Saab has won a contract worth $2.5 billion from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for Gripen E production.
The order includes modification of 60 Gripen C to Gripen E for Sweden with initial deliveries in 2018.
“The order from FMV is further proof of the Swedish Parliament’s confidence in Gripen, its development potential and defence capacity. Furthermore, it is confirmation that the programme is proceeding according to plan," says Saab’s president and CEO Håkan Buskhe.
The order also includes development of Gripen E to Sweden during 2013-2023 – orders received on 15 February and on 22 March 2013 and delivery of 22 new Gripen E, and related equipment to Switzerland, if Switzerland decides to acquire Gripen E.
During August and September 2013 both chambers of the Swiss Parliament voted yes to the procurement of Gripen E and a referendum on the procurement is expected in 2014.
Orders under the agreement are booked when each order is received and the remaining orders are expected in 2014.
“We continue to build on the success of Gripen. Gripen is unique in its ability to combine high technology and performance with cost efficiency and we note a strong interest for Gripen on the export market,” says Lennart Sindahl, Deputy CEO and head of Saab's business area Aeronautics.
Gripen E has significant performance improvements compared to previous versions, including a stronger engine, longer range, more weapons, new electronic radar and more advanced avionics.
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has selected Saab's Gripen-NG aircraft for its new multimission fighters contract worth $4.5 billion
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SAAB has selected SELEXs BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy (EAD) deployment on Gripen fighter, which has been developed in order to decoy RF-guided missiles and fire control radars away from fighter aircraft. Flare shaped and sized, the EAD can be dispensed from a standard 55mm flare cartridge and powered by batteries
The Royal Thai Air Force takes delivery of the last six Gripen aircraft of the twelve ordered, at the ceremony on 11th September 2013. Sweden has previously delivered two Gripen Cs, four Gripen Ds, two Saab 340 AEWs (Airborne Early Warning) and one Saab 340 B (transport aircraft) to the Royal Thai Air Force
SAAB introduced the Sea Gripen at the recently concluded NAMEXPO 2013 held at Kochi, India. Tony Ogilvy, General Manager Aeronautics & International Head, Sea Gripen Program, spoke about Saabs plans for the development of the aircraft
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