South Africa's first Gripen fighter aircraft takes off from Saab's test-flight facility at Linkoping, Sweden.

South Africa's first Gripen fighter aircraft takes off from Saab's test-flight facility at Linkoping, Sweden.


Adapted to meet Royal Danish Air Force requirements, the Swedish-built fighter is based on the proven C and D-versions being flown by NATO.

"When the day comes for Denmark to replace its aging F-16s, we see the Gripen as an excellent replacement, as the aircraft is very capable, operationally proven in service, and the most cost-effective solution," says Johan Lehander, managing Director for Gripen International.

The Gripen is in service with the Swedish and Czech Republic Air Forces and has been ordered by the South African and Hungarian Air Forces.