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JAS 39 Gripen in Detail

n by Martin Waligorski

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Fragment of  the first released photo showing the refueling probe. As can be seen, the probe has been crudely added to the photograph using some computer software. The real ones were positioned on the opposite side of the fuselage.

Although aerial refueling has not been deemed necessary for the home defense operations, the feature has been developed and tested with overseas customers in mind. Even the 3rd production series JAS 39Cs will have this capability to enable participation in international peacekeeping missions.

Photo: SAAB


The first refueling probe was installed on one of the prototype Gripens and underwent a series of  trials with British Aerospace in the UK.

Photo: SAAB

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