Gripen team submits response to Austrian RFI

SAAB-BAE SYSTEMS Gripen has today submitted its response to the Austrian
government's Request for Information (RFI) for new fighter aircraft to
fulfill its national defense requirements.

The response is based on the supply of up to 30 new Gripen four-generation
multi-role / swing-role fighters, supported by an innovative finance
package and offset program.

"Saab Aerospace, which manufactures and markets Gripen internationally in
partnership with BAE SYSTEMS of the United Kingdom, has developed a close
understanding of Austrian defense operations and requirements since
signing a contract to supply the Draken fighter in 1985", stated Roger
Lantz, who heads the Gripen campaign in Austria.

"The Gripen team looks forward to further developing this long-standing
relationship with Austrian defense during the competition process for new
fighter", he continued.

Produced by a joint venture company in which Saab of Sweden and United
Kingdom´s BAE SYSTEMS (formerly British Aerospace) have equal shares,
Gripen is the world's first in service fourth-generation fighter, designed
to meet all known and perceived 21st century defense threats.

It is the only multi-role / swing-role fighter in service today with ease
of maintenance and low operational costs designed-in. Fully-integrated
digital systems give Gripen the brain power to use its strength, and the
intelligence to use its muscles to maximum effect, whether facing multiple
airborne or ground targets or identifying hostile forces during a
reconnaissance mission.

Backed by the UK and Swedish governments and supported by the combined
experience and resource of companies including Volvo, Ericsson and
Investor, one of the world's biggest industrial conglomerates, Saab-BAE
SYSTEMS Gripen offers its customers unrivalled partnership opportunities
and new-generation defense and business solutions like no other.

For further information please contact:
John Neilson, Vice President Communications, SAAB-BAE SYSTEMS Gripen
Tel.: +44 (0) 1252 384795 Mobile:+44 (0) 802 337704
john...@baesystems.com

Marie Aktö, Manager Communications, SAAB-BAE SYSTEMS Gripen
Tel.: +46 (0) 13 184216 Mobile: +46 (0) 70 989 7110
mar...@saab.se


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www.gripen.at

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