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​Two new Royal Thai Air Force pilots completed their solo flight last week. Here are some images from the ceremony that followed.

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Photo Courtesy: RTAF

​Royal Thai Air Force welcomes five new combat ready pilots. Two of these pilots will fly Gripen while the other three will fly the Saab 340. This month, these proud graduates were awarded their diplomas in a ceremony at Wing 7.  

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Image Courtesy: RTAF

​Cope Tiger 2016, a trilateral air exercise conducted by Singapore, Thailand and the United States started last week. This is the 21st Cope Tiger Exercise and it has a participation of about 1,200 personnel from the RTAF, RSAF and USAF.

Cope Tiger 2016 aims at enhancing the defence relationships and interoperability between the participating air forces. The Exercise started on 7 March and ends this Friday.

Here are a few snapshots from the exercise:

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An RTAF Gripen takes off at the Korat Air Base during the Exercise
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Welcoming the F 15 pilots
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Commanders from the three air forces joining hands
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Royal Thai Air Force pilots posing for a picture​

Image Courtesy: RTAF and USAF

​Royal Thai Air Force Chief Treetos Sonjaeng recently paid a visit to the Wing 7 Air Base and had lunch with the Gripen technicians and support staff.

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Image Courtesy: RTAF​

This year, RTAF sent two Gripen fighters for display during Children's Day celebrations. One of these fighters performed an outstanding  aerial display for the young visitors.​

rtafgripen_5000hours1.jpgOne of the twelve RTAF Gripen in front of the logo designed for the 5000 flight hours ceremony

rtafgripen_5000hours2.jpgThe RTAF Gripen pilots at Wing 7 making a symbolic gesture to celebrate the 5000 flight hours

rtafgripen_5000hours4.jpgRTAF 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 Gripensquadronat Wing 7 in Surat Thani has been up in the air a lot and employed at a number of different missions.In September this year, 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 ...

Watch Gripen's breathtaking aerial display at the recently held  Karat Airshow 2015.​

​Saab is participating at full strength during Defense & Security 2015, Asia's most important military event. Saab had an exciting and eventful experience so far with many dignitaries visiting its stall. 

Saab is presenting a series of products covering the air, naval and land. Chief Test Pilot, Richard Ljungberg talked about the Gripen fighter system yesterday at the event, focussing on its combat effectiveness, mission flexibility and lifecycle cost control.

The event ends tomorrow. Have a look at the snapshots.​

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dns2_2015.jpgVisitors taking pictures of the Gripen fighter

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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 improved efficiency.

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 concludes.

Read the full story here.​

rtafgripen_5000hours1.jpgOne of the twelve RTAF Gripen in front of the logo designed for the 5000 flight hours ceremony
rtafgripen_5000hours2.jpgThe RTAF Gripen pilots at Wing 7 making a symbolic gesture to celebrate the 5000 flight hours

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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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