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.
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.
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.
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.
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.