The Swedish authorities provide to provide Saab JAS 39 Gripen multi-role fighters (MRF) to the Philippines was among the many key matters mentioned by Division of Nationwide Protection (DND) officer-in-charge Jose Faustino Jr. and Swedish Ambassador to Manila Annika Thunborg in a latest assembly. The Gripen is without doubt one of the two jet fighters eyed by the Philippine Air Pressure (PAF) to satisfy its Multi-role Fighter (MRF) requirement. Thunborg paid a courtesy name on Faustino at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon Metropolis on December 21 to debate mutual pursuits within the discipline of protection. The necessities for the MRF challenge stipulate that the supplied plane have to be “fourth technology or increased.

The MRF challenge is meant to be a part of Horizon 2 of the AFP Modernization Program slated for 2018 to 2022, which goals to accumulate extra gear for exterior protection. The challenge additionally requires 12 MRFs no less than able to patrolling the nation’s protected waters and airspace. The MRFs are anticipated to backstop the navy’s current fleet of 12 South Korean-made Mach 1.5-capable FA-50PH light-weight jet fighters. One other contender within the PAF’s MRF acquisition program is the Lockheed Martin F-16V “Viper” jet fighter. Any plane that will likely be chosen should be capable of combine with current radar programs which have a spread of about 250 nautical miles.


Senior Undersecretary Jose C. Faustino, Jr., Officer-in-Cost (OIC), Division of Nationwide Protection (DND), met with H.E. Annika Thunborg, Ambassador of Sweden to the Philippines, through the latter’s courtesy name on 21 December 2022, in Camp Basic Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon Metropolis. (Picture by Pinky Rose Fernandez/ DND DCOMMS)

“The OIC, DND and the Swedish Ambassador mentioned the PAF MRF Acquisition Venture and the provide of Swedish protection and aerospace firm Saab AB of Gripen plane, which has been on the PAF’s shortlist. Each officers burdened on the significance of constructing a powerful air protection. Relatedly, the OIC, DND underscored the necessity to enhance capabilities within the context of regional safety developments, mentioning the shift in focus of the Philippine protection sector from inner safety to exterior protection. The Swedish Authorities to enter into discussions on an settlement on cooperation on protection materiel, as earlier proposed by the Philippine aspect,” Andolong stated.

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a light-weight single-engine multirole fighter plane manufactured by the Swedish aerospace and protection firm Saab AB. In September 2016, Saab introduced its intention to open an workplace in Manila to assist its marketing campaign to promote the Gripen to fill the Philippine Air Pressure’s requirement for 12 multirole fighters; Saab additionally intends to supply floor infrastructure, built-in C2 programs and datalinks, just like the capabilities of the Royal Thai Air Pressure. Based on Swedish newspaper aftonbladet swedish ISP exportkontrollradet (Export Management Council) have dominated in November 2022 to approve export to the Philippines.