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.