Saab Offers Gripen E/F to Czech Republic

Saab is ready to offer its Gripen E/F to the Czech Republic, as the country considers its future fighter plans towards the end of the decade.

Saab is ready to offer its Gripen E/F to the Czech Republic, as the country considers its future fighter plans towards the end of the decade.

A spokesperson for the Swedish manufacturer told GDC on 12 November that the Gripen E/F would be “the logical choice” for the eastern European country, if it decides not to extend the lease for 14 Gripen C/Ds that is due to expire in 2027 (with the option for extension through to 2029).

“Although we cannot confirm at this stage any specific details of a formal response [to any request for information from the Czech government], Saab is ready to offer Gripen E/F to the Czech Air Force. We see this as a logical step. Countries using Gripen today can in the future undergo a seamless transition to Gripen E, reusing part of the ground support equipment and support systems,” the spokesperson said, adding that any formal response for such a government-to-government deal requested by Prague would need to come directly from Stockholm.

Read More   Lürssen’s OPV80 - Royal Australian Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)

Saab’s statement came days after Janes first revealed that the Czech government is considering its long-term fighter plans, with the news on 3 November that Lockheed Martin had responded to a request for information with its F-35A Lightning II. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule, an official said that the Czech government was looking at a type selection to take place in 2025, ahead of deliveries from 2027.

© 2021, GDC. © GDC and www.globaldefensecorp.com. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to www.globaldefensecorp.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.