21st century. As per MBDA, the kinematic performance of a Meteor is three to six times higher than that of the current air missiles of its type. The Swedish Gripen fighters will be the first to get this missile, followed by the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Dassault Rafale in the coming years.
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The Royal Thai Air Force and the
Royal Thai Navy have successfully linked data systems between a
surveillance-early warning aircraft equipped with Erieye radar system and
Gripen fighter and HTMS Naresuan, reports ASTV Manager Online.
This is the first time that the
Royal Thai Air Force and the Royal Thai Navy have worked with integrated radar
signals using technology from Saab.
According to the report, the linked
data systems will integrate usage of modern equipment, which will help increase
the tactical capacity of both military forces to coordinate operations with
As per the Royal Thai Navy, once the
implementation is done, there will be an integration of radar signals from both
types of radar from both military forces. This will improve target detection,
information sharing and joint attacks.
The “Data link” system between
surveillance-early warning aircraft Saab 340 AEW&C and Gripen and frigate
HTMS Naresuan will let airborne fighting units and sea fighting units share
tactical information with each other. They will now “see each other” and “see
the target together” which is very useful for a successful mission, the report
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One of the twelve RTAF Gripen in front of the logo designed for the 5000 flight hours ceremony
The RTAF Gripen pilots at Wing 7 making a symbolic gesture to celebrate the 5000 flight hours
RTAF personnel and delegates with Gripen in the background
The first batch of Gripen fighters for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) was delivered in February 2011. Since then, the Gripen squadron at Wing 7 in Surat Thani has been up in the air a lot and employed at a number of different missions. Last week, a great milestone was reached when they passed 5000 flight hours with their twelve Gripen. It is an achievement made possible by a combination of many factors.
“I’m proud of our personnel competency and very satisfied with the jets. Our personnel at the squadron, both pilots and technicians, have contributed a lot to make this happen. The fact that everyone is still new to the system means that we have to stop operating and spend some time for education as well. Another important factor is of course the aircraft availability to fly every day. Ever since we received the jets, we have been able to maintain a high serviceability of the fleet. Personally, I think we could have been flying even more than this but we have to keep the hours within the service contract,” says Group Captain Chareon Watanasrimongkol, Chief of Staff Wing 7.
The 5000 hour milestone was celebrated on September 10 with a ceremony at ...
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Three first prize winners of a contest arranged by Saab and AVIA Satcom at Thailand’s Children´s Day 2015 got an opportunity to fly the Gripen simulator.
This was the second year in a row in which Saab and AVIA Satcom organized a contest exclusively for children with the top prize being a flight in Gripen simulator.
“We hope to make this a yearly tradition,” says Anna Lindh, Head of Communications, Saab Asia Pacific.
First Prize Winner Tanaphat Permpool with his family
First Prize Winner Patcharapol Thanachotikanativat with his family
First Prize Winner Soranant Lalipalit with his family
The actual simulator flights were conducted at AVIA Satcom´s head office, just off Don Muang airport in Bangkok on 16 May.
It is so easy to fly a Saab Gripen that even someone with no training can fly it with the aid of an instructor," says reporter Arman Ahmed of the New Straits Times.
Ahmed, who recently got an opportunity to fly a Gripen, had a bit of apprehension in the beginning, but after a minimal coaching by Gripen chief test pilot Richard Ljungberg, he was confident to get advanced fighter airborne. After 15 minutes of flight time, Ahmed was instructed by Ljungberg to locate three enemy aircraft and shoot them down.
Ahmed notes that Gripen’s ability to trim and stabilize itself was apparent as it was easy to lock on the enemy aircraft and squeeze the trigger. All three targets were dispatched in the first burst of gunfire.
“We made Gripen easy to fly so that the pilot can focus on different threat scenarios. The pilot is a decision maker. The plane can basically fly itself without requiring too much attention from the pilot,” says Richard Ljungberg.
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