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​At LIMA 2017, an RTAF Gripen Fighter performed aerial displays for the audience. Here are a few images chronicling the performance.

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Getting ready for the flight
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Engineers getting the aircraft ready for the display
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The Malaysian Defence Minister with the RTAF Gripen display team

Photo credit: Richard Cooper @COAPPhoto​

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Batch VIII Gripen pilots are now combat ready. A ceremony to celebrate their achievement was held last week at Wing 7.

Image Courtesy: RTAF

​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

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rtafgripenpilots_czech2.jpgRoyal Thai Air Force pilots at the Tactical Simulation Centre in Pardubice 
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Last month, a few Royal Thai Air Force pilots were in the Czech Republic for training at the Tactical Simulation Centre in Pardubice.

As per the Czech Ministry of Defence website​, it was a five day intensive training using a Gripen simulator. At the end of the training, the Czech Deputy Minister of Defence for Industrial Cooperation and Organisations Management, Tomas Kuchta visited the Thai pilots and thanked them for their active participation in this training.

Image Courtesy: Czech Army

​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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​The Royal Thai Air Force celebrated Children's Day at Don Muang on 9 January this year. A Gripen aircraft from Wing 7 performed an outstanding aerial display for the young visitors and another one was on static display. Take a look at the pictures.

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Image Courtesy: RTAF

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.​

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