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Saab receives supplemental contract for new-build Gripen Es

21 December 2018
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Saab has received a further SEK430 million (USD48 million) to manufacture Gripen E combat aircraft from new-build parts rather than from parts salvaged from retired Gripen Cs as was originally planned.

While previously Saab was to reuse certain items from the Gripen C for the Gripen E, it has now received two awards to build the aircraft completely from new. (Saab)While previously Saab was to reuse certain items from the Gripen C for the Gripen E, it has now received two awards to build the aircraft completely from new. (Saab)

The contract awarded by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) follows a similar SEK400 million award made in December 2017, and covers a second batch of new equipment acquired as part of the total order of 60 Gripen E aircraft for the Swedish Air Force (SwAF).

The two new contracts are modifications to the original SEK57.9 billion development contracts awarded in early 2013. Under this contract, Saab was to convert 60 of the SwAF’s Gripen C platforms into the latest-variant Gripen E (the service’s 25 Gripen Ds would remain as lead-in fighter trainers until the full fleet of Gripen Es had been delivered by the end of 2026).

However, as far back as March 2014 Saab officials were briefing Jane’s and other defence aviation media that the Gripen C and Gripen E share little in terms of common structures and systems. According to the officials, the only items able to be cross-decked are the windscreen and canopy, the outer elevons, the ejection seat, the internal gun and conveyor system, and some other ancillary equipment. As such, it was always the case that the original 2013 contracts would need to be amended to reflect this.

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