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User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2901 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

While reading the thread about the Draken that is already in the forum, I was wondering about that other remarkable Swedish plane, the Viggen. Who uses it, or has used it? Are any of them still flying? And were they developed in the same "era" or is one of them significantly older/newer than the other?

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User currently offlineZhukov From Switzerland, joined Jul 2001, 74 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 971 times:

To what I know, the only user of Viggens is the Swedish Air Force. They are still using around 100 of them as interceptor (JA-37), trainer (Sk-37), ECM aircraft (Sk-37E) and attack aircraft (AJS-37).

The JA-35 Draken is about 10 years older than the Viggen.


User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 964 times:

Today, Viggen's are mainly used for disturbing enemy communication. JAS has succeeded the Viggen as Sweden's main fighter jet.


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User currently offlineContact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 959 times:

There are still JA37 flying in the SWAF at the F4 wing.
The reece variants are still in use as well, and is that last variant to be replaced by the Gripen.

The Viggen is a bit of a sad story really, because (as usual) the Swedish goverment commit to a contract for A LOT of fighters they don't need. (Look at Gripen, 204 firms orders, requirement today LESS THEN 100!!!!!)

Point is, when I worked at Ängelholm/ESDB in 2002 the scrapping of Viggens took place there (since moved to Halmstad/ESMT), and some of the Viggens going under the scrap mans axe had less then 800 hrs on the clock!
Nato F-16 of similar age have more then 3000 hrs on theirs!

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 938 times:

Gripen is the last Swedish fighter, so this will not be repeated...

User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7639 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 924 times:

I do not suppose there is any change of any Viggens being sold on.

Apart from the ones still flying, are many stored. I understood that they are being retired one day and torched the next.

User currently offlineContact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 924 times:

"Apart from the ones still flying, are many stored."

Nope, straight to the scarp......

As for sales, the only countries interested are problably ones the Swedish goverment are less keen to sell to.
Remember that the aircraft in SWAF service in VERY focused at swedish service, so a lot of conversion work would probably be required.