Saab Receives FMV Funding for JAS-39 Gripen Upgrades

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Swedish JAS-39 Gripen(c) Gripen International(click to view full) Saab received a SEK 1 billion ($130 million equivalent) order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV), covering continued development of the JAS-39 Gripen fighter. The order reportedly covers various software upgrades, as well as other development activities supporting the long term development of the Gripen system. Work will be performed at Saab Aerosystems and Saab Aerotech in Linkoping, Sweden as well as at Saab Avitronics in Jarfalla and Kista, Sweden. See release. The JAS-39 Gripen is a 4th generation lightweight fighter in service since 1993, and adopted by Sweden, The Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa. Though they are highly capable aircraft, upgrades of some sort have been under discussion for some time. Future JAS-39E?(click to view larger) The JAS-39DKs & JAS-39Ns on offer to Denmark and Norway would both be enhanced beyond the present C/D versions for greater range and payload. In addition, the recent agreement to develop the nEUROn unmanned UCAV fighter involved an agreement whereby the Swedish FMV procurement agency would offset Saab’s nEUROn-related costs with a contribution to future development of the Saab JAS-39 Gripen manned lightweight fighter. This would appear to be that contribution, and Flight […]

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