Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Dec 1, 2011
The Swiss government has selected Gripen as its future multirole fighter aircraft for the Swiss Air Force.
"The Swiss type-selection confirms that Saab is a market-leader in the defense and security industry and that Gripen is a world-class fighter system that provides the best value for money”, says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO Saab.
The Gripen program will create a long-term partnership between Switzerland and Sweden. Saab says. The long-term strategic industrial co-operation is aimed at creating sustainable high tech jobs, transferring technology and generating export business.
Saab, says it "stands prepared to start negotiations and await the next steps of the process."
Gripen, that lost the Indian fighter bid, is in service with the Swedish, Czech Republic, Hungarian, South African and Royal Thai Air Forces. The UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) is operating Gripen as its advanced fast jet platform for test pilots worldwide. Saab is also delivering successful industrial co-operation programs in Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa.