Gripen International welcomes issue of Polish request for proposals for new fighters


Gripen International, the company in which SAAB AB of Sweden and the
United Kingdom's BAE SYSTEMS have an equal share, has welcomed receipt
of a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) for up to 48 new fighters from
the Polish government.

Gripen International welcomes the opportunity respond and is confident
of submitting a fully compliant response to the Polish government
tender. This will be based on the supply of Gripen, the world's most
capable and cost effective combat aircraft in operation today, supported
by a long term program of industrial cooperation and offset.

"Gripen is a truly international fighter, containing the latest
technologies from major European and American defense suppliers," says
Bob Kemp, Sales & Marketing Director of Gripen International. "We look
forward to the competition process and are confident that our industrial
and financial proposals will show that Gripen is the most affordable and
superior security solution for the national defense and NATO cooperation
needs of Poland."

The Gripen International's industrial program will meet the specific
strategic needs of the Polish government and provide technology, export
promotion, job creation and in-country investment among others. "We will
offer a broad program of industrial cooperation, which will help create
jobs and long-term growth in a wide range of industrial sectors"
comments Björn Magnusson, Director, Gripen International, Poland. "

SAAB AB and BAE SYSTEMS are world leaders in the delivery of economic
compensation to support defense sales. To date, programs in more than 30
countries have been implemented with a total value in excess of US$22

Note to editors:
Gripen International is the company, which acts as a prime contracting
organization, responsible for marketing, selling and supporting the
Gripen aircraft worldwide. SAAB of Sweden and BAE SYSTEMS of the United
Kingdom jointly own Gripen International.

Gripen is the first new-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 been selected to meet the national, NATO and
European defense needs of the Czech Republic, which has a requirement
for 24 fighters.

Further information is available from:

Joanna Sjölander, Communications Manager, Gripen International
Phone: +46 13 184216 Mobile: +46 70 889 54 94 Fax: +46 13 18 0055

Owe Wagermark, Senior Vice President Communications, Gripen
Phone: +46 13 18 4014 Mobile: +46 70 889 60 00 Fax: +46 13 18 0055

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