File photo of Gripen aircraft from the Thai Air Force performing during airshow in Bangkok

An Gripen aircraft from the Thai Air Force performs during an air show exhibition at the Royal Thai Air Force base in Bangkok March 23, 2013. Malaysia has shortlisted five manufacturers as it seeks to buy 18 combat aircraft by 2015 to replace its ageing fleet of Russian-made MiG-29s, defence minister Zahid Hamidi said on March 28, 2013. The choice was between the Britain-backed Eurofighter Typhoon, Sweden's SAAB JAS-39 Gripen, France's Dassault Aviation Rafale, Boeing's F/A 18E/F Super Hornet and Russia's Sukhoi Su-30, Zaidi told Reuters. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom/Files (THAILAND - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)