Royal Danish Air Force (Flyvevåbnet) Saab T-17 (MFI-17 Supporter) training aircraft at Fliegerhorst Wittmundhafen (Wittmund AB), Niedersachsen, Germany (Deutschland). The aircraft with serial T-428 serves with the Flight School (Flyveskolen) at Karup. (Image © Marcel Burger)

Danish T-17s provide close air support

Royal Danish Air Force (Flyvevåbnet) Saab T-17 (MFI-17 Supporter) training aircraft at Fliegerhorst Wittmundhafen (Wittmund AB), Niedersachsen, Germany (Deutschland). The aircraft with serial T-428 serves with the Flight School (Flyveskolen) at Karup. (Image © Marcel Burger)
Royal Danish Air Force (Flyvevåbnet) Saab T-17 (MFI-17 Supporter) training aircraft at Fliegerhorst Wittmundhafen (Wittmund AB), Niedersachsen, Germany (Deutschland). The aircraft with serial T-428 serves with the Flight School (Flyveskolen) at Karup. (Image © Marcel Burger)

WITH VIDEO | Saab T-17 training aircraft of the Flight School of the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) were deployed for a more offensive role in June 2013. They provided close air support (CAS) over several towns of Danish Jutland, reports the press department of the Danish Armed Forces.

>>> SEE FORSVARETS VIDEO OF T-17 IN CAS ACTION HERE (SCROLL-DOWN) >>>

Together with Forward Air Controllers on the ground instructor pilots of the Flight School identified ground targets from their T-17s for simulated distruction by high-flying F-16 fighter aircraft. The operations were part of wider exercise AGOEX which the Danes held in June to train joint operations between air and ground assets.

The RDAF (Flyvevåbnets Flyveskolen) at Karup operates 27 Saab T-17s, relatively small single-engine propeller planes mainly used to train future air force pilots. Many countries paint their trainers black or yellow, but the Danish T-17s retain a green camo paint scheme for their secondary ground support role. Of the 27 T-17s four are based at Aalborg and three at Skrydstrup.

T-17 is the Danish designation for the Saab MFI-17 Supporter, a military derivative of the Malmö Flygindustri MFI-15 Safari, which was taken over by Saab. Between 1971 and 1979 a total of 462 of the type were built, including 212 as the MFI-17 Mushshak by Pakistan under license.

The aircraft is said to be easy to fly, has wings strong enough to take a weapons load and has excellent capabilities to serve as a armed scout or counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft.

© 2013 AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger

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Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) (Flyvevåbnet) status as of July 2013


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Active number of aircraft: 93

  • 17x Lockheed Martin F-16AM single-seat multi-role fighter
  • 13x Lockheed Martin F-16BM dual-seat multi-role fighter
  • 4x Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules tactical transport aircraft
  • 3x Canadair CL-604 Challenger sea and fishery patrol & VIP transport aircraft
  • 27x Saab T-17 (MFI-17) training and observer/scout aircraft
  • 14x Agusta Westland EH-101 tactical transport & search and rescue helicopter
  • 8x Eurocopter AS 550 C2 Fennec observation & scout helicopter
  • 7x Westland Lynx Mk 90B naval support helicopter

Airbases (Flyvestation): 5

  • Aalborg

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    • C-130 (Eskadrille 721)
    • CL-604 (Eskadrille 721)
    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 4x)
  • Karup

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    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 20x)
    • EH-101 (Eskadrille 722)
    • Lynx Mk 90B (Eskadrille 723)
    • AS 550 Fennec (Eskadrille 724)
  • Skrydstrup

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    • F-16AM/BM (Eskadrille 727 / Eskadrille 730)
    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 3x)
  • Roskilde

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    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • Sea King Mk 43 (330 skvadron)
  • Sønderstrømfjord (Greenland)

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    • CL-604 (det. Esk 721, 1x)

Source: Flyvevåbnet