Ceremonial handover of Gripen to Thailand
September 11, 2013, was an eventful day for the countries cooperating on Gripen, not only for Switzerland and the Czech Republic. A traditional ceremony took place in Surat Thani in Thailand when the Royal Thai Air Force received the last six Gripen aircraft of the 12 ordered.
At what was named the Gripen Integrated Air Defence System Commissioning Ceremony at the Surat Thani airbase in Thailand, the Defence Materiel Administration handed over the last Gripen aircraft on behalf of the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency.
The guest of honour was the Chief of the Defence Forces for the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, Commander-in-Chief Royal Thai Air Force was the recipient of the aircraft.
Sweden has previously delivered two Gripen Cs, four Gripen Ds, two Saab 340 AEWs (airborne early warning) and one Saab 340 B (transport aircraft) to the Royal Thai Air Force.