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“If the Indian Government chooses Gripen, it will also choose Saab's partnering companies for industrial cooperation in the country,” says Swedish Air Force Chief Maj Gen Mats Eric Helgesson.

On being asked if the US made GE F414 afterburning turbofan engine may not come under the transfer of technology promise, Helgesson assures that it will. "Whatever is promised under the Gripen offer, will be delivered," he says.

The Indian Air Force had issued a Request For Information (RFI) in April this year for acquisition of 110 fighters, out of which 85% should be built under the Make in India programme. 

Saab believes that Gripen E will be the perfect fit for the Indian Air Force. The fighter has been designed to provide operational dominance and flexibility with superior mission survivability. It offers an enviable 10-minute operational turnaround time, and is compatible with the latest weapons, sensors and mission systems.

Sweden’s Gripen offer to India includes a true transfer of technology programme that will pave way to solid industrial cooperation between the two countries. Saab proposes to establish the world’s most modern fighter aircraft manufacturing capability in India.  

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Saab has appointed former Gripen test pilot and Head of Saab Malaysia, Ola Rignell, as the new Chairman & Managing Director of Saab India Technology Pvt. Ltd. 

Before handling operations in Malaysia, he was the director of Business Development, Aviation Training at Support & Services, Saab AB. He is also member of the Board at Saab Airport AB. 

Ola is a highly experienced pilot who has logged in more than 2,500 flight hours in different Swedish fighters including Saab’s Draken, Viggen and Gripen. He has also flown other fighter aircraft such as the F-16, Tornado, Hawk and Harrier. Apart from fighters, he has logged in more than 1,500 flight hours on civilian flight operations. 

As a former pilot, Ola has been extensively involved in Sweden’s Gripen programme where he was responsible for testing weapons, avionics, engine performance and human-machine interface. 

“Ola has the experience and the expertise which will enable Saab to further strengthen our work in the country and take forward our unbroken relationship of over 40 years. We are committed to building next-generation defence and security capabilities in India. Together with Indian government and industry, we would like to develop new ways to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” says Dean Rosenfield, Head of Saab Market Area Asia Pacific.

At a time when Saab is deeply involved in multiple activities in the Indian market, Ola’s appointment only reinforces the company’s commitment to the country. 

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