India is in the market for a new single-engine fighter jet. As well as featuring world-leading technology, the jets must be manufactured on Indian soil in cooperation with a local partner, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Made in India initiative.
Saab believes its Gripen fighter is the ideal solution for the challenges faced by the Indian defence forces. The company is also proposing a form of industrial cooperation that would involve significant in-country development and manufacturing.
More than assembly lines
Rather than simply transferring assembly lines to India, Saab’s vision for the project involves helping the Indian defence industry to grow. In addition to assembly, local teams would be involved in and responsible for system and sub-system design; development; component and system manufacturing; quality and processes; integration; and support, maintenance, repair and operation.
Sweden and Saab have a proven track record of sharing critical technology and working closely with partner countries using a technology-transfer approach. This involves providing training, the transfer of know-how, capability development, and the development of a strong supply chain for cutting-edge technology systems.
Opportunities for education
If Saab wins the business, the resulting close partnership between Sweden and India will lead to the creation of a number of high-tech jobs in manufacturing, increase avenues for education in defence engineering, and help Saab share its unique way of working.
As well providing a major boost to Indian manufacturing and defence technology, producing Gripen in India would provide India with unparalleled air power. Its features include:
Highly advanced net-centric warfare. Long-range datalinks, secure communications, sensor systems and powerful electronic warfare systems take tactics and operational capability to a new level.
Sensor fusion. Radar, IRST and ESM sensors combine to allow for networked tactics.
Unique beyond-visual-range capability. The Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile is integrated and operational.
Forward-basing and flexible deployment. Designed to be supremely deployable and to operate away from large, vulnerable air bases.
Total integration flexibility. Gives customers the freedom to integrate multiple weapon types, quickly and affordably.
Performance at every end of the scale. Combines an agile dogfighting capability with an unparalleled short-field capability and the ability to supercruise with an effective combat load.
5 facts about Saab’s proposal to make the Gripen fighter in India
More than manufacturing. Rather than simply transferring assembly lines to India, Saab would actively involve local teams in system and sub-system design; development; component and system manufacturing; quality and processes; integration; and support, maintenance, repair and operation.
Unique approach. Saab brings a unique philosophy of technology transfer to its industrial cooperation. This involves providing training, the transfer of know-how, capability development, and development of a strong supply chain for cutting-edge technology systems.
Benefits for all. Successful cooperation with India would bring benefits to India, Sweden, and Saab, including the creation of a number of high-tech jobs in manufacturing, increasing avenues for education in defence engineering, and helping Saab to share its unique way of working.
Powerful tool. Gripen is the world’s most sophisticated jet fighter and would provide India with unparalleled air power.
Mix of features. Gripen’s long list of features include net-centric warfare capability, sensor fusion, beyond-visual-range capability, and potential for forward-basing and flexible deployment.