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Saab receives development order for Gripen E from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration

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Saab receives development order for Gripen E from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration
 
Swedish defence and security company Saab has received today, December 18, a development order for Gripen E from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). The order is part of the Gripen E framework agreement from 2013 and is valued at SEK 385 million ($50 mn).
     
     
The work on Gripen E goes according to schedule and budget. The order is part of the high-tech development of the next generation Gripen system to Sweden”, says Ulf Nilsson, Head of business unit Gripen within Saab’s business area Aeronautics.

Gripen E has significant performance improvements, including a more powerful engine, longer range, more weapons, new AESA radar and more advanced avionics.

The JAS 39 Gripen is a single-engine multirole fighter manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force. Gripen is a new generation, multi-role fighter aircraft which uses state-of-the-art technology. It is capable of performing an extensive range of Air-to-Air, Air-to-Surface and reconnaissance missions employing the most modern range of weapons. Gripen is designed to meet the demands of current and future threats, while at the same time meeting strict requirements for flight safety, reliability, training efficiency and low operating costs. The Gripen fighter is in service with a number of air forces: Swedish, Czech Republic and Hungarian Air Forces and has also been ordered by the South African Air Force and the Royal Thai Air Force.