Sweden should procure 10 additional JAS Gripen aircraft in adding up to a total 70 jets it has already agreed to procure, the country’s Defense Mininster Karin Enstrom said Friday.
Enstrom’s comments came in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine and also of widely publicized Russian military flight incidents last year, when Moscow attack aircraft flew practice missions over Sweden, reported Radio Sweden.
Those flights and the ongoing insecurity in Ukraine has alarmed Swedish officials.
"Russia's actions in and around Ukraine has led to uncertainty in Europe. What happened in the past has made it really necessary to strengthen Sweden's defense," Enstrom told the Swedish daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter.
Parliament had already agreed to purchase 60 Jas Gripen's, which are made and designed by Saab AB, but Enstrom believes that 10 more should be bought.
Any purchase would be preceded by proper procurement and pricing protocols to ensure fairness and transparency, she said.
Saab has won a $33 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for support and service of the Direct Fire Weapon Effects Simulator System (DFWES). Since 1994, Saab has supplied and operationally supported the DFWES system which is designed to enable live collective Battle Group training in the UK, Canada and on a smaller scale in Germany
Saab and Swiss company Pilatus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a PC-21 training solution for the Swedish Air Force, if they decide to replace their SK 60. The MoU, signed on March 28 by Pilatus CEO Markus Bucher and Jim Roche, Vice-President Government Aviation and Deputy CEO, places Saab and Pilatus on a footing to cooperate in the replacement of the Swedish Air Forces current pilot trainer aircraft, the SK 60, shouldSwedendecide to replace the fleet
Saab has won a £34 million contract to supply combat training systems to the Finnish Defence Force, and includes a seven year support period starting in 2014. Under the contract, Saab will supply regiments of the Finnish Army with anti-tank simulators, vehicles simulators and systems for Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), including the new laser standard OSAG 2
Saab has signed a contract estimated $12 million to supply the RBS 70 VSHORAD (very short range air defence system) to the Brazilian Army. The order comprises deliveries of man-portable launchers, missiles and associated equipment
Brazil is in talks with Saab for transfer of Gripen technology which allows local manufacture and development of the fighters jets, according to Prensa Latina. Marco Antonio Raupp, Brazils Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, met Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab last week to discuss about initiating technology transfer and co-operation between Brazilian and Swedish defence companies
Saab and Kalyani Group are teaming up for Indian Army air defence projects, including the VSHORAD and SRSAM requirements. The teaming combines Saabs many decades as a leading developer and supplier of proven high-technology radar and missile systems, with the rich engineering and manufacturing capabilities of Kalyani
Saab has declined to bid for $4.37 billion Danish fighter contract while reports indicate that US firm Lockheed Martin is set to land the deal, The Local
Saab suffered a major setback yesterday after it lost public referendum to supply 22 Gripen aircraft to the Swiss. The aircraft-maker was defeated by a "no" vote representing just over 52% of respondents
The worlds first ever referendum to decide a fighter aircraft purchase will take place on May 18 when the Swiss vote to decide the fate of the Saab Gripen sale. The referendum s unique as it boils down to votes that will decide a decade of negotiations and evaluations to buy 22 fighter jets from Sweden
The Swedish government is planning to equip fighter jets with cruise missiles, following the announcement made on a military spending hike linked to the Ukraine crisis. “In the future the ability to combat longer range targets can be important,” Defence Minister Karin Enstroem was quoted as saying by Sveriges Radio, adding that the missiles would have “a high precision which acts as a deterrent”
The Swedish Armed Forces may acquire more Gripen E to support its existing operational capacity on account of possible lending of Gripen C/D to Brazil and Switzerland in the near future, according to Corren.se
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