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July 8, 2015

Hungary’s Gripen fighters intercept two aircraft in Slovenian airspace

The Hungarian Defence Forces' two Gripen fighters have intercepted and identified two aircraft above Slovenia in two separate missions.

By Samseer M

Gripen fighters

The Hungarian Defence Forces’ two Gripen fighters have intercepted and identified two aircraft above Slovenia in two separate missions.

The missions, which are flown from Kecskemét Air Base in Hungary, are part of its commitments to Nato.

Hungary, in collaboration with Italy, has been performing air policing duties in Slovenian airspace since October 2014.

The JAS 39 Gripen is powered by a single Volvo-Flygmotor RM12 engine. It is a lightweight, multirole fighter aircraft designed to conduct a wide range of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions.

"Hungary, in collaboration with Italy, has been performing air policing duties in Slovenian airspace since October 2014."

The Gripen fighter aircraft of the Hungarian Force conducts uninterrupted air policing in both Hungarian and Slovenian airspaces with the support of pilots trained for international tasks.

As part of Nato assurances to Baltic States, Hungary is set to participate in the Baltic Air Policing mission for four months as of September this year.

Hungary is now one of the Nato member states that are capable of deploying their air forces beyond its borders.

Moreover, the Hungarian Gripen fighters will offer close air support (CAS) capability in the European Union Battle Group of the Visegrád Four countries, which will be on standby for the EU for six months.

Recently, the Hungarian Air Force’s Gripen fighter aircraft fleet witnessed a difficult time as two aircraft met with accident.

In May, a JAS-39 Gripen fighter of the Hungarian Military crashed at the Czech military base in Cáslav, while a pilot of a Gripen fighter carried out an emergency landing before ejecting at the Kecskemét airbase in June.


Image: Hungarian Air Forcee’s Gripen fighter aircraft. Photo: courtesy of honvedelem.hu.

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