Gripen Contract Signed for Czech Republic
Gripen Contract Signed for Czech
Today the Swedish Government as well as the Czech Government, has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for the lease of 14 newly produced Gripen
fighters for a duration of 10 years. At the same time Saab is entering into an
agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration regarding
modification and adaptation.
Saab, June 14, 2004.
Gripen in formation with fighter load
"Today’s decision is further proof that our export-related efforts with the
Gripen have paid off, and it is an important step for us on the international
market. Sweden is one of only five countries worldwide to develop advanced
military fighter aircrafts, and after today’s decision the Czech Republic is the
fourth country to choose the Gripen, after Sweden, South Africa and Hungary,"
says Åke Svensson, CEO of Saab AB.
In tandem with this MoU, Gripen International, owned by SAAB along with British
BAE Systems, is signing an offset agreement linked to the main order. The
agreement will enable industrial cooperation and economic development for the
The Czech Republic’s decision is the result of many years of selections. The
country recommended the Gripen in December 2003, subsequently initiating
negotiations with the Swedish State to lease Gripen fighters intended for Sweden.
The Gripen was chosen ahead of various competitors.
Pilot and engineer training will initially be conducted in Sweden by the Swedish
Air Force. Modification and adaptation to Czech demands and specifications will
take place at Saab Aerosystems in Linköping, Sweden. The first Gripen fighters
will be delivered to the Czech Republic in 2005. Saab will also conduct
maintenance and service during the full lease period.
Saab is one of the world’s leading high-technology companies, with its main
operations focusing on defence, aviation and space. The group covers a broad
spectrum of competence and capabilities in systems integration.
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