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Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration to define what is needed to meet Sweden’s requirements for the continued, effective operation and availability of the GRIPEN C/D until 2035. The work for this order, valued at 185 MSEK, will be conducted during the period December 2020 to December 2021.

Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and head of Saab business area Aeronautics, said, “GRIPEN C/D is the backbone of the Swedish Air Force and will be for many years to come. The result of the work will be that the customer has the ability to take different directions depending on their future needs. Saab’s expertise in developing advanced fighter technology gives Sweden the means to decide how GRIPEN C/D remains a formidable frontline fighter in the 2030s.”

GRIPEN is in service with a number of air forces including the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa and Thailand. The UK Empire Test Pilots’ School operates the GRIPEN for test pilot training. Sweden and Brazil have ordered 60 and 36 new GRIPEN fighter aircraft respectively.

Jack Richardson