Sweden exercises option for Gripen maintenance and support

Jan. 30, 2014 at 12:45 PM
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LINKOPING, Sweden, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration has exercised a contract option with Saab for continued support and maintenance of Gripen fighters.

The contract on behalf of the Swedish air force covers 2014 and is worth $27 million. The original support and maintenance award was granted in 2012. The original contract and its options run through December 2016, and with this new order $123.3 million in options have been exercised.

"This order is fundamental for efficient and accessible operations with the Gripen system in the current year," said Lars-Erik Wige, head of Saab's Support and Services business area.

Saab said the option covers support and maintenance operations and ensures the continued operation of Gripen fighters in Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Thailand, with special focus on delivery of technical documents and ground equipment. Work will take place at Saab's facilities in Linkoping, Arboga, Jarfalla, Gothenburg and Ostersund.

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