|Saab offers Gripen E to Finland.|
On January 30, 2019 Saab submitted its proposal for the Finnish HX fighter procurement to the Finnish defence procurement agency, the Logistics Command of the Finnish Defence Forces. The proposal comprises 64 Gripen aircraft, both single-seat Gripen E and dual-seat Gripen F, and is the formal response to the customer’s Request for Quotation (RFQ) issued in April 2018.
As part of the proposal, Saab offers a substantial weapon and sensor package as well as the necessary equipment and associated services needed for operating the system, including an industrial co-operation programme with the aim to build extensive national capabilities in Finland for Security of Supply. It also includes transfer of maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities to local industry, production of aircraft and an establishment of a Gripen sustainment and development centre in Finland.
According to the planning of the Finnish MoD, the winner will be selected in 2021.
In addition to the Gripen, another four aerospace companies have offered their aircraft to Finland: Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F-35.
Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: Saab