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”.
The Turkish Navy received its first Alenia Aermacchi ATR-72-600 TMUA (Turkish Maritime Utility Aircraft) on July 24th, 2013, as part of an order of eight aircraft: two TMUAs and six TMPA’s (Turkish Maritime Patrol Aircraft).
Compared to the ATR72-600 basic platform the ATR-72 TMUA features new radios, an IFF (Identification Friend or Foe system) and a cabin area equipped with tactical tables and communications equipment for the crew. The aircraft can be easily reconfigured for the cargo-role. The first Turkish Navy (Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri) flying instructors just completed the training on the new aircraft at Alenia Aermacchi’s Training Centre in Caselle.
The second ATR-72-600 TMUA will be delivered within the first half of August. The following six ATR-72-600 TMPAs are being converted by TAI, Turkish Aerospace Industry in Ankara. Apart to some additional special mission equipment, TAI will integrate the Thales AMASCOS mission system, datalink Link 16, AIS (Automatic Identification System) and a weapons system. The first TMPA will be delivered to the Turkish Navy in February 2017 and deliveries will be completed by 2018.