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Saab lands $47 mn order for new Gripen E equipment

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Saab lands $47 mn order for new Gripen E equipment
 
The Swedish defence and security company Saab received a contract from the Swedish Defence and Material Administration (FMV) regarding new Gripen E equipment. This is a supplemental contract to the previously entered Gripen E contract, and is valued to approximately SEK 400 million (USD47 million), the company said today.
     
Saab lands 47 mn order for new Gripen E equipment 640 001The Saab Gripen E during test flight
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The original contract, which was signed with FMV during 2013, regarding development and modification of Gripen E is based on the terms that certain equipment from the existing aircraft fleet/stock within the Swedish Armed Forces should be reused. This new contract means that the equipment that should be reused instead will be acquired new.

Saab, FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces have agreed on the terms of the contract based on the relevant needs and deliveries,” says Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Aeronautics. “This joint approach is intended to secure availability so that the Swedish Armed Forces can keep the Gripen C/D fleet in operational service while Gripen E is being delivered and put into operational service in the Swedish Air Force.”

This is a first step in changing the structure of the Gripen E production for the Swedish Air Force.

Saab unveiled the first Gripen E test aircraft on May 18, 2016. It has been ordered by Sweden and Brazil (3§)

The Gripen E is powered by one General Electric F414G turbofan engine rated at 22,000lb. It features a new high-pressure turbine and a new six-stage, high-pressure compressor. The aircraft features Selex's ES-05 Raven active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system.

Gripen E's weapons package include METEOR, AMRAAM, IRIS-T, and AIM-9 missiles. The single-seat aircraft is equipped with a 27 mm Mauser BK27 gun.