Sweden Figures Out How to Handle the Sukhoi

The Sukhoi is the latest fighter designed by Russia. Sweden says it built a Russian fighter jet killer — and stealth is totally irrelevant.

Sweden’s air force says its Gripen E fighter jets are designed to kill Russia’s fearsome Sukhoi fighter jets, and that they have a “black belt” in that type of combat.

Interesting article for anyone interested in the current state of the arms balance between Western Europe and Russia. Though Sweden isn’t a member of NATO, for reasons I’m not sure anyone can articulate, they do train with member states.

“Several years ago the Gripen pilots got tired of being made fun of by German Typhoon pilots and came to play with their wartime electronic warfare and gave them a hell of a hard time,” Bronk said. One of the Gripens was “reportedly able to appear on the left wing of a Typhoon without being detected” by using its “extremely respected” jamming ability, Bronk said.

What they are trying to do is sell the jet on the export market. I wish them luck.

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