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Saab contracted to begin Gripen E serial production

18 December 2013

Based on the two-seat Gripen NG demonstrator, the single-seat Gripen E will feature an AESA radar, more advanced avionics, an improved General Electric F414G turbofan engine, increased stores capabilities, and increased fuel tanks for further range. (Saab)Based on the two-seat Gripen NG demonstrator, the single-seat Gripen E will feature an AESA radar, more advanced avionics, an improved General Electric F414G turbofan engine, increased stores capabilities, and increased fuel tanks for further range. (Saab)

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab to begin serial production of the JAS 39 Gripen E fighter aircraft, the company announced on 18 December.

The SEK16.4 billion (USD2.5 billion) contract will cover serial production from 2013-26 and covers the conversion of 60 Gripen C aircraft to Gripen E standard. Deliveries will begin in 2018.

In February the FMV awarded Saab a one-year SEK2.5 billion agreement for development work pertaining to the 60 Swedish Air Force aircraft, as well as for 22 aircraft earmarked for Switzerland. This was followed in March with a SEK10.7 billion contract to take development work through to 2023.



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