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“There are many Thurgau companies that offer specialized, high quality and competitive products and can be viable partners for companies like Saab,” says Thurgau based economic promoter Marcel Räpple.

In an interview with Swiss dailyTagblatt​, Marcel Räpple says that he can see good opportunities for eastern Switzerland in the Gripen E programme. 

“Saab has obtained a comprehensive overview of the industrial capabilities of Eastern Switzerland. This increases the chances of our economy benefiting suitably in conjunction with the potential fighter jet purchase. From this perspective, the economic offices in the cantons of St. Gallen, Thurgau and both Appenzells have supported the information event initiated by Saab,” Räpple says.

Read the full story:Ostschweiz ist bei Saab jetzt ein Begriff

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“The potential to sell Gripen is greater today than it was five years ago. This is because Gripen is cost-effective,” says Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab.

A news report in SVD highlights that with reduced defence budgets, the demand for economical fighter aircraft is bound to rise.

SVD quoted Hakan Buskhe saying "We are, in fact, the only ones who have broken the cost curve. Gripen C became cheaper than the Gripen A. Gripen E gets even cheaper.”

The report adds that Saab is planning to sell more Gripen C aircraft during the current decade and is also aiming for the next big step:  to develop an unmanned aircraft.

Hakan Buskhe assures the Swiss taxpayers that they do not need to worry as the future costs will not be higher than what Saab and the State has agreed to.

“I deem the risk that costs would increase is equal to zero. I guarantee the price we signed on. It is actually unique for a company to give something like this in writing," says Håkan Buskhe.

Read the full story:  Saabchefen förbereder förarlös version av Gripen​

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There was a great deal of interest in the "optionally manned" Gripen concept presented by Saab at the Paris Air Show on Wednesday. You can watch the webcast of Gripen briefing from Paris Air Show - 'Gripen The Crown of Swedish Aviation Industry' by Mr. Lennart Sindahl, Senior Vice President and Head of business area Aeronautics  here​.

​Gripen Chief Test Pilot Richard Ljungberg is at the Paris air Show where he talks about the main advantages of flying the Gripen.

“The main advantage of flying the Gripen for the pilot is the displays and situational awareness that he gets when he is in the air. I have good control over what is around me. Also, the ease of operating a Gripen is there. It is a pilot friendly aircraft,” Richard Ljungberg says.

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During Paris Air Show, many people took the opportunity to visit the companies that exhibit their products and systems. On Monday, Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt visited Saab's pavilion where many thought provoking products are on display. Carl Bildt was shown the tactical UAV system Skeldar, the Gripen simulator and the Remote Tower concept.

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Saab´s CEO Håkan Buskhe presenting Gripen in the 'Breaking The Thought Barrier' web cast at Paris Air Show

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Visitors listening to the Hakan Buskhe's briefing at the Saab pavilion

Check out here:Saab At Paris Air Show

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The interest for buying Gripen has increased since the governments of Sweden and Switzerland have decided to buy the new version of the plane.

”We have about 15 countries who are interested in Gripen”, Saab´s CEO Håkan Buskhe told Svenska Dagbladet ​at the air show in Paris.

Read the full story: Stort intresse för Gripen i Paris​​

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The Swiss industry will benefit from the Gripen purchase through direct and indirect offsets, says a news report in the Swiss magazine Tagblatt adding that some eastern Swiss companies have already initiated talks with Saab for business partnerships.

According to the report, Karin Jung, director of the Office of Economics in Appenzell believes that Gripen purchase would be beneficial for eastern Switzerland. "This is why we pushed for the Gripen Roadshow to come to Eastern Switzerland," she says on behalf of her colleagues in the cantons of St. Gallen, Thurgau and Appenzell Innerrhoden.

Saab has been active in Switzerland for decades and has operations in Bern, Thun and Meyrin. The report also mentions that Willi Weder, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at WZW Optic AG in Balgach, has had very good experience with Saab and its offset transactions. “For over 25 years, we have been working with Saab and we are generating an annual turnover of around one million francs from these offset transactions,” he says.

Read the full story:  Am Netzwerk von Saab teilnehmen​

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“We are by no means limited to large companies,” says Henry Johansson, Vice President, Gripen, Switzerland explaining that Saab is looking forward to work with small enterprises in Switzerland as much as it would like to work with the big companies. 

Saab is touring several cities in Switzerland to answer questions about the Swiss Industrial Participation Programme (SIP) and how Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from all Swiss regions can participate in this programme.

In an interview with Swiss magazineTagblatt​, Johansson says “We have found that smaller SMEs are often unsure whether they should or can be part of this industrial cooperation. With this event (Saab Tour) we want to encourage them to join hands.”

Talking about how the tour has gone so far, Johansson says that the attendees looked interested in the programme. Saab did manage to get across its desire for industrial cooperation with SMEs. 

Saab officials and subject matter experts will meet the local industry representatives of the Bern region to talk about the Gripen E programme today.

Read the full story:  «Geschäfte sind schon am Laufen»

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Saab is all set to present its world-leading air defence solutions and commercial aviation at the Paris Air Show on 17, 18 and 19 June.

Gripen will be on static display at the event. Visitors can visit Saab's stall on all three days to have a look at the Gripen Cockpit Simulator that demonstrates the Gripen fighter system. Besides the product displays, there would be some thought provoking sessions and briefings as well. Saab recently released its schedule for the event.

Saab’s President and CEO Håkan Buskhe would be holding a briefing on 18 June at 10 am. From Monday to Wednesday, a Saab 340 MSA briefing is planned at 11 am. Lennart Sindahl, Head of business area Aeronautics, Saab will present an aeronautics briefing on 19 June at 10 am. Besides these briefings, Hakan Buskhe and Lennart Sindahl will also be available for interviews before and during the event.

Visitors can find Saab in its pavilion and static display position D-146 and at chalet no. A-278.

Read more at Saab At Paris Air Show​.

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