Swedish media reported that the federal government will quickly ask the armed forces to analyze the potential for transferring Gripen fighters to Ukraine.
Swedish media are reporting that the federal government intends to ask the armed forces to analyze the potential for transferring various Gripen C/D fighter jets to Ukraine, after permitting Ukrainian pilots to check the Swedish-made plane. Swedish public radio SR and newspaper DN cited that, in response to unnamed sources, the request ought to arrive quickly.
The investigation is supposed to have a look at how the switch of a nonetheless unspecified number of Gripens, which some sources state it may very well be a sixth of the full fleet or at the least 16 plane, might have an effect on the Swedish defence functionality. Different features to be investigated are how rapidly the plane will be changed, the time wanted for coaching and the time wanted to arrange the logistics for the supply.
Earlier this 12 months, Ukraine requested the permission for pilots and technicians to judge operationally the Gripen as one of many measures to strengthen the nation’s air defenses till a final decision on the F-16 arrived. Sweden agreed and granted the potential for orientation coaching on the Gripen for the Ukrainian personnel, and on Sept. 14, Swedish Protection Minister Pål Jonson mentioned, in a written assertion, that Ukrainian pilots have already been allowed to check fly the Gripen.
“The orientation coaching has been accomplished and in response to the report I obtained from the Armed Forces , the coaching went nicely,” he mentioned within the assertion.
Orientation coaching consists of take a look at flights in each plane and simulator and briefings for floor personnel.
Particulars launched to date are scarce, nonetheless the Gripen has at all times been thought of an ideal candidate for the availability of fighters to Ukraine since its functionality to carry out dispersed operations, operating from roads and unprepared runways in remoted areas and with diminished help.