The Royal Thailand Air Force celebrated its centenary in November, and the birthday presents arrived early. The delivery of four Saab Gripen C aircraft to Wing 7 in Surat Thani, on September 4, completed deliveries under the contract signed in 2008 for the supply of an integrated air-defense package.
The contract, which delivered what Saab refers to as the Gripen Integrated Air Defense System, has provided the RTAF with a total of 14 aircraft and an array of ground equipment. The order comprises 12 Gripen fighters and two Saab 340 Erieye airborne early warning aircraft, associated radar stations, and command-and-control systems.
The deal has been an important one for the Swedish company, which opened a new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Bangkok this past August. Thailand is one of Saab’s 10 biggest clients. In October it announced a contract to equip a new Royal Thai Navy frigate, currently under construction in South Korea, with combat management and radar systems. The company also supplies the Army with the Carl-Gustaf recoil-less rifle.
Saab is at Stand C11.