Saab has said that it has got offers to partner from both the United Kingdom-Italian Tempest fighter jet program and Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program.
However, the Swedish company has not decided on which of these two consortiums to join. Saab’s position in the future aircraft market looks bleak as it does not have any sixth generation fighter jet program of its own.
Speaking to Defenseworld.net, Rob Hewson, Head of Communications, Saab Asia-Pacific said on the sidelines of Aero India 2019 said, “We have received offers to partner from both UK-Italian and Franco-German consortiums for their respective future generation fighter jet program. We haven’t decided to partner with either of them yet. You never know, we might think of building one of our own.”
French Dassault Aviation and German Airbus consortium plan to jointly develop future-oriented capabilities-such as FCAS starting this year. Dassault and Airbus signed an initial cooperation agreement in April last year to develop FCAS, leaving the door open for other European partners. The mission letter also stipulates that other partners, particularly European, can join the project. Spain is the third country to have joined the consortium on last Friday.
The United Kingdom unveiled a model of its proposed new fighter jet, the Tempest at the Farnborough Air Show in July last year. The aircraft will be developed and built by BAE Systems, engine maker Rolls-Royce and Italy's Leonardo and is hoped to be flying by 2035.
The Tempest is expected to compete with the European Future Combat Air System, also envisaged as system combining manned and unmanned aircraft.
The European jet being built with France and Germany as partners may rope in other member countries of the European Union.
Saab has signed new Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with three Indian aerospace manufacturers for the manufacture of Saab on commercial aerostructures to the Gripen fighter and other defence-related products in the Saab portfolio. Saab signed the MoUs with Dynamatic Technologies Limited, CIM Tools Private Limited and Sansera Engineering Private Limited
Saab received an order late December last year from the Capability Acquisition Sustainment Group (CASG) on behalf of the Australian Army to update the Wireless Audio Visual Emergency System (WAVES) equipment for the Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) System. The WAVES equipment provides early warning audible and visual alerts when the C-RAM sensors detect and identify an incoming threat within an exclusion zone
Lockheed Martin, Diehl and Saab have unveiled a new air defense weapon system, Falcon, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi on 18 February. According to Lockheed Martin, the Falcon is a short and medium-range air defense solution that integrates Diehl's 40-kilometer range Infra-Red Imaging System Tail/Thrust Vector-Controlled (IRIS-T) SLM interceptor and vertical launcher, Saab's 360-degree AESA Giraffe 4A radar through Lockheed Martin's flexible SkyKeeper command and control battle manager
Saab has signed a framework agreement regarding a live fire training system for the Norwegian Armed Forces. The agreement, which is valid for 4 years, is the result of competitive procurement and covers all branches of Norwegian defence
A mock-up of the European New Generation Fighter (NGF) was unveiled at the Paris Air Show 2019 today where Dassault Aviation and Airbus revealed that they expect a contract for the first demonstrator phase of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) by Q4 2019. The two firms have already delivered a joint industrial proposal to France and Germany for executing the FCAS
Saab has been awarded a contract to produce multispectral static camouflage systems for the Canadian Army. The order contains a customer specific Woodland version of the Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Screen (ULCAS) and is a finalization of a long-term contract received in 2013, the company said in a statement Wednesday
French Ministry of Defences aircraft carrier project launched in October last year could be a project that all countries belonging to the European Union (EU) could jointly work on. France launched an 18-month long study worth €40 million ($45 million) for the eventual future replacement of the countrys aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle after 2030
Saab has won a contract to deliver virtual simulators for marksmanship and basic combat training with associated maintenance to the Finnish Defense Forces Logistics Command. The order value is approximately 9 million Euro and the first deliveries will take place in 2019, the company said in a statement Monday
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