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