With the launch of the serial production of Gripen E, Saab has made good progress with the fighter programme this year, says Saab Chief Executive Hakan Buskhe.
At an annual results presentation which happened on 15th February, Buskhe said that serial production of the fighter aircraft began in first week of January 2019.
According to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the Gripen E production is very much on schedule, and the first delivery to both Sweden and Brazil should happen by this year end. The goal was to have Gripen operational in Sweden by 2023, but it may happen before that.
During the annual result presentation, Buskhe also talked about Gripen’s current export opportunities. "We just turned in our proposal to Switzerland and Finland, and we are in discussion with Canada," he says.
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