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Chief of the Swedish Air Force Major General Mats Helgesson reveals how the Meteor missile is changing Swedish air defence capabilities
ith a population of just under 10 million people, Sweden is a relatively small but highly technologically advanced nation. Its air force – Flygvapnet in Swedish – operates just under 100 JAS 39C/D Gripen multi-role fast jets, with about a quarter of those in the training role. The country is a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace Programme, and is very active on the international stage. The Swedish Air Force participated in Operation Unified Protector to support the no-fly zones over Libya in 2011, and
Swedish Armed Forces, including Flygvapnet personnel, participated in the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan. Flygvapnet’s main combat platform, the Saab JAS 39 Gripen, is a highly effective, fourthgeneration fighter/attack aircraft that is being continually upgraded. The aircraft has enjoyed export success with the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa and Thailand, and the Brazilian Air Force has recently put in an order for 36 JAS 39NG/F jets. It is also the first aircraft to put the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile into service.
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