Gripen C/D fighters are currently in-service with two NATO member nations - Czech Republic and Hungary, as well as South Africa and Thailand. Gripen with its inherent growth capability will remain the backbone of these air forces for the next 30 + years. For most existing and future users of the Gripen fighter, industrial cooperation has and will continue to play an important role in many aspects, not the least for such nation’s overall industrial growth. The potential for the buying country includes economic values such as development of new products, finding new customers, increased revenues, creation of jobs and technology transfer.
A number of considerations must be made before entering into an industrial cooperation agreement. These aim to evaluate the overall cost and proceeds of an industrial cooperation with regard to various activities such as technology transfer, supporting the country's industry to promote exports as well as different types of purchases.
One of the main reasons why Saab over the years has been so successful in this area of expertise is that industrial cooperation forms a natural and integral part of any new business initiative. We have a broad range of industrial partners and suppliers and a long tradition of successful industrial cooperation. Together with these, we offer long-term strategic industrial cooperation aimed at creating sustainable high tech jobs, transferring technology and generating sustainable export business.