The report says that within the next two years, the Indian Government will be placing an order for single-engine, medium-range fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Saab’s offer to India includes setting up of a full manufacturing facility; transfer of state-of-the-art technology; setting up of an aerospace eco-system in the country, and employment of a well-trained Indian workforce.
“Saab has been ‘making in India’ on a variety of programmes for more than 40 years now. With a project the size of ‘Gripen in India’, we expect to build long-term partnerships with Indian companies,” says Robert Hewson, Vice-President and Head of Communications for Saab Asia Pacific.
Besides technology transfer, Saab is also banking on Gripen’s capabilities to meet the demands of future.
“Air Forces need, and must have, a future-proof aircraft. Gripen E is the future of fighter capability. Saab’s design philosophy focuses on continuous development, which means that future capabilities can be added to India’s aircraft by Indian engineers and we are looking at systems and design capabilities that will be in demand 30 years and more from now,” Hewson explained.
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