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Saab has been contracted to update Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS).

The upgrade will includes, among other things, new hardware and software enhancements that will expand the capabilities of ACCS for future operations.

ACCS is an integral part of network centric air defence capability. The system is based on Saab’s 9AIR C4I product and includes Gripen fighter, Erieye airborne early warning system and tactical data links.

The contract is set to run until 2020.

Read the full storyhere.

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RTAF Gripen has completed 10,000 flight hours now. The milestone was achieved at the Pitch Black 2018 exercise.

"We owe this success to our people, everyone who has been on duty with dedication," an RTAF Commander said.

It’s been ten years since the RTAF placed the order for the first time for the delivery of 6 Gripen fighters from Saab, back in February 2008. Deliveries began around 2011 for two single seaters (Gripen C) and four two seaters (Gripen D). They further ordered 6 more around 2010, which were delivered in two phases in 2013. 

Since then, Gripen has been a mainstay of the Royal Thai Air Force.

At the recently concluded Exercise Pitch Black, the fleet of Thai Gripen performed various drills and exercises alongside Air Force fleets of India, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, United States, and Singapore. 

One of the major goals of the exercise was to increase the combat readiness of the participating air forces. More than 4000 personnel and 140 aircraft participated in the exercise.

The exercise proved to be very fruitful for the RTAF pilots as they enhanced their knowledge and experience while dealing with new battle tactics and major, tactical, combat, modern weapons. Further, it strengthened their relationship with the other participating nations. 

For more information of RTAF Gripen’s participation at Pitch Black 2018, click here.

Image Courtesy: RTAF

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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 ​​

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“Gripen will be a revolution,” says Brazilian Senator Ana Amélia Lemos on her recent visit to the FAB office.

"Even though I was a layman, I was able to recognise a key criteria in the choice of the Swedish plane: technology transfer. People often do not understand the importance of technological development in defence, but we should,” she said.

In October 2014, Saab signed a contract with Brazil to develop 36 Gripen E/F fighters for the Brazilian Air Force. And the most decisive factor for Brazil to go with Saab was its transfer of technology (ToT) offer. The ToT program currently is divided into 50 projects and covers theoretical training, research, and technology programmes. It also includes on-the-job training in Sweden, and production and development work. 

Read the full story here

​Cope Tiger, an exercise conducted by Singapore, Thailand and the United States is being held at Wing 1, Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base.

Both air and ground units are participating in the exercise. The exercise is aimed at increasing combat readiness and improving interoperability between the participating nations. 

Cope Tiger 2018 is being conducted between 12 and 23 March 2018.

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Image and video courtesy: Cope Tiger 2018

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On 15 February 2018, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) celebrated Wing 7's 36th birthday. ACM Jom Rungsawang, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, and Group Captain and Chief of the Air Force Wife Association, Koranun Rungsawang, attended the event. 

Flying displays by six Gripen fighters and three Saab 340s marked the celebrations.

In his speech, ACM Jom talked about Wing 7's successful operations, Gripen and Saab 340 AEW acquisitions, and RTAF's integrated air defence system.

RTAF declared he Gripen Integrated Air Defense System commissioned as a fully operational part of the air force at its home base, Wing 7 in 2013. At the ceremony to announce the integeration, personnel from all three military branches were in attendance, symbolising what the new system stood for: integrated defense operations.

Wing 7 operates 12 Gripen fighters. It received its first batch of six Gripen fighters in February 2011.

Read the full story here.

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Gripen's aerial display was one of the major highlights of the Singapore Airshow 2018. Besides the aerial display, an RTAF Gripen was also there for a static display.

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Saab will exhibit Gripen and a comprehensive range of Gripen support products and services at the upcoming Singapore Air Show.

Visitors can also take a look at the Arexis self-protection concept for Gripen at the Saab stand D11.

Besides Gripen, Saab will showcase its other products like GlobalEye, Swordfish, RBS 70NG, and Giraffe 1X as well.

Gripen fighters from the Royal Thai Air Force have been scheduled for both static and flying display during the show.

The Singapore Airshow will be held between 6 and 11 February. The airshow will be open to the public on 10 and 11 February.

Know more about Saab’s participation at the Singapore Airshow 2018 here.

​Popular RTAF Display Pilot 'NEON' performs at the Children's Day ceremony. The ceremony was held at Wing 6 of Don Mueang Air Force base in Bangkok on 13 January.

On Sunday, the Royal Air Force celebrated the National Children's Day with parades, static displays and aerial displays of various aircraft including Gripen.

Once the show was over, the children met and posed with pilots for pictures. There were games and Q&As for the children at the Saab booth as well.

rtaf_childrensday_one18.jpg A young girl greets the Royal Thai Air Force and all the visitors to Children´s Day 2018 ceremony with a speech.

rtaf_childrensday_two18.jpgA student presents Royal Thai Air Force Commander ACM Jom Rungsawang with a traditional Thai garland during the opening ceremony.

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A lucky winner at the Saab stall poses for a picture with ACM Jom, his wife and the Saab team.

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Members of Sweden´s Support team at Wing 7, Surat Thani between the two RTAF Gripen demonstration flights.
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School kids, ACM Jom and his wife pose for pictures with an RTAF Gripen in the background.

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RTAF Gripen's aerial display at the ceremony.

Image courtesy: Dennis Thern

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