Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration to provide future development support for the Gripen family of multi-role fighters from April 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.
The total order, valued at SEK 998m (US$118m), is an extension of an existing contract and enables the future development of Gripen for the Swedish Air Force and other operators of the type around the world, according to a May 5 release from Saab.
The contract includes the operating and support of test aircraft and tools such as testing rigs and simulators. Test aircraft together with such tools are used in the verification and validation of Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter systems as Saab develops future new capabilities.
“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. This order invests in achieving all of these objectives so that Gripen will always be in the forefront, both for today and the future,” said Jonas Hjelm, senior vice president and head of Saab business area, Aeronautics.
The main part of the order will centre on Saab’s facilities in Sweden, in the towns of Linköping, Gothenburg, Järfälla, Arboga and Växjö.