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Swedish Gripen Fighters Landing On Highways

Swedish Air Force Gripen fighter operating from a civilian highway [© NATO Multimedia]

Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters practised the delicate art of landing on civilian highways during an exercise near Gothenburg, 21 May 2024.

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Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters practised the delicate art of landing on civilian highways during an exercise near Gothenburg, Sweden on 21 May 2024. Swedish fighter pilots learn how to land on civilian roads to give them extra flexibility in the event of a crisis.

If airbases, airports or auxiliary landing strips are damaged or otherwise unavailable, the JAS 39 Gripen fighters can land on roads that have been deliberately engineered to accommodate landings by fighter jets. Once on the ground, the Gripens make use of a mobile forward arming and refuelling point (FARP), gassing up in a matter of minutes before taking off again.

The Gripen is Sweden’s premier multirole fighter, with a reinforced landing gear that props the plane high enough above the asphalt to prevent debris from getting sucked down the jet intake.

[© NATO Multimedia]

This NATO Multimedia B-roll footage includes shots of Gripens landing on a road in rural Sweden, and interviews with Swedish officers.

Shot list:-

  • 00:00 ~ Gripen Jet flying overhead
  • 00:04 ~ Gripen Jet landing
  • 00:10 ~ Gripen Jet landing
  • 00:18 ~ Gripen Jet landing
  • 00:29 ~ Gripen Jet landing
  • 00:36 ~ Gripen Jet landing
  • 00:42 ~ Gripen Jet landing
  • 00:52 ~ Gripen Jet moving along road
  • 01:00 ~ Empty road
  • 01:06 ~ Gripen Jet taking off
  • 01:14 ~ Gripen Jet taking off
  • 01:22 ~ Gripen Jet moving along road
  • 01:28 ~ Gripen Jet moving along road
  • 01:38 ~ Gripen Jet flying overhead
  • 01:45 ~ Gripen Jet
  • 01:53 ~ Gripen Jet moving past ground crew
  • 02:00 ~ Swedish Air Force ground crew vehicles parking
  • 02:09 ~ Swedish Air Force ground crew sorting equipment
  • 02:13 ~ Gripen Jet turning
  • 02:17 ~ Swedish Air Force ground crew
  • 02:20 ~ Gripen Jet engine
  • 02:25 ~ Gripen Jet being attended to by ground crew
  • 02:35 ~ Swedish Air Force ground crew loading missiles
  • 02:43 ~ Gripen Jet moving behind pilot
  • 02:51 ~ Swedish Gripen pilot walking on highway
  • 03:30 ~ Swedish flag on Gripen pilot
  • 03:35 ~ Brig. Gen. Tommy Petersson observes Gripen Jet on highway
  • 03:45 ~ Soundbite: Brig. Gen. Tommy Petersson, Deputy Commander, Swedish Air Force
  • 05:12 ~ Soundbite: Captain Patrik Lange, Pilot, Swedish Air Force
  • 06:21 ~ Soundbite: Colonel Adam Nelson, Wing Commander, Skaraborg Wing, Swedish Air Force

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