Sweden Offers Gripen to Croatia

Sweden Offers Gripen to Croatia

(Source: Swedish Defence Material Agency, FMV; issued Sept. 09, 2020)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

In addition to air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, the Gripen C/D fighter offered to Croatia can launch the RBS-15 anti-ship missile, fitted here to its inboard starboard pylon, which is of special interest to Croatia given its long coast-line and many islands. (Saab photo)

The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration has today, with the support of the Swedish Embassy in Croatia, submitted an intergovernmental offer to the Croatian authorities regarding new combat aircraft of the type JAS 39 Gripen C / D.

In addition to aircraft, the offer also includes logistical support and training of Croatian personnel.


Sweden Offers Gripen to Croatia

(Source: Saab; issued Sept. 09, 2020)

Today, Sweden submitted its proposal of 12 new Gripen C/D fighter aircraft to Croatia.

Representatives of the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) and the Swedish Embassy in Croatia submitted the government-to-government proposal of 12 new Gripen C/D fighter aircraft to the Croatian authorities.

Parallel to Sweden’s proposal, Saab is offering a tailored made strategic cooperation package that will boost the Croatian defence industry, and benefit Croatian security by building a long-term partnership with strategic sectors.

“Sweden and Saab are offering a comprehensive and long-term solution for Croatian homeland security that will protect Croatia’s people and borders for decades to come. If Croatia chooses Gripen, Saab is ready to transfer know-how and technology and establish a Regional Aeronautical & Support Service Centre in Croatia. This would develop long term cooperation with local defence industry as well as the academic sector, generating some 500 high-tech jobs,” says Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

Gripen C/D is a modern and proven multi-role fighter that uses the latest technology and performs an extensive range of air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaissance missions. The aircraft is in operational service with the air forces of Sweden, Hungary, the Czech Republic, South Africa and Thailand.

Gripen fighters of the Czech and Hungarian Air Forces participate regularly in NATO operations and exercises, proving the fighter’s full NATO interoperability.

Gripen C/D stays ahead of its opponents through an on-going evolution of its systems and the weapons it can use, and the fighter will remain operational for decades.

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