The Swedish government has confirmed that Ukrainian pilots will be trained on JAS39 Gripen aircraft
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By José Carlos Palma *

The Swedish government has decided on a new package of support for Ukraine, which was presented at a meeting with the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Brussels on June 15, 2023.

This was reported by the government’s press service.

“The support includes contributions to funds totaling SEK 230 million (US$ 21.4 million) and allocations to the Swedish Armed Forces, particularly for the JAS39 Gripen, as well as a solution for the provision of donated military equipment. The total value of this twelfth support package is approximately SEK 250 million (US$ 23 million),” the government stated.

In particular, the Swedish Armed Forces have been tasked with providing introductory training to Ukrainian pilots and associated aviation personnel on the JAS39 Gripen fighter aircraft.

“The background is that the Ukrainian armed forces have expressed requests for the possibility of an operational evaluation of the JAS39, as one of the most urgent measures is to strengthen the Ukrainian air defense system with a modern combat aviation complex,” the government said.

Furthermore, the government has decided that the armed forces would implement the decision to provide military equipment to Ukraine.

It should be noted that since 2022, Sweden has delivered a large number of various types of equipment systems, while Swedish maintenance support has been limited to preparing equipment for subsequent transportation to Ukraine.

“However, more advanced weapon systems and sensors require a long-term supply solution, including technical support for systems, spare parts, as well as ammunition to maintain operational efficiency over time. Therefore, the armed forces intend to develop a long-term solution for the supply of qualified materials systems, such as Robotsystem 70, Stridsfordon 90, Stridsvagn 122, and Archer, which have been donated to Ukraine. The supply system is being created as a result of cooperation between the Armed Forces, the Department of Defense Equipment, and the current Swedish industry,” the government stated.

The Ukrainian government has repeatedly sought assistance from various countries, including Sweden, for fighter aircraft. The requests were made in the summer of 2022, and in February 2023, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov expressed Ukraine’s desire to have the JAS39 Gripen.

* Expert in international relations, such as foreign policy, international trade, domestic security, international security, developing nations, domestic security, intelligence,  political consultant, and military analysis.

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