Royal Thai Air Force receives six Gripen fighter aircraft

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has taken delivery of six Gripen C/D fighters ordered in 2008, making up half of the 12 Gripen ordered by Thailand in total.

The Gripen fighters were flown from Sweden to Thailand and arrived at their new home base Wing 7 in Surat Thani in southern Thailand on 22 February.

They are part of an intergovernmental business transaction where the Swedish Defence Material Administration FMV, representing the government of Sweden, supplies an integrated air-defence system based on products manufactured by Saab.

The new air-defence system consists of Gripen, the Airborne Early Warning system Saab 340 Erieye AEW and a command and control system.