Sweden Announces Gripen E/F Plans


Sweden plans to buy 40-60 Saab JAS 39E/F fighters after reaching agreement on joint development, acquisition and operation of the next-generation Gripen with Switzerland, which plans to buy 22.

Announcing the decision, which previews the budget proposal to be submitted on September 20 for parliamentary approval, the government says it will seek to increase defense appropriations by SKr300 million ($45.5 million) in 2013 and 2014, then by SKr200 million annually, for a total of more than SKr2 billion over 10 years to develop the aircraft. Even with the additional funding, cuts will be required in other parts of the armed forces, the government says.

Photo: Saab

Defense minister Karin Enstrom says the partnership with Switzerland means Sweden can procure the next-generation Gripen for less than the cost of doing it alone. The countries will share the costs of acquisition, operation, maintenance and upgrades over the aircraft's life. The Swiss deal still has to gain parliamentary approval against political opposition, however, and a national referendum may be required.

Sweden operates 100 JAS 39C/Ds, which the ministry says will meet the country's requirements until 2020-30. The next-generation Gripen is to be operational in Sweden from 2023, the ministry says, and the 40-60 JAS 39E/Fs planned "will best meet the military needs" until at least 2040. Saab says it submitted a tender to the Swedish government for the next-generation Gripen and is waiting to begin negotiations.

Update: In the meantime, EADS has offered Switzerland Typhoons instead, again.

Please or Register to post comments.

What's Ares?

Aviation Week's defense blog

From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.


Aug 27, 2015

Aviation Week Lifts Veil On Boeing B-52 Bomber (1952) 12

In 1952, Aviation Week provided the first details on the new Boeing B-52 bomber....More
Aug 14, 2015

Bonanza Travel Pays 3

The legendary Beechcraft Bonanza has an impressive production record, so perhaps the marketers back in 1949 were onto something when they coined the phrase "Bonanza travel pays."...More
Aug 14, 2015

Venerable Boeing 727 Prototype To Fly Again 28

The most famous 727, the prototype aircraft which would join United as N7001U, was delivered to the airline in October 1964 having served its time as a Boeing test aircraft....More
Aug 13, 2015

Aviation Week And The Bomb

Aviation News did not predict how nuclear weapons would change the world. But neither did anyone else....More
Aug 13, 2015

Collins Radar Takes The Ups And Downs Out Of Flying

Turbulence? Rockwell Collins had a solution for those bumpy rides in the early 80s with its WXR-700 Doppler Weather Radar....More
Blog Archive
Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×