Swedish Air Force JAS 39C Gripens at Keflavik for IAM 2014 on 7 February 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)

Swedish wish for more Gripens

Swedish Air Force JAS 39C Gripens at Keflavik for IAM 2014 on 7 February 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)
Swedish Air Force JAS 39C Gripens at Keflavik for IAM 2014 on 7 February 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)

Swedish defence minister Karin Enström is looking to buy 10 more next generation Saab Gripen E fighter aircraft on top of the 60 already decided by parliament in Stockholm, Swedish media report. Enström is reportedly worried about Russia’s recent movements over Ukraine and the Crimea.

Only last December, Swedish Defence Materiel Agency FMV placed an order with Saab for the modification of sixty Swedish Air Force JAS 39C Gripen fighters to the new Gripen E standard. Enström now wants 10 more aircraft, to ensure readiness and effectiveness of the Gripen E fleet. She also wants to allow more flight hours.

The order for the original 60 Saab Gripen E aircraft is worth the equivalent of 2.6 billion USD. Initial deliveries are expected in 2018. Saab has also sold the Gripen E to Brazil and is hoping to sell 22 aircraft to Switzerland. A final referendum on that purchase is to be held by the Swiss on May 18.

© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Elmer van Hest

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