Saab has offered the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Gripen on lease for its requirements. At the recently held Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition, Thomas Linden, Head of Saab Malaysia, said "Our basic offer is a lease solution using examples where we have leased the Gripen to the Czech Republic and Hungary. The lease solution for Malaysia would work very similar to a purchase. There is no limit in the operation, you can use any weapons or systems, and we will build a local support solution here in Malaysia with our local partners. This programme is fully endorsed by the Swedish government.”
Saab has offered to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) 16 Gripen C/D multirole fighters for its multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) programme
Malaysia is looking to replace its ageing fleet of the Russian MiG-29N ‘Fulcrum-A’ fighters ever since it was originally scheduled for a late 2010 retirement. The Gripen lease programme allows Malaysia to procure the aircraft at a relatively affordable price.
Linden further added, “When we lease the aircraft, we will guarantee flight hours. So we will say that if you lease this aircraft from us you will get 'X hundred' flight hours per aircraft per year. And if we can't deliver that, it's on us. What we are pricing in the lease are the capital costs that we have with the aircraft and also the support and related solutions.”
Saab has a considerable presence in the Malaysian defence sector. The Malaysian army is using the Carl Gustav since the 1970’s in addition to acquiring the G40 radar in the early 1990’s and the ARTHUR in late 1990’s.The Malaysian Navy radar was acquired in the late 1990’s and the 9LV CMS for four fast attack crafts and two patrol vessels in the 1990’s. The Malaysian Air Force also successfully implemented EW systems supplied by Saab.
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