Austria offered up to 30 new Gripen Fighters

AUSTRIA OFFERED UP TO 30 NEW GRIPEN FIGHTERS
The Gripen team has submitted its response to the Request for Proposal
(RFP) for the replacement of the Saab Draken interceptor fleet to meet
Austria's air defense needs for the next 30 years. The company's
proposal is based on the supply of up to 30 new Gripen fighters.

"Gripen is the world's most capable and cost effective combat aircraft
in operation today, and together with our long-term program of
industrial cooperation and offset, we are confident that our offer is
the best solution for Austria, the Austrian Air Force and the Austrian
industry", says Roger Lantz, Gripen Director in Austria.

The Gripen offer includes two possible solutions to the Austrian Air
Force Requirement:
· The first solution is based on the supply of 24 new single-seat
and six optional dual-seat Gripen fighters, and an associated interim
solution of 12 leased Gripen fighters.
· A second, alternative solution proposes an early delivery of 24
new single-seat and four dual-seat Gripen fighters. This solution avoids
the need for an interim leasing period.

Each solution builds on the last 40-years military co-operation to meet
the needs for a smooth transition from the Saab Draken, and both provide
continuous air policing during the transition phase.

"Both solutions offer exceptional value for money, both in initial
procurement as well as over the next 30 years or more of operation, and
both are backed by a large, high quality industrial co-operation
program", says Roger Lantz, Gripen Director in Austria.

The benefits to Austria of the Gripen solution are:
· Delivery of the most capable and cost-effective multi-role
combat aircraft in operation worldwide today.
· Delivery of the largest program of high quality industrial
cooperation ever seen in Austria, tailored to Austrian requirements.
· Optional payment financing through a consortium led by Erste
Bank
· Cost efficient introduction into service built on 40 years of
Austrian-Swedish cooperation

The specific benefits for the Austrian Air Force are:
· A fully interoperable fighter, which supports international
standardization of doctrines and procedures, including datalink
communications and an air-to-air refueling system.
· First operational squadron in 2005 (either lease or new
aircraft)
· In service before the retirement of Draken.
· A 30 year solution to the Air Force requirement
· Continuous training through the transitional period from the
Saab Draken
· A full logistics package with training devices, including a
flight simulator, and training in Sweden and Austria.
· Greatly reduced cost of operating Gripen will enable higher
levels of operational training without the need for increased
expenditure
· Optional training can be provided from the UK Ministry of
Defence
· Opportunity for Austria to be involved in future enhancement
programs

"The Gripen team's offer is based on 9 years preparatory work since the
opening of an office in Vienna in 1993. We have submitted fully
compliant offers to both BMLV (Austrian Ministry of Defence) and BMWA
(Austrian Ministry of Economy) and we believe that the Gripen solution
will provide the most cost efficient security for Austria over the next
30 years", says Roger Lantz, Gripen Director in Austria.

Notes to editors:

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 and an offer has been
submitted to the Brazilian government based on the supply of 24 new
Gripen.

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

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For further information please contact:
Marie Aktö, Manager Communications, Gripen International
Tel.: +46 (0) 13 184216 Mobile: +46 (0) 70 989 7110
mar...@saab.se

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

www.gripen.com / www.gripen.at



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