Saab delivers latest Gripen, the first JAS 39C for Sweden

At a ceremony in Linköping today, Saab handed over the first JAS 39C
Gripen to Sweden's Defense Materiel Administration (FMV). This latest
JAS 39C version adds a host of new capabilities to the Gripen, and is
almost identical to the aircraft intended for export.

Åke Svensson, Chairman of the JAS Industry Group and Managing Director
of Saab Aerospace, handed over aircraft 39.208 to Birgitta Böhlin,
Director General of the Swedish Defense Material Administration (FMV).
The ceremony was followed by an air display for about 300 specially
invited guests.

"The introduction of the JAS 39C shows that Sweden is on the absolute
cutting edge of technology. In addition, we have undertaken a cost-
effective development effort that has benefited both the Swedish and
export Gripen programmes. This is a milestone in the history of the
Gripen," said Åke Svensson, in his address.

In addition to in-flight refueling and onboard oxygen generators, the
latest version of the Gripen has large screen, full color displays in
the cockpit, a strengthened wing structure, the ability to carry new
types of pylons and new software in its computers. This combination of
advanced technology and increased capabilities, brings a step change in
the operational effectiveness of the aircraft over a wide range of
missions.

"It was natural for the industry, the Swedish Defense Material
Administration and the Armed Forces to seek the greatest possible
commonality between the developed
JAS 39C for Sweden, and the export version. This means that we have
obtained a further improved version of the Gripen earlier than was
originally planned," said Birgitta Böhlin, as she accepted the first
aircraft.

The initial version of the Gripen, the JAS 39A, was delivered in 1993.
Three years later came the first two-seat version, the JAS 39B. The
arrival of the JAS 39C will facilitate the manufacture of all the
remaining Gripens for the Swedish Air Force, since they will be almost
identical to the aircraft produced for export customers.

"Today's delivery of the JAS 39C, and its introduction into the Air
Force, will increase our capability for technical and operational
participation in the international arena," said Major General Mats
Nilsson, the Inspector General of the Swedish Air Force, in his address.

Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies, with its
main operations focusing on defense, aviation and space. The group
covers a broad spectrum of competence and capability in systems
integration.

For further information, please contact:
Peter Larsson, Vice-President Communications and Public Affairs, Saab Aerospace
Phone:+46 (0)13 46 53 109, Mobile: +46 (0) 70 989 71 09
For press photos, please contact:
Jonas Tillgren, Mobile: +46 (0)709 89 72 92,
Email: jonas.t...@saab.se, www.saabaerospace.com

For further information on the Gripen:www.gripen.com, www.mil.se/flyg,
www.fmv.se

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