Gripen submits response to Australia

GRIPEN SUBMITS RESPONSE TO AUSTRALIA

Gripen International has today, February 1, submitted a response to the
Australian government's Request For Information (RFI) for 'New aerospace
combat capability' within its Air 6000 project.

Australia issued the RFI last year, for technical information about the
Gripen swing-role fighter to meet its national defense needs from 2012
and beyond.

Gripen International has submitted technical information based on the
supply of Gripen, the world's most capable and cost effective combat
aircraft in operation today, and its future enhancements.

"We are confident that with planned technology developments the Gripen
is ideally suited to play a significant role in Australia's future Air
Force and would fit perfectly into a network centric warfare structure
interoperating with unmanned combat air vehicles", says Ian McNamee,
Managing Director Gripen International.

Gripen is a truly international security solution containing the latest
technology from a team of major European and North American defense
suppliers.
Designed to meet all current and perceived threats it is a modern,
capable and affordable choice that offers high performance, outstanding
maneuverability and fully integrated information and weapons systems for
the future air war.
Gripen is ideally suited for dispersed operations from bases with
minimal infrastructure and support requirements - a key requirement for
operating effectively from both main operating bases and dispersed sites
worldwide.

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.

Already in service with the Swedish Air Force, which has ordered 204
aircraft (including 28 dual-seaters), Gripen has also been ordered by
the South African Air Force (28 aircraft) and Hungary has signed an
agreement with the Swedish government for the lease of 14 Gripen
fighters. Gripen has also recently been selected to meet the national,
NATO and European defense needs of the Czech Republic, which has a
requirement for 24 fighters.

Gripen International has begun negotiations with the Polish government,
which is looking to procure up to 60 new fighters. An offer has been
submitted to the Brazilian government based on the supply of 24 new
Gripen and to the Austrian government, which has a requirement for up to
30 new Gripen.

Picture of the future enhanced Gripen is available on the photo gallery
section on: www.gripen.com

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

Marie Aktö, Manager Communications, Gripen International
Phone: 013-184216 Mobile: 070-989 7110
mar...@saab.se

www.gripen.com



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