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Lars77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-29-11 08:20 AM
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Sweden sends eight fighter jets to Libya
Source: The Swedish Wire

Sweden's prime minister said Tuesday the government would ask parliament to contribute eight Gripen fighter jets to Libya, but insisted they not be involved in ground strikes.

"The government has decided today ... to put to parliament the proposal to participate with JAS Gripen (jets) in the international military operation in Libya under the leadership of NATO," Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in parliament.

The prime minister said an official request from NATO for a Swedish contribution had come earlier Tuesday.

Reinfeldt stressed the Swedish jets would be sent only to enforce the international no-fly zone and "would not be allowed to participate in bombing ground targets."

Read more: http://www.swedishwire.com/politics/9146-sweden-sends-e...



Sweden have been trying to sell their Gripen jet to the F-16 owners club (Denmark, Norway, Holland, Greece etc) for a long time, but have been outdone by the F22 and the Eurofighter. SAAB must be toasting in champagne because of this, they can have the Gripen prove its worth - and in cooperation with other western aircraft to boot.

It's gotta suck being a defence contractor in a neutral country.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-29-11 08:27 AM
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1. yay for SAAB! --- $$$$$. nt
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psychopomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-29-11 08:57 AM
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2. Those are some sexy Swedish birds
http://www.airforceworld.com/fighter/eng/jas39_2.htm

I don't approve of our most recent effort at "regime change" followed by "nation building" but those Swedes know how to make a pretty plane.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-29-11 08:58 AM
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3. indeed -- we're thinking the same -- both about the plane and regime change. nt
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-29-11 09:07 AM
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4. What's their involvement, their mission?
They're going to help enforce a no-fly zone against a country that no longer has a meaningful air force.

They're not going to attack ground forces.

So, they're just there to burn fuel and look cool? I hope they're bringing their own fuel.

But it sounds like a complete waste, or a little theatre.

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neoralme Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-29-11 10:54 AM
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5. Man, those are some awesome birds!
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stockholmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-29-11 10:57 AM
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6. I am ashamed for my country, this is wrong, on so many levels.
:thumbsdown:
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