Leadership: December 31, 2000


Sweden has decided to modify 14 of the final batch of JAS39 Gryphon fighters into two-seat command and control aircraft. These will have a special set of instruments (yet to be defined) in the rear cockpit, allowing a senior officer to serve as a strike force commander. These special aircraft will be designated JAS39D(C2). The Gryphon has an advanced network-centric capability, permitting rapid and secure data exchanges between ground command posts, recon aircraft, and other strike aircraft. This would allow a strike commander to check data from several sources and revise his attack plan in mid-battle, then transmit it to the attack aircraft. The JAS39D(C2)s will be delivered starting in 2003.--Stephen V Cole


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