IAF Chief ‘Pilots’ Swedish Fighter Plane

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Stockholm: Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, who is on five-day tour of Sweden, was flown in a Gripen fighter plane on Thursday at the SAAB facility in Linkoping. He flew a Gripen D aircraft with Wing Commander (Flying) Michael Lundquist.

The IAF chief arrived in Sweden to hold bilateral talks on defence and aerospace cooperation, which was initiated by PM Modi and his Swedish counterpart during the ‘Make in India’ summit.

Sweden and SAAB had offered the Gripen for production under the ‘Make in India’ programme held in Mumbai last February. Both the nations ratified the deal during the ‘Shangri La Dialogue’ in Singapore on June 3. The agreement included the production of Gripen multi-role fighter aircraft in India and establishing a long-term relationship for future programmes including comprehensive transfer of technology and joint development of futuristic fighters (AMCA).