Saab has received an order for six follow-up Gripen C aircraft from Thailand. A statement from Saab on Wednesday said the order was worth 2.2 billion Swedish Kronor, around USD 310 million. The Royal Thai Air Force already operates four single-seat ‘C’ variants and two ‘D’ versions of the aircraft, which were acquired in 2008.
“The order strengthens the co-operation between Thailand and Sweden. It also serves as further proof of Saab’s ability to deliver sophisticated integrated defense systems as well as strengthening international faith in the Gripen system,” says Håkan Buskhe CEO of Saab.
The Gripen is operated by the air forces of South Africa, Sweden, Hungary, the Czech Republic. It is also vying for Brazil’s tender for 36 aircraft, competing with the French Dassault’s Rafale and Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, in a much-delayed, decade-long procurement process as well as the considerably larger Indian order for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), where the three aircraft are also competing with the Eurofighter Typhoon, the F-16 and the MiG-35.