The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) and Saab deployed a newly CBRN-modified JAS 39C Gripen fighter jet (tail no. 253) to the international annual exercise Toxic Trip during five days in Italy this week.
The two Swedish pilots of the detachment also trained in new operational gear especially adapted to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear warfare. The NATO/EU exercise with 19 nations is mainly used to learn from so-called cross training, when the participating personnel from various countries has to co-operate on CBRN cleaning lines (‘line-wash’).
Exactly what the modifications to the Saab JAS 39C Gripen were, have not been released but a spokesperson for the Swedish Armed Forces R3 Organisation (Rescue, Clearing, Repare) calls it ,,top modern”.
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