Saab to resign and develop Next JAS aircraft in the UK


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Friday, 03 June 2011
An aircraft carrier version of the JAS 39 Gripen aircraft will be developed in London by British engineers in what is described as in the first instance.

According to an announcement by aircraft manufacturer Saab back in may 24, the company will start a technical design centre in London. Ten engineers, most of them British and a small number of Swedish are to work with the development of various projects.

The first mission is to design new "Gripen Sea" - the proposed aircraft carrier version of the fighter aircraft JAS 39 Gripen’s Next Generation (NG) which arose in connection with the Saab’s invitation to participate in the great Indian procurement of fighter aircraft.


Other reports from Swedish media sources such as Ny Teknik  say that Saab has produced a development plan, especially given that India is expected to expand its aircraft carrier fleet and may have a need for between 50 and 100 new custom planes.

Deliveries can be expected from 2018. Sea Gripen is expected to be 400 kg heavier than today's JAS 39 Gripen NG. It may include reinforced landing wheels.
Feasibility studies have been done by engineers in Sweden. But the company now consider that there is the need for British technical knowledge about maritime air operations.

These skills are seen in the BAE (aircraft manufacturer) and also among its suppliers. Saab will also open this fall a new major coordinating office in London. The company has 200 UK employees, including 150 at Saab Seaeye in Fareham, Hampshire, where the production of the company's military submersibles is now moved from Motala.

Saab a few weeks ago had informed that there was no further Indian procurement of 126 of military aircraft for about Skr70 billion.
By Team

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