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Philippines Considering Swedish Gripen C Over India’s Tejas Offer

The Philippines is currently contemplating the acquisition of the Swedish Gripen C fighter jet instead of accepting India’s offer of the Tejas aircraft. This decision marks a significant shift in the country’s defense procurement strategy and is attributed to several key factors.

For the second time in a row, HAL has already lost a tender for the Malaysian Air Force fighter aircraft contest. HAL has provided the Philippine defense department with a light utility helicopter, thus the country and HAL already have good ties. However, the Philippines may be uninterested in the Tejas aircraft.

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HAL is improving its Tejas Mark2 aircraft, which may see some foreign demand due to its latest avionics, fighting capabilities, mid-air refuels, and other features. Tejas aircraft is also the most cost-effective option for any defense force.

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Firstly, the Gripen C, manufactured by Saab, is renowned for its advanced capabilities and superior performance in aerial combat. The aircraft boasts cutting-edge avionics, a powerful engine, and a robust weapons system, making it a formidable choice for the Philippine Air Force (PAF). Gripen C’s proven track record in international operations and its compatibility with NATO standards further bolster its appeal.

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The main factors influencing the PAF’s decision-making process are looked at in this analysis, with a focus on the cost-effectiveness and advantages of the Gripen C/D over the HAL Tejas. Stockholm is offering a group of Gripen C and D fighters (single- and two-seat versions) that have been modified with fifth-generation electronics and are known informally as standard “C+” aircraft. The aircraft might be used or even brand-new like Croatia was offered to replace its MiG-21s.

The cost-effectiveness of the available solutions is a key factor to take into account because of the PAF’s financial limitations. Due to its reduced pricing compared to the HAL Tejas, Saab’s supply of used Gripen C/D aircraft presents an appealing prospect. By choosing the Gripen C/D, the Philippines may expand its fleet of fighter aircraft while still staying within its budgetary constraints, significantly enhancing its defense capabilities.

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Gripen C’s emphasis on cutting-edge technology, especially its electronic warfare capabilities and network-centric warfare characteristics, is in line with the Philippines’ goal of creating an up-to-date, technologically advanced armed forces. The Philippines can greatly improve its defense capabilities by procuring the Gripen C, protecting its national security and territorial integrity.

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