Next-gen Gripen gets orders boost

Launched back in 1982, Saab’s Gripen programme already looked set to have a good few years left in its production run, but a new agreement between Sweden and Switzerland has given the firm a real boost in marketing the next-generation E/F model.

The Swiss defence ministry on 28 August provided a load more detail to its planned deal to buy 22 Gripens, first announced last November. Key elements are a fixed-price of SFr3.1 billion ($3.2 billion) with deliveries to be made between mid-2018 and 2021, and a proposed bridging deal under which it would lease 11 Gripen C/Ds (Alpine-backed Swedish air force D photographed from onboard an F/A-18 Hornet in the Swiss air force shot below) over a five-year period from 2016. You can read the full story here.

Gripen 560.jpgFor its part of the bargain, the Swedish government says it wants to buy between 40 and 60 Gripen E/Fs, also to be delivered from 2018.

Getting the future Gripen into production is not a done deal yet – the bilateral pact must first clear parliamentary debate in Sweden and a possible future referendum in Switzerland, but it’s looking increasingly good for Saab and its suppliers.

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