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First five Gripens arrive in Hungary

The first five Hungarian Air Force Gripen aircraft arrived in Hungary on Tuesday, Gripen International announced on Tuesday.

The five Gripen multi-role fighters, the latest C and D versions of the aircraft, are the first of fourteen ordered by Hungary. The aircraft were flown by four pilots from the Hungarian Air Force and three from the Swedish Air Force from FMV's facility outside Linkoping.

The remaining nine Gripen aircraft will be delivered to Hungary progressively until December 2007. The fighters will now undergo inspection by the Hungarian Defense Ministry before they are formally handed over to the customer at a ceremony being held on March 30, 2006.