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article imageAll S.African Air Force fighters now delivered: Photo essay Special

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By Christopher Szabo     Feb 1, 2013 in World
Pretoria - The Deputy Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Major General Jerry Malinga says all 26 SAAB Gripen C and D fighters have been delivered to the Air Force.
He said this completed the acquisition of advanced fighters as part of the Strategic Defence Package, more commonly referred to as the “Arms Deal”.
Malinga added the Digital Reconnaissance Pod, South African designed Helmet Mounted Display and Data Link is now operational, giving the Gripen JAS 39 as used by the SAAF a “world class capability”.
SAAF Gripen C of 2 Squadron.
SAAF Gripen C of 2 Squadron.
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He warned that inadequate funding would hinder the development of the system.Digital Journal was at the Air Force Day Parade and watched the Gripen C performance with as much enjoyment as admiration.
Gripen C flypast. Note the  reheat   or afterburner is on.
Gripen C flypast. Note the "reheat", or afterburner is on.
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Gripen C no 23 of 2 Squadron pulls up in front of the spectators.
Gripen C no 23 of 2 Squadron pulls up in front of the spectators.
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Number one of a series: The fighter begins to approach the sound barrier as it pulls a high-G turn a...
Number one of a series: The fighter begins to approach the sound barrier as it pulls a high-G turn and climb.
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Number two of a series: Vapour is beginning to form at the wingtips of the plane.
Number two of a series: Vapour is beginning to form at the wingtips of the plane.
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The condensation is very clear as the aircraft is pulled into a very tight loop.
The condensation is very clear as the aircraft is pulled into a very tight loop.
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As the Gripen fighter leaves our airspace  the pilot puts on some  reheat  as they call it in the SA...
As the Gripen fighter leaves our airspace, the pilot puts on some "reheat" as they call it in the SAAF.
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