Saptamana trecuta a fost finalizat un exercitiu intre suedezi si americani.
Cei implicati au fost 48th Fighter Wing ( Escadrilele 492, 493 si 494 ) , zburatori de F-15C/E si Fortele Aeriene Suedeze, Flygflottilj 21 de la Lulea, zburatori de JAS-39C/D; locatia: RAF Lakenheath.
Timp de o saptamana exercitiile au fost concentrate pe partea aer-aer, cu DACT si operatii in grupuri mari de aeronave.
„I thought the training was a huge success, and to work with our sister wing from Sweden was outstanding,” a declarat capitanul Mike Culhane, comandantul escadrilei 493. „We executed our mission along with the Swedish pilots seamlessly. We were very impressed with the Gripen; it’s a very capable aircraft.”
Lt. Col. Joergem Marqvardsem, comandatul escadrilei 211, declara: „The aim for us is to improve our interoperability and to fly against aircraft different than ours. For most of our pilots this is the first time flying against F-15s, so the training was superb in attaining that experience.”
Evident, rezultatele caftului simulat nu au fost facute publice dar putem presupune caa Grifonii au iesit in pierdere, pentru ca – nu-i asa? – Gripen e mai slab ca F16, care e mai slab ca F15…🙂