Saab offers to manufacture Gripen jets in India

INVESsaabInsidSweden’s Saab has offered to manufacture its Gripen fighter jets in India with a technology transfer, in a bid for part of the multi-billion dollar IAF modernisation plan.

Saab anticipates that the Indian Air Force (IAF) will need more 36 Rafale fighter jets that is now bought from France.

Saab is also offering to help in the development of aerospace capability for the next 100 years, and to participate in developing the next version of the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, and the Advance Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).

Ulf Nilsson the head of Saab’s aeronautics division said the offer of technology transfer will be real as they are offering India complete system control and software control. Saab CEO Hakan Buskhe also said the company will offer help to the indigenous light combat aircraft project.

The Indian Air Force had earlier said it will need at least 6 additional squadrons of 108 Rafales or similar jets to shore up its capabilities.

Saab, UK Lockheed Martin, and France’s Dassault Aviation have offered their jets to boost the government’s push for the ‘Make in India’ initiative.