Monday, May 16, 2011

JAS-39 Gripen

South African Air Force Gripen fighters flying over Western Cape. As part of its 1999 Strategic Defence Procurement, South Africa signed a contract for 26 Gripen state-of-the-art multi-role fighters. These were intended to modernise the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) fast jet fleet and capability and support the transformation within South Africa’s armed forces. Deliveries to South Africa are in full swing, on time and within budget. They will continue through until 2012. All of the Gripens currently on strength in the SAAF are operational and provide the air force with its front-line air defence and fighter capabilities. (Photo: Saab)

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