LONGUEUIL, Quebec, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Canada-based aerospace contractor Héroux-Devtek has been selected to produce landing gear systems for Saab's Gripen E fighter aircraft.
Under the contract, the company will assemble and deliver landing gear equipment for 96 Gripen planes being developed for the Swedish and Brazilian air forces. The systems will be produced at facilities located in Britain. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2017.
"Héroux-Devtek is proud to further enhance its longstanding relationship with Saab," Héroux-Devtek CEO Martin Brassard said in a press release. "Our U.K. operations have designed and manufactured landing gear systems for previous variants of the Gripen aircraft and this new contract acknowledges their expertise on an important program."
Saab's Gripen E is a multirole fighter designed for both air-to-air and air-to-surface combat operations. The planes are typically armed with METEOR, AMRAAM, IRIS-T, and AIM-9 missile capabilities in addition to precision weapons and targeting sensors.
In addition to the air forces of Brazil and Sweden, Gripen users include the Czech Republic, Hungary, and South Africa.