Monday, May 16, 2016
The Swedish Embassy has denied that it is in discussions to sell four additional Gripen fighters to Thailand’s military government. Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and former Air Force chief Prajin Juntong told reporters that Bangkok is interested in getting four more Gripen fighters. Juntong made the comments after meeting Swedish ambassador Staffan Herrstrom. The claims where subsequently denied by the Swedish mission, who claimed that no such discussions had taken place. Thailand currently operates 12 Gripens.
This is the sought of problem I have raised my concerns many times that the Royal Thai Air force is dependent on Western fighters they should consider Russian Su-35 or MiG-35 as a precaution and customized with western avionics as all these could be swapped out for Russian avionics.
Another big issue is cost the Gripen E/F would cost around upwards of $130 million per unit much more than the Su-35 and MiG-35.
It also benefits RTAF for future transition to stealth fighter such as the Su-50 (PAK FA) as it is the only top superiority fighter that is affordable at around $250 million per unit.
Just take a look at Indonesia and Malaysia as an example!
See related post:
See details of Su-35: HERE
See details of MiG-35: HERE
See details of PAK FA (T-50): HERE