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Saab continues support for Gripen development

5th May 2021 - 16:32 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Saab will continue to operate and support Gripen test aircraft for FMV. (Photo: Saab)

OEM aims to ensure a continuous upgrade path for Gripen.

Swedish defence procurement agency FMV has extended its Gripen development support contract with Saab until 31 December 2022.

Under the SEK998 million ($117.54 million) deal, the OEM will continue to operate and support test aircraft and advanced tools such as testing rigs and simulators on behalf of the Swedish Air Force and other Gripen operators.

‘Test aircraft together with these advanced tools are used in the verification and validation of Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter systems as Saab develops future new capabilities or enhancements,’ the company noted in a 5 May statement.

‘Gripen is designed for continuous upgrades to take on and defeat new combat challenges – a design approach that we have already proven many times. To enable continued development in Gripen it is required that we have advanced tools in place that are easy to manage, quick to implement and affordable to sustain,” said Jonas Hjelm, senior VP and head of the Aeronautics business area in Saab.

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