Saab AB, Sweden may choose India, for its global manufacturing base for the JAS-39E/F Gripen fighter in case the Asian country opts for the Swedish aircraft in the tender to acquire 114 new fighters.
These were the representatives of the Swedish company at an event held in New Delhi before the opening of the Aero India Show in Bengaluru. In the same event, the Swedes called for a number of changes to be made to certain issues concerning the cooperation of Indian and foreign companies in the production of weapons systems for Indian armaments.
Characteristically, if Saab AB manages to win the Indian bid then his company would like to produce the first 18 of the 114 fighters in Sweden in the presence of Indian engineers who will receive at Saab AB the necessary training to then undertake the production of the remaining aircraft in India.
According to Mats Palmberg, Vice President of Saab AB, 85% of the order will be implemented in India, ensuring the smooth development of the program and the implementation of the New Delhi government’s “Made in India policy”.
Today, the Swedish company has a vertical industrial aircraft manufacturing plant in Sweden and one more assembly in Brazil. According to Mats Palmberg, the manufacturing plant in India could manufacture 33% of future international orders of JAS-39E / F Gripen.
However, to a journalist’s question about identifying the industrial partner of a Swedish company in India for the possible co-production of JAS-39E/F Gripen in the Asian country, Mats Palmberg refused to reply by saying that the choice of partner is the responsibility of the Indian government.