Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) to define what might be required to meet Sweden’s requirements for the continued, effective operation and availability of its GRIPEN C/D aircraft until 2035. The contract is valued at 185 MSEK (€18.3 million) and the work is due for completion by the end of 2021.

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,” commented Jonas Hjelm, Senior VP and head of Saab’s Aeronautics business area.

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

The study will clearly outline options for Sweden to keep its GRIPEN C/D fleet operationally viable until 2035. (Photo: Saab)

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