Gripen strengthens partnership with Mielec

GRIPEN STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH MIELEC

Gripen International partners Saab and BAE SYSTEMS and the Polish
Aviation Company in Mielec, have signed a number of new Memorandum of
Understandings (MoUs) covering a wide range of manufacturing,
engineering and technology work linked to the supply of Gripen
supersonic, multi-role fighters to the Polish Air Force.

Should Gripen be selected to meet the national and NATO defense needs of
Poland, the Mielec plant, which already produces tail-cone components
for all Gripen aircraft, will undertake a significant amount of new
work, including final assembly of Polish Air Force aircraft. The final
assembly role would include the production of additional airframe parts
and sub-assemblies, installation of wings, mechanical and electrical
systems tests and finally, acceptance flight test.

Where possible, the jigs and tools required for the new work will be
manufactured in Poland. This further commitment by the Gripen team is
covered in a further MOU between the Gripen team and Mielec Tooling
Company.

Importantly, technology transfer forms an important element of the MoUs,
building further on the existing capabilities at Mielec through
involvement with one of the world's most advanced and capable multi-role
fighters.

" The new partnership agreements present exciting opportunities for a
significant enhancement of the existing capabilities in Mielec. This
will introduce new skills, manufacturing processes, techniques and
competencies. It will also provide considerable employment prospects by
further developing indigenous capability in the Polish Aerospace and
defense industry" states Simon Carr, sales and marketing director,
Gripen International.

Gripen partners Saab and BAE SYSTEMS, together with a team of major
European and American defense suppliers have been actively strengthening
links with Polish industry for more than five years.

In advance of any contract being placed for Gripen, work packages and
tenders have already been placed with various companies and institutes
with a value of around US$ 60 million.

" We are proud of the pre-contract offset activities that have been
established in Poland, " comments Simon Carr. " As well as demonstrating
a considerable level of commitment, they are practical examples of our
ability to deliver real economic and industrial benefits linked to the
purchase of Gripen."


Notes to editors:
Gripen International is a company equally owned by Saab of Sweden and
BAE SYSTEMS of the UK.

Gripen is the first fourth-generation multi-role fighter in service
world-wide, designed to meet the demands of all current and future
threats, while at the same time meeting strict peace-time requirements
for flight safety, reliability, training efficiency and low operating
costs.

For further information, please contact
Owe Wagermark, Senior Vice President Communications
Gripen International
Phone: +46 13 18 4014 Mobile +46 70 889 60 00
Telefax: +46 13 18 0055

John Neilson, Vice President Communications, Gripen International
Phone: +44 (0) 1252 384795 Mobile:+44 (0) 7802 337704
john...@baesystems.com

www.gripen.com



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