Saab is in discussions with Thailand for six additional Gripen C/D fighters, the Swedish company says.

In a press briefing, Saab Asia-Pacific president and chief executive Dan Endstedt said talks are ongoing. He did not give a timeframe for the possible acquisition, but says that he hopes the deal “happens soon”.

Thailand already operates 12 Gripens, two Saab 340 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, and two Saab 340 transports.

Endstedt adds that Saab has played a key role in helping Thailand create a highly integrated defence capability that connects aircraft, ships and ground units.