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Saab is hopeful about a potential Gripen deal in Croatia, reports Reuters.

Magnus Lewis-Olsson, Head of Market Area Europe, said that Croatia is likely to start taking offers very soon for its fighter aircraft programme.

According to Lewis-Olsson, “if not urgent, then at least it is happening quicker than anticipated.”

Croatia currently operates a fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets which it is looking to replace with multi-role aircraft. Earlier this month, Saab sent a Gripen and a Gripen simulator to Croatia to present the capabilities of the fighter.

As per Pierre Gauffin, Director Gripen Croatia, Gripen has some advantages over its competitors in Croatia. First, Gripen is the latest generation aircraft and will stay relevant for years to come. Also, Gripen has been a multi-role fighter from the beginning.​

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As a part of its Gripen C/D export plans, Saab is currently looking at three business opportunities - with Botswana, Bulgaria and Slovakia, says a report in Defense News.​

Saab has offered new-build Gripen C/D fighters, technical training including pilot training, initial logistics support and other local support to Botswana. “We feel the discussions are moving forward with Botswana. We are offering genuine fighter capability for Botswana in the future,” the report quotes Richard Smith, Saab’s head of Gripen marketing.


After Bulgarian interim Deputy Prime Minister Stefan Yanev's recent announcement that Gripen fighters were the preferred option for the country, Saab is hopeful of a likely deal and is waiting for further information.

The Swedish Defence and Security company has also been in talks with the Slovakian government for the last two years and is waiting for their decision.

Richard Smith says that the C variants are being worked upon to reduce the delivery timeline for future orders. However, he didn’t elaborate on it.

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Photo: Sören Nielsen​

​Here are some pictures from the ongoing Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2017.

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A visitor flies Gripen in Virtual Reality
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Chief of Air Force, Sri Lanka at the Saab stand
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1st Admiral Zulkarnain, MMEA Northern Region, and Dato’ Rahman, Deputy Director General MMEA, at the Saab stand
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RTAF Gripen preparing for display rehearsal

​Gripen for India is about partnerships, air power and cooperation, says Mats Palmberg, Vice President, Industrial Partnerships, Saab.

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Hakan Buskhe, CEO and President of Saab, says his company is very keen to supply Gripen fighters to the Indian Air Force and is ready to transfer the entire product planning capability to India. 

“I think we have an extremely good offer. We are building our latest aircraft which will be delivered to the Swedish and the Brazilian air forces as well. We started in 2013. It’s the latest technology. The product is totally digital and we have all the new sensors. So, we will be able to offer the best technology to India," Buskhe said.

Saab's offer includes setting up an aircraft industry and true transfer of technology. According to a Hindu news report, Saab also plans to set up a training academy to train pilots in operating the Gripen.

“More than the production, we have shown our keenness to build up the full capacity in India. Everything from research and development to production planning to developing the complete supply chain, can be done here in India. We are good at technology transfer. We are doing the same in other parts of the world as well," he adds.

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As per a report in theAsia Times, Saab is in pole position to secure a deal to sell its Gripen C/D fighter aircraft to the Philippine Air Force.

Recently, a Swedish delegation, led by Minister of Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg, went to Manila to inaugurate the re-opened Swedish Embassy and discuss industry and infrastructure investments. Key future business opportunities for Saab in the Philippines include the Gripen fighter, naval combat systems, maritime and air traffic management systems, and training systems and solutions. 

Saab has already opened an office in Manila to support its Gripen campaign in the country.

“I see great opportunities to deepen our trade relations with the Philippines by promoting Swedish solutions. I believe that a Swedish embassy in Manila will help to open doors for increased Swedish exports and encourage new contacts,” Mikael Damberg says.

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Image Courtesy: Tefan Kalm

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Mikael Damberg, the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, was in India last week to discuss the Gripen offer, reports DN.se.

Mikael Damberg, Saab's Chairman, Marcus Wallenberg and Saab President and CEO, Håkan Buskhe, along with a delegation of Swedish business leaders called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss long term business and partnership opportunities for Swedish manufacturers.

Saab and a few other fighter aircraft manufacturers had received a Request for Information (RFI) from India three weeks ago. India wants an offer in which the production of the aircraft would take place under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' programme.

“We support Saab's interests because we have good experience of the Gripen fighter system. Saab also has a unique and exciting strategic partnership with Brazil which lets us have a much wider cooperation with the country,” says Mikael Damberg.

“PM Modi called for deeper cooperation with Sweden and Swedish companies and also wanted to see closer defence policy cooperation,” he adds.

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At the Indo Defence 2016, Saab announced that it is all set to transfer technologies to Indonesia and work together with local farms for aircraft production should the country select the Gripen fighter.

According to an IHS Jane's news report, Indonesia is looking for urgent delivery and Saab has said it can deliver the first aircraft after 12 months of contract signature. 

Saab's offer includes 14 aircraft plus all support, technology transfer and training for air and ground crew. Saab is already working with its strategic partner in Indonesia, PT Pindad, to enhance and develop the national air defence system there.

"We will be fully compliant with Law No. 16/2012 (on the defense industry) as required by the government,” says Saab’s Jerker Ahlqvist, Head of Gripen.

The Indonesian law requires all major weapons systems to be procured domestically. If a foreign supplier is chosen, they have to work along with local companies.

Indonesia is looking forward to replacing US-made F-5 E/F Tiger II light jet fighter and has allocated funding for the new fighter in its 2015-2019 five-year spending plan.

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Image Courtesy: Stefan Kalm

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​Between 11 and 17 July, Saab will present Gripen at the Farnborough International Airshow.

This year, Saab breaks new ground in meeting with its customers, industry colleagues and friends from around the world with the launch of the Saab Experience. Besides Gripen, visitors can get to know Saab's products like airborne surveillance, ISR, air defence and radar, digital air traffic management, air support and commercial aerospace technology inside the Saab experience.

During the airshow, Saab Test Pilot Marcus Wandt will talk about how to build the perfect fighter. Saab Gripen Programme Update has been scheduled on 12 July, Tuesday at 10:00 am. ​

Know more about Saab's participation at Farnborough​ International Airshow 2016 here.

​Last weekend, the Swedish Air Force had sent three Gripen fighters to participate in Finland's major aviation event, Tour de Sky – Kuopio International Airshow. Here are some images from the event.

turdesky2016_1.jpgPilot Stefan Charles, who began his career in 2001, has completed over 2100 flight hours on Gripen. He performed an aerial display on Sunday for the visitors.
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An MS 20 upgraded Gripen was also exhibited at the Saab pavillion.

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