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Defence and security company Saab today completed a successful first flight of the next generation smart fighter, Gripen E. The media are invited to join an online press briefing later today and joining details are below.
The challenge of every Air Force, from acquisition to boneyard, is that of cost. Fighter aircraft need to be at the cutting edge of technology. At the same time, they need to fit into national budgets and be frugal in operations and maintenance. Countries like India, with a very large expanse of sea and land boundaries which are vulnerable from many sides, need that many more aircraft in the air. All this thinking went into Gripen from its very inception.
India’s vision for the Defence and Aerospace industry is based on manufacturing in India so that India can reduce imports of defence equipment, become self-sufficient and export more. For Saab, the approach fits well with its intent to build partnerships across domains. For instance, Saab plans to produce air defence systems with the Kalyani Group.