Saab Submits Offer for Gripen E to Switzerland

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Saab and the four other com­pa­nies com­pet­ing for the Swiss Air Force’s Air 2030 pro­gram to buy a new fight­er air­craft sub­mit­ted their bids on Jan. 25; Saab is offer­ing the Gripen E, which has also been ordered by Brazil. (Saab photo)

Supported by Sweden, Saab has today sub­mit­ted its pro­pos­al for the Swiss New Fighter Aircraft pro­cure­ment to arma­su­isse, the Swiss defence pro­cure­ment agency. Saab offers Gripen E and a com­pre­hen­sive indus­tri­al par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­gramme for Swiss indus­try cor­re­spond­ing to 100 per­cent of the con­tract value.

The pro­pos­al con­sist­ing of options for 30, and 40, new build Gripen E fight­er air­craft is a response to the Request for Proposal (RFP), which arma­su­isse issued 6 July 2018. Switzerland has a need to replace its fight­er fleet of F/A‑18 Hornet and F‑5 E/F Tiger air­craft.

“The pro­posed Gripen E solu­tion fea­tures the latest avail­able tech­nol­o­gy and low acqui­si­tion, oper­a­tion and sup­port costs that will give Switzerland an opti­mal fleet size, with the best total oper­a­tional effect over the coming decades,” says Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab busi­ness area Aeronautics.

As part of the pro­pos­al to Switzerland, Saab offers Swiss indus­tri­al par­tic­i­pa­tion worth 100 per­cent of the con­tract value. The co-oper­a­tion with Swiss indus­try, across all regions of the coun­try, in man­u­fac­tur­ing, main­te­nance and tech­nol­o­gy will improve com­pe­tence and capa­bil­i­ties aimed at the sus­tain­ment and fur­ther devel­op­ment of the Gripen E system in Switzerland. Saab has a his­tor­i­cal, strong and broad sup­pli­er base in Switzerland, which this pro­gramme will fur­ther expand to assure cost effi­cient through-life co-oper­a­tion.

The Gripen E pro­gramme is pro­gress­ing accord­ing to plan, with pro­duc­tion on-going and cus­tomer deliv­er­ies start­ing this year. The very latest tech­nolo­gies are being incor­po­rat­ed to pro­vide air forces with oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ties designed to defeat the threats of today, but also the future. Key mile­stones achieved during the past six months include flights with IRIS‑T and METEOR, as well as the second Gripen E air­craft taking flight.

Five nations cur­rent­ly oper­ate Gripen: Sweden, South Africa, Czech Republic, Hungary and Thailand. Sweden and Brazil have ordered Gripen E. Additionally, the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) uses Gripen as plat­form for test pilot train­ing.

Saab serves the global market with world-lead­ing prod­ucts, ser­vices and solu­tions within mil­i­tary defence and civil secu­ri­ty. Saab has oper­a­tions and employ­ees on all con­ti­nents around the world. Through inno­v­a­tive, col­lab­o­ra­tive and prag­mat­ic think­ing, Saab devel­ops, adopts and improves new tech­nol­o­gy to meet cus­tomers’ chang­ing needs.

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