FMV, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, has placed an order with Saab, valued at SEK998 million (€98 million), to provide future development support for the GRIPEN aircraft from 1 April 2021 through 31 December 2022, the company announced on 5 May.
The order extends an existing contract and enables the future development of GRIPEN for the Swedish Air Force and international users. The contract includes the operating and support of test aircraft and advanced tools, such as testing rigs and simulators. Test aircraft, together with these advanced tools, are used in the verification and validation of the GRIPEN C/D and GRIPEN E fighter systems, as Saab develops future new capabilities or enhancements.
“GRIPEN is designed for continuous upgrades to take on and defeat new combat challenges – a design approach that we have already proven many times. To enable continued development in GRIPEN, it is required that we have advanced tools in place that are easy to manage, quick to implement and affordable to sustain. This order invests in achieving all of these objectives, so that GRIPEN will always be in the forefront, both for today and the future,” commented Jonas Hjelm, Senior VP and head of Saab’s Aeronautics business area.