Saab gets Swedish order for Gripen’s future development

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), has contracted Saab to provide future development support for Sweden’s Gripen fighters.

The total order value is US$117.60 million.

The contract period is from April 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.

The order is an extension of an existing contract and facilitates the future development of the Gripen, primarily for the Swedish Air Force and other Gripen users around the world.

The latest contract includes the operating and support of test aircraft and advanced tools, such as testing rigs and simulators.

Product enhancements

Test aircraft, together with advanced tools are used in the verification and validation of Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter systems as Saab develops future new capabilities or enhancements.

Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab business area, Aeronautics, said: “Gripen is designed for continuous upgrades to take on and defeat new combat challenges – a design approach that we have already proven many times.

“To enable continued development in Gripen it is required that we have advanced tools in place that are easy to manage, quick to implement and affordable to sustain.

“This order invests in achieving all of these objectives so that Gripen will always be in the forefront, both for today and the future,” Hjelm added.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Air Force is testing the use of the Gripen using biofuel.

This follows a biofuel project that the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) is conducting together with GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Sweden.

Engine tests have been performed in order to study possible differences in performance and engine function when using a 50/50 mix of biofuel compared to performance in Gripen engines using only jet fuel.

The tests showed that the engine using biofuel had unchanged performance both regarding thrust power and fuel consumption, as compared to traditional fuel.

Brigadier General Gabor Nagy, fighter pilot and head of the Swedish Armed Forces’ Total Defence Department, said: “This is an important project for the Swedish Armed Forces’ development activity as Sweden aims to become climate-neutral by 2045.

“The conducted tests are very positive and we look forward to the next step with confidence,” Nagy added.

The FMV, together with its US cooperation partner USAF/NAVAIR, will evaluate the biofuel project and present a conclusion of the tests.

The Swedish Armed Forces will receive the FMV’s final report on the project this year.

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