Saab Is Ready For Gripen Development In India
Swedish Ambassador to India, Klas Molin believes that Gripen E is the best option for India’s single engine fighter jet requirements.
“If you want older technology, then there are alternatives. Gripen is a more modern aircraft. The fighter is also part of a system where aerial defence and surveillance are part of state-of-the-art links and communication. I think sometimes this is overlooked in the discussion,” he says.
In an interview with Business Line, Molin said that it is up to India to decide which fighter to choose. “Saab is ready when India is ready.”
“Saab knows that it has a concept that will work very well in India, and it is already cooperating with several partners in the country. So the ecosystem already exists for making and developing the new Gripen in India,” he said.
Saab’s comprehensive Make in India program includes setting up of a full manufacturing facility; transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an Aerospace eco-system in India; creation of a local supplier base of ancillary systems; employment of a well-trained Indian workforce.
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