Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blog Ping: Final Gripens Delivered To South Africa

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Title*:Final Gripens Delivered To South Africa
Website (URL)*:http://www.gripenblogs.com/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=432
Description:South African Air Force (SAAF) has been delivered its final four Gripen C single seaters.

IHS Jane's reports that these four Gripens were held at Linköping to take part in the Lion Effort exercise. After that, they were first ferried to Norrköping and then loaded on to the vessel Archangelgracht to reach its landing point in Cape Town, South Africa.

Flightglobal reported Magnus Lewis-Olsson, president of Saab South Africa, saying, "The Gripens delivered to South Africa are 'probably the most modern' versions of the aircraft."

The South African/Brazilian-developed A-Darter air-to-air missile has already been integrated in the South African Gripen along with the Thales digital joint reconnaissance pod. "The SAAF's aircraft have also received a helmet-mounted display, which is a first for the Gripen," Lewis-Olsson added.

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